How many colleges and universities are in Oregon?

Robbie Newport
2 min readNov 29, 2023

What about in 1860?

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Oregonians might find it interesting to learn how many colleges and universities are in their state, as their presence does have a large impact on the total population which exceeds 4.2 million residents.

The total number of colleges and universities in Oregon is 47 according to Wikipedia and 45 according to College Simply. The total amount of students enrolled in these colleges and universities is 293,654 according to Wikipedia and 194,765 according to College Simply. Since there is such a large difference between the two, a third source, UNIVSTATS, says there were 197,500 students enrolled in the 2022–2023 school year.

Breaking down the types of colleges and universities in Oregon, there are:

- 17 community colleges

- 7 public four-year universities

- 1 public medical school

- 22 private schools (12 faith-based)

There are a total of 25 public and 22 private colleges and universities in Oregon.

Interestingly, out-of-state enrollment at the University of Oregon is 49% and at Oregon State University it is 29%.

The largest college according to College Simply is Oregon State University with 33,193 followed by Portland State University with 22,858, the University of Oregon with 22,257, and Portland Community College with 21,029 (just to note, Wikipedia shows Portland Community College with 67,585 students). Those four colleges and universities are the largest in Oregon with the others having under 10k students.

With this knowledge, Oregonians may find it interesting to know some history of colleges and universities in the United States. For example, according to Best Colleges, before 1859 there were less than 300 colleges and universities in the U.S., and only 29 were public. In contrast, according to NCES, there are now 5,916 colleges and universities in the U.S., with 1,892 of these being public.

The explosion of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Oregon has been extraordinary over the last 160 years. How this educational effort has affected the U.S. and the State of Oregon is up to each person to discern by examining how it has changed the citizens receiving it and subsequently the communities they live in.

Originally published at NewsBreak

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