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Guide to Online Colleges in Oregon

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Attending an online college in Oregon may be a wise decision for you if you wish to complete an associate, bachelor's, or master's degree program without dropping your job or other obligations. An online degree program can give you the chance to continue your current lifestyle and graduate from college at your desired pace.

Here's a high-level look at options for online colleges in Oregon:

  • 34 online colleges in Oregon offer associate, bachelor's, and master's degree programs.
  • There are 21 Oregon colleges with online degree programs available at the associate level, 20 offer online programs at the bachelor's level, and 20 schools offer online programs at the master's level.
  • The online colleges with the most degree programs include Southwestern Oregon Community College and University of Phoenix-Oregon.
  • Several online colleges in Oregon specialize in certain fields of study such as nursing, health sciences, and technology.

The state of Oregon has ambitious educational goals. By 2025, at least 40 percent of Oregonians in the 25 to 64 age range to have a four-year degree and another 40 percent to earn an associate degree or certificate. Two programs are in place to support those goals: Oregon Opportunity Grants and the Oregon Promise, both designed to make college more affordable.

Continue reading to learn about the 10 best online colleges in Oregon as well as state scholarships that can help you pay for your online degree.

What Makes a Good Online College?

Here at OnlineColleges.com, we used carefully selected criteria to create multiple rankings on the best online schools in Oregon. Each school included in our rankings has been accredited by a body such as the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). To find out why accreditation is important, check out our page "What is College Accreditation?" For accreditation information specific to Oregon, visit the Oregon Department of Education.

Our rankings are designed to assist students in finding the right online Oregon school for them. They allow them to easily identify a number of factors of each school, including the ratio of students participating in distance education, the availability of tuition plans and the total electronic library collections. Our "What Makes a Good Online College?" section of our "About Us" page explains why we believe these factors play a vital role in the Oregon online college experience.

Best Online Colleges in Oregon for 2018-19

A startlingly large number of high-quality educational institutions in Oregon are offering online courses and programs to their student body, which can make it difficult to decide which one is best for you. To help with your decision, we've applied a unique methodology to data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and found 10 of the very best Oregon colleges offering distance education options. (For more details on our process, review our methodology at the bottom of this page. For the ability to make your own rankings based on different criteria, visit our Top Colleges Tool.)

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Oregon State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$10,967
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
41%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
48
School Type
4-year

An international public research university with a legacy over 150 years long, Oregon State University has evolved from issuing lectures from the caboose of a train in the late 1800s to offering dozens of online degree and certificate programs to students across the world. Online minors add an extra level of customization for students who want to specialize their education, while the University Exploratory Studies Program allows students who aren't sure what they want to major in to explore multiple options rather than making a hasty decision. Professional and continuing education is also available, with options such as a certificate in project management, a coding certificate boot camp, and more.

2

Eastern Oregon University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$8,362
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
63%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
21
School Type
4-year

Educating local students is so important to Eastern Oregon University that state legislature has designated the school as "Oregon's Rural University." However, EOU makes a point of offering flexible online programs to students as well, in majors and minors such as anthropology/ sociology, communication studies, history and psychology.

One particularly interesting aspect of EOU is their integrative studies program. This allows students to combine two of EOU's minors into a single, customized degree program. EOU advisors are available to help students decide which minors to combine and how to create a study plan for the results. Transfer students can even combine a minor from their previous school with one at EOU for this program!

Accreditation:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Location:

One University Boulevard,
La Grande, OR 97850
 
3

Concordia University - Portland

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$30,270
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
68%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
15
School Type
4-year

Since its founding in 1905, Concordia University has provided liberal arts education aligned with its Lutheran roots, though it welcomes students of all backgrounds. As of August 2018, it is the only one of the 10 universities founded by the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod (LCMS) to have been founded in Oregon.

Concordia-Portland's online portal offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, in subjects including early childhood education, business administration, and homeland security and emergency preparedness. Education licensure and certificates may also be completed online. Most courses are delivered asynchronously, and coursework typically involves discussion boards, online chats, streaming audio conversations and video lectures.

4

Southwestern Oregon Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$5,942
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
55%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
12
School Type
2-year

Southwestern Oregon Community College is growing in the online scene… in multiple ways! Not only does the college offer fully online degrees in digital design and childhood education, but it has partnered with the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE). Online students who are interested in popular esports games may be able to form strong partnerships or team bonds through the school's esports scene.

