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Oregon Universities, Accredited Colleges, and Degrees

Oregon's higher education system consists of seven public universities, 17 junior colleges, and 66 private for-profit and nonprofit institutions. The state's network of public universities, also known as the Oregon University System, includes the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and Portland State University. Oregon also has several notable private schools, such as Willamette University and Reed College, two schools that were ranked within the top 75 of U.S. News & World Report's ranking of the top national liberal arts colleges. Students in Oregon may also attend classes at satellite campuses of several private for-profit institutions, such as the University of Phoenix, and ITT Technical Institute.

Accredited Colleges & Universities in Oregon

The top colleges in Oregon are Portland State University, the University of Oregon, and Oregon State University. Portland State University, founded in 1946, offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs to more than 28,500 students at its campus in Portland. U.S. News placed Portland State University's graduate public affairs, rehabilitation counseling, and social work programs among the top 50 in the nation. Oregon's students can enroll in the state's other public universities, which include Eastern Oregon University, Western Oregon University, and the Oregon Institute of Technology. All of Oregon's public universities offer either fully online degree programs or courses. Other online colleges in Oregon include the University of Phoenix.

In 2011, the Oregon Legislature passed an initiative designed to increase educational attainment across the state. The goal of the initiative is for 40% of Oregonians to hold at least a bachelor's degree, 40% to have an associate degree or a certificate, and 20% to have graduated from high school by 2025. This will be accomplished through educator preparation programs, state- and system-wide college access grants, and other initiatives designed to improve the quality of education from pre-school through 12th grade. The Oregon University System also has partnerships with businesses and other agencies that are designed to provide grants or scholarships for students or to make it easier for them to transfer credits from a community college to a four-year institution.

Accredited Community Colleges in Oregon

Prominent junior colleges in Oregon include Portland Community College, the largest two-year institution in the state with more than 34,000 students; Lane Community College; and Chemeketa Community College. These schools offer less than one year and less than two year certificate programs and associate degrees. They also offer online degree and certificate programs, as well as a planned curriculum known as the Oregon Transfer Module. The module isn't an associate degree program. Instead it is a general selection of freshman-level courses that prepares students for their sophomore or junior years of study.



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