To help prospective Oregon students evaluate the higher education options that are right for their unique needs, College Consensus identified the best-ranked colleges in Oregon (presented here in alphabetical order):
Corban University - Salem, OR
George Fox University - Newberg, OR
Lewis & Clark College - Portland, OR
Linfield College - McMinnville, OR
Northwest Christian University - Eugene, OR
Oregon Institute of Technology - Klamath Falls, OR
Oregon State University - Corvallis, OR
Pacific University - Forest Grove, OR
Portland State University - Portland, OR
Reed College - Portland, OR
Southern Oregon University - Ashland, OR
University of Oregon - Eugene, OR
University of Portland - Portland, OR
Warner Pacific College - Portland, OR
Western Oregon University - Monmouth, OR
Willamette University - Salem, OR
Oregon has an incredible variety of geographical features, including deserts, coasts, and even volcanoes, but in the popular imagination, Oregon is synonymous with forests. Originally, it was the dense, rainy forests that brought explorers, traders, hunters, and trappers, but today, it's far more likely to be the Silicon Forest that draws some of the nation's best and brightest to Oregon. For generations Oregon has been known for eccentricity, creativity, and openness, and those qualities have made the state a haven for creative professionals, tech geniuses, and entrepreneurs with ideas well ahead of their time. And Oregon's higher education system has been right alongside Oregon's boldest innovators, from the University of Oregon and Oregon State University - top-tier public research universities - to small liberal arts colleges like Reed College, Warner Pacific College, and Willamette University. Oregon has become a by-word for innovation, and Oregon's colleges and universities are a big part of the reason.
According to Managing Editor Carrie Sealey-Morris, "Oregon is known far and wide as one of the most progressive, environmentally-conscious, and innovative, entrepreneurial states in the union." All of those qualities are directly and indirectly linked to a higher education system that supports experiment and risk-taking: Oregon's colleges and universities provide "the tools to take on leadership positions in industry, government, education, and culture." Oregon's excellence has made it one of the most popular destinations for the tech sectors, which is making Oregon one of the 21st century's most influential states. It's also become attractive for families: as Sealey-Morris notes, "Oregon has become one of the nation's Top Moving Destinations, with as many as two families moving to Oregon as move away." Oregon is living up to its reputation as a "welcoming, open culture," and the best colleges and universities in Oregon are feeding that reputation.
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