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Great Undergraduate Liberal Arts Colleges in the West

Explore amazing public and private colleges and universities in the Western US that offer the great liberal arts foundation you’re looking for.

What kind of college do you want to attend? Since you found this list, we hope the answer is a liberal arts school. Liberal arts colleges and universities focus on a broad approach to the sciences, arts, and humanities. No matter what major you choose, these schools will provide you with a well-rounded education that’ll equip you with the skills you need to succeed in any field. As a scientist, you’ll still have a background in communication and creative thinking. As an artist, you’ll still learn how to research and think logically when problem-solving. Liberal arts schools are the masters of interdisciplinary learning, and they’re great options to reach your higher education goals. Start learning about great liberal arts institutions you could apply to with this list of schools in the western US. If you’d like to request more information, just press the green “Connect me” button and the school will be in touch with you soon!

California Baptist University

California Baptist University logoCalifornia Baptist University is a private Baptist liberal arts university in Riverside, California—60 miles east of Los Angeles. The University offers two associate degrees, 103 bachelor’s programs, 40 master’s degrees, and seven doctoral programs as well as 21 NCAA Division I varsity sports and 60+ clubs and organizations. California Baptist has a total enrollment of 11,491 undergraduates and graduate students, making for an average class size of 22 and a student-faculty ratio of 19:1.

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Fort Lewis College

Fort Lewis College logoFort Lewis College is a public liberal arts college in Durango, Colorado. Designated as a Native American-Serving Nontribal Institution, the College is home to more than 3,300 students—over 50% of whom are students of color, with 41% being Native American students coming from 177 Native tribes and Alaskan villages. Fort Lewis offers more than 40 programs—the most popular including Engineering, Business Administration, Biology, and Psychology—as well as 50+ student-run organizations.

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Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific University logoFresno Pacific University is a private Mennonite liberal arts university in Fresno, California. FPU offers students more than 100 areas of study—concentrated into 39 majors and 40 minors—taught by professors who are experts in their fields, 80% of whom hold PhDs. The University’s 1,100 undergraduate students can get involved in 16 NCAA Division II athletic teams, 16 clubs and organizations, and special opportunities like STEM Learning Communities and the Intercultural Learning Center.

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Pacific University Oregon

Pacific University Oregon logoPacific University Oregon is a private comprehensive university focusing on the liberal arts and sciences, optometry, education, health care, and business in Forest Grove, Oregon. Over 3,850 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students study in more than 110 programs and follow a rigorous core curriculum. Pacific also offers students a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, an average class size of 19, 60+ clubs and organizations, and Division III athletic teams.

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Reed College

Reed College logoReed College is a small private liberal arts and sciences college in Portland, Oregon. More than 1,500 students benefit from 38 majors—14 of which are interdisciplinary—15 minors, an average class size of 16, and a 9:1 student-faculty ratio. Reed also provides special opportunities such as Fulbright and Rhode Scholarships, a nuclear research reactor for science majors, and more.

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University of Portland

University of Portland logoUniversity of Portland is a private comprehensive Catholic university just four miles from downtown Portland, Oregon. UP has a liberal arts core with more than 40 undergraduate programs, 30 minors, and a total of 13,000 courses across a broad variety of fields. The University also offers its student body of nearly 4,000 myriad opportunities for internships, clinicals, student teaching, research, service immersion, and study abroad trips.  

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University of Redlands

The University of Redlands is a private liberal arts university in Redlands, California—65 miles from Los Angeles. Redlands offers more than 40 programs of study, with popular majors in Business, Communication & Sciences Disorders, and Psychology. The University is home to 2,400+ students from 45 states and 43 countries who participate in more than 100 student organizations and 120,000+ community service hours.

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Whitman College

Whitman CollegeWhitman College is a highly selective private liberal arts college in Walla Walla, Washington. Whitman’s over 1,400 students dive deep into more than 60 majors while still getting to explore new ways of thinking in the First Year Seminars courses. Outside the classroom, the College campus is vibrant with the energy of 150+ clubs and organizations, eight sororities and fraternities, and yearly stipends for students to participate in an Outdoor Program trip. 

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Whitworth University

Whitworth University logoWhitworth University is a private Presbyterian liberal arts university just seven miles from the center of Spokane, Washington. The College of Arts & Sciences houses 18 undergraduate arts and science departments that offer 47 majors as well as a variety of master’s, doctoral, and interdisciplinary programs. The University also offers Schools of Business and Education, unique student clubs, intramural sports, 21 NCAA Division III athletic teams, 20 instrumental and vocal ensembles, multiple theater events and art exhibits, and more.

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