Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in Oregon.
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The following agencies accredit schools in Oregon. However, it’s important to understand that this list only includes institution-wide accreditors, rather than agencies that only award program-specific accreditation. For details on program-specific accreditation, look through our subject pages.
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
Higher Education Links
For more information about higher education reforms and propositions in the state, visit the state’s higher education boards and council websites. In addition, contact them or individual schools for more general college and university information.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific area. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
The pioneering state of Oregon is newer to the union than many others, but still has several public universities to choose from. Learn more about some of these choices below.
Portland State University
Portland State University
Although it may not be the one you’ve heard of, Portland State University is Oregon’s largest and most diverse public university. The downtown campus location allows students to take part in internships and community-based projects, as well as education-based projects, social services, and government. U.S. News and World Report considers PSU to be a Tier 2 national university, and Forbes places PSU at 216th overall for research universities and 97th in the West.
Oregon State University
Oregon State is Oregon’s Land Grant university and is one of two American institutions to have Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant designations. OSU is the state’s only university with both the Carnegie Foundation’s “Very High Research Activity” and “Community Engagement” classifications. OSU is also known for green living and sustainability, ranked fourth among American universities and first in the Pac-12 Conference for use of renewable energy. Corvallis consistently ranks among the best, the safest, and most environmentally responsible cities to live in the U.S.
University of Oregon
The University of Oregon is ranked 109th among national universities by the U.S. News and World Report and is a member of the Association of American Universities. Among the faculty are 33 American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows and 12 American Academy of Arts and Sciences members. Home to “The Ducks,” UO is a Pac-10 Division I school that offers many opportunities for involvement with sports, for football and track and field fans in particular. The city of Eugene is also very friendly for those who enjoy outdoor activities, and events like the Cinema Pacific Film Festival make the area attractive to those who love the arts as well.
Oregon’s private colleges are at least as renowned as its public universities. Find out more about the most notable ones below.
Lewis and Clark College
U.S. News & World Report ranked Lewis and Clark 15th on their list for best undergraduate teaching at liberal arts colleges, and with a faculty to student ratio of 1 to 12 and an average class size of 19 this is no surprise. U.S. News also listed L & C 35th for best high school counselors rating in 2012. The Washington Monthly ranked the college 21st in the nation among liberal arts colleges based on its contribution to the public good, and Sierra magazine listed L & C among the Top 20 “Coolest Schools.” The Princeton Review has named L & C one of 22 American universities on their “Green Rating Honor Roll.”
U.S. News & World Report ranks Pacific 20th among regional universities (West) and 11th on the “Best Value” schools list. Forbes lists Pacific 141st among private colleges and 38th in the West. Pacific has produced a number of All-American athletes, including two who receive that distinction in two sports.
Willamette University is among the top producers of U.S. Fulbright Fellows, two professors from Willamette won Fulbright awards for 2012-13, and fifteen Willamette students and alumni have received Fulbright grants in the past five years. Forbes ranked Willamette 26th among Western universities and 100th among private schools in the U.S. in 2013. Washington Monthly cited Willamette as the 25th most affordable American liberal arts college in 2013. The Corporation for National and Community Service named Willamette to the 2012 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.