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?

Methodology

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.


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. 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:

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    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:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Criminal Justice
  3. 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:

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. 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:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. 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:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Engineering
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Sociology
    • Social Work
    • Nursing
  6. #6

    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:

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

    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:

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

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Engineering
    • Physics
    • Computer Science
  9. 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:

    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • Education
    • Business
    • Nursing
    • Sociology
    • Engineering
    • Social Work
  10. Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    26%

    Student body

    3K

    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. 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:

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  12. 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:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
  13. 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:

    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
  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:

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  15. 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:

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  16. 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:

    • Business
    • Medical
    • Nursing
  17. 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:

    • Business
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice

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