Oregon’s Best Graduate Schools of 2021

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.

Oregon’s Best Graduate Schools 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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What are Oregon’s Colleges & Universities?

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There are 5 doctorate-granting universities in Oregon, all of which satisfy our criteria. The best graduate schools below are composed of both private and public schools that satisfy the following four conditions:

  1. It must be a non-profit institution.
  2. It must be fully accredited.
  3. It must offer doctoral degrees and a broad array of graduate degrees.
  4. It must have a graduation rate greater than 40%.

How do we determine Oregon's best graduate schools?

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. At the undergraduate level, the best colleges and universities are those with the highest concentration of influence. Our Concentrated Influence metric adjusts overall influence by size of undergraduate student body, thus allowing smaller schools to compete with larger schools so long as they have proportionately as strong influential faculty and alums.

But at the graduate level, the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. Overall influence, and not influence controlled by other variables, thus becomes the best gauge of academic excellence at the graduate level. Where smaller size is an advantage at the undergraduate level (hence Concentrated Influence), graduate studies benefit from a large and vibrant community of graduate students, who promise to become the new generation of academic influencers.

If you are serious about finding the best graduate schools, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

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Best Graduate Schools in Oregon

  1. #1

    University of Oregon

    #127 institution's historical influence
    #547 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    74%

    Student body

    22K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1205/25

    Eugene, OR

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    What is University of Oregon known for?

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

    • Literature
    • Computer Science
    • Psychology
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Education
    • Law
    • Communications
    • History
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    Oregon State University

    #248 institution's historical influence
    #1025 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    26K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1200/24

    Corvallis, OR

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    What is Oregon State University known for?

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

    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Chemistry
    • Literature
    • Medical
    • Education
    • History
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. #3

    Portland State University

    #522 institution's historical influence
    #448 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    20K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1110/21

    Portland, OR

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    What is Portland State University known for?

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

    • Computer Science
    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • History
    • Economics
    • Philosophy
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #4

    Pacific University

    #1391 institution's historical influence
    #305 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $46K

    Acceptance

    89%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1160/23

    Forest Grove, OR

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    What is Pacific University known for?

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

    • Medical
    • Business
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

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  5. #5

    George Fox University

    #2529 institution's historical influence
    #976 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/23

    Newberg, OR

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    What is George Fox University known for?

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

    • Religious Studies
    • Education
    • History
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • Engineering
    • Philosophy
    • Medical
    • Biology

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