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Oregon is known for its breathtaking windswept Pacific coastline, many majestic waterfalls, the Cascade Mountain Range, and its diverse and exilerating landscapes. The state also has a thriving economy and is a great place to work, live, and raise a family. Oregon is also home to several of the top colleges and universities in the nation.

Public Colleges and Universities

The Oregon University System is made up of seven independent four-year public universites and one branch campus administered by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. The state’s flagship liberal arts institution, the University of Oregon, located in the city of Eugene, Oregon, was the only public university in the state to be nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Oregon’s flagship research university, Oregon State University (a.k.a. Oregon State), located in the city of Corvallis, offers top ranked programs in engineering, science, and agriculture. Oregon State also holds the distinction of being the highest ranking college/university in a world survey of academic merit.

Recognized for having the state’s largest enrollment, Portland State University, is a popular choice among students seeking a high quality education. Oregon has three regional universities, which include Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Western Oregon University in Monmouth, and Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. Klamath Falls is home to the Oregon Institute of Technology, one of the states top providers of undergraduate and graduate degrees in technical and health-related fields. Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), a state sponsored university, offers a plethora of career oriented programs in medicine, dentistry, nursing, biomedical sciences and engineering. According to Med School 100, OHSU offers one of the best medical schools in the nation for primary care.

Historically, the state of Oregon has found it challenging to fund public higher education. Between 2002 and 2006, Oregon substantially cut its higher education budget. Currently, Oregon ranks 46th in the nation in state spending per student. In 2007, the legislature in Oregon cap tuition increases to 3% per year.

In addition to many public 4-year colleges and universities, the state has 17 state funded community colleges.

Private Colleges and Universities

Oregon offers a large variety of private colleges and universities. The University of Portland and Marylhurst University, located in Portland, are two of the states most popular Catholic institutions of higher learning. Other popular private colleges including Reed College; Lewis & Clark College; Concordia University; Portland Bible College; the National College of Natural Medicine; Multnomah Bible College; Warner Pacific College; Cascade College; and Western Seminary, a theological graduate school; are also located in Oregon’s capital city of Portland. Another popular private university, Pacific University, is located right outside of Portland in Forest Grove. In addition to its main campus in Forest Grove, Pacific University has three other campuses located in Portland, Hillsboro, and Eugene.

Farther south of Portland, in Willamette Valley, you’ll find several private colleges and universities. These include Linfield College in McMinnville and George Fox University in nearby Newberg. The city of Salem is home to two private colleges: Corban University (previously Corban College) and Willamette University (the state’s oldest private higher education institution). One of America’s largest Roman Catholic seminaries, Mount Angel Seminary, is located near Salem in the city of Mt. Angel. Three more excellent private colleges, New Hope Christian College, Northwest Christian University (previously Northwest Christian College), and Gutenberg College are located in Eugene, Oregon.

Below you can learn more about individual colleges and universities located in the state of Oregon. To find a college in a specfic city or region make your selection from the cities section below.

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