Oregon’s Most Affordable Colleges & Universities of 2021

Here are the most affordable colleges and universities in Oregon. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you, at a price you can afford.

Oregon’s Most Affordable Colleges & 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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How do we determine Oregon's most affordable 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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We’ve identified 8 affordable colleges and universities in Oregon, all of which satisfies the following conditions:

  1. It must be fully accredited.
  2. It must offer a broad range of bachelor’s degrees
  3. It must have stated tuition and fees under $16,000/year.

Most Affordable Colleges & Universities in Oregon

  1. #1

    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

  2. #2

    Eastern Oregon University

    #3484 institution's historical influence
    #398 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1037/20

    La Grande, OR

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    What is Eastern Oregon University known for?

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

    • Education
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Communications
    • Medical
  3. #3

    Southern Oregon University

    #1956 institution's historical influence
    #781 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    90%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1090/21

    Ashland, OR

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    What is Southern Oregon University known for?

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

    • Education
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • History
    • Literature
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #4

    Oregon Institute of Technology

    #3780 institution's historical influence
    #1368 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1100/23

    Klamath Falls, OR

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    What is Oregon Institute of Technology known for?

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

    • Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Psychology
    • Mathematics
    • Social Work
    • Communications
  5. #5

    Western Oregon University

    #2977 institution's historical influence
    #661 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    45%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1060/20

    Monmouth, OR

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    What is Western Oregon University known for?

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

    • Education
    • History
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • Economics
  6. #6

    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

  7. #7

    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

  8. #8

    Pioneer Pacific College

    #7915 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Student body

    1K

    Beaverton, OR

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    What is Pioneer Pacific College known for?

    Pioneer Pacific College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Medical
    • Nursing

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