Colleges in Oregon

Colleges in Oregon

Oregon is nicknamed The Beaver State, which plays nicely with the fact that Oregon produces more timber than any other state in the US. Other top supporters in the economy include technology, hydroelectric power, agriculture and fishing. Many of the colleges in Oregon are clustered near the coast of the Pacific Ocean but some can be found scattered inland, as well. Willamette University isn’t only the oldest college in the state, but also the oldest institution in the Western US. When it comes to the most selective, Reed College in Portland accepts the fewest students. Notable attractions in Oregon include the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, the scenic Columbia River Highway, and Crater Lake National Park. This Western State is split between two time zones (Mountain Time Zone and the Pacific Time Zone), has a generally mild climate, and is home to the deepest lake in the US, Crater Lake.
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University of Oregon

With a campus along the Willamette River, the University of Oregon is a 4-year public university in Eugene and the flagship campus of the UO System. The UO is home to nine colleges hosting more than 300 degree-granting academic programs. To provide a...

“…Moving from Hawaii to Oregon was a huge culture shock for me, but definitely worth it. I had to learn how to navigate around the city, apply for classes, and do everything on my own, without my parents. Not only did I have to adjust to the heavy...” – Jasmine from Kahului, HI

Oregon State University

Oregon State University is an international public institution located in Corvallis, OR. Originally Corvallis Academy, 150 years and more than 200 degree offerings later, OSU is one of only three universities in the US to have a land-, sea-, space-,...

“…only school to offer ecologocal engineering at an undergraduate level” – James from Cedar Knolls, NJ

Portland State University

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...

“…Portland State University is a high quality education that provides both flexibility to the busy student and abundant resources for success, through their many outstanding teachers, helpful graduate students, and various other bodies. The student...” – Chelsea from Woodland, WA

Reed College

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 a wonderland for quirky and intellectual people who want to be learning and growing every day. The classes are small and individualized, providing an environment where you are encouraged to explore your own ideas and push others to do the...” – Alex from Denver, CO

University of Portland

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

Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University is a 4-year public liberal arts college in south central Oregon. SOU confers bachelor’s degrees in 36 academic fields of study and provides numerous opportunities to engage in field study, internships, and capstone projects...

“…The teachers are really helpful and most are really good about getting papers or tests backs quickly. I feel pretty challenged, but never really overloaded. Most professors are really good about dealing with special circumatances.” – Brooke from South Lake Tahoe, CA

Western Oregon University

Originally founded in 1856 by Oregon pioneers, Western Oregon University is a 4-year public school and the oldest public institution in the state. Western Oregon grants bachelor’s degrees in 52 academic majors. To provide a break from campus, the...

“…The classes at Western Oregon University are really good. You learn a lot in these small classes because you can ask questions and talk to the professors.” – Melissa from Cornelius, OR

Willamette University

Founded in 1842, Willamette University is a liberal arts institution in northwest Oregon and the oldest university in the western half of the United States. Willamette’s College of Liberal Arts offers undergraduate degrees in over 40 academic fields...

“…Each day at Willamette I have anywhere from two to five hours of class, at least this semester, and for each class I come out learning something new. Of course some days I learn more than others, but everyday I go to class I know that I will learn a...” – Zachery from California

Portland Community College

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,...

“…I am definitely learning all I need and it is great. I was at first hesitant about going to a community college for the first year but I soon found out that that is not at all a problem. I thought classes at a University would be more informative and...” – Jakob from Portland, OR

George Fox University

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...

“…I am finally being challenged in the classroom again. I almost floated through high school, but George Fox pushes me in the classroom. It expands my thinking, and the teachers are friendly. The ratio of teachers to students is low, so it's really...” – Dana from Harrisburg, OR

Eastern Oregon University

With a campus nestled in the Blue Mountain range, Eastern Oregon University is a 4-year public institution in northeast Oregon. Eastern Oregon is home to four colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 25 academic majors. For...

“…Through one short year, I feel as though I have learned to think in a different light.” – Ashli from Nampa, ID

Lane Community College is a 2-year institution offering degrees and certificates from eight academic departments. The Science department at LCC features several green career programs as well as degrees in Energy Management and Sustainability...

“…I have been able to learn how to become a better parent at Lane by taking a few courses on early childhood education. I have also learned how to become a better writer and have been able to win one award for my high school because of the great...” – Jessica from Eugene, OR

Lewis & Clark College

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...

“…I find most of my classes interesting, and all of them challenging. I've learned things about subjects that I never thought would interest me!” – Maelia from Ashland, OR

Corban University

Corban University is a private, independent institution that provides a Christ-centered education outside of Salem, Oregon, situated on a forested hillside. Corban offers traditional on-campus degrees as well as five that can be completed entirely...

