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Finding the right school can be an arduous task for any college-bound student interested in finding the right balance of academics, location and cost. There are 7 public universities, 17 community colleges and 67 private colleges and universities in Oregon, offering a diverse range of academic opportunities and degree programs, with 246,860 students enrolled in Spring 2015. We have applied our rigorous methodology to the latest education data to rank the best colleges in Oregon, including the top four-year and two-year schools. We hope this will help you gain perspective amidst the state’s evolving economic and educational landscape, and to sort through an ever-expanding wealth of education and government data.

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College is an exciting time for prospective students, and Oregon has many wonderful opportunities to offer at its 25 public colleges, universities and numerous private institutions. With its 40-40-20 goal, “20% of residents with a high school diploma, 40% with a post-secondary credential or associate’s degree, and 40% with a bachelor’s degree or higher” by 2025, Oregon is proving its commitment to educating its population at all levels and at all institutions within its borders. Earning a four-year bachelor’s degree in Oregon can mean a significant improvement in financial stability: The National Center for Education Statistics reported that bachelor’s degree holders earned a median yearly wage of $48,500 in 2013 (more than twice that of a person with only a high school diploma). Depending on the major, a four-year degree can provide a significant return on investment; that being said, students should always consider how a program’s cost compares to their earning potential in likely careers once graduated.

Our ranked list of Oregon’s best college programs can be found below.

Rank School Name Ranking Score Relative Cost Location Description
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Reed College

 5/5N/APortland, OR

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An independent liberal arts college in Portland, Reed is one of the most prestigious schools in the country. Students can pursue a bachelor’s degree in 40 subjects; all students must complete a senior thesis and a yearlong humanities course. A graduate program in liberal studies is also available.

Notable alumni include chef James Beard, Portland mayor Bud Clark, writer Barbara Ehrenreich, and Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs. Reed is known for producing graduates who eventually earn doctorates or other postgraduate degrees.

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Lewis & Clark College

 5/5N/APortland, OR

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Located on 137 wooded acres in Portland’s southwest hills, Lewis & Clark is comprised of a college of arts and sciences, and graduate schools of education and law. Undergraduates can study in one of 29 majors, including a student-designed program that combines material from multiple disciplines.

The Teacher Pathways program offers early admission for Lewis & Clark undergraduates into the school’s master of arts in teaching program. Between 1999 and 2014, the school had 65 Fulbright Scholars.

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Willamette University

 5/5N/ASalem, OR

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A nationally renowned private liberal arts university in Salem, Willamette is among the top colleges in Oregon, and was the first school established in the western U.S. Small class sizes and close student-faculty relationships define Willamette. Eleven of the 26 Oregon Professors of the Year were from Willamette, and the college of law has produced many noteworthy graduates, including two Oregon governors.

The school’s forestry 3-2 program lets students interested in environmental management and forestry go directly into a master’s degree program at Duke after completing three years of undergraduate study.

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University of Portland

 5/5N/APortland, OR

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Located on a bluff overlooking the city, Portland has 11 new or renovated campus facilities, including a new recreation center, library, a state-of-the-art engineering hall, and an expanded and renovated multipurpose athletic facility.

The school has produced dozens of Fulbright scholars, and is Oregon’s only comprehensive university, with schools of business, education, engineering, nursing, a college of arts and sciences, and a graduate school. The theology department also offers a three-year master’s program in pastoral ministry.

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Corban University

 4/5N/ASalem, OR

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Corban distinguishes itself among Oregon Colleges in its effort to bring a biblical perspective to all disciplines. Students can pursue degrees in a variety of subjects, ranging from education to business, counseling to political science. While Corban was founded as a Baptist school, it accepts Christian students from all denominations. Corban is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, competing in the Cascade Collegiate Conference.

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University of Oregon

 2/5N/AEugene, OR

Oregon is the state’s flagship research university. The school is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, and the campus has 21 research centers and institutes. Offering more undergraduate and graduate programs than most other colleges in Oregon, UO is sure to have a program for everybody.

Student athletes compete on 18 varsity teams, including the school’s well-known football team and track and field program. Prominent alumni include former-NBC journalist Ann Curry, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest author Ken Kesey, Nike founder Phil Knight, Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk, and U.S. Senator Ron Wyden.

