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Article Sources
  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, accessed March 2, 2016, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
  • Most Recent Cohorts (All Data Elements): 2014-15, College Scorecard, U.S. Department of Education, accessed March 2, 2016, https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/data/
  • School pages, accessed May 22, 2017: Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree, Lane Community College, https://www.lanecc.edu/sites/default/files/collegecatalog/aaot.pdf; Undergraduate Degrees Online, Oregon State University, http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/online-degrees/undergraduate/; Online Degrees and Programs, Oregon Institute of Technology, http://www.oit.edu/online/degrees; About, Oregon Institute of Technology, http://www.oit.edu/visitors-info/about; Bachelor's Degree Completion Programs, Southern Oregon University, https://inside.sou.edu/distanceeducation/programs.html; Online Degree Search, Portland State University, https://www.pdx.edu/psu-online/online-degree-search?degree-type=15&topic=All; Online Programs & Degrees, Eastern Oregon University, https://www.eou.edu/online/programs/; About Reed, Reed College, http://www.reed.edu/about_reed/; About Multnomah, Multnomah University, http://www.multnomah.edu/about/; Adult Degree Majors, Northwest Christian University, http://www.nwcu.edu/adultdegree/majors/;
  • Grants, Office of Student Access and Completion, Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission, accessed May 13, 2017, https://oregonstudentaid.gov/grants.aspx
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For those who live in Oregon, many factors may be involved in determining which school might be the best one for your needs. It's probably hard to imagine — and a bit overwhelming — to think about independently researching all of Oregon's traditional and online options before making your college choice.

To help you narrow down your list of four-year schools, our data team gathered tons of information from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and other U.S. Department of Education sources. We analyzed the NCES data using a 13-point methodology, including such quantitative metrics as the median student debt of their graduates, the depth of their academic catalog and their enrollment rate in distance education courses.

Student who are not quite ready to commit to a four-year school, and plan to start at a community college hoping to transfer to a four-year school after graduating with their associate degree, should look into the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree. The AAOT plan doesn't guarantee admission to Oregon universities, but it is designed to meet the full lower-division general education requirements of a bachelor's degree in the state.

Best 4-Year Colleges in Oregon

Here are the best traditional and online colleges in Oregon, according to the numbers. More details about the categories of data we used and how they were weighted to come up with the final rankings are available in the "methodology" section.

Methodology
1University of Oregon+
ADMISSION RATE
74%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$65
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
1

Our No. 1 school posted impressive numbers pretty much across the board, including on one of our more complex affordability metrics. Average net price is a measure of college affordability that subtracts the expected amount of institutional grant aid from the raw costs of college — tuition, fees, books, supplies, room and board and other necessities — to produce an out-of-pocket estimate. The University of Oregon placed among the top three most affordable schools statewide for the average net price paid by low-income students.

The University of Oregon also placed among the top two schools on our list for the size and variety of its academic degree catalog. Students graduated from the Eugene institution at the second-highest rate of any school in our top ten.

Additional Info
2Oregon State University+
ADMISSION RATE
78%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$60
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
43

Oregon State University had the largest selection of on-campus degrees in the state, featuring around 40 more programs than the University of Oregon. OSU also was one of the top destinations for students looking to earn an online bachelor's degree in Oregon, thanks to a distance education degree catalog that was the No. 1 statewide in 2015-16 and contains more than 20 undergraduate degree options.

The Corvallis institution also earned high marks for its ability to keep students enrolled and engaged throughout their degree track. OSU ranked No. 2 in first-year student retention rate and No. 3 in graduation rate among the schools on our list. On top of all that, OSU took the No. 5 spot in the state for the manageable amount of student debt carried by its graduates in 2015.

Additional Info
3Oregon Institute of Technology+
ADMISSION RATE
57%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
13

Despite its stature as one of the smaller schools in the state by enrollment, Oregon Institute of Technology looms large in the world of distance education. It was a hotspot for online bachelor's degree programs in Oregon in 2015-16, posting a No. 3 ranking for the size of its online catalog and offering a total of 12 undergraduate degree and degree completion programs that can be completed entirely online.

Affordability was also a major reason this multi-campus university took the No. 3 overall ranking. Its average net price for low- and middle-income students came in at No. 6 and No. 5 statewide, respectively. On top of that, more than 87 percent of Oregon Tech alumni reported being able to pay off their student loan debt in three years or less after graduation.

Additional Info
4Southern Oregon University+
ADMISSION RATE
95%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$60
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
0

Southern Oregon University put up strong affordability numbers, ranking No. 3 for its relatively low raw cost of tuition and fees and taking the No. 4 and No. 3 spots, respectively, for the average net price paid by low- and middle-income students. It also charged less for books and supplies than all other schools on our list but one.

