Colleges in Portland

Colleges in Portland

Portland is the most populous city in the state of Oregon, as well as the largest. Since the swell in population in the 1830s with its close proximity to the end of the Oregon Trail, it’s become a major port for the Willamette Valley Region of the Pacific Northwest. It’s also accumulated more than 15 institutions of higher learning, including several that are nationally ranked.

The largest by enrollment in the city is the Portland State University, which is also the second largest by enrollment in the entire state, after Oregon State University. PSU offers over 120 undergraduate degrees, as well as nearly as many postgraduate degrees, and it is the only public, urban institution in the state to be located in a major metropolitan city. While PSU wasn’t established as a university until 1969, Portland hosts several older institutions, including Reed College, which was founded in 1908 and Lewis & Clark University, founded in 1867, both of which are liberal arts institutions. The Oregon Culinary Institution is the only for-profit trade school in the city.  

The University of Portland is the only Roman Catholic comprehensive institution in the entire state, but there are three other religious institutions in Portland Multnomah University, Cascade University, and Warner Pacific University.

There are few institutions that focus on medicine in Portland’s city limits, including the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, the University of Western States, and the National University of Natural Medicine. The Oregon Health & Science University founded in 1887 is the oldest, and is comprised of three academic colleges in nursing, dentistry, and medicine, as well as two hospitals. There are several higher education institutions that focus in fine arts, as well, including the Pacific Northwest College of the Arts, The Art Institute of Portland, and the Northwest Film School. Other higher education facilities include Concordia University and Linfield College.

Often referred to as the City of Roses, Portland is home to the International Rose Test Garden, which features 7,000 rose bushes. With a high walkability level, large bicycle commuter population, and farm-to-table dining, Portland is also considered one of the most environmentally conscious cities. There are a number of public transportation options, including streetcars, ride sharing, and biking.
 

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Originally founded to educate returning World War II veterans, Portland State University is a 4-year public institution in the heart of Portland. The PSU campus encompasses eight colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 120...

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Depending on how much you apply yourself you can really learn a lot. You learn from everyone and about everything, very interesting approach to teaching here.

” – Mary from Portland, OR

Reed College is a liberal arts and sciences institution in Portland, Oregon. The college is dedicated almost exclusively to academia and features bachelor's degrees in 40 majors and programs with no social clubs, fraternities, or varsity athletic...

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This school will teach you how to think independently and seek out your weak points in order to improve them.

” – Maya from Charlotte, VT

Established by the Congregation of the Holy Cross in 1891, the University of Portland is a private Roman Catholic university. UP is home to colleges and schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering, Nursing, and Education conferring...

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Most of the professors that I've had are very passionate about the subject they teach which makes it that much easier to learn. I have had a few classes that provide powerpoints ahead of time so note taking is a lot more accurate and efficient.

” – Anonymous

Portland Community College is a 2-year higher education institution in Portland, Oregon. It is the largest community college in the state and operates 4 campuses around the Portland metro area. The university offers professional certificates...

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The teachers here at PCC are very knowledgeable about the subject at hand. They are always there for their students with helpful answers and want each student to succeed.

” – Kathy from Portland, OR

Founded in 1891, George Fox University is a private institution based in Newberg, Oregon. It is affiliated with the Religious Society of Friends and integrates the Christian faith into their curriculum. All students must sign an honor code that...

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There is a lot more to learn at Fox than just academics. While learning about your area of interest and intended career is, of course, the main reason for going to college, the college experience on the whole helps to create a smooth transition from...

” – Aloha, OR

Clark College is a public, 2-year institution located in Vancouver, Washington. The college supports many areas of study, including Creative & Communication Arts, Business & Entrepreneurship, Healthcare & Biosciences, Public Service & Education...

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Clark College is dedicated to the highest standards of education and honesty wants everyone to not only succeed but be the best they can be.

Everyone on campus is here to help you from Professors, Counselors and fellow students. 

There are many...

” – Gina from Vancouver, WA

Lewis & Clark College is a 4-year liberal arts college in the southwest hills of Portland. Lewis & Clark confers undergraduate degrees in 29 academic majors and 27 minors and all first year students are enrolled in a 2-semester course called...

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All of my classes at Lewis and Clark are great. I am learning alot from all of my teachers, and whenever I have a question it is easy to find them during office hours or through email.

” – Jessica from Seattle, WA

Mt Hood Community College is a public, 2-year institution located primarily in Gresham, Oregon, with a satellite location in Portland. The campus features a wide variety of facilities for students to visit, such as the Visual Arts Center Gallery, the...