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George Fox University

 5/5N/ANewberg, OR

A private Christian university, George Fox began as a school for Quakers in 1885. Today, GFU is one of the smaller colleges in Oregon, offering students small class sizes and the opportunity to work closely with peers and faculty. George Fox grants bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

The university participates in the Richter Scholars program, which sponsors 15-25 students each year to perform original research. George Fox offers students the chance to study abroad, through the Best Semester program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. The university offers 17 varsity sports, nine for women and eight for men. In 2014, football was reintroduced as a varsity sport after a 45-year hiatus.

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Oregon State University

 2/5N/ACorvallis, OR

Oregon State is a public research university in Corvallis. OSU is one of only two colleges in the country to receive land-grant, sea-grant, space-grant, and sun-grant designations. OSU received more research funding than all other public universities in Oregon combined in 2014. The school’s renovated library was named library of the year by Library Journal in 1999.

OSU has more majors, minors, and special programs than any other school in the state. Notable alumni include two astronauts, several professional sports players (including Gary Payton), and a Pulitzer Prize winner.

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Multnomah University

 4/5N/APortland, OR

Multnomah prepares students for careers serving Jesus, both in traditional ministry and other fields. The non-denominational Christian university allows students to pursue bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees. The school’s seminary offers several master’s programs, and students can earn a bachelor’s and a master’s of divinity in five years by participating in Multnomah’s Summit program.

Over its history, Multnomah has been the starting point of several independent ministries and Christian businesses. Multnomah's intercollegiate sports include men's and women's basketball, men's soccer, men's and women's cross-country, men's and women's golf, women's volleyball, and men's and women's track and field.

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Linfield College-McMinnville Campus

 5/5N/AMcMinnville, OR

Linfield is a private undergraduate institution in McMinnville. Students can pursue 48 majors. The Linfield Wildcats athletes participate in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference, and the football team has won four national college football titles.

Students run their own radio station and a weekly newspaper; they can also participate in Greek life on campus. Additionally, more than 40 percent of students study abroad, a higher percentage of students than in many other Oregon colleges. Native American historian and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Joe Medicine Crow graduated from Linfield College.

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Portland State University

 2/5N/AOR

Portland State is a public research university and a leading school for undergraduate education. Top ranked graduate programs include health care management, social work, public affairs, and rehabilitation counseling. The university is nationally recognized for its University Studies curriculum, which includes a community-based senior capstone project that all undergraduates must complete prior to graduation.

The university partners with a number of local businesses and institutions including Intel, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland Public Schools, the City of Portland, and Portland General Electric. These partnerships promote special learning opportunities and internships for students and recent graduates.

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Concordia University – Portland

 4/5N/APortland, OR

Open to students of any faith, Concordia is a private, Christian liberal arts school. One of the top Christian colleges in Oregon, the school imparts its commitment to justice, compassion, and moral integrity to students.

Concordia offers 26 undergraduate majors and postgraduate degrees in education, theology, management, law, and the arts & sciences. Known for its stellar graduate education program, more teachers choose Concordia for their graduate education degrees than any other school in the Northwest.

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Warner Pacific College

 3/5N/APortland, OR

Warner Pacific is a private Christian liberal arts college in Portland, and it offers 27 undergraduate degrees and several postgraduate programs. The school has been recognized as a top college for veterans and for students who have served in the military. Warner Pacific’s first year learning communities ensure that freshmen make a smooth transition to college through cohort-style hands-on learning and service.

Warner Pacific’s sports teams compete in the Cascade Collegiate Conference in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, track & field, and volleyball. Spiritual life is a priority on campus, and students are expected to participate in a Faith and Service Commitment Program.

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Marylhurst University

 3/5N/AMarylhurst, OR

Marylhurst is a private Catholic university in Portland, and is one of the oldest colleges in Oregon. Although Marylhurst is a Catholic school, adherents of all faiths are welcome, and most of the student body is not Catholic. Students may pursue bachelor’s degrees in 21 subjects; the school also offers 14 graduate programs. More than 90% of enrollees are transfer students.

