Best Grad Schools in Oregon 2022

Graduate school may be a critical step in your higher education, whether you are interested in expanding your knowledge, learning a specialization, or earning advanced credentials required by your profession. The best graduate schools in Oregon offer advanced degrees, such as master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as opportunities for independent research, mentorships, and professional networking.

Best Grad Schools in Oregon 2022

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.

Discover what Oregon has to offer, and find a college that fits your career interests as well as your budget.


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Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! 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 in their fields of study.

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

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

There are 5 doctorate-granting graduate schools in Oregon. Our ranking of the best graduate schools in the Oregon is composed of both private and public schools. To be included, schools must be fully accredited non-profit institutions, and must offer doctoral degrees and a broad array of graduate degrees.

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Best Grad Schools in Oregon 2022

  1. #1

    University of Oregon

    Eugene , OR
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    74%

    Student body

    21K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1205/25

    What is University of Oregon known for?

    University of Oregon’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Communications
    • Psychology
    • Computer Science
    • Sociology
    • Education
    • History
    • Literature
    • Anthropology
    • Business
    • Law

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    Oregon State University

    Corvallis , OR
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    26K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1200/24

    What is Oregon State University known for?

    Oregon State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Earth Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Physics
    • Anthropology
    • Mathematics
    • Business
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. #3

    Portland State University

    Portland , OR
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1110/21

    What is Portland State University known for?

    Portland State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Sociology
    • Economics
    • Earth Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Political Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #4

    Pacific University

    Forest Grove , OR
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $50K

    Acceptance

    89%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1160/23

    What is Pacific University known for?

    Pacific University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Chemistry
    • Psychology
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Physics
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

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  5. #5

    George Fox University

    Newberg , OR

    Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/23

    What is George Fox University known for?

    George Fox University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Business
    • Literature
    • Engineering
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • Communications
    • Mathematics
    • Social Work

    Most Influential Alumni

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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. University of Oregon
  2. Oregon State University
  3. Portland State University
  4. Pacific University
  5. George Fox University