“…There are a variety of classes here--I feel like a kid in a candy store! Luckily, you have a personal advisor in the department of your major who is dedicated to making sure you take the right classes at the right time. That way, you can take that...” – Casey from Post Falls, ID

Mt Hood Community College

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

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...

“…The professors are always willing to help, and they make lessons understandable so that its easier for students to memorize what they learn that day. Some professors even extend deadlines of assignments that I have had trouble with or need more time...” – Phillip from Aurora, CO

Oregon Institute of Technology

The Oregon Institute of Technology is a public and state-supported institute of technology based in Klamath Falls, OR, and has satellite campuses in Seattle-Boeing and the Portland-Metro area. Entire degrees can be earned via Oregon Online and...

“…There is an extensive amount of information being taught at Oregon Institute of Technology, and excellent professors that are extremely willing to help you learn it. Since this college is on the smaller side, the professors know you by your name and...” – Lillian from Corvallis, OR

Pacific University

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 has an extremely extensive course catalog for such a small school. They also cover a large amount of subjects, so students who go to college undecided have the ability to sample courses from many areas before deciding on a major....” – Tess from Bothell, WA

Oregon Health & Science University

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,...

“…Love this program!! It's worth the extra year of nursing school; I feel by the time I graduate, I will be a well-prepared nurse! ” – Sarah from Turner, OR

Chemeketa Community College

Chemeketa Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in Hayesville, Oregon. The college also maintains a number of satellite locations, which can be found in McMinnville, Brooks, Woodburn, Eola, and Dallas, Oregon. Along with the...

“…This school is of course, a community college. Unlike Universities, it offers everyone a chance to interact closer with a professor of counselor. The rate of people whom have successfully passed their classes is pretty high at Chemeketa. It is a good...” – Linda from Salem, OR

Linn-Benton Community College is a 2-year institution with a main campus and three extension centers in western Oregon with more than 80 academic degrees and certificates grouped into seven departments known as Meta Majors. LBCC’s Culinary Arts...

“…When I enrolled to LBCC I really thought nothing of it. In my head I just thought oh look more school. But after the first year at LBCC I have learned so much and respect and thank every professor I have had and will have in the near future. Thank...” – Daniel from Sweet Home, OR

With campus a short drive from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Rogue Community College is a 2-year institution in southern Oregon. RCC is home to 51 academic departments hosting degree and certificate-granting programs. Utilizing its wooded...

“… great college, great instructor” – Mary from Medford, 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...

“…Good gracious! I'm learning so much! Who knew there was so much meaning in what seemed before to be orderless Sunday School stories!” – Shea from Spokane, WA

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...

“…As far as academics go, the professors go out of their way to make themselves available to you to further your learning experience. One will find that the professors will be on campus during hours with an open door always available to discuss any...” – Kyle from Lake Oswego, 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....

“…The course rigor at this school is unlike any other. I was pleasantly surprised by the foundations program and concentration program. This college offers hands on learning in your craft field of choice while also allowing you to reach into other...” – Jordan from Thornton, CO

Pacific Northwest College of Art

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...

“…It's a pretty great school. There aren't many students so the community is pretty close. The teachers are always willing to help and give great advice.” – Jazmine from Maywood, CA

Oregon State University-Cascades

Oregon State University–Cascades is a public university in Bend, Oregon. Students earn an OSU degree in a smaller setting. OSU-Cascades offers a variety of bachelor’s degrees including signature programs like energy systems engineering, software...

“…Oregons best kept secret. A great education with great faculty in a great place to live. Education made easy in a place that you love.” – Sam from Bend, OR

With four campuses serving a six-county area, Central Oregon Community College is the oldest 2-year institution in the state. COCC is home to over 75 academic programs and offers degrees and certificates in such eclectic fields as Baking and Pastry...

“…I'm just taking my regular basic freshman classes and so I'm sure that I'd be getting about the same level of education regardless of where I went for this first year.” – Charissa from Bend, OR

With a campus on the shores of the Umpqua River, Umpqua Community College is a 2-year institution in western Oregon. UCC is home to transfer education and career technical divisions hosting degree and certificate-granting programs. The college...

“… It's a great learning environment. Thing to remember is , don't be afraid to ask questions. If you don't then you will be stuck. NO ONE IS GOING TO LAUGH AT YOU. Heck, they might've had the same question. ” – Amaryah from Winston, OR

Northwest Christian University is a 4-year Christ-centered institution offering degrees in Bible & Theology, Christian Ministry, Christian Worship, and 15 other liberal arts subjects. NCU also sponsors study abroad programs during the school year and...

