Oregon’s Best Research Universities of 2021

Interested in attending a STEM school in Oregon? Our ranking of top research universities for bachelor’s degrees displays schools that will best prepare you for STEM careers.

Oregon’s Best Research Universities 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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How do we determine Oregon's best colleges and universities?

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 “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.

Find out more about our ranking methodology here.

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Related: Differences between research universities and teaching colleges

A research university is a great option for students interested in obtaining STEM degrees. Research universities invest heavily in research, which consequently provides meaningful and extensive opportunities for its students and faculty to participate in research. There are 5 research universities in Oregon, all of which satisfy our criteria. The list below of the best research universities in the state satisfies the following four conditions:

  1. It must be a fully accredited university.
  2. It must offer doctoral degrees across the range of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).
  3. It must report high levels of research activity based upon the number of research and/or practice doctorates awarded each year.
  4. It must have a graduation rate of greater than 40%.

Best Colleges & Universities 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

    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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  4. #4

    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

  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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