There are a few colleges in the state of Oregon that are affiliated with the Catholic faith and offer students a variety of degree programs. These 4-year institutions have unique characteristics that potential students may want to consider when selecting a college. Here we discuss each school and some of their special qualities.
Oregon offers three Catholic colleges in the northwest part of the state. Find out about each school's specific location and undergraduate tuition rates in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||In-state Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Marylhurst University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Marylhurst, OR||$20,835|
|Mount Angel Seminary||4-year, private not-for-profit||Saint Benedict, OR||$21,404|
|University of Portland||4-year, private not-for-profit||Portland, OR||$44,026|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Description of Catholic Colleges in Oregon
Oregon's Catholic colleges vary in a number of characteristics, including student population size, student-to-faculty ratios and spiritual organizations/services. Students trying to decide between these schools may want to consider these factors and what will help them reach their educational and/or spiritual goals. Compare and contrast the Catholic colleges in Oregon below.
Marylhurst University is a rather small institution with almost 400 undergraduate students and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, according to the NCES. The school offers bachelor's and master's degree programs, as well as several undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. Students can pursue a degree in areas like business, education, English, communications, healthcare, environmental science, the humanities, psychology, divinity/ministry and the arts. Many programs offer flexible formats with online, evening and weekend classes. The school also has a nationally recognized graduate program in art therapy and a very popular MBA program. Students can attend a wide range of school-sponsored events in art and music, as well as speaker and reading series.
Mount Angel Seminary
Mount Angel Seminary is a very small, all-male school with almost 60 undergraduate students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 3 to 1, per the NCES. Students at the school can pursue a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree, as well as a postgraduate certificate. The school offers degree programs in philosophy, religious studies, theology and divinity/ministry. Many of the school's graduates go on to serve as Catholic priests in religious organizations throughout the country and the world. The school is the oldest seminary in the western part of the country and is the only one in that part of the country that also has a college and graduate school of theology, according to the school's website. Students in seminary must participate in daily Mass and prayer times, but can also choose to participate in special events, like retreats, talent shows, dinners, cultural groups and more.
University of Portland
The University of Portland is a larger, co-ed school with almost 3,800 undergraduate students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1, according to the NCES. The school has bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, as well as certificate programs. Students can pursue study in a wide range of areas, including biology, computer science, engineering, education, foreign language, math, healthcare, history, theology, counseling, social work and more. According to the school's website, Kiplinger's Personal Finance ranked the school the #1 private school for value in Oregon and the school also ranks #23 nationally for study abroad participation. Students can attend Mass, sacraments and liturgies, as well as attend spiritual retreats and/or participate in faith sharing communities and leadership opportunities.