List of community colleges in Oregon

This is a list of colleges and universities in the U.S. state of Oregon. Seven public universities make up the Oregon University System, and seventeen community colleges are operated by locally elected boards. There are also numerous private degree-granting institutions.

The oldest college is Willamette University, which was established 1842, and is the oldest university in the Western United States. The oldest community college is Southwestern Oregon Community College which was established in 1959.[1] The college has about 14,500 students which have access to the over 150 acres (61 ha) of campus.

This list includes all schools that grant degrees at an associates level or higher, and are either accredited or in the process of accreditation by a recognized accrediting agency.


School Main location Control Type[2] Enrollment (2005) Founded
American College of Healthcare Sciences Portland Private
Health professions school 1,032 1978[3]
Art Institute of Portland Portland Private
School of art 1,534 1963[4]
Blue Mountain Community College Pendleton Public Associates college 2,216 1962[5]
Central Oregon Community College Bend Public Associates college 4,048 1949[6]
Chemeketa Community College Salem Public Associates college 9,228 1970[5]
Clackamas Community College Oregon City Public Associates college 6,902 1961[5]
Clatsop Community College Astoria Public Associates college 1,610 1958[5]
Columbia Gorge Community College The Dalles Public Associates college 831 1989[5]
Concordia University Portland Private
Masters university 1,404 1905
Corban University Salem Private
Baccalaureate college 754 1935
Eastern Oregon University La Grande Public Masters university 3338 1929
George Fox University Newberg Private
Research university 3,382 1891
Gutenberg College Eugene Private
Religious school[7] 48[8] 1994[9]
Klamath Community College Klamath Falls Public Associates college 1,619[10] 1996[5]
Lane Community College Eugene Public Associates college 9,110 1964[5]
Lewis & Clark College Portland Private Liberal arts college 3,259 1867
Linfield College McMinnville Private
Liberal arts college 2,606[11] 1858
Linn-Benton Community College Albany Public Associates college 5,391 1967[5]
Marylhurst University Marylhurst Private
Masters university 1,245 1893
Mount Angel Seminary St. Benedict Private
Religious school 177 1887[12]
Mount Hood Community College Gresham Public Associates college 7,817 1965[5]
Multnomah University Portland Private
Religious school 763 1936[13]
National College of Natural Medicine Portland Private Health professions school 475 1956[14]
New Hope Christian College Eugene Private
Religious school 192 1925
Northwest Christian University Eugene Private
(Disciples of Christ)
Baccalaureate college 459 1895[15]
Oregon Coast Community College Newport Public Associates college 627 1987[5]
Oregon College of Art & Craft Portland Private School of art 143 1907[16]
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine Portland Private Health professions school 258 1983[17]
Oregon Health and Science University Portland Public Medical school 2,553 1974[18]
Oregon Institute of Technology Klamath Falls Public Baccalaureate college 3,372 1947
Oregon State University Corvallis Public Research university 19,590[19] 1858
Oregon State University - Cascades Bend Public Research university (A branch campus of Oregon State University) 801 2001
Pacific Northwest College of Art Portland Private School of art 303 1909
Pacific University Forest Grove Private
Research university 2,521 1849
Pioneer Pacific College Wilsonville Private
Associates college 1,015 1981[20]
Portland Community College Portland Public Associates college 24,505 1961[5]
Portland State University Portland Public Research university 23,444 1946
Reed College Portland Private Liberal arts college 1,341 1911
Rogue Community College Grants Pass, Medford Public Associates college 4,211 1970[5]
Southern Oregon University Ashland Public Masters university 5,154 1926
Southwestern Oregon Community College Coos Bay Public Associates college 2,114 1961[21]
Tillamook Bay Community College Tillamook Public Associates college 243 1981[5]
Treasure Valley Community College Ontario Public Associates college 1,961 1962[5]
Umpqua Community College Roseburg Public Associates college 1,147 1964[22]
University of Oregon Eugene Public Research university 20,296 1876
University of Portland Portland Private
Masters university 3,911 1901
University of Western States Portland Private Health professions school 405 1904[23]
Warner Pacific College Portland Private
(Church of God)
Baccalaureate college 512 1937[24]
Western Culinary Institute Portland Private
Associates college 1,285 1983[25]
Western Oregon University Monmouth Public Masters university 4,768 1856
Western Seminary Portland Private
Religious school 625 1927[26]
Willamette University Salem Private Liberal arts college 2,663 1842

Out-of-state institutions

Several schools based in other states offer degree programs at locations in Oregon:

Defunct institutions

School Location(s) Founded Closed Notes/Refs[31]
Albany College Albany 1867 1942 Became Lewis & Clark College
Ashland College & Normal School Ashland 1869 Underwent name changes to Southern Oregon College (SOC) to Southern Oregon State College (SOSC) and finally to Southern Oregon University (SOU) in 1997.
Baker Business College Baker 1891 1976 [32]
Baker City Normal & Business College Baker 1887 1905
Baker College Baker 1969 1970 Formerly Magic Valley Christian College, which moved to Baker from Albion, Idaho in 1969.
Bassist College Portland 1998 Now owned by Art Institutes International.
Bethel College Bethel 1855 1862 Merged with Monmouth University to form, in turn, Christian College in 1865, Oregon State Normal School in 1882, Oregon Normal School in 1911, and Oregon College of Education in 1939, which is Western Oregon University today.
Blue Mountain University La Grande 1873 1885 [33]
Cascade Christian College Portland 1918 1969
Cascade College Portland 1956 2009 School was operated by Oklahoma Christian University as a branch campus from 1994 to 2009. The school was formerly Columbia Christian College from 1956 to 1993.[34]
Colegio Cesar Chavez Mount Angel 1973 1983 First Chicano college in U.S.
College of Philomath Philomath 1889 1912 [35]
Columbia Christian College Portland 1947 1993
Columbia College Eugene 1855 1860 [36]
Columbia College of Business Clackamas 1999
Coquille College 1890 1905
Corvallis College Corvallis 1859 1885 Acquired by state.
Dallas College Dallas 1900 1914
Eastern Oregon College La Grande 1892 1898 Became Eastern Oregon University
Jefferson Institute Jefferson 1846
Judson Baptist College The Dalles 1956 1985 Records at Southwestern College
Liberal University Silverton 1896 1903
Mineral Springs College Sodaville 1892 1908
Mount Angel College St. Benedict 1887 1973
Multnomah College Portland 1897 1969 Absorbed into the University of Portland.
North Pacific College Portland 1899 Dental school absorbed into Oregon Health & Science University and optometry school absorbed into Pacific University.
Oregon College of Art Ashland
Oregon Denturist College Milwaukie 1993
Oregon Law School Salem and Portland 1902 1922 Not to be confused with the University of Oregon School of Law.[37][38]
Oregon School of Design Portland 1992
Pacific College of Art & Design Medford
Philomath College Philomath 1867 1927
Portland University Portland 1891 1900 Was a Methodist school with ties to Willamette University. Campus and buildings sold to the Catholic Church and became the campus for the University of Portland.
Saint Francis College 1885 1905
Saint Joseph College 1844 1849
Saint Michael's College Portland 1871 1928
Sublimity College Sublimity 1857 1860
Whitney Business College Baker 1887 1891 [39]

See also



External links

  • Department of Education listing of accredited institutions in Oregon