Colleges and Universities in Oregon

Colleges and universities in Oregon are dedicated to community engagement and accessibility. A hardy set of community colleges, top-tier national and regional public universities, and student-centered private colleges help lead Oregon’s booming tech and service economy.

Public Colleges and Universities in Oregon

  • Eastern Oregon University -La Grande
  • Oregon Health & Science University – Portland
  • Oregon Institute of Technology – Klamath Falls
  • Oregon State University – Corvallis
  • Oregon State University-Cascades – Bend
  • Portland State University – Portland
  • University of Oregon – Eugene
  • Western Oregon University – Monmouth

Community Colleges in Oregon

  • Blue Mountain Community College – Pendleton
  • Central Oregon Community College – Bend
  • Chemeketa Community College – Salem
  • Clackamas Community College – Oregon City
  • Clatsop Community College – Astoria
  • Columbia Gorge Community College – The Dalles
  • Klamath Community College – Klamath Falls
  • Lane Community College – Eugene
  • Linn–Benton Community College – Albany
  • Mt. Hood Community College – Gresham
  • Oregon Coast Community College – Newport
  • Portland Community College – Portland
  • Rogue Community College – Grants Pass, Medford
  • Tillamook Bay Community College – Tillamook
  • Treasure Valley Community College – Ontario
  • Umpqua Community College – Roseburg
  • Southwestern Oregon Community College – Coos Bay

Private Colleges and Universities in Oregon

  • Concordia University – Portland
  • Corban University – Salem
  • George Fox University – Newberg
  • Gutenberg College – Eugene
  • Lewis & Clark College – Portland
  • Linfield College – McMinnville
  • Marylhurst University – Marylhurst
  • Mount Angel Seminary – St. Benedict
  • Multnomah University – Portland
  • National University of Natural Medicine – Portland
  • New Hope Christian College – Eugene
  • Northwest Christian University – Eugene
  • Oregon College of Art and Craft – Portland
  • Oregon College of Oriental Medicine – Portland
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art – Portland
  • Pacific University – Forest Grove
  • Pioneer Pacific College – Wilsonville
  • Reed College – Portland
  • Southern Oregon University – Ashland
  • Sumner College – Portland
  • University of Portland – Portland
  • University of Western States – Portland
  • Warner Pacific College – Portland
  • Western Seminary – Portland
  • Willamette University – Salem

Why is Oregon is Booming?

Oregon’s colleges and universities have a challenge to meet. For every family that moves out of Oregon, two more move in. Whether than incredible growth has been because of Oregon’s reputation for entrepreneurship and innovation, or the cause of it, is a chicken-or-egg question – Oregon’s potential and opportunity draws brilliant people to the Pacific Northwest, and those brilliant people create potential and opportunity. From the wagon trains of the Oregon Trail, to the start-ups and tech giants of the Silicon Forest, Oregon has been a place for change, growth, and new beginnings, and never more than in the 21st century. And though Oregon was once a nearly all-white, rural state, it’s quickly becoming a highly urban, highly diverse population, welcoming people of all races, nationalities, and identities to a culture known (and often parodied) for its progressivism and open-mindedness.

Where Oregon’s Colleges and Universities Excel

Oregon’s tech economy clusters around Portland (especially the famed Silicon Forest, the industrial region in metropolitan Portland) and Corvallis, where Oregon State University and Hewlett-Packard helped kickstart modern Oregon. Portland State University is the state’s only public, urban research university, preparing students for professional work in business, education, government, and technology, while the University of Oregon and Oregon’s many top-tier small liberal arts colleges (like Reed College and George Fox University) keep the traditional humanities and sciences at the foundation of learning, and the forefront of leadership. Oregon’s colleges and universities have often been named best values in a variety of disciplines, as Oregon’s trust in education and drive to innovate has made access and affordability as much a priority as quality.


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