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5 Best Colleges in Oregon

Thursday, 18 Nov 2010 04:51 PM

Oregon is a state blessed with a picturesque landscape, but its real treasure is its educational institutions. Oregon boasts of nearly 100 colleges, universities, and technical schools. The Oregon University System supports seven public universities and one affiliate in the state. Oregon has worked hard to reach its pinnacle in the field of education funding. One of its colleges has been ranked the best by U.S. News and World Report. With so many options to choose from, this article brings you the best five:
1. Oregon State University (OSU): Located in Corvallis, Oregon State University was founded in 1856. Today, it is a coeducational, public research university. The university and the colleges associated with it offer numerous undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees, and a host of research opportunities, along with another 200 academic degree programs. OSU's programs in nuclear engineering, ecology, forestry, public health, biochemistry, zoology, oceanography, food science, and pharmacy rank among the top programs at the national level.
2. The University of Oregon (UO):  The UO was founded in 1876 and is the second oldest public university in the state. It is a coeducational research university located in the picturesque Willamette valley. Programs are offered in liberal arts, architecture, business, education, journalism, law, music, and dance. This university is also one of the 60 members of the Association of American Universities.
3. Portland Community College (PCC): PCC, in Northwest Oregon, is the largest institution of higher learning in the state. College transfer, professional and technical programs, and developmental education are some of the programs you will find here. Nursing and dental education programs offered on the Sylvania campus of this college are nationally acclaimed.
4.  University of Phoenix - Oregon School: Situated in Portland, Oregon, the Oregon School of the University of Phoenix is a private institution of higher learning. Arts, business, science, medicine, and counseling programs are some areas of education. Leadership through knowledge is something the University of Phoenix strives to cultivate in its students.
5. Pioneer Pacific College: Pioneer Pacific College is a private, post-secondary school situated in Oregon. Founded in 1981, the college offers associate degrees, certificate programs, bachelors’ degrees, and other educational programs in health care, business, criminal justice, information technology, and culinary arts.

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