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2022 Best Colleges in Oregon

36 Colleges
$42,067 Avg Salary*
45% 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 has developed its Top Oregon Schools ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

Our analysis looked at 36 schools in Oregon to determine which ones 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.

Get more details on 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 Portland

Portland, Oregon

Our analysis found University of Portland to be the best school for overall quality in Oregon in this year’s ranking. University of Portland is a private not-for-profit institution located in Portland, Oregon. The school has a small population, and it awarded 1,185 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $58,800 during the early years of their career..

Full University of Portland Report

#2

Pacific University

Forest Grove, Oregon

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Pacific University. The school came in at #2 in Oregon on this year’s overall quality ranking. Pacific is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Forest Grove, Oregon. It awarded 1,220 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

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%. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Pacific make an average of $46,600 per year during the early years of their career.

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#3

Lewis & Clark College

Portland, Oregon

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Lewis & Clark College helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools in Oregon. Lewis and Clark College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Portland, Oregon. The school has a small population, and it awarded 886 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The low student loan default rate of 1.1% 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 Lewis and Clark College make an average of $46,200 per year during the early years of their career.

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#4

Oregon Institute of Technology

Klamath Falls, Oregon

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Oregon Institute of Technology. It ranked #4 on our 2022 Best Colleges in Oregon list.Klamath Falls, Oregon is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 750 students in 2019-2020.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.3%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from OIT make an average of $56,600 per year during the early years of their career.

Full Oregon Institute of Technology Report

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Linfield University - McMinnville Campus. The school came in at #5 in Oregon on this year’s overall quality ranking. Located in McMinnville, Oregon, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 305 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2019-2020.

The student loan default rate at the school is 2.9%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Linfield is $55,200 during the early years of their career.

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#6

Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon

With a ranking of #6, Oregon State University did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Oregon list. Located in Corvallis, Oregon, the large public school awarded 7,547 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2019-2020.

The low student loan default rate of 3.4% 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 Oregon State make an average of $49,600 per year during the early years of their career.

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#7

University of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon

University of Oregon came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Oregon ranking. Located in Eugene, Oregon, the large public school handed out 6,191 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from UO go into careers with an average salary of $44,800 during the early years of their career.

Full University of Oregon Report

#8

Willamette University

Salem, Oregon

Willamette University landed the #8 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Oregon ranking. Willamette University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Salem, Oregon that handed out 651 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The student loan default rate at the school is 1.2%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Willamette make an average of $51,100 per year during the early years of their career.

Full Willamette University Report

#9

Portland Community College

Portland, Oregon

With a ranking of #9, Portland Community College did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Oregon list. This large public school is located in Portland, Oregon, and it awarded 3,465 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $36,100 during the early years of their career..

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#10

George Fox University

Newberg, Oregon

George Fox University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Oregon ranking. Located in Newberg, Oregon, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 1,272 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The student loan default rate at the school is 2.2%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from GFU is $45,100 during the early years of their career.

Full George Fox University Report

#11

Reed College

Portland, Oregon

Reed College did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges in Oregon ranking, coming in at #11. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Portland, Oregon, and it awarded 313 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Reed go into careers with an average salary of $42,200 during the early years of their career.

Full Reed College Report

#12

Chemeketa Community College

Salem, Oregon

Chemeketa Community College landed the #12 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Oregon ranking.Salem, Oregon is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,558 students in 2019-2020.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Chemeketa Community College make an average of $32,000 per year during the early years of their career.

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#13

Portland State University

Portland, Oregon

Portland State University landed the #13 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Oregon ranking. Portland State University is a large public school located in Portland, Oregon that handed out 6,543 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Portland State University make an average of $44,700 a year.

Full Portland State University Report

#14

Western Oregon University

Monmouth, Oregon

Western Oregon University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges in Oregon list. Western Oregon State College is a small public school situated in Monmouth, Oregon. It awarded 1,452 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Western Oregon State College go into careers with an average salary of $39,700 during the early years of their career.

Full Western Oregon University Report

#15

Corban University

Salem, Oregon

Corban University did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges in Oregon ranking, coming in at #15. Corban is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Salem, Oregon. It awarded 317 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The student loan default rate at the school is 3.2%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Corban make an average of $37,600 per year during the early years of their career.

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#16

Lane Community College

Eugene, Oregon

With a ranking of #16, Lane Community College did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Oregon list.Eugene, Oregon is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,514 students in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Lane Community College is $30,600 during the early years of their career.

Full Lane Community College Report

#17

Southern Oregon University

Ashland, Oregon

With a ranking of #17, Southern Oregon University did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Oregon list. Southern Oregon University is a medium-sized public school located in Ashland, Oregon that handed out 1,137 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Southern Oregon University is $39,000 during the early years of their career.

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#18

Clackamas Community College

Oregon City, Oregon

Clackamas Community College ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges in Oregon list. Clackamas Community College is located in Oregon City, Oregon and has a medium-sized student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 685 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Clackamas Community College is $33,400 during the early years of their career.

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#19

Mt. Hood Community College

Gresham, Oregon

Mt. Hood Community College landed the #19 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Oregon ranking. MHCC is a public institution located in Gresham, Oregon. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,436 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $33,400 during the early years of their career..

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#20

Eastern Oregon University

La Grande, Oregon

Eastern Oregon University did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges in Oregon ranking, coming in at #20. This small public school is located in La Grande, Oregon, and it awarded 697 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from EOU is $41,200 during the early years of their career.

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#21

Bushnell University

Eugene, Oregon

With a ranking of #21, Bushnell University did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Oregon list. Bushnell University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Eugene, Oregon. The school has a small population, and it awarded 206 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 4.2%, 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 $43,100 during the early years of their career..

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#22

Warner Pacific University

Portland, Oregon

Warner Pacific University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Oregon ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Portland, Oregon, and it awarded 63 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Warner Pacific make an average of $41,000 a year.

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Southwestern Oregon Community College did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges in Oregon ranking, coming in at #23. SWOCC is a small public school situated in Coos Bay, Oregon. It awarded 534 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from SWOCC go into careers with an average salary of $31,400 during the early years of their career.

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#24

Blue Mountain Community College

Pendleton, Oregon

With a ranking of #24, Blue Mountain Community College did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Oregon list. Blue Mountain Community College is a small public school located in Pendleton, Oregon that handed out 326 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from BMCC make an average of $30,200 per year during the early years of their career.

Full Blue Mountain Community College Report

#25

Tillamook Bay Community College

Tillamook, Oregon

Tillamook Bay Community College came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Oregon ranking. TBCC is a small public school situated in Tillamook, Oregon. It awarded 81 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

With a student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed.

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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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