Ensuring course access for as many students as possible is a priority at SOU. Not only does the Ashland school offer five online degree completion programs in education, business administration and criminal justice, but it also provides nine out of the ten on-campus flexibility metrics we included in this study. Students at SOU can earn degrees entirely on weekends and evenings, earn course credit for life experience and take advantage of placement services for graduates.

Additional Info
5Portland State University+
ADMISSION RATE
86%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
8

Students at this institution in Oregon's largest city paid the second-lowest raw cost of tuition and fees in the state, and that translated to some manageable overall out-of-pocket costs on average. Portland State University placed at No. 1 statewide in the average net price category for middle-income students, and just one other school in the state charged a lower average net price to economically disadvantaged residents.

The variety of available degree programs was also a bright spot for PSU, where students can choose from the state's third-largest on-campus academic catalog. What's more, if you're looking to earn an online bachelor's degree in Oregon, PSU has got you covered with distance education programs in English, social science, international studies, human resource management and more.

Additional Info
6Eastern Oregon University+
ADMISSION RATE
97%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
17

The lowest raw cost of tuition and fees in the state can be found at this small college in La Grande, where the average net price rankings for middle- and low-income students came in at No. 2 and No. 5 respectively. Eastern Oregon University was also one of the best online colleges in Oregon, reporting a list-leading distance education enrollment figure of more than 62 percent in fall 2015.

EOU's commitment to accommodating students in non-traditional circumstances extends to its campus-based degree programs as well. Weekend and evening programs are available at the Union County school, as well as credit for life experiences and remedial services for students who might need an academic refresher after spending some time out of school.

Additional Info
7Western Oregon University+
ADMISSION RATE
88%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$60
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
5

Western Oregon University put up some respectable numbers in multiple categories of our analysis, beginning with its No. 5 rank for raw affordability of tuition and fees. Its average net price figures placed at No. 7 and No. 6 statewide, respectively, and the 79 degree programs available on the Monmouth campus gave it the No. 5 spot among our top ten schools on that metric.

The distance education environment at WOU ranks it among the best online colleges in Oregon as well. It placed at No. 5 statewide for overall online enrollment and at No. 6 among schools on our list for its catalog of degree programs available in the virtual classroom.

Additional Info
8Reed College+
ADMISSION RATE
35%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
N/A
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
0

The data breakdown for this private liberal arts college in Portland is a study in extremes. No other college in Oregon furnished its students with a higher percentage of institutional grant aid per dollar of tuition and fees than Reed College, and, at the same time, no other school in our survey had a higher raw cost of tuition. Reed had the No. 1 graduation and retention rates in the state, but it was the only college on our list to post a zero percent online enrollment rate.

The high institutional grant aid percentage at Reed likely contributed to another impressive statistic. Reed graduates left school with a median student debt burden of just $16,000, low enough for the No. 1 spot in Oregon and a place among the top 100 schools for manageable debt nationwide.

Additional Info
9Multnomah University+
ADMISSION RATE
59%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$40
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
0

Multnomah University, a faith-based institution, stood out for the engaged and persistent nature of its students' paths from enrollment to graduation. Multnomah's first-year student retention rate ranked No. 3 among the schools on our list, and just three other institutions in our top ten posted higher graduation rates than this small Portland school.

Distance education enrollment at Multnomah was fairly robust as well, according to NCES numbers. More than 27 percent of students at the Portland school were taking at least some online courses as of fall 2017, ranking Multnomah at No. 8 statewide in that category.

Additional Info
10Northwest Christian University+
ADMISSION RATE
68%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
N/A
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
12

Rounding out our list at No. 10 is another faith-based college with fewer than 1,000 students on its rolls. Northwest Christian University was one of the three best online colleges in Oregon by enrollment in 2015, reporting nearly 60 percent of its student body as taking some part of their coursework via distance education.

The delivery system for NCU's online study plans typically requires one night a week of in-person instruction, according to the website for the school's Adult Degree Program initiative. Students concerned about affordability are likely to find peace of mind that the state's second-lowest raw cost of books and supplies can be found at NCU, as well as a proportion of institutional grant aid that ranked No. 5 among schools on our list.

Additional Info

Most Popular Degree Programs in Oregon

Oregon students enroll in certain degree programs at much higher rates than others, which can tell you a few things about the average student body. Check out this list of the top majors in Oregon:

In-Demand Careers in Oregon

If you know which careers are likely to see the most growth over the next several years, you can plan your education to make the job search a little less stressful after graduation. Here's a list of the hottest careers in Oregon today.

