For lovers of the Pacific Northwest, Oregon has some excellent choices for higher education. The list of colleges includes public and private institutions as well as several with religious affiliations. Oregon's top colleges include high retention rates, four- and six-year graduation rates, value, student engagement, and notable curricular strengths. For a complete list click here.


ASHLAND - Southern Oregon University. Welcome to the public liberal arts university of the West. SOU offers a campus experience you won't find anywhere else. Here you'll connect with faculty, fellow students, and the Rogue Valley community. Our small classes and creative approaches prepare you for success. Rich cultural resources and glorious surroundings provide inspiration beyond the classroom. Creative. Connected. Personal.


EUGENE - The University of Oregon, founded in 1876, is the state’s flagship institution. An energetic college town, the university offers academic excellence and hands-on learning opportunities. The O is a world-class teaching and research university with nearly 300 comprehensive academic programs and more than 25 research centers and institutes, offering both breadth and depth in the liberal arts and sciences as well as professional programs.


CORVALLIS - Oregon State is a leading research university located in one of the safest, smartest, greenest small cities in the nation. Situated 90 miles south of Portland, and an hour from the Cascades or the Pacific Coast, Corvallis is the perfect home base for exploring Oregon’s natural wonders.


BEND - Earn an OSU degree in beautiful Bend, Oregon. Set in the high desert and surrounded by mountains, lakes and rivers, OSU-Cascades offers a small university environment backed by more than 100 years of OSU academics and tradition.


PORTLAND: At Portland State University, our students and faculty take the classroom to the community. In Senior Capstones, students team up with local organizations to tackle civic challenges. That program is one of the reasons U.S News & World Report and The Princeton Review rank PSU among the nation’s best.


SALEM - Willamette educates 1,800 enterprising, high-achieving undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts. We are nationally recognized for leadership in sustainability and our focus on social responsibility — qualities that reflect our Northwest values and our deeply held motto, "Not unto ourselves alone are we born."


NEWBERG - George Fox Univeristy is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian colleges in America. We're also classified as a first-tier institution in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Regional Universities (West)" category. We offer more than 40 majors and 45 minors to help you fulfill your career goals. (If you are interested in our nine master’s degrees, three doctorate degrees, five seminary programs or adult-degree programs, we offer those, too.)


PORTLAND - Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is a public university in oregon with a main campus, including two hospitals in Portland and a smaller campus in Hillsboro. It was renamed in 1981 and took its current name in 2001, as part of a merger with the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology. Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology (OGI), in Hillsboro. In addition, the university has several partnership programs including a joint Pharm D Pharmacy program with Oregon State University.