Best Public Colleges in Oregon 2022

Best Public Colleges in Oregon 2022

Public colleges and universities account for almost 75 percent of all undergraduate students in the U.S. The best public colleges in Oregon provide broad access to reputable degree programs, affordable tuition, and sprawling educational communities.

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.


What are Oregon’s Colleges & Universities?

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What is the difference between public and private colleges?

Public and private colleges and universities operate under different business models. Public colleges and universities are owned by the state and receive both state and federal funding to operate. Private colleges and universities are private companies with private funding. If you’re looking at the pros and cons of private vs. public colleges, consider that many public colleges provide diverse course offerings, influential professors, and an excellent return on your investment.

Public colleges are schools that receive most of their funding from tax revenues. As a result, the cost of a bachelor’s degree at a public university is often lower than the equivalent cost at a private college — especially for students attending a public school in their home state. Attending a college in-state is usually the cheapest option. Private universities and colleges can be very competitive with their funding opportunities, so do not simply believe that private colleges are always going to be more expensive. According to National Center for Educational Statistics, the average annual cost (tuition, fees, room and board for full-time students) at a public university was slightly over $20,000. In contrast, private universities cost, on average, nearly $43,000 annually. But in the end, the cost of college comes down to each student’s academic and financial situation.

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This list is composed entirely of public colleges and universities that offer bachelor’s degrees. We’ve identified 7 public universities in Oregon. To be included in our list of the best public colleges in Oregon, shcools must receive direct funding from the state, be fully accredited, and offer a broad range of bachelor’s degress.

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Best Public Colleges in Oregon 2022

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    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1110/21

    Portland State University’s Online Degrees

    BA or BS in Liberal Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA or BS in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Social Work
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA or BS in Criminology and Criminal Justice
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA or BS in Public Health Studies
    Degree Concentrations
    • Aging
    • Community Health Promotion
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA or BS in Management And Leadership
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA or BS in Philosophy
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Human Resources Management
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Supply And Logistics Management
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Human Resources Management
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA or BS in Business Technology and Analytics
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Social Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Arts and Letters
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Cultural History of the Arts
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA or BS in Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA/BS in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA/BS in Art History
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA/BS in Arts and Letters
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA/BS in Business
    Degree Concentrations
    • Human Resources Management
    • Management and Leadership
    • Supply and Logistics Management
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA/BS in Business Technology and Analytics
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA/BS in Conflict Resolution
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA/BS in Criminology and Criminal Justice
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Cultural History of the Arts
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA/BS in Liberal Studies
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA/BS in Philosophy
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA/BS in Public Health Studies
    Degree Concentrations
    • Community Health Promotion
    • Health Services Administration
    • Healthy Aging
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA/BS in Science
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA/BS in Social Science
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  2. #7

    Oregon Institute of Technology

    Klamath Falls , OR

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1100/23

    What is Oregon Institute of Technology known for?

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

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Oregon’s Best Public College in Your Area of Interest

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. Southern Oregon University
  5. Eastern Oregon University
  6. Oregon Institute of Technology
  7. Western Oregon University