Physics Schools in The West - 2018 Ranking

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In 2018, we have evaluated physics 275 schools offering majors in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Our team ranks California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA), University of California Berkeley (Berkeley, CA), and University of California Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA) the best three physics schools in the West.

See the Best 50 Physics schools in the West below or narrow your search by program, state, or city in the West.


Top 50 physics schools in the West:

California Institute of Technology - Physics School Ranking
1. California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA, 17 physics programs

University of California Berkeley - Physics School Ranking
2. University of California Berkeley

Berkeley, CA, 20 physics programs

University of California Los Angeles - Physics School Ranking
3. University of California Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA, 16 physics programs

University of California San Diego - Physics School Ranking
4. University of California San Diego

La Jolla, CA, 19 physics programs

University of California Santa Barbara - Physics School Ranking
5. University of California Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA, 6 physics programs

Colorado School of Mines - Physics School Ranking
6. Colorado School of Mines

Golden, CO, 10 physics programs

University of Washington Seattle - Physics School Ranking
7. University of Washington Seattle

Seattle, WA, 26 physics programs

University of Colorado Boulder - Physics School Ranking
8. University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO, 11 physics programs

University of Arizona - Physics School Ranking
9. University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ, 16 physics programs

Oregon State University - Physics School Ranking
10. Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR, 16 physics programs

Stanford University - Physics School Ranking
11. Stanford University

Stanford, CA, 12 physics programs

University of Southern California - Physics School Ranking
12. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA, 9 physics programs

Harvey Mudd College - Physics School Ranking
13. Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA, 2 physics programs

Colorado College - Physics School Ranking
14. Colorado College

Colorado Springs, CO, 2 physics programs

University of California Davis - Physics School Ranking
15. University of California Davis

Davis, CA, 16 physics programs

Brigham Young University Provo - Physics School Ranking
16. Brigham Young University Provo

Provo, UT, 12 physics programs

University of California Irvine - Physics School Ranking
17. University of California Irvine

Irvine, CA, 9 physics programs

University of California Santa Cruz - Physics School Ranking
18. University of California Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA, 7 physics programs

University of California Riverside - Physics School Ranking
19. University of California Riverside

Riverside, CA, 7 physics programs

California State University Long Beach - Physics School Ranking
20. California State University Long Beach

Long Beach, CA, 3 physics programs

Arizona State University Tempe - Physics School Ranking
21. Arizona State University Tempe

Tempe, AZ, 7 physics programs

University of Utah - Physics School Ranking
22. University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT, 15 physics programs

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology - Physics School Ranking
San Diego State University - Physics School Ranking
24. San Diego State University

San Diego, CA, 8 physics programs

California State University Fullerton - Physics School Ranking
25. California State University Fullerton

Fullerton, CA, 3 physics programs

United States Air Force Academy - Physics School Ranking
26. United States Air Force Academy

USAFA, CO, 2 physics programs

University of California San Francisco - Physics School Ranking
27. University of California San Francisco

San Francisco, CA, 2 physics programs

University of Oregon - Physics School Ranking
28. University of Oregon

Eugene, OR, 5 physics programs

Colorado State University Fort Collins - Physics School Ranking
29. Colorado State University Fort Collins

Fort Collins, CO, 4 physics programs

University of Hawaii at Manoa - Physics School Ranking
30. University of Hawaii

Honolulu, HI, 5 physics programs

Naval Postgraduate School - Physics School Ranking
31. Naval Postgraduate School

Monterey, CA, 5 physics programs

University of Nevada Las Vegas - Physics School Ranking
32. University of Nevada Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV, 7 physics programs

California State University Fresno - Physics School Ranking
33. California State University Fresno

Fresno, CA, 4 physics programs

California State University Northridge - Physics School Ranking
34. California State University Northridge

Northridge, CA, 2 physics programs

University of New Mexico - Physics School Ranking
35. University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM, 12 physics programs

University of Nevada Reno - Physics School Ranking
36. University of Nevada Reno

Reno, NV, 10 physics programs

New Mexico State University - Physics School Ranking
37. New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, NM, 7 physics programs

University of Wyoming - Physics School Ranking
38. University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY, 11 physics programs

