Best Value Colleges in Oregon

The College ROI Report for Oregon ranks Beaver State colleges on the how much monetary value they provide their alumni.  Read More

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1Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$552,300
Total 4 Year Cost$80,700
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,800
2Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$496,900
Total 4 Year Cost$136,100
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,800
3Oregon State University (OSU) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$384,100
Total 4 Year Cost$88,900
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,880
4Oregon State University (OSU) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$327,700
Total 4 Year Cost$145,300
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,880
5University of Portland(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$290,000
Total 4 Year Cost$204,100
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,280
6University of Oregon(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$272,400
Total 4 Year Cost$90,600
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,480
7Portland State University (PSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$262,400
Total 4 Year Cost$90,600
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,320
8Portland State University (PSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$202,300
Total 4 Year Cost$150,700
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,320
9University of Oregon(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$196,600
Total 4 Year Cost$166,400
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,480
10Pacific University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$142,000
Total 4 Year Cost$186,600
Grad Rate62%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,320
11Willamette University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$136,700
Total 4 Year Cost$206,300
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,600
12Southern Oregon University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$125,300
Total 4 Year Cost$81,700
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,880
13Linfield College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$124,400
Total 4 Year Cost$178,600
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,320
14Southern Oregon University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$75,000
Total 4 Year Cost$132,000
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,880
15Western Oregon University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$62,600
Total 4 Year Cost$85,400
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,000

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

Oregon is home to several colleges and universities that are highly ranked in terms of both 20 Year Net ROI and annualized ROI. The pleasant, laid-back culture of the state, its stunning Pacific coastline and vibrant cities like Portland and Salem all make the state an attractive choice for college students too. No matter why you're thinking about attending college in this beautiful gem of the Pacific Northwest, consider using PayScale's data to more easily pinpoint the best value colleges in Oregon before you apply.

Located in the picturesque city of Klamath Falls, Oregon, the Oregon Institute of Technology, or OIT, earns the top slot in our Oregon College ROI Report rankings. Founded in 1947, the school is best known for its degree programs in management, engineering and health management, psychology and communications and holds the distinction of being the first school in North America to offer a bachelor's of science in renewable energy. The average cost to earn a degree from OIT is $80,700. Alumni report a median return of investment of $552,300 in the 20 years following graduation; that figure increases to $573,600 when financial aid is included, so OIT clearly offers the college return on investment Oregon residents appreciate. With beautiful views of Upper Klamath Lake and several mountains, the Oregon Institute of Technology is a terrific option for students who want to get the most value out of their college educations.

With its location in the lovely Willamette Valley city of Corvallis, Oregon State University is ideally situated for students who enjoy being active outdoors. Ranked 235th nationally, OSU is made up of 12 colleges and a grad school and is known for being one of the safest campuses in the United States. The average cost to earn a degree from this school is $88,900, and the 20 Year Net ROI is 384,100 without financial aid and $411,700 with it, making it one of the best value colleges Oregon students can attend.

The private Roman Catholic-affiliated University of Portland ranks 442nd on the national 20 Year Net ROI list. Located in Portland's University Park neighborhood, UP is made up of five colleges and schools as well as a graduate school. UP alums report a median return of investment of $290,000 in the 20 years after they graduate, and that figure rises to $373,100 with financial aid. As the top producer of Fulbright scholars in the country, the University of Portland delivers the value of college education Oregon students can use to build strong, successful careers.