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Broadcasting Schools in Portland, OR with Degree Program Summaries

The Portland, Oregon, area has several colleges that offer broadcasting programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three schools no more than 25 miles from the city center and make an informed education decision.

Portland, OR, Broadcasting Schools

Only a few schools in the Portland area 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 eight miles from downtown Portland.
  • Clackamas Community College, almost six 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 23 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 (2017) 8,680* 6,326* 4,076*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb Fringe: town
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $5,126 in-state; $10,031 out-of-state* $4,614 in-state; $12,399 out-of-state* $35,016*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 77%* 79%* 99%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions 82%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 60% for full-time students; 83% for part-time students* 57% for full-time students; 40% for part-time students* 83% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate 26% (15% transfer-out rate) for students who began Fall 2014* 21% (23% transfer-out rate) for students who began Fall 2014* 72% (23% transfer-out rate) for students who began Fall 2011*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

Mt. Hood Community College

Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) is a public school located roughly eight 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, reporting, integrated media, image editing, sound editing, radio documentaries, audio production, 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 5.5 miles south of downtown Portland, Oregon. Clackamas offers prospective students a multimedia journalist certificate through the school's Career Technical Programs Division.

Entry-Level Journalist Certificate

This 44-credit certificate program at CCC contains coursework in multimedia journalism and is generally completed by taking classes during the fall, winter, and spring terms. Coursework includes media arts, digital video editing, digital multimedia communications, writing for media and photojournalism, as well as an introductory course 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 multimedia production, public relations and an additional broadcast news course; on-campus and off-campus field experiences are also required.


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