Best Pacific Northwest Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in the Pacific Northwest for 2022

There are 124 colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest enrolling 646,127 students. Explore the list of top colleges in the Pacific Northwest below to begin your college search. The CollegeSimply rankings are objective and data-driven in order to help you find good matches for you. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page. Whether you're searching for a good public, private or community college, this guide to universities in Pacific Northwest offers a comprehensive view to the state's higher education options.

The  Pacific Northwest is home to nationally ranked institutions like Whitman College, University of Washington Seattle Campus, University of Portland and Seattle University. The highest ranked college in the Pacific Northwest is Whitman College and the top rated public state college is University of Washington Seattle Campus.

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124 results

List of the Best Pacific Northwest Colleges

Whitman College
W
Walla Walla, WA
Whitman College

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in the Pacific Northwest

  • 1,360enrollment
  • $38,989net price
  • 54%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1430SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of Washington Seattle Campus
W
Seattle, WA
University of Washington Seattle Campus

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in the Pacific Northwest

  • 48,149enrollment
  • $9,661net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1453SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.79Avg GPA

Applications Due Dec 1

University of Portland
P
Portland, OR
University of Portland

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in the Pacific Northwest

  • 3,999enrollment
  • $37,317net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1320SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.67Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Seattle University
S
Seattle, WA
Seattle University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in the Pacific Northwest

  • 7,050enrollment
  • $36,843net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1330SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Gonzaga University
G
Spokane, WA
Gonzaga University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in the Pacific Northwest

  • 7,295enrollment
  • $36,880net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1350SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.67Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Lewis & Clark College
L
Portland, OR
Lewis & Clark College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in the Pacific Northwest

  • 3,157enrollment
  • $37,478net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1198-1380SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.85Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Linfield College McMinnville Campus
L
McMinnville, OR
 
Linfield College McMinnville Campus

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in the Pacific Northwest

  • 1,392enrollment
  • $28,517net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1210SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.64Avg Weighted GPA

University of Oregon
O
Eugene, OR
University of Oregon

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in the Pacific Northwest

  • 21,752enrollment
  • $17,646net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1290SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

George Fox University
G
Newberg, OR
George Fox University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in the Pacific Northwest

  • 4,106enrollment
  • $29,589net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1230SAT range
  • 19-28ACT range
  • 3.3Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

Seattle Pacific University
S
Seattle, WA
Seattle Pacific University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in the Pacific Northwest

  • 3,601enrollment
  • $28,367net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1160SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.58Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 15

Washington State University
W
Pullman, WA
Washington State University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in the Pacific Northwest

  • 31,159enrollment
  • $17,931net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1210SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 31

Oregon State University
O
Corvallis, OR
Oregon State University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in the Pacific Northwest

  • 32,312enrollment
  • $21,444net price
  • 82%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1310SAT range
  • 21-29ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA

Whitworth University
W
Spokane, WA
Whitworth University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in the Pacific Northwest

  • 2,756enrollment
  • $25,785net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1270SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 15

Pacific University
P
Forest Grove, OR
Pacific University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in the Pacific Northwest

  • 3,808enrollment
  • $32,006net price
  • 89%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1230SAT range
  • 22-27ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 15

Western Washington University
W
Bellingham, WA
Western Washington University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in the Pacific Northwest

  • 15,197enrollment
  • $18,398net price
  • 94%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1270SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.45Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

The College of Idaho
I
Caldwell, ID
The College of Idaho

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in the Pacific Northwest

  • 1,114enrollment
  • $21,343net price
  • 48%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1240SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Northwest University
N
Kirkland, WA
Northwest University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in the Pacific Northwest

  • 1,184enrollment
  • $21,825net price
  • 93%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1205SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.41Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Oregon Institute of Technology
O
Klamath Falls, OR
 
Oregon Institute of Technology

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in the Pacific Northwest

  • 5,323enrollment
  • $16,702net price
  • 95%acceptance rate
  • 990-1200SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA