8 Most Popular Colleges in Oregon

Find out which colleges most students in the Beaver State call their alma mater.

Portland Community College offers more than 100 programs, including unique subjects like renewable energy systems and solar voltaic manufacturing.

By Adam Jazairi

From the majestic heights of Mt. Hood to the northern reaches of the Great Basin, Oregon offers a lot to explore. The state is known for its natural beauty, and it certainly does not disappoint on that front.

Of course, higher education in Oregon is just as ripe for exploration. From quirky community colleges to sprawling urban universities, there’s something for everyone in Oregon's colleges. To help you get a better sense of what’s out there, we’ve put together a list of some of the state’s most popular colleges.

8. Clackamas Community College

Type: Community College

Enrollment: 6,613

Tuition: $2,925 (in-state); $9,270 (out-of-state)

Best Program: Many Clackamas Community College students choose the school’s Oregon transfer degree program, which serves as a bridge to four-year colleges throughout the state.

Fun Fact: Its popular transfer program is just aspect of CCC’s academics. The school also has more than 80 vocational training programs to choose from.

7. Chemeketa Community College

Type: Community College

Enrollment: 7,255

Tuition: $2,850 (in-state); $7,650 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Chemeketa Community College excels at two-year vocational training programs, including associate’s degrees in dental assisting, hospitality and more.

Fun Fact: In addition to traditional subjects, Chemeketa has some pretty unusual programs of study. For example, at how many schools can you study vineyard & winery management?

6. Mt. Hood Community College

Type: Community College

Enrollment: 7,588

Tuition: $3,240 (in-state); $9,675 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Professional degrees are Mt. Hood Community College’s forte; the college offers training in automotive technology, computer information systems and more.

Fun Fact: MHCC’s distance learning programs are a great way to stay academically engaged even when you can’t attend classes in person.

5. Lane Community College

Type: Community College

Enrollment: 8,618

Tuition: $2,930 (in-state); $9,338 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Among its career training curricula, Lane Community College offers unique conservation programs like watershed science and energy management.

Fun Fact: Because LCC shares a city with the University of Oregon, students get to share in the large university experience while enjoying the convenience and affordability of a community college.

4. Oregon State University

Type: Public University

Enrollment: 19,738

Tuition: $5,911 (in-state); $18,187 (out-of-state)

Best Program: While major selection at Oregon State University is pretty evenly distributed, the most popular field of study is business administration.

Fun Fact: OSU’s proximity to the coastline and surrounding forests make it a popular destination for students of marine biology and forestry.

3. University of Oregon

Type: Public University

Enrollment: 20,332

Tuition: $6,174 (in-state); $19,338 (out-of-state)

Best Program: University of Oregon’s College of Education draws perennial accolades, due in part to its excellent research and practicum opportunities.

Fun Fact: It’s well known throughout the west coast that Oregon’s football team is a force to be reckoned with. The Ducks’ speedy style of offense is fast-paced and fun to watch (unless you support the opposing team, of course).

2. Portland Community College

Type: Community College

Enrollment: 24,353

Tuition: $2,668 (in-state); $7,240 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Portland Community College offers more than 100 programs, including unique subjects like renewable energy systems and solar voltaic manufacturing.

Fun Fact: Part-time students account for most of PCC’s enrollment, as many attendees balance their education with their professional or family lives.

1. Portland State University

Type: Public University

Enrollment: 24,963

Tuition: $5,764 (in-state); $17,830 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Portland State University features an excellent College of Urban & Public Affairs, which will likely appeal to community-oriented problem solvers.

Fun Fact: The quintessential urban university, PSU maintains a strong connection with the city of Portland. As part of their core curriculum, all PSU undergrads complete a capstone project, providing the opportunity for hands-on learning in the city.

Quick Facts

  • Some Oregon colleges take a more progressive approach to academics. Reed College, for example, is known for its lack of emphasis on letter grades.
  • Students interested in environmental studies should consider studying in Portland, which is considered one of the greenest cities in the world.
  • Oregon’s varied geography makes it the perfect destination for outdoor adventurers. The state ranges from deep forests to arid deserts.

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