Best Colleges in Portland

Everything’s Growing in the City of Roses

So much more than hipsters and flannel

In a city where being weird is “cool” and new things are encouraged, you’re sure to discover the real you. Portland has over 35 postsecondary school options, which will prepare you for everything from becoming a neuroscientist to a philosopher.* IT and computer students have a gold mine in Portland with 1,200 technology companies right in town. Kinesiology, business, and research & design students will also have plenty of opportunities for internships and careers with big outdoor enterprises headquartered here, such as Adidas, Nike, Columbia, and DaKine. And with nearly 250 other company headquarters,* you’ll have plenty of chances to dust off your interview suit.

Portland is a foodie paradise with over 60 microbreweries (the most in the world), great restaurants, and over 600 food carts.* On weekends, visit the farmer’s market at the Waterfront or enjoy a Portland ritual, brunch, which isn’t complete without another brew the city loves- coffee. Portland has more than great food, though. The professional sports teams include the Timberwolves and MLS team, the Timbers. You can rock climb, windsurf, or hike in the Columbia River Gorge-all with beautiful views. Or maybe biking and running are your thing with 70 miles of trails in Forest Park.* With one of the best park systems in America, you can stop and literally smell the roses in the Rose Garden at Washington Park or visit Mt. Tabor for the best views of the city.* With a big music scene, great performing arts, and festivals year-round, new things are happening all the time. So come, and get in on the action before it goes out of style.

*National Center for Education Statistics *Wikipedia, “Portland”, “Companies in Portland” *travelportland.com

Best Four Year Universities in Portland

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Concordia University-Portland Portland, OR

Concordia University-Portland offers 42 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 4,207 students graduated with students earning 3,914 Master's degrees, 282 Bachelor's degrees, 9 Doctoral degrees, 2 Certificates degrees.

2 Reed College Portland, OR

Reed College offers 34 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 341 students graduated with students earning 336 Bachelor's degrees, and 5 Master's degrees.

Based on 24 Reviews
3 University of Portland Portland, OR

University of Portland offers 98 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 1,159 students graduated with students earning 946 Bachelor's degrees, 178 Master's degrees, 24 Doctoral degrees, and 11 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
4 Pacific University Forest Grove, OR

Pacific University offers 112 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,133 students graduated with students earning 410 Bachelor's degrees, 392 Master's degrees, 313 Doctoral degrees, and 18 Certificates degrees.

5 George Fox University Newberg, OR

George Fox University offers 130 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a outlying town. In 2015, 1,170 students graduated with students earning 652 Bachelor's degrees, 378 Master's degrees, 132 Doctoral degrees, and 8 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
6 Portland State University Portland, OR

Portland State University offers 291 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 7,662 students graduated with students earning 4,849 Bachelor's degrees, 1,787 Master's degrees, 947 Certificates degrees, and 79 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 36 Reviews
7 Lewis & Clark College Portland, OR

Lewis & Clark College offers 130 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 1,110 students graduated with students earning 637 Bachelor's degrees, 247 Master's degrees, 205 Doctoral degrees, and 21 Certificates degrees.

Based on 20 Reviews
8 Linfield College-McMinnville Campus McMinnville, OR

Linfield College-McMinnville Campus offers 98 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a far away town. In 2015, 439 students graduated with students earning 439 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
9 Multnomah University Portland, OR

Multnomah University offers 36 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 361 students graduated with students earning 261 Bachelor's degrees, 94 Master's degrees, 6 Certificates degrees.

10 Oregon Health & Science University Portland, OR

Oregon Health & Science University offers 76 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a large city. In 2015, 1,046 students graduated with students earning 354 Bachelor's degrees, 323 Master's degrees, 279 Doctoral degrees, and 90 Certificates degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews

Best Community Colleges in Portland

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Clackamas Community College Oregon City, OR

Clackamas Community College offers 111 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,219 students graduated with students earning 839 Associate's degrees, and 380 Certificates degrees.

2 Mt Hood Community College Gresham, OR

Mt Hood Community College offers 174 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,748 students graduated with students earning 1,325 Associate's degrees, and 423 Certificates degrees.

3 Portland Community College Portland, OR

Portland Community College offers 153 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large city. In 2015, 5,875 students graduated with students earning 3,738 Associate's degrees, and 2,137 Certificates degrees.

4 Clark College Vancouver, WA

Clark College offers 125 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 3,018 students graduated with students earning 1,961 Associate's degrees, and 1,057 Certificates degrees.

5 Sumner College Portland, OR

Sumner College offers 4 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large suburb. In 2015, 124 students graduated with students earning 90 Certificates degrees, and 34 Associate's degrees.

6 Concorde Career College-Portland Portland, OR

Concorde Career College-Portland offers 9 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a large city. In 2015, 697 students graduated with students earning 649 Certificates degrees, and 48 Associate's degrees.

