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2023 Best Colleges in Oregon

31 Colleges
$47,734 Avg Salary*
44% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

With all of the options you have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Top Oregon Colleges ranking is part of that endeavor.

We analyzed 31 colleges and universities across Oregon to determine which were the best in terms of overall quality. To come up with this ranking, we look at more than 20 factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include freshman retention, graduation rate, student-to-faculty ratio, and post graduate earnings, among other things.

Find out more about our ranking methodology.

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Since one ranking on its own is not enough to give you a complete understanding of your educational options, you can refine this list by location and field of study. We've also developed a number of other tools and rankings based on other factors. These other rankings highlight colleges that excel in other factors such as value or diversity as well as schools that excel in serving different groups of students such as veterans or returnings adults.

You can create your own custom comparison that focuses on the factors most important to you using our tool, College Combat. Test it out by comparing your favorite schools against others you are considering!

Top Colleges in Oregon

Learn more about these excellent schools below:

#1

University of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon

University of Oregon tops this year’s ranking as the best school in Oregon for overall quality. UO is a large public school situated in Eugene, Oregon. It awarded 6,332 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.1%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. During the early years of their career, graduates from UO make an average of $53,472 a year.

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#2

Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon

A rank of #2 on our Best Colleges in Oregon list means Oregon State University is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Oregon State is a large public school situated in Corvallis, Oregon. It awarded 8,500 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The student loan default rate at the school is 2.8%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State go into careers with an average salary of $56,619 during the early years of their career.

Full Oregon State University Report

#3

Pacific University

Forest Grove, Oregon

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Pacific University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools in Oregon. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Forest Grove, Oregon, and it awarded 1,283 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The student loan default rate at the school is 1.7%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Pacific go into careers with an average salary of $54,436 during the early years of their career.

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#4

Lewis & Clark College

Portland, Oregon

A rank of #4 on our Best Colleges in Oregon list means Lewis & Clark College is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Lewis and Clark College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Portland, Oregon. It awarded 885 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The student loan default rate at the school is 1.3%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% During the early years of their career, graduates from Lewis and Clark College make an average of $52,016 a year.

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#5

University of Portland

Portland, Oregon

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Portland. It ranked #5 on our 2023 Best Colleges in Oregon list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Portland, Oregon, and it awarded 1,038 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The low student loan default rate of 0.6% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1% The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from University of Portland is $71,543 during the early years of their career.

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#6

Portland State University

Portland, Oregon

Portland State University landed the #6 spot on the 2023 Best Colleges in Oregon ranking. This large public school is located in Portland, Oregon, and it awarded 7,733 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The low student loan default rate of 4.7% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1% Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $51,902 during the early years of their career..

Full Portland State University Report

#7

Western Oregon University

Monmouth, Oregon

Western Oregon University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Oregon ranking. Western Oregon University is a small public school located in Monmouth, Oregon that handed out 1,246 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Western Oregon State College make an average of $47,041 per year during the early years of their career.

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#8

George Fox University

Newberg, Oregon

With a ranking of #8, George Fox University did quite well on the 2023 Best Colleges in Oregon list. Located in Newberg, Oregon, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 1,143 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2020-2021.

The low student loan default rate of 1.6% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1% Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from GFU make an average of $49,472 per year during the early years of their career.

Full George Fox University Report

#9

Oregon Institute of Technology

Klamath Falls, Oregon

Oregon Institute of Technology did quite well in the 2023 Best Colleges in Oregon ranking, coming in at #9. Located in Klamath Falls, Oregon, the small public school handed out 808 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 2.0%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $67,184 during the early years of their career..

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Linfield University - McMinnville Campus did quite well in the 2023 Best Colleges in Oregon ranking, coming in at #10. Linfield University - McMinnville Campus is a small private not-for-profit school located in McMinnville, Oregon that handed out 279 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 2.1%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $66,898 during the early years of their career..

