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...

“…The University of Oregon provides an exceptional college experience. The U of O provides several opportunities for student involvement. Finally, sports at the UO are the cornerstone of student pride in the school.” – Cheyenne from Albuquerque, NM

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-,...

“…OSU & Corvallis has so much to offer (year-round) it's sometimes hard to know where to start. It has a beautiful, relaxed campus with nearly 25,000 students & Corvallis' central location provides easy access to plenty of activities in less than 3...” – Earl from Tangent, OR

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...

“…Great college, but not for everyone. A lot of people either make it or break it the first semester. You have to take this college seriously or you won't last long.” – Katelyn from Bartlett, IL

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...

“…The University of Portland is a lovely small school. It is religious, however it isn't oppressively religious. The professors are competent as well as helpful, a few are downright hysterical.” – Micah from Gig Harbor, WA

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...

“…i have attended the preview weekend and the campus is especially nice. people-students and staff-are extremely kind and helpful. the food is really wonderful as are the dorms.” – Katelynn from Clearlake, 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...

“…Close, beautiful campus and a great place to be for college. The teacher are really helpful, the sports are great and being able to make friends is a great thing. Western Oregon is a wonderful college to go to.” – Anjelea from Oceanside, CA

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...

“…Willamette University is a great liberal arts school located in Salem, Oregon. It's small student body provides for personal student to teacher relationships and creates a welcoming tight-knit community. It provides students with unlimited resources...” – Julia from Kaneohe, HI

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,...

“…This school is an excellent way to learn with a broad areas to major in. It also is affordable some classes have tutoring specific to that class. I like being able to enjoy school activities and the fact I can meet people with simular interest. A+ ” – Lillian 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...

“… there is an amazing christ-centered community here. you will not only make relationships that will last a lifetime, but you will also learn about your future career in a small environment from brilliant professors who truly care.” – M

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...

“…The staff here at EOU is very helpful and friendly. Classes are small and the environment is perfect for learning. Overall, coming here has been the best decision i have ever made.” – Marco from La Grande, OR

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...

“…lane community college is a great school with a hard working, friendly faculty that give personal attention to their students which is made easy by our smaller class sizes. also, lcc has a sustainable organic garden on campus, run by students and...” – Julie 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...

“…Outdoorsy, friendly, community” – Elena from Lynden, WA

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...

“…a fun, christian environment where you can fellowship with other believers and can learn a lot from a christian perspective. there are over 50 majors and programs available here, so it is very likely that you will find something you are interested in...” – Brandon from Sultan, 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...

“…mt. hood is a wonderful way to get started on your academics, and help you find out what you want out of life. ” – Erica 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...

“…Clackamas Community College is a great two-year school. They have many different class options, including online courses. I would recommend CCC for its' high level of education, and low tuition rates.” – Kristin from Oregon City, 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...

“…Concordia is an exceptionally welcoming school. Everyone smiles at you makes you feel at home. I feel I always have the support of staff and faculty here and I can easily get help with anything, whether it is homework, guidance, and any other...” – Lesya from Oregon City, OR

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...

“…oit is a great school because of the one-on-one help you get from the teachers. they are very engaged and flexible to work with you, not to mention small class sizes. it also helps that oit is very cost-effective.” – Jaycee from Klamath Falls, 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 is a stimulating community that encourages its students to diversify themselves. while on campus there is an overwhelming feeling of acceptance and openness. students have the opportunity to sample classes in multiple fields and pursue other...” – Jordan from Klamath Falls, OR

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,...

“…Excellent professors and a dynamic curriculum. Every clinical course is managed in the most professional way imaginable. Support services are superior.” – Aubrey from PORTLAND, OR

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...

“…It is a great college but it is so fast and diffrent in the same time. The students are friendly but when class ends they are not your friends anymore. A lot of instructors are great and some are really bad because they cannot teach and want you to...” – Svetlana 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...

“…Having a great time while learning a great deal.” – Douglas from Corvallis, 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...

“…rogue community college is a very convenient location. the teachers are great with giving you all the help you need. the counselors are very knowledgeable and give you everything you need to be a success!” – Crystal from Gold Hill, 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...

“…A wonderful, beautiful, well-kept campus. The school has knowledgeable, caring teachers who go the extra mile to help and teach students. The other students, whether they be living on campus or commuters, are all very welcoming and help bring joy...” – Shelby from Vancouver, 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...

“…Warner Pacific College is an urban college located in the center of Portland Oregon. For a christ based liberal arts education, Warner Pacific is the best choice. You will enjoy close friends and be challenged to earn a relevant education to your...” – Lucy 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....

“…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

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...

“…a wonderful community of artists that i fully enjoy being around. the staff and faculty are intimate and have been nothing but helpful to me. pnca has helped me grow and is still helping me develop into the best artists i can be” – Portland, OR

Oregon State University-Cascades Campus

Oregon State University-Cascades is a public university in Bend, Oregon. The 128-acre campus offers more than 30 degrees, minors, and options for its student body to utilize. OSU-Cascades prides itself on small class sizes, which average about 17...

“…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...

“…beautiful location. cocc is anything but just a community college. the difficulty of classes prepares you very well for either transferring to a university or succeed in your choice of career. ” – Kristina 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...

“…A beautiful college that is located outside of a very nice cozy town. A small college with small classes. A college with an awesome faculty.” – Christopher from Roseburg, 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...

“…Northwest Christian University has friendly faculty, staff, and very helpful student leadership. They have helped me so much through my application/ scholarship process. Needless to say, I feel very welcome at NCU. ” – Aloma from Port Angeles, WA

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....

“…It is a great place to start. The student life is fun and exciting, and the food is excellent! I'm super happy that i saved money and am still attending a great school.” – Cheryl from Coos Bay, OR

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...

“…Treasure Valley is a very helpful college, in regards to questions asked there is always some one very to help. Whether it be a student or faculty member. Personally, not knowing much about higher education before, the answered all my questions, even...” – Lacey from Ontario, OR

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...

“…the linfield community is warm and welcoming; it's hard not to make friends here. professors make a point to know their students on a first name basis, making learning a very personal experience. it's a great fit for anyone seeking a close-knit...” – Caleb from Pendleton, 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...

“…Excellent place to further your education. The instructors are very approachable. The programs the school offers are designed to help their students succeed.” – Karen from Dorris, CA

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...

“…The Oregon Coast Community College is a great school. I really like how small the classes are which makes them more one on one with the teacher student relationship.” – Dakota from Newport, OR

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...

“…Beautiful campus close to lots of activities in Portland. I've heard a lot of positive feedback from naturopath friends who graduated from this school. I am planning to transfer to do my graduate work here!” – Sierra from Brush Prairie, WA

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 college for anyone looking to perfect their skills to use in ministry. The student body is small and everyone knows each other; it's like a family. Highly recommend New Hope to those interested in a bible college. ” – Millie from Eugene, 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...

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...

Named for an 11th century guru, Maitripa College is a Tibetan Buddhist academy in Portland. With an academic foundation in the Buddhist pillars of mediation, scholarship, and service, Maitripa grants master’s degrees in Buddhist Studies and Divinity....

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