• For our "2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region" website feature, we salute 648 colleges in four regions of the country—Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and West—that we consider academically outstanding and well worth consideration in your college search.


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    California State University, Stanislaus

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    California State University, Stanislaus

    Turlock, CA
    • 920 Avg SAT
    • 7,754 Enrolled

    One of the members of California’s noted state university system, Stanislaus “provides affordable education” that focuses on helping students prepare for their careers with a “professional, yet laid-back demeanor.” This is “a great environment to be ...

    Chapman University

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    Chapman University

    Orange, CA
    • $44,710 Tuition
    • 1210 Avg SAT
    • 6,005 Enrolled

    From the School: Originally organized in 1861, Chapman University has steadily evolved from a small traditional church-related liberal arts school, into a vibrant midsize and nationally recognized university with renowned programs in areas ...

    Hawai'i Pacific University

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    Hawai'i Pacific University

    Honolulu, HI
    • $20,930 Tuition
    • 980 Avg SAT
    • 6,168 Enrolled

    Mega-diverse Hawaii Pacific University is the biggest private university in the Aloha State and "a perfect setting where east and west traditions meet." Students come here from more than 100 countries. There are some 50 undergraduate concentrations ...

    The University of Texas at Dallas

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    The University of Texas at Dallas

    Richardson, TX
    • $31,328 Tuition
    • 1260 Avg SAT
    • 14,300 Enrolled

    Though nowhere near the size of some of its fellow state schools, UT Dallas provides its more than 12,000 undergraduates with a wealth of resources, financial aid, and opportunities, striving for “a future of talented and smart individuals.” UTD has ...

    Abilene Christian University

    Abilene, TX
    • $28,350 Tuition
    • 1080 Avg SAT
    • 3,626 Enrolled

    From the School: Abilene Christian University (ACU) offers an exceptional education in a distinctive Christian environment at an affordable price. ACU believes strongly in the dignity and worth of the individual and in academic integrity, ...

    American Jewish University

    Bel Air, CA
    • $26,784 Tuition
    • 1040 Avg SAT
    • 125 Enrolled

    Despite its small size, AJU has “the resources of a large university available if you want them.” A place where “you are an individual and not a number,” students say that at AJU, “you feel like learning is designed for you as an individual.” The ...

    Angelo State University

    San Angelo, TX
    • $15,560 Tuition
    • 960 Avg SAT
    • 5,546 Enrolled

    From the School: Angelo State University aims to touch tomorrow in the lives of its students, in the growth of their communities, whether local or global, and in the pursuit of the common good of society. As a member of the Texas Tech ...

    Arizona State University

    Tempe, AZ
    • $23,136 Tuition
    • 1140 Avg SAT
    • 38,735 Enrolled

    Arizona State University’s “greatest strength is the great depth of its faculty and wealth of opportunities offered to students.” Many students say they chose ASU because it “offers a huge range of classes and majors at a reasonable cost for ...

    Austin College

    Sherman, TX
    • $34,655 Tuition
    • 1220 Avg SAT
    • 1,208 Enrolled

    “Individual attention” is the name of the game at Austin College. Indeed, the small size of the school allows for a lot of “one-on-one interaction” and provides students with “many opportunities to get involved on campus.” Additionally, students are ...

    Azusa Pacific University

    Azusa, CA
    • $31,416 Tuition
    • 1080 Avg SAT
    • 6,543 Enrolled

    As a “God-centered Christian university” in Southern California, Azusa Pacific boasts “awesome” nursing and music programs, “small” class sizes, and a “friendly” campus atmosphere, not to mention the added benefit of year-round “California sun.” One ...

    Baylor University

    Waco, TX
    • $36,360 Tuition
    • 1230 Avg SAT
    • 13,859 Enrolled

    Located deep in the heart of Texas, Baylor is an educational powerhouse that helps undergraduates “achieve their academic potential” while simultaneously “guiding [and fostering] their moral and Christian values.” The university seamlessly ...

    Biola University

    La Mirada, CA
    • $31,004 Tuition
    • 1110 Avg SAT
    • 4,337 Enrolled

    Deep in the heart of sunny southern California, Biola University provides a “rich Christian culture” that allows students to “integrate biblical values and secular knowledge.” Not surprisingly, the university fosters a “close knit community” which ...

    Brigham Young University (UT)

    Provo, UT
    • $10,000 Tuition
    • 1260 Avg SAT
    • 27,765 Enrolled

    Brigham Young University is a Mormon school that’s “all about putting religion and education together” and learning “about secular subjects through spiritual eyes.” The school provides a “high-quality” education in a “challenging” academic ...

    California Institute of Technology

    Pasadena, CA
    • $41,790 Tuition
    • 1540 Avg SAT
    • 977 Enrolled

    Beyond arguably one of the most rigorous undergraduate educations in science out there, Caltech is a small, tight-knit community that is “geared towards training tomorrow’s leaders and pioneers in the field of science.” There may be a heavy emphasis ...

    California Institute of the Arts

    Valencia, CA
    • $36,166 Tuition
    • 888 Enrolled

    California Institute of the Arts offers both visual and performing arts including art, dance, film/video, music and theater. Indeed, CalArts has a reputation of “intensely training young artists to become working professionals.” According to ...

    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

    Pomona, CA
    • $16,632 Tuition
    • 1060 Avg SAT
    • 22,395 Enrolled

    You get a lot of bang for your buck at Cal Poly Pomona. With its “good reputation” and “general affordability,” this large public school attracts career-oriented students across a range of engineering and applied science majors. “Linking theory and ...

    California State University--East Bay

    Hayward, CA
    • $14,019 Tuition
    • 900 Avg SAT
    • 10,582 Enrolled

    Many students choose Cal State University---East Bay for its “affordable” tuition, “small class sizes,” and “strong” business, nursing, and teaching programs. Students say CSUEB is dedicated to “helping the students get where they need to be as soon ...

    California State University--Long Beach

    Long Beach, CA
    • $11,160 Tuition
    • 1050 Avg SAT
    • 30,474 Enrolled

    California State University—Long Beach is “very large and diverse,” “affordable to virtually anyone,” and “geared toward preparing students to enter the real world.” There are eight colleges and tons of majors. “The academic experience at this ...

    California State University--San Bernardino

    San Bernardino, CA
    • $11,160 Tuition
    • 890 Avg SAT
    • 16,676 Enrolled

    Cal State San Bernardino’s motto is “Come here, go anywhere” and undergrads certainly feel that sentiment rings true. The university provides a “great education” that allows students to “discover amazing things about [themselves].” CSUSB offers a ...

    Claremont McKenna College

    Claremont, CA
    • 1440 Avg SAT
    • 1,298 Enrolled

    Students at Claremont McKenna really love their school. With its “phenomenal academics,” “brilliant professors,” “amazing career services center,” and “perfect weather,” it’s no wonder CMC students are “the happiest students in America.” Claremont ...


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