Best Value Colleges in Oregon

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1Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$630,000
Total 4 Year Cost$83,600
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
2Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$573,000
Total 4 Year Cost$141,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
3Oregon State University (OSU) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$451,000
Total 4 Year Cost$92,900
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,200
4Oregon State University (OSU) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$391,000
Total 4 Year Cost$153,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,200
5University of Portland(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$330,000
Total 4 Year Cost$214,000
Grad Rate80%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,000
6Portland State University (PSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$292,000
Total 4 Year Cost$92,300
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,600
7University of Oregon(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$270,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,200
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,900
8Portland State University (PSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$231,000
Total 4 Year Cost$153,000
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,600
9 (tie)George Fox University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$191,000
Total 4 Year Cost$173,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,200
9 (tie)University of Oregon(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$191,000
Total 4 Year Cost$173,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,900
11Linfield College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$159,000
Total 4 Year Cost$187,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,400
12Western Oregon University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$152,000
Total 4 Year Cost$88,300
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,600
13Reed College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$149,000
Total 4 Year Cost$235,000
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$15,900
14Western Oregon University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$101,000
Total 4 Year Cost$139,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,600
15Pacific University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$99,000
Total 4 Year Cost$196,000
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,700

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

Those who choose to go to college in the state of Oregon earn big when it comes to the ROI on their tuition dollars. If you're considering going to college in the Beaver State make sure you consult PayScale's College ROI report first to ensure your choice has a high 20 year-net ROI, which is the amount of money you can expect to earn from that college over a 20 year period after graduation.

Topping the list in the number one spot for Oregon this year is the Oregon Institute of Technology, which ranks nationally on our list at number 50. At OIT, in-state students pay a tuition of $86,600 but have a 20 year-net ROI of $630,000. This makes OIT a top candidate in terms of being a best value college. Situated in Klamath Falls, the OIT campus flaunts fantastic views of the southern Cascade Mountains and Upper Klamath Lake. OIT is well-known in the area for its focus on engineering. Engineering students from OIT are highly sought after and recruited by corporations around the world. Attending OIT means attending a relatively small school, reporting only around 4,000 undergraduates enrolled in 2014. This means you can expect smaller class sizes, and more 1 on 1 time with OIT professors and instructors.

Coming in at second in the state of Oregon for ROI is Oregon State University. Home of the Beavers, this school is sure to be a pleaser for football fans. Tuition for in-state students at OSU is $92,900, and alumni report a median 20-year net ROI of $451,000. Unlike OIT, OSU is a much larger campus with an enrollment of roughly 30,000 students reported in 2014. If you have your heart set on the classic, big college experience, OSU offers the best value. And despite its large size, OSU was named one of the safest college campuses in recent years.

Rounding out our list of Oregon schools is the University of Portland. Ranked number 291 nationally, UP ranks third in the state of Oregon and is the highest ranking private school in the state of Oregon. Attending UP will cost $214,000 and alumni report a median 20-year net ROI of $330,000. Although it doesn't hurt to have the highest ROI of all the private schools in Oregon, perhaps the best part about attending UP is the fact that you get to live in the beautiful and eclectic city of Portland; students who attend UP benefit from the city's rich and diverse culture, showcased by the many food and music festivals hosted in the area seemingly every day and year round.