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Portland Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

Portland Colleges and Schools

Just south of Vancouver, Washington and right next to the Willamette and Columbia rivers sits one of the most walkable, family-friendly, and outdoor recreation-friendly cities in the nation - Portland, Oregon. With a population of 619,360 in 2014, Portland is also the biggest city in the state.

Portland is known not only for its natural beauty, but also for its citizen's liberal social policies, thirst for microbrew beer, and high standard of living. Portland's unofficial slogan, "Keep Portland Weird," highlights how Portland residents make this area different - and how they're perfectly happy with that fact.

Colleges in Portland, Oregon

Currently, 35 colleges, universities, trade schools, beauty schools, and community colleges call the Portland area home. According to National Center for Education Statistics data, total enrollment at all Portland area schools was approximately 89,202 students in 2014.


Portland Community College

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $3,592
  • Graduation rate (2011-12): 15 percent, plus 15 percent transfer out rate
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: Two-year degrees in 128 different disciplines

As Portland's largest community college, Portland Community College offers wide range of degree programs geared at students who want to enter the workforce quickly and those who hope to transfer to a four-year school. Many degrees can be earned partially online through the school's distance education program. Popular degree programs include those in accounting, nursing, business administration, and dental hygiene.


Portland State University

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $7,794
  • Graduation rate (2008): 42 percent, plus 6 percent transfer our rate
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 88 Bachelor's, 86 Master's, and 37 doctoral

With a total enrollment of more than 28,000 students, Portland State University is one of the state's biggest schools. Top undergraduate majors include psychology, health studies, biology, art & design, and accounting, while top graduate degrees include those in social work and education. In addition to its on-campus offerings, Portland State also offers an online learning platform plus 32 separate online degree options.


University of Portland

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $40,424
  • Graduation rate (2008): 80 percent
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 42 majors, 30 minors, and 16 graduate programs

The University of Portland is a private, four-year school with an enrollment of approximately 4,143. The school offers a wide range of degree programs in disciplines such as business, nursing, education, and engineering. Over the last few years, the University of Portland has received numerous nods from ranking agencies such as U.S. News and World Report for its top degree programs and instruction.


Concordia University - Portland

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $27,420
  • Graduation rate (2008): 55 percent
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 25 undergraduate majors, 9 graduate degrees

With an enrollment of approximately 7,000 students, Concordia University is one of Portland's larger schools. The school offers a wide range of degree programs in popular disciplines such as accounting, nursing, education, and business, and many of their degrees can be earned through their distance learning initiative.


Lewis & Clark College

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $43,382
  • Graduation rate (2008): 79 percent
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 29 majors, 26 minors, and a wide range of career study programs

Lewis & Clark is a private, four year institution with a worldly outlook on education. Through its many undergraduate, graduate, and international study programs, Lewis & Clark hopes to instill students with a thirst for knowledge. Top degree programs include computer science, philosophy, international affairs, and psychology.


Multnomah University

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $22,100
  • Graduation rate (2008): 54 percent
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 18 undergraduate, 3 degree completion, 8 seminary, 4 graduate

Multnomah University is a Christ-based institution of higher education with degrees in practical disciplines as well as religious studies. Enrollment in 2014 included approximately 753 students, and each enjoyed a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. In addition to its on-campus programs, Multnomah offers 8 fully-online undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Warner Pacific College

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $20,300
  • Graduation rate (2008): 41 percent
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 25 majors, 29 minors, 7 pre-professional programs, 4 graduate programs

As a private not-for-profit school, Warner Pacific boasted an enrollment of approximately 554 students in 2014. With an average class size of 14, the school offers a wide range of degree options in fields such as business, the humanities, education, and music. In addition, at Warner Pacific, you can also create your own fully-individualized major.


Facts for Portland College Students

Economics

Portland is known for being one of the most livable cities in the world, and that's partly because of its many economic opportunities. Key industries in the area include health care, education, and commercial banking. Median household income in Portland - at $52,657 - was also high in comparison to other areas in 2013.

Demographics

With 619,360 residents in 2013, Portland was the largest city in the state. Approximately 43.8 percent of Portland residents held at least a Bachelor's degree in 2013, along with 90.5 percent who held a high school diploma. Through 2013, 53.4 percent of Portland residents also owned their homes.

Fun Facts for Online Learners

Portland, Oregon is home to numerous events that garner national media coverage, including the Annual World Naked Bike Ride, Portland International Film Festival, Portland Indie Wine Festival, Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival, and Muddy Boots Organic Festival.

