The West Coast has some of the country's best options for higher education, and my top picks range from tiny Thomas Aquinas College with a few hundred students to the University of Washington with over 45,000 students.
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The list includes a range of private and public colleges and universities. Some schools such as Stanford and Berkeley will be familiar names to most readers, while others don't have the same level of name recognition. Colleges were selected using a variety of factors including four- and six-year graduation rates, retention rates, financial aid, student engagement, and curricular strengths. Check out all 30 schools who made the list of top West Coast colleges
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