Why This Matters

  • 21 TWO-YEAR ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAMS IN TEXAS

    Data from College Navigator shows that there are 21 two-year institutions that grant associate degrees in Oregon.

  • OREGON STUDENTS PAID $5,839 IN TUITION & FEES

    According to College Board, the average Oregon student paid about $5,839 in tuition at public in-district community colleges for the 2020-21 school year.

  • 76.9% OF STUDENTS ENROLLED IN TWO-YEAR INSTITUTIONS RECEIVED FINANCIAL AID

    Data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that 437,899 students attending two-year institutions in the United States received financial aid during the 2018-19 school year.

Our Research

To create our list of the best community colleges in Oregon, we studied two-year programs from both public and private institutions. Our selections were based on factors like tuition costs, the required number of credits to graduate, and whether the course was offered online or in-person (or both).

One characteristic that all of our selections have in common is that they are accredited institutions. Most of these colleges are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a voluntary and non-governmental organization that evaluates the quality, integrity, and achievements of schools in the Northwest. The NWCCU is recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

  • 30hours to write this article
  • 38universities and colleges we assessed
  • 55education programs we compared

The Top 50 Community Colleges in Oregon

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What You Should Know About Graduating From Community College in Oregon

Oregon residents pursuing higher education should take into account their career and salary goals. Data from 2020 shows that the top five careers with the highest median wages for associate degree holders were radiation therapists, air traffic controllers, diagnostic medical sonographers, nuclear medicine technologists, and magnetic resonance imaging technologists.

After obtaining their associate degree from a community college, many students enter the workforce. The careers projected to have the most job openings within the next decade in Oregon are preschool teachers (excluding special education), paralegals and legal assistants, electronics engineering technicians, dental hygienists, and forest and conservation technicians.

While some occupations are expected to increase in employment, others are projected to undergo a substantial drop over the next ten years. In Oregon, the jobs expected to decline for associate degree holders include broadcast technicians, desktop publishers, and funeral service managers.

What’s Next?

As you look through the different community colleges in Oregon, it’s important to consider how you’re going to fund your education. Here is a list of federal and state resources that connect Oregon learners to the scholarships, grants, and loans available for associate degree students.

  • Oregon Department of Education. The Oregon Department of Education is a valuable resource for students interested in learning more about state grants, scholarships, and funding.
  • Federal Student Aid. Every year, over $120 billion of financial aid is provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid. To see if you meet the eligibility qualifications, visit FAFSA4caster. You can apply online by completing the FAFSA form.
  • CareerOneStop. Sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CareerOneStop serves as a valuable resource for finding scholarship awards for your desired degree level and state. The site gives you direct links to scholarships and offers useful information about award amounts, qualification requirements, and application deadlines.