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...

“…This was not my first choice school; I went here because of the cheap tuition, and I'm very happy with my decision. I really love the school. There's always stuff to do, places to visit, food to eat (amazing food carts!), and a diverse body of people...” – R from Beaverton, OR

Reed College is an 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...

“…Reed is tough. The students are intelligent, intellectual, wild, liberal, and independent. The work is highly demanding, but very rewarding. ” – Molly

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...

“…I can honestly say that I have never felt so well taken care of academically. All of the teachers here are dedicated to their job and to the students. They go out of their way to make sure that every student is keeping up with the material. The class...” – Rosemary from Las Vegas, NV

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,...

“…My major is Mechanical Engineering so i need hands on classes and so far the school has provided me with that.” – Paul from Beaverton, 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...

“…Wow! I have learned so much from being at Fox so far! Not only academically, but growing as a person spiritually and socially. I am learning like I never have before. I have been challenged, but also, I know that now, I am actually on the road to...” – Rachel from Newberg, 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,...

“…Clark is defiantly a great school to attend. There are great teachers in every department who really love teaching and make class interesting. ” – Ann from Vancouver, 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...

“…Some classes have challenged me, but in many others, I have to challenge myself to grow. In some of the introductory courses, it would not take much effort to receive an A in the class. Doing the minimum will hurt you in the long run though.” – Bryan from Gresham, 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...

“…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...

“…Concordia is not a large school at all. This means that all of the classes are very personal, for example my largest class consisted of 30 people. Therefore all of my teachers knew my name, kept in contact with me via E-mail, kept me updated on...” – Timothy from San Jose, CA

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...

“…Pacific University is the perfect school for athletes, academically driven students, and students who love the rain. The academics are rigorous, but the teachers are extremely helpful. The spirit at this school is something that anyone can feel as...” – Taylor from Alamo, CA

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,...

“…They are a very difficult school to get into, so the school will expect you to have your act together. They have very good customer service and are very willing to answer questions. It's best to try and get your information and then go to them with...” – Kyza from Colton, 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...

“…I believe that Multnomah University is a great place to learn about God and develop healthy relationships. It preps one to go into ministry here in America and over seas. The best thing about Multnomah is that is a great place for community.” – Christine from Portland, 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...

“…Warner Pacific works on the basis of holistic education. The professors and staff want to help the community as much as the students do, and there are many groups on campus that work to help the Portland metro area. Attending Warner will give you a...” – Samantha from OR

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....

“…This school offers a challenging art education with an emphasis on craftsmanship. ” – Marrie 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...

“…I am so excited to attend PNCA. Every dollar is worth it! I visited campus and the school is amazing. I felt like I was walking into a massive studio completed with creative thinkers and dreamers, just like myself. Anyone with a real dream and goal...” – Stephanie from Powell, WY

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...

With a campus overlooking the lake at Tualatin Commons, Northwest College-Tualatin is a hair and beauty school in the Portland metro area. NWC Tualatin is home to hair and beauty courses in subjects such as Barbering and Esthetics as well as...