SWOCC's online learning management system is simply titled "eLearning," and through it students can access lectures, take assessments and communicate with their instructors and fellow students through online discussions. Writing assistance is also available, and online students can make appointments to receive tutoring through Skype sessions if desired.

Accreditation:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Location:

1988 Newmark Avenue,
Coos Bay, OR 97420
 
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Northwest Christian University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$28,680
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
64%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
15
School Type
4-year

Northwest Christian University, in Eugene, offers a Christ-based education with wisdom, faith and critical thinking set as important tenets for the student experience. The university opened as a divinity school in 1895, but has expanded its programs to include business, education, nursing and the arts and sciences.

The university offers adult degree programs both in the evenings and online, and application for these programs costs no additional fees. Start dates for online courses are offered multiple times throughout the year, including in the summer. The university's prior learning assessments, transfer credit options and multiple articulation agreements can be appealing bonuses for returning learners and transfer students.

Accreditation:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Location:

828 E. 11th Avenue,
Eugene, OR 97401
 
6

Oregon Institute of Technology

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$9,982
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
28%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
15
School Type
4-year

As of August 2018, Oregon Institute of Technology is the only public polytechnic university in the Northwest. Its online degree programs focus primarily on the areas of technology, health care and engineering. Examples include a master's in engineering, a bachelor's in information technology, an associate degree program in polysomnography and a clinical sleep health certificate program. There are also multiple degree completion programs available in health care-related subjects such as dental hygiene, echocardiology and radiologic science.

Most of OIT's online courses are asynchronous, although some involve real-time web conferencing. Coursework is delivered through the Blackboard course management platform, and students may access Oregon Tech technical support seven days a week if they are having technical troubles.

7

University of Oregon

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$11,931
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
11%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
1
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1876, the University of Oregon is widely known for its mascot, the Oregon Duck, though it increasingly may be recognized for its innovative distance education programs, which it has offered since 1996.

U of O's online offerings differ from those of other online colleges in several ways. First, no online degrees are available -- only individual classes across numerous subject areas. Second, online courses follow the university's campus term schedule and are not self-paced. Third, students may take online courses without being officially enrolled in the university. Through its Community Education Program, interested individuals may register for up to eight online credits per term.

8

Portland State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$8,783
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
29%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
8
School Type
4-year

The public research university Portland State University has had a tumultuous history. It began in 1946 as a two-year college along the Columbia River; however, in May 1948, a dike along the river gave way, flooding the college (and most of the surrounding area!) The college persevered, relocating several times until it was finally able to settle in Portland, earning itself the affectionate nickname, "The College That Would Not Die."

The school's numerous online degree programs enable students to complete both their undergraduate and graduate education at one institution. Online bachelor's and online master's degree programs, as well as online certificate programs, allow students to pursue fields such as taxation, urban and public affairs, and even craft brewing.

Accreditation:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Location:

724 SW Harrison,
Portland, OR 97201
 
9

Multnomah University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$24,680
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
30%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
8
School Type
4-year

Online education at Multnomah University has a few more options than your typical online college. The school was founded in 1939 by a group of ministers who believed the northwest region of the country needed a college that followed Christ-based tenets. As such, in addition to graduate and undergraduate degree programs (in fields such as health care management and information technology), MU offers seminary degree programs, which are special master's degree programs in religious fields such as Biblical studies, Christian leadership and theological studies. MU also makes it possible for students to enroll in another college at the same time as MU and take courses at both, through a process called "concurrent studies."

Accreditation:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Association of Theological Schools

Location:

8435 NE Glisan Street,
Portland, OR. 97220
 
10

Marylhurst University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
79%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
4
School Type
4-year

NOTE: As of May 2018, Marylhurst University has announced that it will be closing its doors by the end of 2018. For more information, please see https://www.marylhurst.edu/closure/.

Marylhurst University, located south of Portland, first opened its doors in 1893. This nonprofit institution focuses on an applied liberal arts and business education, with choices for campus-based and online coursework. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, but also provides a speaker series, online webinars, art shows by art students (hosted in "The Art Gym") and musical shows.

Online students at Marylhurst University use the Canvas learning management system to access their materials, assignments and discussions. Among the university's intriguing online degrees are an online Master of Science in food systems and society, as well as an MBA program with a nonprofit concentration.

