2017 Best Colleges in Oregon

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    Reed College

    • Portland, OR
    • 241 reviews
    College Freshman:Reed has a great reputation with great grad schools, so if you're into that, Reed will help you get into a fantastic graduate program after you leave Reed. Freshman year isn't difficult, but gives you the building blocks to deal with the upcoming storm that is compromised of your later years at Reed. Class get harder and more interesting. Truly, only come here if you are interested in learning and can work hard, otherwise you will have a terrible time. The science, history (including art history) and english departments are particularly respected.
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    University of Oregon

    • Eugene, OR
    • 3,018 reviews
    College Junior:I love the University of Oregon and choosing to come here was the best decision I have ever made. I will graduate in 3 years with two majors all while having a job, being in a sorority, and being in clubs.
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    University of Portland

    • Portland, OR
    • 814 reviews
    College Sophomore:I don't know about other departments, but the Engineering school is pretty integrated in the industry. It seems like we have job seminars every other week at least.
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    Lewis & Clark College

    • Portland, OR
    • 635 reviews
    College Freshman:The professors for my major have been great, including one whom is also my advisor. Class sizes are a little larger than expected, but it is still far better than any large public school lecture hall. That being said, sometimes I wish that there were more chances to take more classes, but I do still think that the semester system allows in-depth study of material with professors.
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    Oregon State University

    • Corvallis, OR
    • 2,490 reviews
    College Junior:I haven't had a bad professor yet. Staff and faculty are competent and dedicated to their work and the students. Corvallis gets a little wild on the weekends, but as long as you get your homework done before the noise starts, it's easy to deal with.
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    Willamette University

    • Salem, OR
    • 684 reviews
    College Senior:I ended up choosing the school I did because of its proximity to home, far enough away that I felt I could be independent, but close enough that I could access home whenever. I also chose it because of its opportunities for study abroad, Greek life, and the possibility to study whatever you want. Students here create their own majors and I love that. I major in Archaeology, which is a really small program at my school. However I love the learning environment and my class sizes and the relationship I can establish with my professors. I feel like I thrive at this school.
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    Oregon Institute of Technology

    • Klamath Falls, OR
    • 348 reviews
    College Sophomore:I haven't started classes or anything yet, but I've been to the school many times. Each time has been pleasant. The staff has always been happy to help with everything I've asked about, and they've been easy to talk to. I'm not afraid to ask what seems stupid to me, but also very important for my overall academic career.
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    Pacific University

    • Forest Grove, OR
    • 690 reviews
    College Junior:Attending Pacific Unieversity is a great experience for me. I found it easy to communicate and find assistance from my professors. Coming in as a transfer I didn't feel that way. I was embraced into the Boxer family and so far it feels like I've been a Boxer for three years now.
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    George Fox University

    • Newberg, OR
    • 877 reviews
    College Freshman:Its a super fun school to attend. One month there is a ton of stuff going on around campus but then there are months/weekends where absolutely nothing is going on which is pretty boring.
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    Concordia University - Oregon

    • Portland, OR
    • 597 reviews
    College Sophomore:Experience at school so far has been a 'learning' experience. There's a lot you don't know as a freshman and you learn quickly or it just does not work out in your favor. I would do it all over again, and I AM doing it all over again in the fall as a sophomore.
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    Portland State University

    • Portland, OR
    • 2,118 reviews
    College Senior:There are some really great professors here, and lots of options for majors and minors. Of course, the social scene isn't great since most people commute.
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    Linfield College

    • McMinnville, OR
    • 652 reviews
    College Sophomore:I have loved most of my professors and they are always pushing us. there are times where I do question why we do certain things but that is most of the time when I go and ask my professors.
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    Southern Oregon University

    • Ashland, OR
    • 834 reviews
    College Junior:I was always taught to make the best of what you got. I have made Ashland my home. Southern Oregon University is the place where many of my fondest memories have come to life. I have made friends from all over the world because the school is a small enough school to remain in constant contact with as many people as you wish.
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    Corban University

    • Salem, OR
    • 406 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love Corban University so far! The professors are genuine. We are challenged daily and the community is incredible. I feel like I'm going to have an amazing experience and grow academically as well as spiritually!
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    Western Oregon University

    • Monmouth, OR
    • 927 reviews
    College Junior:Many of the teachers expect way to much out of their students; however the rest seem to go in the opposite way and expect almost nothing. I tend to spend most of my time in one of the study rooms in the math building with a small group of other math majors.
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    Warner Pacific College

    • Portland, OR
    • 217 reviews
    College Senior:For many students, our instructors are in the field or work they teach so it gives first hand experience to students. This also promotes allies for future career aspirations.
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    Eastern Oregon University

    • La Grande, OR
    • 354 reviews
    College Senior:Some of the professors are wonderful, but some don't even care about what they are doing and I think that effects how to students react to them.
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    Pioneer Pacific College

    • Wilsonville, OR
    • 175 reviews