Aug 20, 2017


Located in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon shares borders with Washington to the north, Idaho and Nevada to the east, California to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The state capital is Salem, while Portland is the largest city. Other cities include Eugene, Gresham, Hillsboro and Beaverton.

OregonMajor industries in the state include advanced manufacturing, clean technology, forestry and wood products, high technology, tourism, and outdoor gear. Oregon is the largest lumber producer in the world. Half the state is covered in forest.

The Oregon State Board of Higher Education governs the Oregon University System and its universities.

Top Reasons to Study in Oregon

  • Quality of Life: Oregon combines a modern aesthetic with plenty of natural attractions, including volcanic mountains, deep vast forests, and Crater Lake, the deepest lake in America. The rugged terrain that makes up much of the state offers excellent opportunities for outdoor recreational activity. This lends the state a trendy vibe that many visitors to the state find attractive. In 2014, two Oregon cities,Eugene and Salem were ranked among the top 20 best places to live in the U.S. by com.
  • Employment Prospects: Oregon’s diverse economy makes it an attractive destination for prospective students. The state is home to a number of outdoor gear companies, including Nike, Columbia Sportswear and Adidas America. In addition, Oregon has a thriving high technology cluster that is home to the largest Intel facility in the world and more than 1,500 software companies.

Featured Colleges and Universities

Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.

For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in Oregon, contact the Oregon State Board of Higher Education.


College Popular Majors Type of Institution Enrollment
Lewis & Clark College International Affairs,Psychology,Sociology/ Anthropology Private >10,000 Request Info
George Fox University Business,Health,Interdisciplinary Studies Private >10,000 Request Info
Oregon Institute of Technology Business,Engineering,Health Public >10,000 Request Info
Portland State University Business,Liberal Arts,Social Sciences Public >10,000 Request Info
Oregon State University Business Administration,Human Development/ Family Studies,Liberal Studies Public >10,000 Request Info
University of Oregon Interdisciplinary Studies,Nursing,Psychology Public >10,000 Request Info

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