Where to Start Looking to Find Oregon Colleges
The Oregon Student Access Commission is the place to start looking or Oregon colleges. This organization is essentially the financial aid agency for the state of Oregon. You can apply for the OSAC Scholarship through the website and the agency awards the Oregon Opportunity Grant. With the exception of the OSAC Scholarship, all of the grants require students to fill out the FAFSA.
The website includes a series of podcasts to help students and families in the college application process. You can download Estimate Average Standard Student Budgets for Oregon Postsecondary Institutions. Users will find links to planning resources from other websites.
The ASPIRE section has a time line for parents for college preparation through high school. The Web Links provides a well-organized list of useful websites worth looking at even if you aren’t considering a school in Oregon. In fact, the website doesn’t actually offer any listing of or search functions for Oregon colleges.
The Oregon University System website provides a listing of public institutions in Oregon. Students can use the Oregon Transfer Module to find a listing of one-year subset of general education courses that will transfer between all public two-year and four-year institutions. It has a listing of Articulation Agreements for the public universities. Neither site provides information on private colleges. The Alliance contains profiles of independent colleges in Oregon.
Some Numbers to Help You Find a College
There are 17 four-year Oregon colleges with 500 or more full-time undergraduates according to the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System. Approximately 21% of students attend one of the 10 private Oregon colleges while 79% of students attend one of the 7 state institutions.
The private colleges have an average four-year graduation rate of 58% and the public universities have an average five-year graduation rate of 40.1%. Nine Oregon colleges meet the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile requirements.
The average SAT score for college-bound seniors in Oregon was 523 for Critical Reading and 522 for Math. The 75th percentile scores were 590 for Critical Reading and 590 for Math. A total of ten colleges had 75th percentile scores equal to or higher than the state in both categories.
The top 20 colleges SAT test takers in Oregon applied to:
- Oregon State University
- University of Oregon
- Portland State University
- Western Oregon University
- University of Portland
- Southern Oregon University
- University of Washington
- George Fox University
- Stanford University
- Linfield College
- Pacific University
- Oregon Institute of Technology
- Willamette University
- University of Southern California
- Montana State University
- Gonzaga University
- Eastern Oregon University
- University of California: Berkeley
- Santa Clara University
- Washington State University
Oregon Colleges Conferences and Divisions
List of Oregon Colleges
In the following table, the four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate for public colleges. The data are based on the data available from IPEDS in December of 2014 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.
Oregon Colleges with Graduation Rates and Test Scores
Name Type Full-time
Concordia University-Portland Private 1188 36 56 550 550 24 20857
Corban University Private 846 46 32 590 590 26 23853
Eastern Oregon University Public 2140 21 67 530 520 13135
George Fox University Private 2108 52 75 600 600 26 24404
Lewis & Clark College Private 2086 67 63 700 670 31 32003
Linfield College-McMinnville Campus Private 1630 59 92 600 600 26 26196
Oregon Institute of Technology Public 2341 38 71 550 580 25 13000
Oregon State University Public 18484 55 79 600 630 27 16219
Pacific University Private 1729 52 86 600 610 27 27790
Portland State University Public 14671 32 61 590 580 12717
Reed College Private 1356 70 49 750 720 33 19424
Southern Oregon University Public 3631 33 73 570 560 12989
University of Oregon Public 18892 62 74 600 620 27 15362
University of Portland Private 3410 70 67 650 650 30273
Warner Pacific College Adult Degree Program Private 857 30686
Western Oregon University Public 4423 40 88 530 540 15828
Willamette University Private 1981 71 58 660 650 29 31622