Colleges in Oregon

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 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

Title City State Type Enrollment
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.

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