Portland, OR, Broadcasting Schools
There are many schools in the Portland area that offer broadcasting programs. This article looks at three institutions within 45 minutes of the city and the undergraduate programs in broadcasting they offer. The next section of the article offers a table of information about the schools, presented in a format that makes it easy to compare them.
- Individuals seeking a 2-year program may want to consider the Associate of Applied Science in Broadcasting at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC). This school is about 16 miles from downtown Portland.
- Clackamas Community College, almost 22 miles from the city center, offers a multimedia journalist certificate program with coursework in broadcast journalism.
- George Fox University offers a bachelor's degree in journalism with a broadcast concentration. This school is 24 miles from downtown Portland.
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Comparison of Schools
The following table looks at important aspects of each school, such as size, tuition and graduation rates.
|Mt. Hood Community College||Clackamas Community College||George Fox University|
|School Type||2-year; public||2-year; public||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||9,276*||7,302*||3,786*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large suburb||Fringe: town|
|Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$4,841 in-state; $10,016 out-of-state*||$4,268 in-state; $11,918 out-of-state*||$33,142*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||82%*||72%*||99%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions||78%*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||55% for full-time students; 35% for part-time students*||50% for full-time students; 33% for part-time students*||83% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (2014)||23% (30% transfer-out rate)*||22% (26% transfer-out rate)*||65%*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator
Mt. Hood Community College
Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) is a public school located roughly 16 miles west of Portland in Gresham, OR. MHCC's 2-year broadcasting program teaches skills useful for a variety of broadcast, film, radio, web, video game or music production roles.
Associate of Applied Science in Integrated Media: Broadcasting
Mt. Hood Community College's broadcasting program takes full-time students about two years to finish, and classes are organized into quarters rather than semesters. Topics covered include broadcast news, media writing, integrated media, lighting techniques, radio documentaries, sound design, and digital editing; an internship is optional. In the final quarter of the program, students create a portfolio of their best work.
Clackamas Community College
Clackamas Community College (CCC) is a 2-year public school located in Oregon City, which is about 21 miles south of downtown Portland, Oregon. Clackamas offers prospective students a multimedia journalist certificate through the school's Career Technical Programs Division.
Entry-Level Multimedia Journalist Certificate
This 37-credit certificate program at CCC focuses on multimedia journalism and is generally completed by taking classes during the fall, winter, and spring terms. Coursework includes media arts, digital video editing, speech communications, entertainment law and reporting, as well as introductory and advanced courses in broadcast journalism.
George Fox University
George Fox University is a 4-year, private not-for-profit school located in Newberg, OR. The school's bachelor's program in journalism requires 24 credits of core classes plus 18 credits in either a print or broadcast specialization, in addition to general education coursework.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism with a Broadcast Concentration
George Fox University's BA in Journalism incorporates coursework in both broadcast and print journalism. Students take required core classes in media law and ethics, broadcast news, communication, journalism, grammar and editing, and mass media and popular culture. The broadcast concentration includes digital media production, public relations and an additional broadcast news course; on-campus and off-campus field experiences are also required.