A unique feature on campus is the Art Gym, a contemporary arts exhibition space on campus that displays thesis projects each spring. Barbara Roberts, former governor of Oregon, is a Marylhurst alum.

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Southern Oregon University

 2/5N/AOR

Southern Oregon is one of the largest colleges in Oregon, and is a public liberal arts school in Ashland. The university’s House Experience program brings faculty and students from all disciplines together to create fun and innovative learning experiences featuring research, performance, adventure, career mentoring, and real-world application. The House Experience is open to all students.

Another unique feature on campus is SOU’s Center for Shakespeare Studies, which actively contributes to scholarship on Shakespeare and brings performances of The Bard’s plays to the campus community. Students can minor in Shakespeare studies, and the school also boasts a strong theater program.

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Eastern Oregon University

 2/5N/AOR

Located in La Grande in the heart of the Blue Mountain Range, EOU offers students a variety of recreation opportunities. Depending on the season, students can go skiing, kayaking, hiking, and rock climbing at a moment’s notice. The university offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and also partners with Oregon State to offer students access to agricultural, nursing, and dental assistance programs.

More than 50 student clubs and organizations provide a range of social and recreational opportunities. EOU is also one of the few colleges in Oregon to compete in Division II athletics.

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Western Oregon University

 2/5N/AOR

Western Oregon is a comprehensive public liberal arts institution, located in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The school’s most popular majors are business, criminal justice, education, exercise science, and psychology. There are 62 student clubs and organizations on campus, and Western Oregon is supportive of student veterans, with a special Veteran’s Support Service Center.

Western Oregon University is committed to sustainability. In 2012 Mother Jones magazine recognized the school for its LEED Platinum certified dormitory, Ackerman Hall, which uses a rainwater harvesting system for flushing toilets, along with solar panels, reclaimed wood, and a recycled glass patio to filter water runoff.

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It is increasingly imperative that students attain postsecondary education to achieve success in the modern workforce. With the cost of living steadily rising, earning an associate degree can be a significant step towards financial stability. Over 370,000 students attend community college each year in Oregon, and 8.15% of the population over the age of 25 hold a two-year degree.

Gaining a professional degree is a popular choice for working students, and it can make good financial sense as a return on investment, as tuition is generally more affordable at public community colleges. The national median annual salary of full-time workers ages 25-34 in 2013 was $37,500 for associate’s degree holders, a not-insignificant increase from those only holding a high school diploma. Oregon community colleges have an open admission policy, providing equal opportunity to all students and providing support for students who want to transfer their credits to a 4-year program. Students should consult the Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development website for more information on community organizations and career resources for working students.

Tuition is on the rise, and state spending per student has decreased 37.9% from 2008 to 2014. However, some improvements have been made in the past year, with funding increasing 9.7% from 2013-2014. College funding is a “top priority” for the state legislature, and funding initiatives are underway to help bolster state funding of public education. In 2013-2015 funding for public education was up to $465 million (from $395.5 million in the previous 2 year period). These trends are expected to continue to improve in coming years, suggesting a bright future for students seeking affordable, high-quality public education in Oregon.

Review this year’s selection of the state’s best two-year programs below.

Rank School Name Ranking Score Relative Cost Location Description
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Columbia Gorge Community College

 1/5N/AThe Dalles, OR

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Columbia Gorge is ideal for students looking to complete their first two years of school, and students can pursue a variety of academic and professional opportunities. They can take classes in a professional or technical program, learn job skills, or explore a variety of academic disciplines. The school has two campuses in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, a destination for windsurfing, hiking, skiing, and fishing.

Columbia Gorge offers a nationally-recognized technical education program in renewable energy technology, either through a nine-month certificate or a two-year associate of applied science degree. Graduates work in a variety of industries, including renewable energy, advanced manufacturing, and engineering.

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Tillamook Bay Community College

 1/5N/ATillamook, OR

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With just a few hundred students, Tillamook Bay CC is the smallest of the community colleges in Oregon. Still, the school provides students with the opportunity to enhance their education and gain valuable career skills in a number of fields. The school prides itself on providing a friendly environment for students to learn.

The Tillamook Bay Community College Foundation offers scholarships to help students pay for tuition, fees, books, childcare, and more. The school also offers adult basic skills courses to older students who need to brush up on their skills before pursuing their degree.

