Public colleges in Oregon are a part of the Oregon University System(OUS). It is comprised of seven reputable public universities with one branch campus, life-long learning centers and statewide public services. These agencies and Oregon colleges serve over one million people each year. The Oregon schools in the System are governed by the State Board of Higher Education. The Office of the Chancellor oversees the State Board and helps to fulfill statewide higher education responsibilities.
The Oregon State Board of Higher Education is comprised of 15 members that are appointed by the Governor on the approval of the Oregon State Senate. There are two faculty members and two student members who serve two-year terms and 11 public members serve four-year terms.
The largest of Oregon's colleges and universities enrollment-wise is the Portland State University in downtown Portland. A state urban research university, it was founded in 1946. It offers undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and doctorates in 17 fields. It has been nationally recognized for its Master's of Business Administration and urban planning programs. The Princeton Review ranked it one of the best 376 colleges on all of the West Coast in 2012.
Higher education schools in Oregon include a wide variety of private colleges and universities. The Portland area has two Catholic institutions, Marylhurst University and the University of Portland. Other private Oregon colleges are as follows.
Farther south, Willamette Valley is the home of McMinnville and Linfield colleges. George Fox University is in nearby Newberg. Corban College and Willamette University are in Salem. One of America's largest and most revered Roman Catholic seminaries, Mount Angel Seminary is near Salem. Lebanon hosts the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Northwest while Eugene is the site of Gutenberg College, New Hope Christian College and Northwest Christian University.
In 2010, the Department of Economic Analysis found the gross domestic product of Oregon to be $168.8 billion, making it the 26th wealthiest state in the nation. Agriculture is an important economic sector. The Missoula Floods enriched the land in the Willamette Valley with sediment from Glacial Lake Missoula in Western Montana as it settled onto the valley floor. Grapes grown here resemble the varieties in the regions of Alsace and Burgundy in France because of similarities in climate and soil. Wineries have become a very significant industry for the state. With a total of 303 wineries, it ranks third among the states with wineries. Oregon produces about 95 percent of all hazelnuts in the nation. Cranberries are one of the state's top crops. Oregon supplies about 7 percent of the nation's cranberries. Other agricultural outputs are wheat, cattle, sheep, eggs, dairy products, and poultry. Oregon's vast forests use to make it one of the nation's top timber production and logging states. Forest fires caused the amounts of timber produced to drop significantly. The highest acreages of timber are now on private lands.
Salmon-fishing is a big industry for the state. It is one of the world's largest producers of Salmon. The state's beautiful mountains, forests, lakes, water falls and beaches have helped to make tourism profitable. Oregon is home to Crater Lake National Park. The state has hosted several notable film shoots including Animal House, Stand By Me and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Oregon has a good share of high technology industries and services such as Tektronix and Intel. Several data centers have now taken advantage of the region's cheap power and good climate for cooling. The area is now referred to as the Silicon Forest. Google has settled in the Dalles, Facebook's data center is in Prineville and Amazon.com is currently planning to settle in Boardman.
Other corporations that are large sources of employment include Nike, Adidas, Precision Castparts Corporation, FLIR Systems, Schnitzer Steel Industries and StanCorp Financial Group.
Excellent colleges and universities, technology, agriculture and industry will continue to support a thriving economy in Oregon.
Found 123 Post-Secondary Schools In Oregon
|Salem Bible College||Gervais||OR||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Skelton Beauty Academy||Coos Bay||OR||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Southern Oregon University||Ashland||OR||4-year public||5493|
|Southwestern Oregon Community College||Coos Bay||OR||2-year public||3326|
|Springfield College of Beauty||Springfield||OR||2-year private, for-profit||35|
|Tara Lara Academy of K - 9 Hair Design||Mulino||OR||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|The Art Institute of Portland||Portland||OR||4-year private, for-profit||666|
|The Dalles Academy of Hair Design||The Dalles||OR||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|The Process Work Center of Portland Graduate Sch||Portland||OR||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Tillamook Bay Community College||Tillamook||OR||2-year public||277|
|Treasure Valley Community College||Ontario||OR||2-year public||1785|
|Umpqua Community College||Roseburg||OR||2-year public||1386|
|University of Oregon||Eugene||OR||4-year public||17801|
|University of Phoenix - Oregon Campus||Tigard||OR||4-year private, for-profit||1081|
|University of Portland||Portland||OR||4-year private, not-for-profit||2926|
|Vo - Tech Institute Inc||Milwaukie||OR||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Warner Pacific College||Portland||OR||4-year private, not-for-profit||638|
|Western Culinary Institute||Portland||OR||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||568|
|Western Oregon University||Monmouth||OR||4-year public||4729|
|Western Pacific Truck School||Portland||OR||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Western Seminary||Portland||OR||4-year private, not-for-profit||732|
|Western States Chiropractic College||Portland||OR||4-year private, not-for-profit||364|
|Willamette University||Salem||OR||4-year private, not-for-profit||2415|
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/< 1 2