Oregon’s Best Community Colleges of 2021

The best community colleges provide an effective springboard into higher education, offering students high-quality two-year degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. The top-rated community colleges in Oregon offer a broad selection of associate’s degrees, affordable tuition rates, and strong partnerships with public four-year schools so that students can easily transfer their credits into accredited bachelor’s degree programs.

Oregon’s Best Community Colleges of 2021

Colleges and Universities in Oregon

Oregon is home to over 40 higher education institutions, including Oregon State University, the largest in the state. More than 30,000 students are enrolled at this public research institution in Corvallis, and with a tuition of $11,000, the school comes in slightly above the national average. Students attending the next largest, the University of Oregon, will join in on a friendly intrastate rivalry against Oregon State. Though the tuition is higher at $12,000, the school boasts a student–faculty ratio of 16:1.

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Of the 21 private institutions, 10 are religiously based. Concordia University has the largest student population at just under 5,000 and a tuition of $31,000. Students who attend this private Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod university can study fields such as chemistry, psychology, and history. Oregon’s community colleges range in tuition from $4,000 to $6,000. The least expensive four-year institution in the state, Portland State University (PSU), comes in at $8,000. Students attending PSU can study a range of fields, including environmental engineering, film, and international business, right in the heart of the city.

Gaze at the Pacific Ocean from the Oregon Coast Highway, which travels along the entire coastal edge of the state. Taste Pacific Northwest wines from the Willamette Valley, or take a bike ride through the streets of Portland. Students looking to earn their associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in The Beaver State can enjoy a great higher education experience set against a stunning natural backdrop.

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How do we determine Oregon's best community colleges?

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Find out more about our ranking methodology here.


We’ve identified 17 community colleges in Oregon. The following list shows the best community colleges in the state.

Best Community Colleges in Oregon

  1. #1

    Lane Community College

    #5627 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    21%

    Student body

    4K

    Eugene, OR

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    What is Lane Community College known for?

    Lane Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
    • Criminal Justice
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    Klamath Community College

    #9268 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    1K

    Klamath Falls, OR

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    What is Klamath Community College known for?

    Klamath Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Nursing
  3. #3

    Umpqua Community College

    #7164 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    1K

    Roseburg, OR

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    What is Umpqua Community College known for?

    Umpqua Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Communications
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #4

    Clatsop Community College

    #8333 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    <1K

    Astoria, OR

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    What is Clatsop Community College known for?

    Clatsop Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #5

    Portland Community College

    #3383 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    20%

    Student body

    16K

    Portland, OR

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    What is Portland Community College known for?

    Portland Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Engineering
    • Criminal Justice
    • Biology
    • Computer Science
    • Sociology
    • Social Work
    • Nursing

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #6

    Rogue Community College

    #5987 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    11%

    Student body

    3K

    Grants Pass, OR

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    What is Rogue Community College known for?

    Rogue Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Business
    • Criminal Justice
    • Engineering
    • Nursing
  7. #7

    Clackamas Community College

    #4493 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    3K

    Oregon City, OR

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    What is Clackamas Community College known for?

    Clackamas Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Communications
    • Criminal Justice
    • Earth Sciences
    • Nursing
    • Literature
  8. #8

    Southwestern Oregon Community College

    #7105 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    33%

    Student body

    1K

    Coos Bay, OR

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    What is Southwestern Oregon Community College known for?

    Southwestern Oregon Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Engineering
    • Physics
  9. #9

    Central Oregon Community College

    #3429 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    24%

    Student body

    3K

    Bend, OR

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    What is Central Oregon Community College known for?

    Central Oregon Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • Education
    • Business
    • Nursing
    • Sociology
    • Engineering
    • Social Work
  10. #10

    Mt. Hood Community College

    #8962 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    26%

    Student body

    3K

    Gresham, OR

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    What is Mt. Hood Community College known for?

    Mt. Hood Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Earth Sciences
    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
    • Literature
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Law
    • Philosophy

    Most Influential Alumni

  11. #11

    Chemeketa Community College

    #4755 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    7K

    Salem, OR

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    What is Chemeketa Community College known for?

    Chemeketa Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Engineering
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

  12. #12

    Blue Mountain Community College

    #9551 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    1K

    Pendleton, OR

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    What is Blue Mountain Community College known for?

    Blue Mountain Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice
  13. #13

    Columbia Gorge Community College

    #11086 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    15%

    Student body

    <1K

    The Dalles, OR

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    What is Columbia Gorge Community College known for?

    Columbia Gorge Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
  14. #14

    Treasure Valley Community College

    #11032 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    35%

    Student body

    1K

    Ontario, OR

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    What is Treasure Valley Community College known for?

    Treasure Valley Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Law
    • Education
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Mathematics
    • Business
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

  15. #15

    Linn–Benton Community College

    #16031 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    21%

    Student body

    4K

    Albany, OR

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    What is Linn–Benton Community College known for?

    Linn–Benton Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Education
    • Earth Sciences
    • Engineering
    • History
    • Sociology
    • Communications
    • Nursing
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  16. #16

    Oregon Coast Community College

    #12354 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    7%

    Student body

    <1K

    Newport, OR

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    What is Oregon Coast Community College known for?

    Oregon Coast Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Medical
    • Nursing
  17. #17

    Tillamook Bay Community College

    #15603 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    21%

    Student body

    <1K

    Tillamook, OR

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    What is Tillamook Bay Community College known for?

    Tillamook Bay Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice

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