College Education In Oregon: The state now hosts a total of 26 public and 33 private institutions of higher education. Students will find a majority of the state’s colleges in the western portion of the state in and around the city of Portland. The Oregon University System supports seven public universities and one affiliate in the state, while the state also supports 17 community colleges.
Oregon Colleges In the Rankings: U.S. News and World Report rankings: National Rankings – University of Oregon (#108), Oregon State University (Tier 3); Liberal Arts Rankings – Reed College (#54), Willamette University (#60), Lewis and Clark College (#71).
A Closer Look at Oregon Education: Oregon has historically struggled to fund higher education and typically ranks toward the bottom of the nation in terms of state spending per student. While many of the early schools in Oregon were started by religious organizations, the state’s higher education system has since diversified and is working to improve its reputation.
Did You Know? ‘We aim to serve’: One of the first universities in the West was Salem’s Willamette University; with the motto, “not unto ourselves alone are we born” the popular liberal arts college encourages students to spend thousands of hours performing community service.