Salem Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

Salem Colleges and Schools

Salem, Oregon, could be the ideal place for any student to attend college. With wellness centers, yoga studios, cherry orchards and chocolate factories, museums, historic gardens and more, young adults and others enrolled in Salem colleges and schools are likely to find excitement in and out of the classroom. Salem also is the state's capital, offering plenty for those interested in politics, history and government. It's also the third largest city in the state.

Colleges in Salem, Oregon

  • Willamette University: This private liberal arts institution in Salem encompasses more than 60 acres and includes education in areas such as the liberal arts, law and management. Complete a Bachelors of Art degree, a Juris Doctorate (with a sustainable law certificate if desired) or even a Master's in Business Administration.
  • Corban University: "Making a Difference" is this school's motto and education is focused on Gospel-driven learning. Both undergraduate and graduate degrees are available, with undergraduate majors including business, education, English, health science, history and government, music, ministry and more. Find residential living, an opportunity to focus on spiritual living, and even varsity athletics.
  • Chemeketa Community College: From community education classes to summer online classes, students can find a variety of formats and educational opportunities at this Salem-based school. You also can complete certificates or two-year degrees in areas like computer science, horticulture, juvenile corrections, the fine arts, welding, wine studies and many others.
  • Institute of Technology: Build knowledge and skills in the medical or technical fields with training and education through this technical college, also known as IOT. Additionally, you can complete programs in business, the culinary field or criminal justice and obtain a diploma, certificate or associate degree depending upon the program.

Fun Facts about Salem Colleges

  • Race in 'turkey' attire, with other students at Corban University in their November Turkey Trot.
  • Willamette University has its own ecologically diverse land, known as Zena Forest, which is more than 300 acres.
  • Interculturual Movie Nights are a regular occurrence at Chemeketa Community College.
  • The Salem, Oregon campus is just one of four IOT campuses located in the West.


  1. About Willamette, Willamette University, https://willamette.edu/about/
  2. Academics, Willamette University, https://willamette.edu/academics/index.html
  3. College Life, Chemeketa Community College, http://www.chemeketa.edu/aboutchemeketa/collegelife/
  4. Majors, Corban University, https://undergrad.corban.edu/majors
  5. Programs and Areas of Study, Chemeketa Community College, http://www.chemeketa.edu/programs/
  6. Things to Do, Travel Salem: Absolutely Oregon, http://www.travelsalem.com/things-to-do
  7. Vocational School in Salem Oregon, Institute of Technology, http://www.iot.edu/locations/salem-college/
  8. "Was That a Turkey Trotting By?" Corban Clips, https://blogs.corban.edu/clips/2014/11/21/was-that-a-turkey-trotting-by/

Salem Colleges with Open Admissions

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

Academy of Hair Design Salem
305 Court NE
Salem, OR 97301

  • Programs: cosmetology, barber
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 59 students, 77 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97305

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: liberal arts and sciences, general studies, licensed practical nurse, registered nursing, fire-fighting, EMT paramedic, criminal justice and safety, building inspector
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 7,255 students, 7,702 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option.

Phagans School of Beauty
622 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97301

  • Programs: cosmetology, personal grooming, manicurist, barber, hair styling, aesthetician and skin care, cosmetoloty instructor
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 41 students, 53 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling.

Valley Medical College
4707 Silverton Road NE
Salem, OR 97305

  • Programs: medical assistant, licensed practical nurse, medical secretary, phlebotomy, medical receptionist
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 69 students, 98 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Credit for experience. AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Colleges in Salem with Selective Admissions

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

College of Hair Design Careers
1684 Clay St NE
Salem, OR 97301-1952

  • Programs: cosmetology, personal grooming, hair styling, facial treatment, manicurist
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 65 students, 81 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Corban College
5000 Deer Park Dr SE
Salem, OR 97317-9392

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: psychology, education, business management, English, liberal arts and sciences, bible studies, social services, health and physical education
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 959 students, 1,059 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 538 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 480-580. Math: 450-580. Writing: 440-570.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Willamette University
900 State St
Salem, OR 97301

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: law, education, business management, economics, biology, political science, psychology, Spanish language
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's. First-professional degree.
  • Student Body: 2,720 students, 2,182 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 1,465 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 570-680. Math: 550-650. Writing: 550-660.
  • Flexibility: AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.
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