Oregon Colleges and Universities: Overviews of Popular Schools

Students hoping to have their college experience in the state of Oregon have a wide variety of options, including public and private universities, four-year colleges, vocational schools and community colleges. Use the information below, collected by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), to compare some of these schools based on the following categories:

Oregon Schools Near Large Cities

For many, being near a large city is important. Larger cities tend to provide students with more extracurricular activities, internships, jobs and recreational activities. Here are five Oregon schools that are in Oregon's largest city, Portland.

  • Portland Community College
  • Portland State University
  • Reed College
  • University of Portland
  • University of Western States

Largest Schools in Oregon

Another sign of plentiful opportunities is a large student body. Whether it be networking opportunities, a larger variety of courses or prestige, there are reasons larger schools attract more students. If this is something you are concerned about take a look at the five largest school in Oregon according to 2015 NCES reports.

  • Oregon State University (29,576 enrolled students)
  • Portland Community College (29,003 enrolled students)
  • Portland State University (27,488 enrolled students)
  • University of Oregon (24,032 enrolled students)
  • Chemeketa Community College (11,454 enrolled students)

Schools with Lowest Net Price

There are many expenses that accompany a college education, including tuition, fees, textbooks and housing. The cost of attending a school can make or break a student's decision on whether to enroll. To help students review the cost of attending a school, the NCES calculates the a net price by subtracting the average grants and scholarships awarded to full-time undergraduate students form these cost. Here are the five schools in Oregon with the lowest NCES net price for the 2014-2015 academic year.

  • 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)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

One way that aspiring students can narrow down their options is to compare schools' graduation rates. These stats offer an idea of how effective a college or university is academically. Based on students who entered undergraduate programs in Fall 2009, or 2012 depending of the size of the program, and completed them within 150% of normal time, the following institutions have the highest graduation rates in Oregon according to 2015 NCES reports.

  • University of Western States (88% graduation rate)
  • Reed College (82% graduation rate)
  • Northwest College-Tualatin (81% graduation rate)
  • Willamette University (79% graduation rate)
  • University of Portland (78% graduation rate)

Oregon is full of post-secondary education opportunities. Whether you are concerned about being in a thriving city, being around a lot of students, paying a fair price, or going to an institution with a good graduation rate, its important that you find the right fit for you.

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