Accreditation:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Location:

17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy 43),
Marylhurst, OR 97036
 

Affordable Online Colleges in Oregon for 2018-19

Affordability is an important factor for most people looking to enroll in college. The schools listed below are among the most affordable ones in the state, based on their in-state tuition costs. If, instead, you're looking for a ranking of all the online colleges in Oregon by quality, maybe our Top Colleges Tool can be of service.

  • School Type - 2 Years
  • School Type - 4 Years
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    Tillamook Bay Community College$3,85274%23tbcc.cc.or.us
    Portland Community College$4,08839%8pcc.edu
    Klamath Community College$4,17045%8klamathcc.edu
    Columbia Gorge Community College$4,24865%1cgcc.edu
    Rogue Community College$4,34441%2roguecc.edu
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    Eastern Oregon University$8,36263%21eou.edu
    Warner Pacific College Adult Degree Program$8,52045%5warnerpacific.edu
    Portland State University$8,78329%8pdx.edu
    Western Oregon University$9,19828%2wou.edu
    Oregon Institute of Technology$9,98228%15oit.edu

Financial Aid Resources in Oregon

1.COSA Youth Development Program Scholarships
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicants must be students at an Oregon public high school who are active in their communities and schools. They must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and plan to attend an Oregon college or university. A field of study must be chosen. An endorsement from a COSA member is required, and the student must enroll in college the fall after high school graduation.
Award Amount
$1,000
Application Deadline
March 1
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
2.Confederation of Oregon School Administrators ...
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicants must be graduating seniors at an Oregon public high school who plan to attend a public or private institution of higher learning in the state. They must have a 3.5 or higher GPA, be active in school and community activities and be endorsed by a COSA member.
Award Amount
$1,000
Application Deadline
March 1
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
3.Stamps Leadership Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be an Oregon resident who graduated from an Oregon high school who will be an incoming freshman at the University of Oregon. Minimum 3.85 GPA and minimum 1240 combined math and critical reading SAT score OR 28 ACT composite score required. Leadership, perseverance, scholarship, service, and innovation must be demonstrated. Transcripts, test scores, activities and talents, volunteer service, work experience, and short-answer essays required.
Award Amount
N/A
Application Deadline
November 1
Renewable
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
4.L.G. Wells Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicants must be graduating seniors at an Oregon public high school, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and be active participants in extracurricular and community-related activities. They must have plans to attend an Oregon institution of higher learning and must plan to begin postsecondary studies during the fall following high school graduation. They must demonstrate financial need or must have plans to major in education or engineering. Applicants must be formally endorsed by a member of the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA). Selection is based on the overall strength of the application.
Award Amount
$1,000
Application Deadline
March 1
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL

Student Loans in Oregon

Oregon does not currently offer students any state-based loan opportunities. Instead, they focus on providing scholarships and grants through the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC). Students seeking financial aid assistance are encouraged to first apply for scholarships and grants to help cover their cost of tuition, as these forms of financial aid do not need to be repaid. However, if you are still in need of financial assistance, you may apply for federal and private loans to meet your college expenses. To qualify for federal loans, you will need to provide information about your family's financial situation by filling out the FAFSA.

Learn more about all types of student loans and how to repay them in the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Oregon

  • Plan & Pay for College offers Oregon students tips and information about acquiring financial aid, calculating college costs, and determining one's own financial need.

Costs for Out-of-State Students in Oregon

Sometimes your college plans may not work out exactly as planned -- perhaps you wanted to stay in-state, but now your job or military career has taken you to another state. While this may seem like a challenge in terms of in-state tuition, there are usually several options to reduce your tuition, even if you attend university in a state that's not your home state. And there are can be fantastic opportunities when you head to a state like Oregon. Bordering California, which traditionally has had much higher cost of living, Oregon might still have a lower overall price tag for attending school because of this differential if you are from the Golden State.

Oregon also makes it easy to be treated like a resident under the tuition residency rules. For instance, there's the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), of which Oregon is a member. Students from the 16 member states and territories can get steep non-resident student discounts. In fact, during the 2017-2018 school year, more than 40,000 students saved more than $365.4 million in tuition. Find out if your state is a member and speak to your adviser about other opportunities for out-of-state students in Oregon.

 
Article Sources
Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1 percent of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using provisional 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools' tuition amounts are based on 2016-17 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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