University of Idaho - Physics School Ranking
39. University of Idaho

Moscow, ID, 17 physics programs

Utah State University - Physics School Ranking
40. Utah State University

Logan, UT, 4 physics programs

University of Alaska Fairbanks - Physics School Ranking
41. University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK, 9 physics programs

University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical - Physics School Ranking
Idaho State University - Physics School Ranking
43. Idaho State University

Pocatello, ID, 16 physics programs

Pomona College - Physics School Ranking
44. Pomona College

Claremont, CA, 2 physics programs

Claremont McKenna College - Physics School Ranking
45. Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA, 3 physics programs

Reed College - Physics School Ranking
46. Reed College

Portland, OR, 1 physics program

Occidental College - Physics School Ranking
47. Occidental College

Los Angeles, CA, 2 physics programs

University of Denver - Physics School Ranking
48. University of Denver

Denver, CO, 5 physics programs

Lewis & Clark College - Physics School Ranking
49. Lewis & Clark College

Portland, OR, 4 physics programs

University of Puget Sound - Physics School Ranking
50. University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA, 2 physics programs

Physics schools in the West by state:

Schools by State17 Physics Schools in Arizona142 Physics Schools in California14 Physics Schools in Colorado8 Physics Schools in Idaho4 Physics Schools in Montana3 Physics Schools in Nevada14 Physics Schools in New Mexico14 Physics Schools in Oregon9 Physics Schools in Utah42 Physics Schools in Washington4 Physics Schools in Wyoming

Physics programs in the West:

General Physics: 266 schools
Engineering Physics: 34 schools
Nuclear and Atomic Physics: 15 schools
Molecular and Biophysics: 29 schools
Chemical Physics: 17 schools
Atmospheric and Geophysics: 21 schools
Astrophysics and Astronomy: 32 schools
Optical Sciences: 5 schools
Medical Physics: 6 schools
Teacher Education: 20 schools

Physics schools in other regions:

Northeast: 239 schools
Midwest: 265 schools
South: 339 schools

Popular physics school cities in the West:

in Arizona:
Avondale: 1 school
Chandler: 1 school
Flagstaff: 1 school
Glendale: 1 school
Mesa: 1 school
Phoenix: 4 schools
Scottsdale: 1 school
Tempe: 2 schools
Tucson: 1 school
in California:
Berkeley: 1 school
Claremont: 5 schools
Davis: 1 school
El Cajon: 2 schools
Fremont: 1 school
Fullerton: 2 schools
Irvine: 2 schools
La Jolla: 1 school
Long Beach: 2 schools
Los Angeles: 6 schools
Merced: 2 schools
Monterey: 2 schools
Moorpark: 1 school
Orange: 2 schools
Pasadena: 2 schools
Rancho Cucamonga: 1 school
Riverside: 2 schools
Rocklin: 1 school
Sacramento: 3 schools
San Diego: 6 schools
San Francisco: 4 schools
San Jose: 2 schools
San Luis Obispo: 2 schools
Santa Barbara: 3 schools
Santa Clara: 2 schools
Santa Clarita: 1 school
Santa Cruz: 1 school
Santa Maria: 1 school
Stanford: 1 school
Torrance: 1 school
Whittier: 2 schools
in Colorado:
Boulder: 1 school
Colorado Springs: 2 schools
Fort Collins: 1 school
Golden: 1 school
in Idaho:
Moscow: 1 school
Pocatello: 1 school
in Montana:
Bozeman: 1 school
in Nevada:
Carson City: 1 school
Reno: 1 school
in New Mexico:
Albuquerque: 2 schools
Las Cruces: 1 school
Los Lunas: 1 school
Socorro: 1 school
in Oregon:
Corvallis: 1 school
Eugene: 1 school
Portland: 5 schools
in Utah:
Logan: 1 school
Provo: 1 school
Salt Lake City: 4 schools
in Washington:
Auburn: 1 school
Bellevue: 1 school
Bellingham: 3 schools
Bothell: 1 school
Des Moines: 1 school
Lynnwood: 1 school
Mount Vernon: 1 school
Olympia: 1 school
Pullman: 1 school
Seattle: 6 schools
Shoreline: 1 school
Spokane: 3 schools
Tacoma: 3 schools
Vancouver: 1 school
Walla Walla: 2 schools
in Wyoming:
Laramie: 1 school
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