Eugene, Oregon (OR) Colleges and Universities

There are six schools within a 25-mile radius of Eugene, Oregon. Read about the three traditional, public or private non-profit schools with most program variety, lowest net prices, highest graduation rates, and lowest student-faculty ratios to find the school for you.

School Ranking Overview

The list of schools in and around Eugene, OR, includes specialty schools focused on beauty and Christian studies, but this article focuses on more traditional non-profit schools that offer a range of programs. There are three such schools in the Eugene area: a public 2-year college, a public 4-year university and a private 4-year university. These schools are ranked and described here in terms of these four categories:

  • Program Variety
  • Net Price
  • Graduation Rate
  • Student-Faculty Ratio

Most Program Variety

The school with the most program variety near Eugene offers programs in more than 100 fields of study. The other two schools considered also offer a variety of options, with approximately 25-80 programs. A student who has not yet chosen a major may benefit from attending a school that offers programs in multiple areas.

1 - University of Oregon

This 4-year public school is located in Eugene and enrolls about 24,000 students. It offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees as well as post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificate programs in about 134 fields of study. The university states that it offers approximately 300 comprehensive academic programs.

The university operates nine colleges and schools, including an honors college, law school, college of business, and a school of architecture and the arts. Undergraduate students may major in areas like landscape architecture, non-profit administration, peace studies, religious studies, and computer information technology. Graduate programs are offered in fields such as education, psychology, art history, folklore, mathematics, and musicology. Recently, the school's provost approved the creation of four new specializations for graduate students: food studies, neuroscience, sustainable business practices, and prevention science.

In its 2013 edition, U.S. News and World Report ranked the university number 115 of the best national universities. The publication stated that popular majors at the school include political science and government, psychology, journalism, and sociology. Also per U.S. News and World Report, UO's graduate-level special education program was #3 in the nation in 2013. It also had strong law programs, with legal writing being ranked #5, dispute resolution #7, and environmental law #8 in 2013.

2 - Lane Community College

This community college is also located in Eugene. It enrolls about 13,000 students and has certificate programs and associate's degrees in about 80 areas. One of the college's main emphases is preparing its students to transfer to 4-year schools. To that end, it provides several transfer-specific degree programs, including one designed for students intending to transfer to a school with business-focused general education requirements. However, some of these degree programs do not provide automatic or guaranteed admission to a 4-year school in the University of Oregon System.

Areas of study offered through transfer programs include biology, criminal justice, dental hygiene, home economics, and public administration. In addition, the school operates an honors program and offers an Associate of General Studies program. Of 1,201 associate's degrees awarded in 2011-2012, 622 were awarded in liberal arts and general studies, per the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

The college's career and technical programs culminate in an Associate of Applied Science or a certificate. These programs are offered in fields such as small business ownership, computer network operations, energy management, and flight technology.

3 - Northwest Christian University

Northwest Christian University is situated in Eugene. In its 2013 edition, U.S. News and World Report ranked the school number 20 of the best regional colleges in the West.

The private, non-profit university enrolls about 600 students and offers associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees and certificate programs in about 24 fields of study. In addition to traditional undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the school offers adult degree programs in areas such as psychology, teacher education, and accounting.

Undergraduate students may major in fields like biology, history, mathematics, and Christian ministry. Graduate students may complete programs in fields such as business administration, mental health counseling, or education. The university states that popular areas of study among its students include teacher education, psychology, and accounting. In 2011-2012, the school awarded 190 degrees and certificates; 126 were bachelor's degrees and 58 were master's degrees, per NCES data.

Lowest Net Price

NCES calculates figures for schools' net prices by subtracting the average amount of financial aid from the total cost to attend that school for first-time undergraduate students paying the in-state tuition and fees rate. The net price figures below are NCES figures for the 2010-2011 school year. During this time, the school near Eugene with the lowest net price cost approximately $8,000 to attend.

1 - Lane Community College

For the 2010-2011 school year, this community college had a net price of $7,752. The NCES reports that, during this same time, 89% of the school's full-time beginning undergraduate students received financial aid.

During the 2012-2013 school year, in-state beginning full-time students paid an estimated $3,682 in tuition and fees, while out-of-state students paid an estimated $8,362, according to NCES. The cost of books and supplies for beginning full-time students during this same school year was $1,182, reports the same source.

2 - University of Oregon

University of Oregon's net price for the 2010-2011 school year was $14,699. During this same school year, 72% of the school's full-time beginning undergraduate students received financial aid, reports NCES.