Full Linfield University - McMinnville Campus Report

#11

Portland Community College

Portland, Oregon

Portland Community College did quite well in the 2023 Best Colleges in Oregon ranking, coming in at #11. Located in Portland, Oregon, the large public school handed out 4,793 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Portland Community College is $41,311 during the early years of their career.

Full Portland Community College Report

#12

Willamette University

Salem, Oregon

Willamette University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Oregon ranking. Willamette is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Salem, Oregon. It awarded 598 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The low student loan default rate of 0.8% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1% Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Willamette make an average of $57,036 per year during the early years of their career.

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#13

Lane Community College

Eugene, Oregon

Lane Community College landed the #13 spot on the 2023 Best Colleges in Oregon ranking. Lane Community College is a medium-sized public school located in Eugene, Oregon that handed out 2,010 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $34,306 during the early years of their career..

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#14

Chemeketa Community College

Salem, Oregon

Chemeketa Community College ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges in Oregon list. This medium-sized public school is located in Salem, Oregon, and it awarded 1,778 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Chemeketa Community College make an average of $35,495 per year during the early years of their career.

Full Chemeketa Community College Report

#15

Southern Oregon University

Ashland, Oregon

Southern Oregon University ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges in Oregon list.Ashland, Oregon is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,292 students in 2020-2021.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Southern Oregon University is $43,741 during the early years of their career.

Full Southern Oregon University Report

Southwestern Oregon Community College landed the #16 spot on the 2023 Best Colleges in Oregon ranking. Southwestern Oregon Community College is a small public school located in Coos Bay, Oregon that handed out 509 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from SWOCC is $35,287 during the early years of their career.

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#17

Corban University

Salem, Oregon

Corban University did quite well in the 2023 Best Colleges in Oregon ranking, coming in at #17. Corban University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Salem, Oregon that handed out 316 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.0%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. During the early years of their career, graduates from Corban make an average of $47,947 a year.

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#18

Eastern Oregon University

La Grande, Oregon

Eastern Oregon University did quite well in the 2023 Best Colleges in Oregon ranking, coming in at #18. EOU is located in La Grande, Oregon and has a small student population. In 2020-2021, this school awarded 831 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from EOU make an average of $46,331 per year during the early years of their career.

Full Eastern Oregon University Report

#19

Bushnell University

Eugene, Oregon

Bushnell University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Oregon ranking. Bushnell University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Eugene, Oregon. The school has a small population, and it awarded 261 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 4.5%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Bushnell University make an average of $46,847 per year during the early years of their career.

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#20

Warner Pacific University

Portland, Oregon

Warner Pacific University landed the #20 spot on the 2023 Best Colleges in Oregon ranking. Warner Pacific University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Portland, Oregon that handed out 146 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Warner Pacific is $50,574 during the early years of their career.

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Treasure Valley Community College ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges in Oregon list. This small public school is located in Ontario, Oregon, and it awarded 348 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Treasure Valley Community College is $35,511 during the early years of their career.

Full Treasure Valley Community College Report

#22

Umpqua Community College

Roseburg, Oregon

Umpqua Community College did quite well in the 2023 Best Colleges in Oregon ranking, coming in at #22. This small public school is located in Roseburg, Oregon, and it awarded 651 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Umpqua Community College make an average of $35,537 a year.

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Central Oregon Community College ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges in Oregon list. COCC is located in Bend, Oregon and has a small student population. In 2020-2021, this school awarded 881 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from COCC make an average of $36,735 per year during the early years of their career.

Full Central Oregon Community College Report

#24

Blue Mountain Community College

Pendleton, Oregon

With a ranking of #24, Blue Mountain Community College did quite well on the 2023 Best Colleges in Oregon list. BMCC is a public institution located in Pendleton, Oregon. The school has a small population, and it awarded 326 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $35,691 during the early years of their career..

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#25

Clackamas Community College

Oregon City, Oregon

Clackamas Community College came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Oregon ranking. Located in Oregon City, Oregon, the medium-sized public school handed out 888 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Clackamas Community College make an average of $40,423 per year during the early years of their career.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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