Sources:

  1. City of Portland, Oregion, http://www.portlandoregon.gov/
  2. College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, Oregon, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=OR
  3. Concordia University, http://www.cu-portland.edu/
  4. Lewis & Clark College, http://www.lclark.edu/
  5. Multnomah University, http://www.multnomah.edu/
  6. Portland Community College, http://www.pcc.edu/
  7. Profile, Portland State University, http://www.pdx.edu/profile/snapshot-portland-state
  8. Quick Facts, Warner Pacific College, http://www.warnerpacific.edu/about/quick-facts/
  9. State & County QuickFacts, U.S. Census Bureau, Portland, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/41/4159000.html

Featured Colleges in the Portland Area (QuickSchools™)

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Portland Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Beau Monde College of Hair Design
1221 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

  • Programs: cosmetology, barber, personal grooming
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 172 students, 180 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Cascade College
9101 E Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97216-1515

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: liberal arts and sciences, business administration, psychology, teacher ed, communication studies, English, bible studies, youth ministry
  • Degrees/Certificates: Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 265 students, 254 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 240 student capacity.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219-7132

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: liberal arts and sciences, general studies, registered nursing, MIS, office management, criminal justice and safety, legal assistant, radiation therapist
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 24,353 students, 15,335 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Western States Chiropractic College
2900 NE 132nd Ave
Portland, OR 97230-3099

  • Programs: chiropractic, biological and biomedical sciences, massage therapy
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 453 students, 436 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services.

Colleges in Portland with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Birthingway College of Midwifery
12113 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97266

  • Programs: direct entry midwifery
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 78 students, 31 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Credit for experience.
  • Notable: Career counseling.

Concorde Career Institute Portland
1425 NE Irving Street, Bldg 300
Portland, OR 97232

  • Programs: medical assistant, dental assistant, health and medical administrative, surgical tech, massage therapy, licensed practical nurse
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 626 students, 619 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

East West College of the Healing Arts
525 NE Oregon St
Portland, OR 97232-0000

  • Programs: massage therapy
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 283 students, 169 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Lewis & Clark College
0615 S W Palatine Hill Rd
Portland, OR 97219-7899

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: law, educational administration, psychology, elementary school teaching, international relations, sociology, English, history
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 3,562 students, 3,570 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 1,249 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 630-720. Math: 590-680. Writing: 610-700.
  • Flexibility: AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Linfield College-Portland Campus
2215 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97210-2932

  • Programs: registered nursing, health service and sciences
  • Degrees/Certificates: Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 334 students, 329 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 126 student capacity.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option.

Multnomah University
8435 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97220

  • Programs: bible studies, ministry
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 820 students, 788 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 360 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 460-620. Math: 450-560. Writing: 430-590.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

National College of Natural Medicine
049 SW Porter Street
Portland, OR 97201-4848

  • Programs: naturopathic medicine, acupuncture
  • Degrees/Certificates: Master's.
  • Student Body: 463 students, 457 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services.

Oregon College of Art and Craft
8245 SW Barnes Rd
Portland, OR 97225

  • Programs: crafts and folk art
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 139 students, 124 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 8 student capacity.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services.

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
10525 SE Cherry Blossom Dr
Portland, OR 97216

  • Programs: acupuncture
  • Degrees/Certificates: Master's. Doctor's.
  • Student Body: 239 students, 320 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services. Study abroad option.

Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR 97239-3098

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: registered nursing, medicine, dentistry, physician assistant, public health, business management, bioinformatics, mental health nursing
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 2,455 students, 2,210 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling.

Pacific Northwest College of Art
1241 NW Johnson
Portland, OR 97209-3023

  • Programs: multimedia, photography, painting, graphic design, illustration, fine arts studies, printmaking, sculpture
  • Degrees/Certificates: Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 432 students, 384 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Study abroad option.

Portland State University
724 SW Harrison
Portland, OR 97201

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: elementary school teaching, social services, liberal arts and sciences, psychology, business management, education, social work, accounting
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 24,963 students, 19,033 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 2,021 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 460-590. Math: 460-580.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97202-8199

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: English, psychology, biology, anthropology, physics, history, economics, mathematics
  • Degrees/Certificates: Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 1,492 students, 1,323 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 959 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 660-760. Math: 630-710. Writing: 650-740.
  • Flexibility: AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Study abroad option.

University of Portland
5000 N Willamette Blvd
Portland, OR 97203-5798

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: registered nursing, education, business management, finance, biology, psychology, organizational communications, marketing
  • Degrees/Certificates: Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 3,667 students, 3,665 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 1,421 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 540-660. Math: 540-650.
  • Flexibility: AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Western Seminary
5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215-3367

  • Programs: marriage and family therapy, theological and ministerial studies, pre-ministerial studies, theology, ministry, missionary studies
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Master's.
  • Student Body: 725 students, 419 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.
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Colleges in Nearby Cities and Towns

(Student count includes part-time and full-time; not all students live in the city or town. Data as of 2007.)

City/Town Colleges Pop.
(2000)
Students Dorms
Gresham Colleges 1 90,205 7,588  
Hillsboro Colleges 3 70,186 136  
Lake Oswego Colleges 1 35,278 28  
Oregon City Colleges 1 25,754 6,613  
Tigard Colleges 3 41,223 35  

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