Most Affordable Colleges in Oregon 2022

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.

Most Affordable Colleges 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.

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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 8 colleges and universities in Oregon with stated tuitions and fees under $20,000/year. The following list of the most affordable colleges and universities in Oregon is composed entirely of schools offering bachelor’s degree programs, have stated tuition and fees near or under the national average of $16,000/year, and are fully accredited colleges.

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Most Affordable Colleges in Oregon 2022

These schools are ranked by academic excellence, and all under $20,000/year.

  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

    Southern Oregon University

    Ashland , OR
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    90%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1090/21

    What is Southern Oregon University known for?

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

    • Education
    • Communications
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Criminal Justice
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics
    • Business
    • Anthropology
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #5

    Western Oregon University

    Monmouth , OR
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    45%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1060/20

    What is Western Oregon University known for?

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

    • Criminal Justice
    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Economics
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • Communications
    • Earth Sciences
    • Social Work

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #6

    Eastern Oregon University

    La Grande , OR

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1037/20

    What is Eastern Oregon University known for?

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

    • Computer Science
    • Chemistry
    • Sociology
    • Economics
    • Biology
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Business

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #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:

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. #8

    Warner Pacific University

    Portland , OR

    Tuition + fees

    $20K

    Acceptance

    100%

    Graduation

    38%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Warner Pacific University known for?

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

    • Biology
    • Religious Studies
    • Social Work
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Literature
    • Physics
    • History
    • Communications
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

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Oregon’s Most Affordable Colleges in Your Area of Interest

2021 Ranking Archive
  1. Portland State University
  2. Eastern Oregon University
  3. Southern Oregon University
  4. Oregon Institute of Technology
  5. Western Oregon University
  6. Oregon State University
  7. University of Oregon
  8. Pioneer Pacific College

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