Best Community Colleges in Oregon 2022

Best Community Colleges in Oregon 2022

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.

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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We’ve identified 17 community colleges in Oregon. The following list shows the best community colleges and primarily associate degree granting colleges in Oregon.

Best Community Colleges in Oregon

  1. #1

    Portland Community College

    Portland , OR

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    20%

    Student body

    16K

    What is Portland Community College known for?

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    24%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Central Oregon Community College known for?

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

  3. #3

    Clackamas Community College

    Oregon City , OR

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Clackamas Community College known for?

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

  4. Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    7K

    What is Chemeketa Community College known for?

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #5

    Lane Community College

    Eugene , OR

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    21%

    Student body

    4K

    What is Lane Community College known for?

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #6

    Clatsop Community College

    Astoria , OR

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Clatsop Community College known for?

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #7

    Rogue Community College

    Grants Pass , OR

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    11%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Rogue Community College known for?

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

  8. #8

    Umpqua Community College

    Roseburg , OR

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Umpqua Community College known for?

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. #9

    Mt. Hood Community College

    Gresham , OR

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    26%

    Student body

    3K

  10. #10

    Klamath Community College

    Klamath Falls , OR

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Klamath Community College known for?

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

  11. Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    33%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Southwestern Oregon Community College known for?

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

  12. #12

    Blue Mountain Community College

    Pendleton , OR

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Blue Mountain Community College known for?

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

  13. #13

    Columbia Gorge Community College

    The Dalles , OR

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    15%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Columbia Gorge Community College known for?

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

  14. Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    35%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Treasure Valley Community College known for?

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  15. Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    7%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Oregon Coast Community College known for?

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

  16. #16

    Tillamook Bay Community College

    Tillamook , OR

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    21%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Tillamook Bay Community College known for?

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

  17. Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    21%

    Student body

    4K

    What is Linn–Benton Community College known for?

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

    Most Influential Alumni

2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. Lane Community College
  2. Klamath Community College
  3. Umpqua Community College
  4. Clatsop Community College
  5. Portland Community College
  6. Rogue Community College
  7. Clackamas Community College
  8. Southwestern Oregon Community College
  9. Central Oregon Community College
  10. Mt. Hood Community College
  11. Chemeketa Community College
  12. Blue Mountain Community College
  13. Columbia Gorge Community College
  14. Treasure Valley Community College
  15. Linn–Benton Community College
  16. Oregon Coast Community College
  17. Tillamook Bay Community College