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Southwestern Oregon Community College

 2/5N/ACoos Bay, OR

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Southwestern Oregon CC, located in Coos Bay, sets itself apart from other community colleges in Oregon by providing apartment-style student housing for students, a feature that particularly appeals to older students with a family. Another focus at Southwestern is to provide small classes: the average class has just 13 students.
Students can earn a variety of associate degrees and certificates, or complete their first two years of college and then transfer to an Oregon university. The campus community looks forward to the South Coast Writers Conference each year, an eclectic gathering of writers from various genres.

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Chemeketa Community College

 1/5N/ASalem, OR

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Chemeketa Community College, named in the language of the native Kalapuyas, means “a place of peace.” Chemeketa offers a variety of programs in agricultural sciences, including horticulture and wine studies. The wine studies program has three tracks: wine business, winemaking, and vineyard management and operations. Many of the college’s other programs also prepare students for specific career pathways.

Chemeketa is one of the friendliest colleges in Oregon for veterans and military personnel. The school’s Veterans’ Services Office provides a variety of helpful services for students who are veterans, including information about GI Bill benefits and how military training is evaluated for credit at the school.

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Clackamas Community College

 1/5N/AOregon City, OR

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Clackamas Community College offers a variety of scholarships to students of all backgrounds, and the school is renowned for the high percentage of students who find a job related to their degree (77%) after graduation. The current president of Clackamas Community College is an alumnus who graduated in 1982.

Clackamas offers a degree in music performance and technology, the only program of its kind among colleges in Oregon. The school has three campuses: the main campus in Oregon City, one in Wilsonville, and one in North Clackamas. Free shuttle buses and a variety of other transportation options make it easy for students to attend class.

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Central Oregon Community College

 1/5N/ABend, OR

Central Oregon CC is the oldest two-year college in Oregon. The main campus is located on the edge of Bend, and is famous for its stunning beauty and proximity to outdoor recreational opportunities. The Bend campus also features public art exhibits.

COCC offers two-year associate degrees, transfer/lower division programs, career and technical education degrees and certificates, and more. Students can seamlessly transfer their credits to Oregon State by enrolling in the school’s dual admission program. The school also offers a study abroad program with a fall quarter in Barcelona.

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Treasure Valley Community College

 2/5N/AOntario, OR

One of the more affordable colleges in Oregon, Treasure Valley CC is home to fewer than 3,000 students. The main campus is located in a pleasant rural setting near the Snake River and the Idaho border, an area known for its proximity to outdoor activities, including skiing, hiking, and fishing.

The main campus includes a sports complex where the college’s baseball, softball, tennis, and soccer teams compete, as well as the Four Rivers Cultural Center and museum. The college is the proud home of the Laura Moore Cunningham Science Center, a state-of-the-art educational building featuring technology enhanced classrooms and one of the best science facilities in the Northwest.

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Linn-Benton Community College

 1/5N/AOR

Linn-Benton CC offers programs in business, industrial fields, computers, education, culinary arts, health and medical fields, and more. It also features one of the best agricultural science departments among any Oregon colleges. The profitable small farms one-year certificate program develops the skills students need to start a small farm. Students practice growing food crops and manage small animals on the college’s organic farm.

Linn-Benton offers four convenient campuses. The largest campus is in Albany, which is easy driving distance from ski slopes and beaches. Students receive free bus transportation between the campuses with their student ID.

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Portland Community College

 1/5N/APortland, OR

The largest college in Oregon, Portland CC serves approximately 90,000 students. PCC prepares students for four-year schools and provides job skills training to students preparing to join the workforce. Four full-service campuses offer classes, libraries, bookstores, and student services. Several smaller centers feature job training, specialized programs, and transfer courses.

PCC provides a variety of support to make adapting to college easier, including free tutoring, workshops on test-taking, note-taking, along with other academic skills and personalized support from instructors. The college offers more than 60 career fields.

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Mt Hood Community College

 1/5N/AGresham, OR

Mt. Hood CC offers more than 120 professional and technical programs. The college has three campuses, two in Gresham and one in Portland.

