2017 Best Colleges in Oregon

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    Reed College

    • Portland, OR
    • 241 reviews
    Freshman:As a first year at Reed College, I have so far enjoyed my experiences. The academics are challenging but ultimately satisfying. I have complied a short list of the pros and cons of Reed college.

    Pros: Focus on the learning rather than the grades; Small classes; Liberal standing on most social problems; Nerdy and Geeky students that are obviously well educated; Small campus; little focus on sports or bodily appearance; can form close bonds with the professors; beautiful campus and fairly okay food

    Cons: Some students/ professors have a bit of a haughty attitude; First and some of second year classes are lecture based (not like how the school was advertised to me); The school is a large majority white and that can effect academic subjects/ silence the people of color in the community; some professors listen and respect their students others do not; drugs are very prevalent but you can avoid them
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    University of Oregon

    • Eugene, OR
    • 3,030 reviews
    Alum:I graduated from University of Oregon with my degree in Human Physiology and I absolutely loved my program! The university campus is gorgeous and easy to navigate and there are tons of free services for students, including food and tutoring. Since my program focused on health and athletics, our department was well-funded. However, the flip side to going to a school that Nike sponsors is that there is a lot of money being poured into programs that don't necessarily meet the needs of the community. The price of books, supplies, classes, etc. are equivalent to private schools. Even tickets to football games for students range from $300-7,000 per seat. During my time at the university we had two strikes (teachers and graduate students) because they haven't increased wages or changed contracts in 10 years. I value my education and my program but the Univserity focuses on making money more than expanding academic programs.
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    University of Portland

    • Portland, OR
    • 818 reviews
    Freshman:I love this school, I can really tell that all of the faculty and staff really want to be here and want to see the students succeed. The programs are top notch, and the professors are all experts in their fields. The facilities are wonderful, though there are complaints typical to college campuses, such as limited food choices and outdated dorm buildings. The location is great, campus always feels safe. Though it is extremely expensive, I feel like attending this school will allow me more opportunities than students get at bigger institutions. I would recommend this school to everyone.
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    Lewis & Clark College

    • Portland, OR
    • 635 reviews
    College Freshman:Lewis & Clark College has provided me with the best educational opportunities I have received from an academic institution thus far. The learning environment on campus is contagious for the intense interest that the professors have in their field as well as in the students' understanding of such topics creates a community in which information is not only learned, but absorbed, applied, and cherished. The small class sizes add to this quality by allowing for open discussions on the subject material. For example, the freshman core class (Exploration and Discovery) is an enriching experience due to both the wide range of literature covered as well as the discussion that follows each reading. In this class, one can get to know the other fifteen or so students in a way that leads to more understanding between peers and an environment in which all ideas are tolerated and accepted; even if an idea does not coincide with one's own, one learns to see another point of view and consider its validity. Apart from the standard core classes and general education requirements, Lewis & Clark offers a wide variety of other courses that further one's understanding of the world as well as one's own abilities. I took a class this semester called "Fundamentals of Movement" in which anatomy was discussed in terms of movement, frequently dance-related movement. This class was particularly memorable in that it had a lot of partner work that involved a combination of massage and similar palpating activities. The class overall improved my understanding of my own body as well as its likeness with others. This class is only a taste of what unique courses Lewis & Clark offers. Not only is the academic community rigorous and engaging, the student community is equally positive. This year, my hallmates in Copeland residence hall have become more of family than a group of fellow tenants and the amount of support we have for each other is amazing. This quality is reflected in the college as a whole.
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    Oregon State University

    • Corvallis, OR
    • 2,500 reviews
    College Sophomore:The school has a strong nuclear engineering program that is small and focused. Each class is interesting and each professor is different, although they all have one thing in common: they are very smart. The program allows students to engage in (as close as one can get to) hands on activities with reactors, radioisotopes, and readings. My favorite experience so far has been getting to stand on top of the OSU TRIGA reactor and watch the Cherenkov radiation glow and then flash as the reactor was pulsed. Getting to see quantum mechanics in action was awesome!
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    Willamette University

