2022 best colleges in Oregon best-colleges

With stunning natural scenery and a quirky atmosphere, it’s no wonder that Portland, Oregon offers a wide range of innovative institutions and environment-focused programs. Reed College, for example, is known for having no dean’s list or honor roll and nixing the traditional letter grades in favor of “pass” and “no-pass” grades. The state’s largest research university, the University of Oregon, is a pioneer in sustainable design and systems research. The healthy mix of beautiful natural settings and leading institutions makes the state an excellent option for students with an interest in the environment and the outdoors.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Oregon

Oregon Institute of Technology

Klamath Falls, Oregon

Admission rate: 96%

Grad rate: 51%

Net cost: $16,210

Payback: 1.9 Years

Earnings: $67,184

Vs. state average: + $12,218

Economic score: 1.52

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#2 in Oregon

Linfield University-McMinnville Campus

McMinnville, Oregon

Admission rate: 81%

Grad rate: 67%

Net cost: $27,951

Payback: 2.7 Years

Earnings: $66,898

Vs. state average: + $11,932

Economic score: 2.25

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#3 in Oregon

Portland State University

Portland, Oregon

Admission rate: 96%

Grad rate: 52%

Net cost: $13,040

Payback: 2.2 Years

Earnings: $51,902

Vs. state average: - $3,064

Economic score: 2.36

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#4 in Oregon

University of Portland

Portland, Oregon

Admission rate: 78%

Grad rate: 82%

Net cost: $36,464

Payback: 3.1 Years

Earnings: $71,543

Vs. state average: + $16,577

Economic score: 2.41

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#5 in Oregon

University of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon

Admission rate: 84%

Grad rate: 73%

Net cost: $16,461

Payback: 2.4 Years

Earnings: $53,472

Vs. state average: - $1,494

Economic score: 2.47

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#6 in Oregon

Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon

Admission rate: 83%

Grad rate: 65%

Net cost: $20,016

Payback: 2.8 Years

Earnings: $56,619

Vs. state average: + $1,653

Economic score: 2.74

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#7 in Oregon

Southern Oregon University

Ashland, Oregon

Admission rate: 91%

Grad rate: 48%

Net cost: $10,386

Payback: 2.3 Years

Earnings: $43,741

Vs. state average: - $11,225

Economic score: 2.88

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#8 in Oregon

Warner Pacific University

Portland, Oregon

Admission rate: 100%

Grad rate: 45%

Net cost: $21,733

Payback: 3.6 Years

Earnings: $50,574

Vs. state average: - $4,392

Economic score: 3.87

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#9 in Oregon

Pacific University

Forest Grove, Oregon

Admission rate: 90%

Grad rate: 68%

Net cost: $29,498

Payback: 4.0 Years

Earnings: $54,436

Vs. state average: - $530

Economic score: 4.02

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#10 in Oregon

Western Oregon University

Monmouth, Oregon

Admission rate: 80%

Grad rate: 49%

Net cost: $19,315

Payback: 3.9 Years

Earnings: $47,041

Vs. state average: - $7,925

Economic score: 4.61

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#11 in Oregon

Willamette University

Salem, Oregon

Admission rate: 81%

Grad rate: 75%

Net cost: $31,961

Payback: 4.9 Years

Earnings: $57,036

Vs. state average: + $2,070

Economic score: 4.72

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#12 in Oregon

Bushnell University

Eugene, Oregon

Admission rate: 69%

Grad rate: 55%

Net cost: $20,576

Payback: 4.6 Years

Earnings: $46,847

Vs. state average: - $8,119

Economic score: 5.34

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#13 in Oregon

Lewis & Clark College

Portland, Oregon

Admission rate: 80%

Grad rate: 75%

Net cost: $35,546

Payback: 5.2 Years

Earnings: $52,016

Vs. state average: - $2,950

Economic score: 5.46

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#14 in Oregon

George Fox University

Newberg, Oregon

Admission rate: 91%

Grad rate: 73%

Net cost: $30,378

Payback: 5.0 Years

Earnings: $49,472

Vs. state average: - $5,494

Economic score: 5.55

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#15 in Oregon

Reed College

Portland, Oregon

Admission rate: 43%

Grad rate: 84%

Net cost: $33,767

Payback: 5.4 Years

Earnings: $50,784

Vs. state average: - $4,182

Economic score: 5.82

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#16 in Oregon

Corban University

Salem, Oregon

Admission rate: 49%

Grad rate: 64%

Net cost: $24,931

Payback: 5.3 Years

Earnings: $47,947

Vs. state average: - $7,019

Economic score: 6.03

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#17 in Oregon

Multnomah University

Portland, Oregon

Admission rate: 59%

Grad rate: 55%

Net cost: $29,922

Payback: 7.3 Years

Earnings: $42,413

Vs. state average: - $12,553

Economic score: 9.41

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#18 in Oregon

Eastern Oregon University

La Grande, Oregon

Admission rate: 95%

Grad rate: 38%

Net cost: $14,300

Payback: 3.6 Years

Earnings: $46,331

Vs. state average: - $8,635

Economic score: 4.21

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#19 in Oregon

Pacific Northwest College of Art

Portland, Oregon

Admission rate: 96%

Grad rate: 41%

Net cost: $33,872

Payback: 15.4 Years

Earnings: $35,024

Vs. state average: - $19,942

Economic score: 24.12

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Mount Angel Seminary

Saint Benedict, Oregon

Admission rate: 100%

Grad rate: 67%

Net cost: $31,533

Payback: N/A

Earnings: N/A

Vs. state average: N/A

Economic score: N/A

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