2023 Best Colleges and Universities in Oregon

Oregon has an impressive number of colleges and universities. Of the more than 90 higher ed schools, seven are public, and 67 are private. In addition, there are seventeen community colleges

This state educates almost a quarter of a million students each year.

For those seeking higher education opportunities, these 2022 best colleges and universities in Oregon will have you on your way to earning a degree. 

Oregon Institute of Technology – Ranked at #5 among regional colleges in the West, Oregon Tech is a public school that has a highly respected engineering program that offers a variety of degrees. OIT also offers a degree in renewable energy engineering. Renewable energy is the first degree of its kind in America. The school is veteran friendly, a top public school and a best-value choice. The campus has a 61% acceptance rate. In-state tuition and fees are $9,987 annually.

Warner Pacific College – Coming in at #10 in Western colleges, Warner Pacific is a private school with a Christian liberal arts focus. The school prides itself on providing a personalized and well-rounded education. Annual tuition and fees here run $18,660.

University of Portland – Also ranked #6, but among western universities in the United States, this school is a private, Catholic institution of higher learning. The University of Portland offers 40 majors and is considered a best-value choice. The college also has a recognized engineering program and business program (The Pamplin School of Business) and has sixteen study abroad programs. Annual tuition and fees are approximately $45,904.

Pacific UniversityWith small classes and a 84% acceptance rate, this school ranks #21 among western universities. Pacific University provides students with a well-rounded liberal arts education in a suburban setting. Annual tuition and fees are approximately $44,298. This school is also recognized for having low student debt rates.

Lewis & Clark College – Lewis & Clark is #68 in the nation among national liberal arts schools. The college has small class sizes, with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. The school is a best-value choice, and it has been recognized for the caliber of undergraduate teaching. More selective than some of the other universities in Oregon, the acceptance rate is 71%. Annual tuition and fees are just under $50,934.

Why not go to Oregon for your degree in higher education? This state offers stunning scenery, environmentally-friendly living, and regionally and nationally ranked institutions of higher education.

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