Vancouver, Washington (WA) Colleges and Universities

There are only two schools in Vancouver, WA, but 30 other institutions within a 25-mile radius. Here we'll take a look at key attributes of public and private not-for-profit schools in the area to help you feel out your options.

Get acquainted with the graduation rates, net prices, population sizes, and distance from Vancouver of colleges nearby. The statistics within have been calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Vancouver, Washington

With the major city of Portland, Oregon, just over the state line, students will find many options not too far away from Vancouver. One school directly in town is Clark College, a public school 1.3 miles from downtown offering undergraduate degrees only. Other nearby schools include:

  • University of Portland (4.6 miles from downtown, in OR)
  • Concordia University-Portland (5.3 miles from downtown, in OR)
  • Washington State University-Vancouver (5.6 miles from downtown, in WA)
  • Everest College-Portland (8.3 miles from downtown, in OR)
  • Multnomah University (8.9 miles from downtown, in OR)

Largest Schools near Vancouver, Washington

There's a good mix of student population sizes around Vancouver, with several options for those seeking large, medium, and small college experiences. The largest on the list are as follows:

  • Portland Community College (29,003 students)
  • Portland State University (27,488 students)
  • Clark College (10,477 students)
  • Mt. Hood Community College (8,758 students)
  • Concordia University-Portland (7,182 students)

Lowest Net Price

Net price helps to determine how much college will cost after you've received financial aid. This section details figures that apply to full-time undergraduate students only based on the 2014-2015 school year. The following net price figures are for in-state students; however, all of the Oregon community colleges on this list offer in-state tuition prices for Washington residents. Meanwhile, Reed College is a private school, so its in-state and out-of-state costs are the same. Given the number of community colleges in the area, students won't have a hard time finding schools with relatively lower net prices. The lowest net costs belong to:

  • Clackamas Community College ($5,227)
  • Clark College ($7,128)
  • Mt. Hood Community College ($7,424)
  • Portland Community College ($8,754)
  • Reed College ($19,192)

Highest Graduation Rate

The rates you come across in this section are exclusive to undergraduate students enrolled full-time. They're taken from the 2015 school year and are based upon 150% of the typical time needed to finish a program. The private school University of Western States has the highest graduation rate in the area at 88%. Others not far behind are:

  • Reed College (82%)
  • University of Portland (78%)
  • Lewis & Clark College (72%)
  • Pacific University (71%)
  • Multnomah University (55%)

Students wanting to attend school close to Vancouver have many solid options to consider, with urban campuses such as Portland State offering public 4-year degrees as well as several community colleges available for a smaller experience.


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