    • Salem, OR
    • 689 reviews
    Freshman:Willamette has been a great experience so far! The professors are incredible and small class sizes makes the learning personal. The campus is beautiful, but we have issues with our campus safety officers in regards to their response time and openness with issues happening on campus. It's difficult to find a variety of healthy options, the cafeteria seems to find a salad bar to be the only healthy option needed.
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    Oregon Institute of Technology

    • Klamath Falls, OR
    • 350 reviews
    College Student:Oregon Tech is a great school that provides a lot of hands-on opportunities for students in the STEM programs. I was able to get involved in the school's 2015-2016 concrete canoe team and learn a variety of skills outside of the classroom. As for classes, the professors are very helpful and enthusiastic. I actually look forward to class everyday! The labs provide even more learning opportunity for students as we get to work together in small groups to learn.

    I would choose this school again in a heartbeat! The staff at this school really cares about your education and is willing to help in any way. Also, the students are very diverse, accepting, and want to see each other succeed.
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    Pacific University

    • Forest Grove, OR
    • 692 reviews
    Senior:I love Pacific. I came here as a first gen having no idea what to do or what I was getting myself into. From the moment I got to campus, I haven't regretted my decision. The passion of the students and faculty really connected me to the campus culture, and opened my eyes to social, political, and civic engagement arenas that I hadn't been aware of before. The professors really care about getting to know their students, and I feel close to all of the professors I have chosen to engage with. While some things aren't perfect (Aramark and Forest Grove as a whole come to mind) I wouldn't trade my experience at Pacific for anything.
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    George Fox University

    • Newberg, OR
    • 879 reviews
    Alum:Pros: The campus is pretty, academics are good, esteemed university, and "most" professors are great.
    Cons: Cliques, expensive, lacking diversity, shove religious views down your throat and if you don't agree your grade suffers yet the student portal is evidence of rampant drugs/sex/partying, no assistance with job placement if you are an Adult degree student, and the film program professors need to be fired - horrible favoritism, uncommunicative, arrogant, and just plain nasty!
    In summary, it's a good school IF you choose the right program, stay to yourself, and do NOT live on campus!
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    Concordia University - Oregon

    • Portland, OR
    • 599 reviews
    College Freshman:My school is located in American Samoa and one of the best schools on island. I currently work there as a teacher and I am very fond of my school. My school is unique because, it is next to our only international airport on the island and surrounded by government offices which makes it more convenient for students to attend. Many parents bring their children to my school because of its location and the curriculum is up-to-date. The total number of students attending my school is from 900 to 1000 plus students every school year. The school is near a public baseball field, where governmental offices utilizes for their tournaments. I would like to invite others to have prefer my school if they need to have their children or child attend a public school that is closer to various government buildings, sports field, and so forth. My school location is the best and more visual for people to witness what goes on a daily basis. Lastly, my school was middle named to one of United States President's wife "Lady Bird"during the 1900s. This is another unique and historical feature that makes my school important.
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    Portland State University

    • Portland, OR
    • 2,132 reviews
    Junior:The campus is absolutely gorgeous and I have learned so much being from the classes I've taken here. It is more of a commuter school and most of the students are originally from Oregon. A high percentage of students are also a bit older than college students typically are (18-25) which makes the party scene a bit non-existent. However, if you are 21+ there are lots of bars in downtown that are worth your time. The biggest complaint I would have about Portland State is the location. I love Portland but downtown is not very safe in my opinion. There is a lot of scary people and a lot of crime that happens right around campus. If you wander too far from your dorm you may run into trouble. Also, I would recommend not taking night classes for safety reasons. We do have an easily accessible campus security who will escort you home if you're smart enough to take advantage!
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    Linfield College