According to U.S. News and World Report, in 2011, 61% of the school's student body applied for need-based financial aid, but only 45.4% received that type of aid. Overall, U.S. News and World Report states, only 9.4% of students with financial need had that need fully met.

Undergraduate in-state tuition and fees were $9,310 and out-of-state costs were $28,660 in 2012-2013, per NCES. In-state graduate students paid $14,530 and out-of-state graduate students paid $22,198 in tuition and fees that year.

3 - Northwest Christian University

This school's net price for the 2010-2011 school year was $18,160. In that same school year, reports the NCES, 100% of the university's beginning full-time undergraduate students received financial aid. According to the university, more than 97% of undergraduates receive financial aid (the date for this statistic was not reported, but the site was accessed in 2013). The university states that it awards scholarships based on academic merit as well as for athletic and music talent.

College Board reports that the average first-year financial aid package is valued at $19,140 and that 72% of students have their financial needs met. College Board also reports that, on average, the university's graduates have $32,045 in debt (no dates given).

Highest Graduation Rates

The two universities considered in this article have overall graduation rates higher than 50%, and the one community college in Eugene has a much lower overall graduation rate. NCES calculates overall graduation rates by determining the number of a school's beginning full-time students who complete their chosen programs within 150% of the normal amount of time. The statistics reported below are NCES figures.

1 - University of Oregon

This school's overall graduation rate of 66%, for students beginning in 2005, leads to it ranking first in this category. Of bachelor's degree-seekers, 41% graduated on time (in four years) and 66% graduated in 150% of the normal amount of time (six years). The school also had a high retention rate for full-time beginning undergraduate students, with 86% of these students who began their studies in the fall of 2010 returning in the fall of 2011; the retention rate was 48% for part-time students, per NCES.

2 - Northwest Christian University

This university's overall graduation rate of 60% for full-time students beginning in 2005 places it slightly behind the highest-ranking school in this category. However, bachelor's degree graduation rates for students who first enrolled in 2005 were better: 83% graduated in four years and 100% graduated in six years. According to NCES, the university had a high retention rate, with 77% of full-time students who began their studies in the fall of 2010 returning in the fall of 2011.

3 - Lane Community College

Lane Community College had an overall graduation rate of just 10% for students who began in 2008. Only 2% of students graduated on time. NCES reports that the school also has a 22% transfer out rate. Its retention rates are higher than its graduation rates, with 61% of full-time and 45% of part-time students who began their studies in the fall of 2010 returning in the fall of 2011.

Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

All of the three traditional schools near Eugene considered in this article have student-faculty ratios lower than 25:1. The ratios quoted below are from NCES, from 2011.

1 - Northwest Christian University

This school had a student-faculty ratio of 12:1 in 2011, when 478 undergraduate and 132 graduate students enrolled. U.S. News and World Report states that 76.6% of the school's classes contained fewer than 20 students in 2011.

In its 2011-2012 common data set, the university reported that it employed a total of 76 instructional faculty members. Of these, 29 had a doctorate or other terminal degree and 36 held a non-terminal master's degree, the university stated.

2 - Lane Community College

In 2011, Lane Community College had a student-faculty ratio of 20:1. NCES reports that, in the fall of 2011, the school employed 249 full-time and 470-part time faculty with primary teaching duties to instruct the 12,837 undergraduates taking classes.

3 - University of Oregon

This school had a student-faculty ratio of 24:1 in 2011, per NCES. In 2011, the school had a large student population of 20,623 undergraduate and 3,773 graduate students. They were instructed by 1,240 teaching professors as well as 1,434 graduate teaching assistants. U.S. News and World Report states that only 37% of the school's classes contained fewer than 20 students in 2011.

According to the university, it had a lower student-faculty ratio in 2012. In its 2012-2013 institutional statistics report, the university reported that about 92% of faculty held the terminal degree in their field.

Eugene, Oregon, Schools at a Glance

School Name Location School Type Program Levels Offered Area Ranking
Lane Community College Eugene, OR 2-year, public 1-year, 1- to 2-year, and 2- to 4-year certificates; associate's degrees Lowest Net Price,
2nd Most Program Variety,
2nd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio,
3rd Highest Graduation Rate
Northwest Christian University Eugene, OR 4-year, private non-profit 1-year certificates; associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio,
2nd Highest Graduation Rate,
3rd Most Program Variety,
3rd Lowest Net Price
University of Oregon Eugene, OR 4-year, public Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees; post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates Most Program Variety,
Highest Graduation Rate,
2nd Lowest Net Price,
3rd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

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