Oregon has many excellent choices for higher education. My top picks for the state range from small liberal arts colleges to large public universities. Of course Reed College made the list, as did the University of Oregon. Some of the other colleges may be less familiar to prospective students. See my list of the top Oregon colleges to see who made the cut. The schools were chosen based on four- and six-year graduation rates, first-year retention rates, strength of academic programs, value, and student engagement.
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To get a partial sense of what it takes to get into some of Oregon's selective colleges, I've created side-by-side comparison charts of Oregon SAT scores and Oregon ACT scores for the middle 50% of matriculated students.
If there's another Oregon college that you think deserves to be on the list, share your recommendation below. Always remember that the "best" college for your interests, goals and personality may have little to do with my own selection criteria.If you're keen on attending school on the Pacific coast, you can also explore the top Washington colleges, top California colleges, and top West Coast colleges.
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