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Oregon Colleges

Discover top college programs in the Pacific Northwest! CollegeStats helps you organize “the mother list” of Oregon schools to find the best college programs by price, online learning offers, admission rates and more. Our college database also includes out-of-state schools that give discounts to Oregon residents.

Find the Best Colleges in Oregon

Oregon has 17 community colleges and a wide range of four-year colleges and universities. Choose from large public research universities, small liberal arts colleges, health science colleges, Christian colleges and more.
Online and offline, residents of Oregon can also attend certain out-of-state schools at reduced cost: Oregon has tuition agreements with schools in Alaska, Hawaii, California, Washington and other states through the Western Undergraduate Exchange (see below). Find the best college values in Oregon and across the country with our free database.

Overview: Oregon Colleges

  • Online learning is gaining steam in Oregon. About 10% of Oregon college students take classes exclusively online. Oregon State University (a top research university) is a main provider of distance degree programs, but 15 additional universities in Oregon have online degree programs.
  • Four-year colleges in Oregon are relatively affordable. Tuition is about $9000/year for in-state students.
  • States that have tuition reciprocity with Oregon through the Western Undergraduate Exchange are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands participates too. Tuition reciprocity lets students attend certain public out-of-state community colleges and four-year schools online or offline without paying the usual non-resident tuition.
  • Oregon community college programs are available online and at 60 learning centers statewide. Credit hours cost about $90 each at full price. Including fees, attendance is about $4500/year for a full-time student.

Check out our list of top colleges in Oregon below.

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About Living in Oregon: Fun Facts & Statistics

-Oregon is booming! As reported in CNN Money, in 2014 more Americans moved to Oregon than to any other state. Inbound moves were up 5% over 2013, and college enrollment rose by about 5% too.

  • Oregon is a top state for students who like to be outdoors. Dramatic scenery includes Mt. Hood and other high mountain peaks, deep lakes and gorges, powerful rivers, extinct volcanos and windswept beaches.
    Oregon towns hold some of the world’s best festivals. Lately some cities have perpetual party atmospheres too; Oregon’s become a leader in the beer industry, and Portland alone has about 60 breweries.
  • Housing costs in Oregon are relatively low, especially when eyed by California neighbors. Rental costs are reasonable for students and buying a home of your own someday would likely be affordable. The median price for a single-family home is about $300,000 in Portland versus $900,000 in San Francisco.
    Commute times are low. For off-campus students a typical school-home commute time is about 15 minutes. Public transportation systems are strong here too.
  • Entrepreneurs succeed in Oregon. Small businesses are thriving. So too are bigger industries such as tech and filmmaking, which are relocating from across state lines. If you attend college in Oregon, you can find great opportunities for internships and in-state employment after graduation.

Build your list of best colleges! Use our free database to find the best colleges in Oregon and across the country.