Higher education in the Portland region is booming.
Rapid growth, new programs, advanced degrees and the drive to excel are all part of the surge, as evidenced by a sampling of the area’s many colleges and universities.
Portland State University offers 150 program options, including an M.B.A. and several other master’s and doctoral degrees. Student enrollment continues to grow on all fronts, with expansion of student housing and a new recreational center in the works. The school’s recently expanded Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science is viewed as a significant plus for local businesses.
Marylhurst University, a liberal arts college in Lake Oswego, offers 14 undergraduate and five graduate programs. The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning recently recognized Marylhurst as one of six universities with best practices for adult learning.
Marylhurst is an adult-centered institution; officials maintain that education should be flexible enough to allow students to work and get their degree.
OGI School of Science & Engineering in Beaverton is one of four Portland-area colleges affiliated with the Oregon Health & Science University. The school offers 13 advanced degree programs and seven certificates and plans to implement at least four new advanced degree programs over the next year.
George Fox University in Newberg offers 41 bachelor’s, 13 master’s and four doctoral programs. Its M.B.A. program is designed specifically for working adults with two different track options. The school also offers a great student perk – every freshman receives a laptop computer to keep upon graduation.
The university has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top-tier regional university for 18 consecutive years.
Other institutions of higher learning in the region include Concordia University, Lewis & Clark College, Reed College, University of Oregon Department of Architecture, University of Portland, and Warner Pacific College, all of which have campuses in Portland.
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