Mt. Hood provides students with the opportunity to participate in apprenticeship programs, which serve as an entryway into careers in construction, building, mechanical, technical, and utility trades. The school also has programs for cement masons, electricians, ironworkers, heat and frost insulators, carpenters, sheet metal workers, and more. Students following a more traditional academic path may be interested in the school’s study abroad program, one of the larger offerings of its kind among all community colleges in Oregon.

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Blue Mountain Community College

 1/5N/APendleton, OR

Blue Mountain CC serves four counties in northeastern Oregon with six campuses, and provides services to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Students can earn an associate of applied science in a variety of majors, including nursing, diesel technology, and fire science technology. Certificates are available in welding, dental assistance, and retail management.

Campus members enjoy entertaining plays produced by the College Community Theatre and cheering on intercollegiate teams from the well-rounded athletic program in basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, baseball, and rodeo.

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Rogue Community College

 1/5N/AGrants Pass, OR

A comprehensive two-year school, Rogue CC has three locations. One of the most holistic colleges in Oregon, RCC offers six two-year degrees, 73 career and technical training programs, 22 Career Pathways certificates, and more. The main campus features a beautiful arboretum, comprehensive library services, and a robust sustainability program. The Veterans Department at RCC has a special orientation program for vets called Boots to Books.

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Clatsop Community College

 1/5N/AAstoria, OR

Clatsop Community College has served northwest Oregon and southwest Washington since 1958. A variety of degrees and certificates are available, including two-year transfer degrees and two-year associate of applied science programs. CCC also offers a number of clubs and recreational and social activities for students, including clubs for students interested in volleyball, judo, nursing, poetry, and more.

Clatsop’s historic preservation and restoration program provides students with an opportunity to develop their restoration and craftsmen skills in a practical setting. The program prepares graduates for work in construction, and is one of the most innovative offerings among all programs in community colleges in Oregon.

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Klamath Community College

 1/5N/AKlamath Falls, OR

Klamath Community College offers a number of innovative associate degrees, including a program in aviation science that allows students to learn how to fly helicopters or airplanes. Students are prepared to become pilots, and Klamath’s workforce partners hire many graduates from the school.

KCC also provides an Online World Language Academy, dedicated to providing information and resources for students interested in learning languages online. Current languages offered include Chinese, French, German, and Japanese. A number of student clubs encourage recreation and social interaction, including a cycling club and a veterans club.

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Umpqua Community College

 1/5N/ARoseburg, OR

Located in the North Umpqua River Valley, Umpqua CC offers outstanding academic programs and year-round recreational opportunities. The college has impressive facilities, including the Southern Oregon Wine Institute, the first viticulture and enology program in Oregon outside the Willamette Valley.

An on-campus child care center provides early childhood education students with a practical learning environment; it’s also a great place for older students to drop their kids off for the day. Additionally, the fine and performing arts center bring art, music, and culture to the campus. With just over 3,000 students, UCC is one of the smaller community colleges in Oregon.

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Oregon Coast Community College

 1/5N/ANewport, OR

Oregon Coast CC delivers courses, certificates, and degrees through an intergovernmental agreement with Portland Community College. The college offers courses in Lincoln City, Newport, Waldport, and a variety of other locations throughout Lincoln County. The school provides special services for veterans, students over 65, and students with disabilities. Like many other colleges in Oregon, OCCC provides students with a variety of scholarship opportunities.

Oregon Coast’s unique aquarium science program instructs students in aquatic animal husbandry techniques, and students take courses in the new, state-of-the-art aquarium science facility.

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Lane Community College

 1/5N/AEugene, OR

Lane Community College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Lane offers more than 40 programs, transfer plans to help students seamlessly transition to a four-year university, eight competitive athletic teams, downtown housing, and classes at six locations across Lane County. The school also offers hundreds of online courses each year. Lane is the third largest community college in Oregon, and ranks among the top colleges in the state. It has four campuses and an aviation academy; the main campus is in Eugene.

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If you’re thinking about applying to one of the best colleges in Oregon, continuing reading to learn more about living in the Beaver State.

