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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
9101 E Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97216-1515
Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219-7132
Western States Chiropractic College
2900 NE 132nd Ave
Portland, OR 97230-3099
These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Based on 2008-2009 information.
Birthingway College of Midwifery
12113 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97266
Concorde Career Institute Portland
1425 NE Irving Street, Bldg 300
Portland, OR 97232
East West College of the Healing Arts
525 NE Oregon St
Portland, OR 97232-0000
Lewis & Clark College
0615 S W Palatine Hill Rd
Portland, OR 97219-7899
Linfield College-Portland Campus
2215 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97210-2932
8435 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97220
National College of Natural Medicine
049 SW Porter Street
Portland, OR 97201-4848
Oregon College of Art and Craft
8245 SW Barnes Rd
Portland, OR 97225
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
10525 SE Cherry Blossom Dr
Portland, OR 97216
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR 97239-3098
Pacific Northwest College of Art
1241 NW Johnson
Portland, OR 97209-3023
Portland State University
724 SW Harrison
Portland, OR 97201
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97202-8199
University of Portland
5000 N Willamette Blvd
Portland, OR 97203-5798
5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215-3367
Portland career and employment information.
Portland Graduate Schools
Portland Graduate and Business Schools
(Student count includes part-time and full-time; not all students live in the city or town. Data as of 2007.)
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