Oregon has 17 community colleges and a wide range of four-year colleges and universities. Choose from large public research universities, small liberal arts colleges, health science colleges, Christian colleges and more.
Online and offline, residents of Oregon can also attend certain out-of-state schools at reduced cost: Oregon has tuition agreements with schools in Alaska, Hawaii, California, Washington and other states through the Western Undergraduate Exchange. Oregon is booming! As reported in CNN Money, in 2014 more Americans moved to Oregon than to any other state. Inbound moves were up 5% over 2013, and college enrollment rose by about 5% too.
- Oregon is a top state for students who like to be outdoors. Dramatic scenery includes Mt. Hood and other high mountain peaks, deep lakes and gorges, powerful rivers, extinct volcanoes and windswept beaches.
Oregon towns hold some of the world’s best festivals. Lately some cities have perpetual party atmospheres too; Oregon’s become a leader in the beer industry, and Portland alone has about 60 breweries.
- Housing costs in Oregon are relatively low, especially when eyed by California neighbors. Rental costs are reasonable for students and buying a home of your own someday would likely be affordable. The median price for a single-family home is about $300,000 in Portland versus $900,000 in San Francisco.
Commute times are low. For off-campus students a typical school-home commute time is about 15 minutes. Public transportation systems are strong here too.
- Entrepreneurs succeed in Oregon. Small businesses are thriving. So too are bigger industries such as tech and filmmaking, which are relocating from across state lines. If you attend college in Oregon, you can find great opportunities for internships and in-state employment after graduation.
Among ranked National Universities, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2019–2020 school year was $41,426 at private colleges, $11,260 for state residents at public colleges and $27,120 for out-of-state students at state schools, according to data reported to U.S. News in an annual survey.
If your child receives free or reduced lunch, or has an EFC of $0, we can bring your costs down even more! Please mention this during your consultation.