Oregon is located in Northwestern United States and is bordered by California, Washington, Idaho and Nevada. The population is 3,836,628 with a median age of 38. The spectacular Columbia River Valley forms the northern border, and the state is home to diverse terrain from lush forested areas, river valleys and the Pacific coastline, to volcanoes, deserts and prairies. Crater Lake National Park is a particularly beautiful and otherworldly location located in the southwestern region of the state. Oregon maintains a mild climate that ranges from wet and oceanic to Mediterranean and semi-arid, depending on season and location. Portland, Oregon’s largest city, is undertaking a 5-year Environmental Services Initiative “Grey to Green” to boost green infrastructure.

The economy is transitioning from exporting natural resources (timber, agriculture) to manufacturing and high technology services. Unemployment in Oregon is currently 6.9%, with future job growth projected at 34.5%. The state income tax is 9%, and the median household income is $50,036. The cost of living in Oregon is 15.5% above the national average, and average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment is $673 per month, with a median home value of $230,700.

State funding for education has declined since the recession in 2008, and currently only 18.49% of the population over the age of 25 has graduated from a 4-year college. Enrollment dipped by 2.5% from 2012-2013, but has increased 27.7% overall since 2008. Oregon public colleges have a 55.8% average graduation rate (ranked #25 in the nation). The average first year retention rate is 79.7%, with an average cost per student of $12,951. The average cost per degree is $53,424. Tuition was, on average, $8,294 for in-state students, and $25,067 for out-of state (higher than the national average of $21,847).

Tuition has vastly outpaced the median household income, and as a result, students are forced to take on more debt (especially hard hit are students from low-income families). Tuition at public, four-year colleges has risen 28.8% ($1,924) from 2008 to 2014, and there was also a 2.0% ($171) increase in average tuition at public, 4-year colleges from 2013 to 2014 in Oregon. Lower income students are often deterred as a result, and attendance has fallen in many states amongst lower income constituents. In 2012-2013, the average debt for postsecondary students was $25,577.

Debt is a major concern as tuition rises, and students who are seeking funding for college should be sure to plan carefully and explore the numerous grants, financial aid and scholarship options available (see our list of resources below). In 2012-2013, Oregon distributed $139.6 million in financial aid. A number of higher education funding initiatives are underway, including Oregon Promise, a campaign to offer free community college tuition. The Office of Student Access and Completion offers additional resources for postsecondary funding.

Regional Spotlight: Portland/Pacific Coast

  • Major Cities: Portland, Salem, Eugene
  • Attractions: Statewide “7 Wonders“: Mt Hood, The Oregon Coast, Columbia River Gorge, Painted Hills, Smith Rock, The Wallowas, Crater Lake
  • Cost of Living: Portland’s Areavibes Cost of Living
  • Popular Schools: University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Western Oregon University, University of Portland, Pacific University, Concordia University

Residency

Students wishing to establish residency for tuition purposes in Oregon should review the state requirements as soon as possible, as this process can be lengthy. If the student intends to live and work in Oregon post-graduation, establishing residency prior to school is a good idea, as tuition costs and benefits are greatly discounted. Intent to domicile in state is established by gathering proof of financial independence, intent to stay and intent to continue employment in-state beyond graduation. Adult students who are thinking of establishing residency must live in-state for 12 continuous months prior to the first day of class, and must be engaged in activities other than those as a student.

Exceptions for exemption from nonresident tuition include: non-US citizens who have received a high school diploma in Oregon, and qualified veterans of the US military. These candidates may not be considered Oregon residents, but are qualified to receive discounted tuition.

For Minors

For students under 18, residency is determined by the status of their parents. If a student is financially dependent upon a parent and parents are separated or divorced, residency is contingent upon the residency status of the parent residing in state.

  • Considered a resident if claimed as an exemption on parent’s federal tax forms.
  • Other documentation may be required.

For Adults

Adults must provide a permanent physical address, show proof of residency (via rental or purchase agreement), and can provide utility bills, insurance bills, bank statements, paystubs and medical or public assistance cards to verify residency. Regulations for school enrollment and tuition are established by the state government and are investigated by a dedicated residency officer.

  • Must reside in Oregon for 12 consecutive months prior to the start of the academic term
  • Must rely on Oregon resources for financial support
  • Must reside in Oregon for purposes beyond education
  • Other considerations: own property and reside in Oregon, Domicile in Oregon, maintain permanent work position in Oregon

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