    • McMinnville, OR
    • 656 reviews
    College Sophomore:I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Linfield College. I have joined the Theta Alpha chapter of Alpha Phi and I have had fantastic experiences with my sisters. My professors are wonderful and are always wanting me to succeed, as long as my other peers. I have made many friends who are just as hard working as I am. I love Linfield and I cannot wait to go up to the Portland campus next fall to finish my last two years in nursing school!
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    Southern Oregon University

    • Ashland, OR
    • 838 reviews
    Freshman:I am currently a freshman at Southern Oregon University and love attending this university. The school is a smaller University, but offers great diversity. The people are friendly, the professors are great, and Ashland is a cute town. The party scene is not huge and dorm life becomes annoying through people smoking in their rooms and being loud in the hallways, but that is found almost everywhere. Football is highly prioritized and the campus food is good, but gets old after awhile. The campus is absolutely gorgeous and there are plenty of activities to get involved in on campus.
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    Corban University

    • Salem, OR
    • 408 reviews
    Junior:Corban is an outstanding university. It is full of the best prophesors in this country and some are even top ranking in the world for their field of work. There are many different focuses at Corban as well as sports and extra curricular activities. This university also has some of the best students anywhere around. Corban has been talked about as the school you attend to find a wife or husband. Well, That statement isn't exactly correct, but it isn't exactly wrong either. Many of my close friends have ended up married and I am well on my way to asking the question! It's just not time yet. So, Corban is great! And the people are the best!
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    Western Oregon University

    • Monmouth, OR
    • 931 reviews
    Junior:Although I have only attended Western Oregon University (WOU) for a short amount of time, I love this campus. The professors are very knowledgeable and hold a sincere passion for their fields. I enjoy the fact that students and professors are able to connect personally, so you can really get to know each other. This makes getting references much easier! The opportunities are an additional reason why I enjoy attending WOU. As a psychology major, I have an opportunity to be a research assistant, a teacher's assistant, or both! This provides an opportunity to experience those positions, and determine if they are areas that I want to pursue. WOU also has many activities and clubs, this is great because you can get to meet so many new people. One complaint I have is the advising available at WOU. I would enjoy more being able to sit with my advisor and create an academic plan instead of using an online system that tracks courses and credits.
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    Warner Pacific College

    • Portland, OR
    • 217 reviews
    College Junior:I love Warner Pacific! They're really easy to work with, they contact you back immediately when you're having an issue, they're warm/welcoming, and they even call/e-mail to check on how you're doing every once in awhile (At least they have so far with me in the ADP program). I love the teachers, and the support staff are always so helpful and friendly! I am very satisfied with Warner Pacific! They've mad my life a lot easier by being so helpful and supportive, and I would recommend the ADP program to anyone who wants to pursue a degree but has a lot going on outside of school (work/family/etc.).
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    Eastern Oregon University

    • La Grande, OR
    • 356 reviews
    Sophomore:This is a beautiful area with lots of things to do. Not only is it a small town but there is skiing and snow boarding near by, there are lots of downtown shop sand places to eat. There is a great outdoor activity program on campus where you can check out anything from skis to a bike to a kayak. The campus is very family orientated. The sports here on campus are extremely fun to be involved in whether you are participating or just going to watch. I wouldn't have gone to school anywhere else and I am not even from Oregon!
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    The Art Institute of Portland

    • Portland, OR
    • 273 reviews
    College Sophomore:They could have more flexibility in crossover courses, taking courses not directly related to your major but helpful in the long run.
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    Pioneer Pacific College

    • Wilsonville, OR
    • 175 reviews
    College Senior:When you have troubles and you need help, I have had teachers on vacation stop and help me while they where at Disneyland. When I went to the college and all of the teachers where in class, the head of the college came out to help me with my assignment so that I could understand what I needed to do. I have never found a college that is so devours and goes beyond of their way to help the students. I would promote Pioneer Pacific to anyone that wants to go to college.
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