Career Title Total Employment Projected Job Growth Annual Salary
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other5,57016.4%$201,710
Internists, General37013.7%$195,560
Dentists, General1,43014.2%$182,390
Psychiatrists38019.3%$182,230
Nurse Anesthetists29042.7%$179,230
Family and General Practitioners1,00013%$178,640
Pediatricians, General45013.6%$177,220
Chief Executives2,6505.9%$158,990
Computer and Information Research Scientists25039.8%$143,880
Architectural and Engineering Managers3,80014.6%$140,400

Financial Aid and Scholarships in Oregon

Certain financial aid programs may only be available to Oregon students:

  • The Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG) is a state-funded, need-based grant program that serves nearly 40,000 students per year.
  • Oregon Promise is a state grant that covers a significant portion of tuition for recent high school graduates and GED recipients who go on to attend Oregon community colleges.
  • The Oregon office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) gives students access to more than 500 scholarship opportunities with a diverse set of criteria.
 
Sullivan Award
Applicant must have demonstrated scholastic potential and leadership skills.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$29,175

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 15

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA and completion of at least 45 credit hours.

 
Provost Scholarship
Applicant must be an out-of-state resident with a minimum 3.75 GPA and minimum combined SAT Reasoning score of 1400 (composite ACT score of 32).
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 15 (Early Action admissions deadline)

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.25 GPA and full-time status.

 
7th GotScholarship $20K Give Away
Applicant must be a current or future college student/graduate with outstanding loans in any area of study. Applicant must be 18 years of age or older and register with GotChosen.com in ordered to be entered into the random drawing. Selection not based upon GPA, essay, or financial need. Award required to be used for educational expenses.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

February 28

 

 

 
President's Non-Resident Scholarship
Applicant must be an incoming freshman student who is not a resident of Utah. Applicant is automatically considered with application for admission.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$17,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Not Available

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.6 GPA.

Additional Resources

Article Sources
Methodology

To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

  • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
  • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experience
    • Advanced Placement credit
    • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
    • Remedial services
    • Academic and career counseling
    • Job placement services for graduates
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Tuition payment plan
    • Any other alternative tuition plan
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Eastern Oregon University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
One University Blvd
City
La Grande
State
OR
Zip Code
97850
Website
www.eou.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
420-530
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
420-520
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
400-490
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
18-23
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
3,128
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admission Rate
97%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,742
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
31
Number of Online Programs Offered
17
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
62%
Multnomah University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
8435 NE Glisan St
City
Portland
State
OR
Zip Code
97220
Website
www.multnomah.edu
Test Scores
N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
407
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$40
Admission Rate
59%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$22,760
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
16
Number of Online Programs Offered
0
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
27%
Northwest Christian University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
828 E. 11th Ave.
City
Eugene
State
OR
Zip Code
97401
Website
www.nwcu.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
460-540
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
450-535
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
430-540
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
19-23
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
533
UnderGraduate Application Fee
N/A
Admission Rate
68%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$27,270
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
24
Number of Online Programs Offered
12
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
60%
Oregon Institute of Technology
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
3201 Campus Drive
City
Klamath Falls
State
OR
Zip Code
97601
Website
www.oit.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
460-580
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
460-590
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
440-540
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
19-26
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
4,721
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admission Rate
57%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$8,838
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
31
Number of Online Programs Offered
13
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
26%
Oregon State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1500 S.W. Jefferson Avenue
City
Corvallis
State
OR
Zip Code
97331
Website
oregonstate.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
480-610
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
490-630
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
470-590
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
21-28
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
24,612
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$60
Admission Rate
78%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$10,107
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
19
Number of Online Programs Offered
43
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
34%
University of Oregon
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
110 Johnson Hall
City
Eugene
State
OR
Zip Code
97403
Website
www.uoregon.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
500-620
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
500-610
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
22-27
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
20,538
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$65
Admission Rate
74%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$10,289
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
19
Number of Online Programs Offered
1
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
12%
Reed College
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
City
Portland
State
OR
Zip Code
97202
Website
www.reed.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
670-760
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
620-720
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
640-730
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
29-33
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
1,430
UnderGraduate Application Fee
N/A
Admission Rate
35%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$49,940
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
9
Number of Online Programs Offered
0
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
N/A
Southern Oregon University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1250 Siskiyou Blvd
City
Ashland
State
OR
Zip Code
97520
Website
www.sou.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
460-580
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
440-560
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
19-26
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Suburb: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
5,421
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$60
Admission Rate
95%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$8,145
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
32
Number of Online Programs Offered
0
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
22%
Western Oregon University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
345 North Monmouth Ave
City
Monmouth
State
OR
Zip Code
97361
Website
www.wou.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
420-540
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
420-530
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
410-510
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
17-22
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Fringe
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
4,808
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$60
Admission Rate
88%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,369
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
21
Number of Online Programs Offered
5
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
31%
Portland State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
724 SW Harrison
City
Portland
State
OR
Zip Code
97201
Website
www.pdx.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
470-590
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
460-570
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
440-560
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
19-25
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
21,980
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admission Rate
86%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$8,034
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
26
Number of Online Programs Offered
8
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
24%
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