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The teachers at this institution have an uncanny amount of knowledge. It's surprising how in depth and passionate many are about their studies.

” – Nathan from Portland, OR

Clackamas Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Oregon City, and is one of the largest community colleges in Oregon state. Along with the main campus, the college also maintains satellite campuses in Milwaukie and...

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There's a great atmosphere on campus and it's great to be able to meet new people, all kinds of people. There's a greater variety of people at Clackamas, and the sports are great!

” – Sara from Gresham, OR

Concordia University-Portland is a private liberal arts institution based in the Pacific Northwest. The school was founded in 1905 by the Lutheran Church and remains affiliated today. The CU-Portland is home to the George R. White Library & Learning...

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I learn something everyday. The teachers use a variety of learning methods to get your attention and to help you learn. They even have tutoring centers for free for students and

” – Jennifer from Beaverton, OR

Pacific University is a liberal arts college in the greater Portland area. Pacific is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education granting undergraduate degrees in over 70 academic majors. Utilizing the university’s location, Pacific...

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Pacific University has an extensive course catalog of basic classes, as well as in depth, career specific courses. As one who is undecided about my major, I appreciate the strong base of courses and large number of majors. While most of the majors...

” – Jayme from Hillsboro, OR

Oregon Health & Science University is a public institution based in Portland, OR, that operates two hospitals. The university is dedicated to research and training health professionals. OHSU is credited with developing stem cells from skin cells...

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I am learning an amazing amount every single day.

” – Medical Student from Portland, OR

Multnomah University is a 4-year non-denominational Christian college in Portland, Oregon. Multnomah utilizes The Bible as a foundation for every class and offers programs in liberal arts and humanities in addition to religious studies. As a Christ...

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Going to Multnomah gave me a whole new perspective on who Jesus really is!! I love all my classes! The homework is normal but the knowledge they give you is outstanding!!

” – Amber from Boring, OR

Warner Pacific College is a private, Christ-centered institution established on an urban, 15-acre campus in Portland, Oregon, with satellite locations throughout the city and in Longview and Vancouver. WP offers over 50 undergraduate major and minor...

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We are required to do core classes, and though many complain about it since they seem to not have anything to do with their major or minor, I have found that things I learn from them can actually have quite a bit of commonalities with my major or...

” – Jessica from Vancouver, WA

Oregon College of Art and Craft is a private, 4-year institution established on a wooded, 9-acre campus in Portland. OCAC offers BFA degrees in 13 areas of study, four MFA degrees, a post-baccalaureate certificate, and a certificate in Craft...

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This is THE most special place in all of Portland. Great faculty, staff and students. Great art, wonderful community, beautiful campus.

” – Katherine from Portland, OR

The Pacific Northwest College of Art is a school of art and design and the only arts college in Portland. PNCA confers undergraduate degrees in 11 artistic fields of study such as Creative Writing, Graphic Design, and Sculpture. Additionally, PNCA...

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PNCA has a rigorous environment with dedicated students and faculty who are genuinely interested in their fields of study. Courses are challenging and rewarding. Being part of this community means thinking critically and working creatively.

” – Elaina from Portland, OR

The University of Western States is the second oldest chiropractic institution in the United States and a school of integrated healthcare. In addition to its College of Chiropractic program, the UWS College of Graduate Studies offers degrees in six...

Established in 1956, The National University of Natural Medicine is a private, medical education institution located in Portland, Oregon. NUNM offers nine master’s and doctoral degree programs, five certificate programs, and three bachelor’s degree...

Originally founded as the Portland Baptist Bible Institute, Western Seminary is a Christian graduate school focusing on Gospel study with campus locations in Portland, Sacramento, San José, and Seattle. Western features five theological master’s...

Originally established as a diploma-granting program from Good Samaritan Hospital, the Linfield College School of Nursing is a nursing education academy in Portland. The Nursing program at Linfield is available as a 2-year and accelerated 15-month...

Established in 1983, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine is a private, medical education institution located in Portland. OCOM’s academic offerings include a Master of Acupuncture, a Master and a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, and a...

From its first days holding classes in the house of its founder, Birthingway College of Midwifery has grown to become a degree-granting institution of the midwifery arts in Portland. Birthingway offers a bachelor’s degree in Midwifery and associate...

The Portland Actors Conservatory is an acting training academy dedicated to cultivating a performing artist mindset and lifelong dedication to the craft. The conservatory’s 2-year curriculum features classes in movement, voice, text analysis, and...

The Warner Pacific University Adult Degree Program is the hub for courses designed for adult students at WPU. The WPU Adult Degree Program offers degrees in eight academic fields of study. To accommodate working students, WPU Adult Degree courses...