7 Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Portland Portland, OR

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Portland offers 4 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large city. In 2015, 164 students graduated with students earning 107 Associate's degrees, and 57 Certificates degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Concordia University-Portland Concordia University-Portland Portland, OR
5/5
28 : 1 7,182
Reed College Reed College Portland, OR
5/5
10 : 1 1,453
University of Portland University of Portland Portland, OR
5/5
14 : 1 4,338
Pacific University Pacific University Forest Grove, OR
5/5
12 : 1 3,810
George Fox University George Fox University Newberg, OR
5/5
15 : 1 3,925
Portland State University Portland State University Portland, OR
3/5
26 : 1 27,488
Lewis & Clark College Lewis & Clark College Portland, OR
5/5
12 : 1 3,526
Linfield College-McMinnville Campus Linfield College-McMinnville Campus McMinnville, OR
5/5
11 : 1 1,700
Multnomah University Multnomah University Portland, OR
4/5
17 : 1 737
Clackamas Community College Clackamas Community College Oregon City, OR
2/5
30 : 1 6,407
Mt Hood Community College Mt Hood Community College Gresham, OR
2/5
30 : 1 8,758
Portland Community College Portland Community College Portland, OR
2/5
35 : 1 29,003
Clark College Clark College Vancouver, WA
2/5
34 : 1 10,477
Oregon Health & Science University Oregon Health & Science University Portland, OR 2 : 1 2,895
Oregon College of Art and Craft Oregon College of Art and Craft Portland, OR
5/5
11 : 1 151
Pioneer Pacific College Pioneer Pacific College Wilsonville, OR
3/5
13 : 1 1,170
Warner Pacific College Warner Pacific College Portland, OR
4/5
12 : 1 523
University Logo International Air and Hospitality Academy Vancouver, WA 6 : 1 122
Warner Pacific College Adult Degree Program Warner Pacific College Adult Degree Program Portland, OR
2/5
15 : 1 689
University Logo Beau Monde College of Hair Design-Beau Monde Academy of Cosmetology Portland, OR 16 : 1 64
Portland Actors Conservatory Portland Actors Conservatory Portland, OR
3/5
5 : 1 25
Sumner College Sumner College Portland, OR 12 : 1 287
University Logo Northwest College-Hillsboro Hillsboro, OR 16 : 1 96
Aveda Institute-Portland Aveda Institute-Portland Portland, OR 25 : 1 249
University Logo Beau Monde College of Hair Design Portland, OR 16 : 1 96

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Questions About Going to College in Portland

How are the career opportunities for college graduates in Portland?

Portland has been coined by popular sketch-comedy series Portlandia as “where young people go to retire” — with overeducated, underworked masses. While this might be true for a minority of the city, Portland is actually teeming with career opportunities, both the conventional and, like the city itself, the unconventional. Ranking in at No. 3 on Forbes’ “Best Places for Business and Careers” list, Portland offers a wide variety of opportunities from finance to freelance. Say “hello” to about a 2.9% job growth* and a casual “that’s cool” to the 5.5% unemployment rate.* Looks like you can wear your lumberjack shirt and get a job too.

*Forbes.com

What major companies/industries are hiring what type of graduates/skills in Portland? Growing industries?

Portland has been deemed “Silicon Forest.” As such it’s home to many technology companies that keep a large majority of the city employed: Intel, Tektronix, Janrain, and more. If you’re not the next Steve Jobs, you can also find employment opportunities in the strong, growing industries of construction, real estate, finance, and leisure and hospitality. And if you’d rather shrug your shoulders to what the degree on your diploma reads, you can take up among the locals and open a microbrewery, micro-distillery, or coffee shop — just know that many people are already brewing in the privacy of their homes.

Is Portland more of a college town or a great place to start a career and family? What communities are best?

Young professionals. Families. Clown enthusiasts. Anyone is welcome to Portland as long as they can appreciate a locally brewed beer, a green environment, farm-to-table dining, and alternative people and lifestyles. “Keep Portland weird” is the unofficial motto, and it’s one many in the community live up to and expect newcomers to uphold.

Families can take up residence in neighborhoods in the southwest for quieter, safe living and great schools. And there’s a lot to do for children and adults alike, such as getting cultured at the Japanese Garden, learning how the “City of Roses” got its name at the International Rose Test Gardens, roaming the shelves of Powell’s City of Books, and hiking along the storybook setting of Forest Park.

Young folk have a place in the city, too. Portland is home to 19 colleges and universities, and it has hip, trendy spots along the northeast and northwest regions where all the mustachioed men and ironic ladies live and hang.

What do the locals in Portland like to do for fun?

Simple pleasures — that’s how Portland folk roll. The city offers many: It glows green with 10,000-plus acres of public parks, nature-worshipping sites like the Hoyt Arboretum, and local farms that offer refuge from the bright-light city. Zero sales tax equals guilt-free and fabulous shopping. Counterculture makes for a buzzing art and music scene. Over-conscious diets mean diverse, healthy, farm-to-table restaurants. And eco-friendly living welcomes bikers and walkers to fill the streets. The more vintage, the better. The more offbeat, the more likely you’re looking up a local’s alley.

So just sit back, take off your bike helmet, and knock back a local ale as you watch the Trail Blazers dribble across the court or look for inspiration at the Portland Art Museum, and you’ll be living like a local.

What’s the dating scene like in Portland? Will I meet my perfect mate?

With local campuses and bars and breweries all around, chances are good that you’ll meet a single someone worth seeing in the daytime. And you’ll most certainly find your perfect mate — if you don’t mind paleness, aren’t off-put by accommodating to a gluten-free diet, and also think biking up Multnomah Falls to watch water cascade is the perfect date. Outdoor activities rank high on the “things to do with significant others” list. But couples can also enjoy vintage movie theaters, local art museums, and affordable restaurants. Just be aware of alternative lifestyles, and don’t be too surprised to learn that your date-to-be shares a bed with their opposite-sex roommate (it’s probably platonic).

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