“…The professors here are very good at keeping the class entertained and engaged. They are sure to include relevant pop culture to grab your attention on a subject. Just the other day a professor used Titanic to help describe the Greek tragedy,...” – Amanda from Elmira, OR

Blue Mountain Community College is a 2-year institution with seven campuses and extension sites in northeast Oregon. BMCC is home to 26 academic departments including Veterinary Studies and Paraeducator programs. In addition, the college offers 11...

“…Excellent beginner school for those looking to start back to school. The staff is awesome, very helpful. Locations are placed throughout the state as well as online.” – Brandy from North Powder, OR

Southwestern Oregon Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Coos Bay, with a satellite location in Brookings. Founded in 1961, SOCC was Oregon’s first community college, and it now serves a student population of over 14,000....

“…i have a friend going there and she says she loves it!” – Desiree from Billings, MT

Treasure Valley Community College

Treasure Valley Community College is a 2-year institution in with four eastern Oregon campuses as well as a facility in western Idaho. TVCC confers degrees and certificates in more than 80 subjects including programs in Helicopter and Fixed-Wing...

“…i am learning a lot in classes like speech 111. it's kind of a tough class if you're really shy like i am but the teacher makes it fun because he makes up jokes and funny stories. this class is very important if you're going to be in any field of...” – Leticia from Wilder, ID

Linfield College-McMinnville Campus

Linfield College-McMinnville Campus is an undergraduate liberal arts school that accepts new enrollments for both the fall and spring semesters. The 189-acre campus features the Miller Fine Arts Center/Linfield Gallery, the Vivian A. Bull Music...

“…It's a great school where you can learn whatever you want your passion to be. The athletics are awesome and the athletes are very accepting of all athletic abilities. The campus is extremely safe and very beautiful!” – James from McMinnville, 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...

Klamath Community College is a 2-year college in southwest Oregon. KCC is home to five academic departments featuring 22 degree and 25 certificate-granting programs. Additionally, six associate degrees are available entirely online. To challenge...

“…I have been attending KCC for a couple of years now and so far I have only had positive experiences. The professors are willing to answer questions and meet with you to help you clear up any confusion. Also, KCC has many tutors available at various...” – Kendra from Klamath Falls, OR

Located a short drive from Yaquina Bay, Oregon Coast Community College is a 2-year college with a main campus and two satellite locations in western Oregon. Oregon Coast is home to seven academic departments and, to provide academic support for...

With a main campus situated on a hillside next to the Columbia River, Clatsop Community College is a 2-year college in northwest Oregon. Clatsop offers 15 associate degree and 12 certificate-granting academic programs. With its proximity to the...

“…A great place to get started on your college education. It's a very personal and encouraging environment. It has wonderful teachers who will help you every step of the way to a higher education. ” – Rebecca from Astoria, OR

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...

With two campuses a short distance from the Columbia River, Columbia Gorge Community College is a 2-year college in northern Oregon. CGCC is home to seven academic divisions hosting over 13 degree and 14 certificate-granting programs. As an...

Established in 1925, New Hope Christian College is a private, Christ-centered institution located in Eugene, Oregon. NHCC offers a Creative Arts bachelor’s degree with three concentration options, a Ministry Leadership bachelor’s degree with five...

“…New Hope is a great place to move toward true maturity in all aspects of your life. The faculty and student body show exceptional living in their studies, attitude, and passion to make an impact in this world. There's a friendly and open atmosphere...” – Reina from Springfield, OR

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...

With campus a short drive from its eponymous bay and the Pacific Ocean, Tillamook Bay Community College is a 2-year institution in western Oregon. TBCC is home to 12 fields of study granting associate degrees and certificates. In addition, the...

“…The classes have challenging parts but the teachers are very helpful.” – Kimberly from Tillamook, OR

Founded as electronics training program, Pioneer Pacific College is a for-profit college with three Oregon locations focusing on career-centered academic courses. Pioneer Pacific offers degree and certificate-granting programs in Business, Healthcare...

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...

Founded by the Benedictine monks of Mount Angel Abbey, Mount Angel Seminary is a Roman Catholic seminary in northwest Oregon dedicated to training students for the priesthood. The oldest seminary in the western United States, Mount Angel consists of...

Linfield College-Online and Continuing Education is the internet hub for all Linfield online courses. Linfield OCE offers bachelor’s degrees in 10 fields of study and 19 certificate-granting programs. For working students, Linfield OCE provides the...

Founded by a Christian radio station manager, Pacific Bible College is a 2-year non-denominational Christian institution in southern Oregon focused on training students in Biblical literacy and theology. PBC offers associate degrees in Biblical...

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...

Located near Gateway Mall, Northwest College-Springfield is a beauty school and a regional campus of NWC in the Eugene metro area. NWC Springfield offers courses in Hair Design, Barbering, and Nail Technology as well as the only nationally accredited...

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...

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