Summary of Oregon Universities, Colleges, & Career Education

There are 95 colleges and universities in Oregon (OR). Read about the schools with the highest graduation rates, lowest student-faculty ratios and lowest costs to find the school for you.

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Oregon offers a wide variety of universities and colleges that prospective students can choose from. Learn which universities have the largest student populations, lowest net cost, and which ones have the highest graduate rates, all based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics. You'll also learn about your options for schools in Oregon's five largest cities.

Oregon Schools Near Large Cities

Want to find a school that is close to home? Here are some of the schools that are located in Oregon's four largest cities.

  • Portland Community College (Portland)
  • Concordia University - Portland (Portland)
  • University of Oregon (Eugene)
  • Chemeketa Community College (Salem)
  • Mt. Hood Community College (Gresham)

Largest Schools in Oregon

The five largest schools in Oregon, by total student population, are all public schools. The two community colleges offer a number of certificates and associate's degrees, while the three universities offer degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

  • Portland Community College (30,929)
  • Oregon State University (28,886)
  • Portland State University (27,696)
  • University of Oregon (24,096)
  • Chemeketa Community College (11,101)

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  • Education
  • Engineering
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  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Lowest Net Price

Cost is a very important factor when selecting a school. The net price of schools is determined by taking the total cost of attendance for that school and subtracting the average amount of financial aid that full-time undergraduates receive. Here are the five schools in Oregon with the lowest net prices for 2014-2015. The percentage of full-time beginning undergraduate students in these schools who received financial aid in 2014-2015 ranges from 71% to 89%.

  • Oregon Coast Community College ($5,160)
  • Clackamas Community College ($5,227)
  • Chemeketa Community College ($6,280)
  • Klamath Community College ($6,568)
  • Tillamook Bay Community College ($6,573)

Highest Graduation Rate

The graduation rates for schools in Oregon are determined by assessing the number of full-time undergraduate students who graduate within 150% of the normal time for their programs within a particular year. The five Oregon schools with the highest graduation rates for students who began in fall 2009 are all 4-year, private not-for-profit colleges.

  • University of Western States (88% graduation rate)
  • Reed College (82% graduation rate)
  • Willamette University (79% graduation rate)
  • University of Portland (78% graduation rate)
  • Lewis & Clark College (72% graduation rate)

There are many options available for students who are interested in earning college or universities degrees in Oregon.

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