Resources › For Students and Parents West Coast Conference Learn About the 10 Colleges in the West Coast Conference Share Flipboard Email Print For Students and Parents College Life Outside The Classroom Before You Arrive Academics Health, Safety, and Nutrition Living On Campus Roommates Dating Graduation & Beyond Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Admissions Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated July 29, 2019 The West Coast Conference is an NCAA Division I athletic conference with members coming from California, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. The conference headquarters are located in San Bruno, California. All members have religious affiliations, seven of them Catholic. The West Coast Conference has a stronger academic profile than the majority of Division I athletic conferences. The WCC sponsors 13 sports (not football). 01 of 10 Brigham Young University Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Ken Lund / Flickr Owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young University is the largest religious university and the second largest private university in the United States. Location: Provo, UtahSchool type: Private, Latter-Day SaintsEnrollment: 30,484 (27,163 undergraduates)Team: CougarsFor admissions and financial data, see the Brigham Young University profile. 02 of 10 Gonzaga University Gonzaga University—Foley Center Library. SCUMATT / Wikimedia Commons Gonzaga University, named after 16th-century Italian Jesuit saint Aloysius Gonzaga, sits on the banks of the Spokane River. Like most Catholic universities, Gonzaga's educational philosophy focuses on the whole person -- mind, body and spirit. The university ranks highly among master's institutions in the West, and the school made my list of top Catholic colleges and top Washington colleges. Location: Spokane, Washington School type: Private Catholic university Enrollment: 7,352 (4,837 undergraduates) Team: BulldongsFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Gonzaga University admissions profile. 03 of 10 Loyola Marymount University Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin Located on a beautiful 150 acre campus, Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is the largest Catholic university on the West Coast. The average undergraduate class size is 18, and the school boasts a 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Undergraduate student life is active at Loyola Marymount with 144 clubs and organizations and 15 national Greek fraternities and sororities. Loyola Marymount made my list of top Catholic colleges. Location: Los Angeles, CaliforniaSchool type: Private Catholic universityEnrollment: 9,515 (6,184 undergraduates)Team: LionsExplore the Campus: LMU Photo TourFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Loyola Marymount University profile. 04 of 10 Pepperdine University Center for Communication and Business at Pepperdine University. Matt McGee / Flickr Pepperdine University's 830-acre campus overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The university is made up of five different schools with the majority of undergraduate programs housed in the Seaver College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Business Administration is by far the most popular undergraduate major, and programs relating to communications and the media are also popular. Pepperdine made my list of top California colleges. Location: Malibu, California School type: Private university affiliated with Churches of Christ Enrollment: 7,417 (3,451 undergraduates) Team: WavesFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Pepperdine University admissions profile. 05 of 10 Portland, University of Romanaggi Hall at the University of Portland. Visitor7 / Wikimedia Commons The University of Portland is committed to teaching, faith and service. The school frequently ranks well among the best western master's universities, and it also earns high marks for its value. The school has a 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and among undergraduates nursing, engineering and business fields are all popular. The engineering programs frequently place well in national rankings. The University of Portland made my list of top Catholic colleges. Location: Portland, Oregon School type: Private Catholic university Enrollment: 4,143 (3,674 undergraduates) Team: PilotsFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Portland admissions profile. 06 of 10 Saint Mary's College of California A statue at Saint Mary's College of California. Franco Folini / Flickr Saint Mary's College of California is located about 20 miles east of San Francisco. The college has an 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 20. Students can choose from 38 majors, and among undergraduates business is the most popular program. One of the defining features of the Saint Mary's curriculum is the Collegiate Seminar, a series of four courses that focus on the major works of Western civilization. All students, including those in pre-professional fields, take these seminars -- two in the first year, and two more before graduation. Location: Moraga, California School type: Private Catholic liberal arts college Enrollment: 4,112 (2,961 undergraduates) Team: GaelsFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Saint Mary's College admissions profile. 07 of 10 San Diego, University of University of San Diego. john farrell macdonald / Flickr The University of San Diego has a stunning 180-acre campus defined by its Spanish Renaissance architecture style and views of Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Beaches, mountains, desert and Mexico are all within an easy drive. The University of San Diego was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences. Location: San Diego, California School type: Private Catholic university Enrollment: 8,349 (5,741 undergraduates) Team: Toreros Explore the Campus: USD Photo Tour For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of San Diego admissions profile. 08 of 10 San Francisco, University of University of San Francisco. Michael Fraley / Flickr Located right in the heart of San Francisco, the university of San Francisco takes pride in its Jesuit tradition and emphasizes service learning, global awareness, diversity and environmental sustainability. USF offers students numerous international opportunities including 50 study abroad programs in 30 countries. The university has an average class size of 28 and a 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio. The sciences, social sciences and business fields are extremely popular among undergraduates. Location: San Francisco, California School type: Private Catholic university Enrollment: 10,689 (6,845 undergraduates) Team: DonsFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of San Francisco admissions profile. 09 of 10 Santa Clara University Santa Clara University. Omar A. / Flickr Santa Clara University frequently ranks among the best master's universities in the country, and the school made my list of top Catholic colleges. This Jesuit, Catholic university has impressive retention and graduation rates. The university also wins high marks for its community service programs, alumni salaries, and sustainability efforts. Programs in business are the most popular among undergraduates, and the Leavey School of Business ranks highly among the nation's undergraduate B-schools. Location: Santa Clara, CaliforniaSchool type: Private Catholic universityEnrollment: 9,015 (5,486 undergraduates)Team: BroncosFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Santa Clara University admissions profile. 10 of 10 University of the Pacific Morris Chapel at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Buyenlarge / Getty Images The University of the Pacific's attractive 175-acre campus is an easy drive to San Francisco, Sacramento, Yosemite, and Lake Tahoe. The most popular undergraduate majors are in business and biology, but education and the health sciences are also strong. The University of the Pacific was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society for its accomplisments in the liberal arts and sciences. The university offers an unusual breadth of disciplines for a school its size. Pacific also has a School of Law in Sacramento and a School of Dentistry in San Fransisco. Location: Stockton, California School type: Private university Enrollment: 6,304 (3,810 undergraduates) Team: TigersFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of the Pacific admission profile.