Supplemental online learning may not be available for students in grades K-5, but it does exist for students in grades 6-12. In addition to the aforementioned charter schools, three school districts – Hillsboro, Molalla River and Tigard-Tualatin – give students the chance to receive online instruction locally. While still early, this trend could catch on as Oregon schools experience increased demand for the flexibility of the virtual classroom.
|SCHOOL NAME||GRADE LEVELS||CITY||SCHEDULE||TYPE||PHONE NUMBER|
|Oregon Connections Academy||K - 12||Mill City||Both Live/On-Demand||Public||(503) 394-4315|
|Portland State University Independent Study||9 - 12||Portland||Both Live/On-Demand||Public||(800) 547-8887|
|Insight School of Oregon||9 - 12||Portland||Live/Synchronous||Public||(800) 711-0763|
|CMA School of Arts and Sciences||K - 12||Lake Oswego||On-Demand/Asynchronous||Private||(503) 226-7374|
|Clackamas Web Academy||1 - 12||Clackamas||On-Demand/Asynchronous||Public||(503) 659-4664|
|Cyber Oregon Online, COOLSchool||K - 12||Cyber School||On-Demand/Asynchronous||Private||(877) 838-6038|
|Oregon Online||K - 12||Medford||On-Demand/Asynchronous||Private||(800) 636-7453|
|Oregon Virtual Academy||K - 8||North Bend||On-Demand/Asynchronous||Public||(541) 751-8060|
|Aventa Learning||6 - 12||Portland||On-Demand/Asynchronous||Private||(800) 594-5504|
The state of Oregon remains committed to higher education growth, evidenced by its goal of an 80% resident college completion rate by 2045. While seemingly a tall task, the growth of online learning and the expansion of online schools could make this goal a reality. Currently, the state has 7 public universities, 17 community colleges and 25 private nonprofit post-secondary schools – many of which continue to expand their online program collection. In addition, U.S. News &World Report ranked Oregon State University’s Ecampus a top online degree provider, and the University of Oregon boasts at least 4,000 students that take at least one online course.
Oregon is home to seven public universities offering diverse options to meet every student’s goals, including early options for high school students, transfer programs, online learning, international opportunities, internships and an accelerated baccalaureate program. With a commitment to providing lots of options, the state government has set a goal that by 2025, 40 percent of Oregon residents will have an associate degree or meaningful post-secondary certificate, and 40 percent will hold a bachelor’s or advanced degree.
There are 17 community colleges with over 60 campuses in Oregon, allowing students to pursue education no matter their location. Those seeking to transfer to four-year programs earn the same grade point average as their peers, and many of the community colleges have partnerships with state schools, allowing them to complete many lower level courses at around half the price of Oregon’s public universities. Degree options are wide ranging and run the gamut from liberal arts to career and technical program, falling into six categories: agriculture, food, and natural resources; arts, information, and communications; business and management; health services; human resources; and industrial and engineering systems.
|SCHOOL NAME||ADDRESS||CITY||SEE PROGRAMS|
|Chemeketa Community College||4000 Lancaster Dr NE||Salem||+|
|Klamath Community College||7390 South Sixth Street||Klamath Falls||+|
Oregon has over 25 private nonprofit colleges for students looking to branch out beyond the public university system. With law and professional schools, undergraduate and graduate programs, and online learning options, these schools can meet nearly any educational need. Though typically more expensive than their public counterparts, many of Oregon’s private schools have strong financial aid offerings.
Portland State University
PSU provides student a varied offering of what it calls “highly interactive” online programs, including both undergraduate and graduate opportunities. As one of the preeminent online schools in Oregon, the university has many different departments participating in online learning, including The Graduate School of Education, School of Social Work, College of Urban Public Affairs, Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the School of Business Administration. PSU Online courses exist as both purely Web and hybrid courses. While most can be completed wholly online, for students studying hands-on or lab-intensive disciplines there is an option to complete this portion on campus. Non-residents will need to make sure this online school in Oregon approves their state of residence. According to PSU’s website, students in Arkansas and Minnesota are not currently able to enroll in online learning.
To learn more about PSU Online, visit: http://www.pdx.edu/psu-online/
California State University East Bay
California State University East Bay offers a number of online degree and certificate programs, as well as continuing education courses, for students who are unable to come to campus on a regular basis. Online students can choose from undergraduate degree programs in business administration or women’s studies. Online graduate-level programs are available in education, education leadership and health care administration. In addition to degree options, Cal State East Bay also offers certificate programs for academic credit or continuing education (CEU) credit in subjects such as online teaching and learning, pharmacy technician, and medical terminology.
For more information on distance learning options at Cal State East Bay, visit http://www.ce.csueastbay.edu/courses/distance_learning.shtml.
University of Oregon
Offering it’s first online course in 1996, this online school in Oregon has led the way for mainstream distance learning. The program has grown significantly since that time, and students are able to enroll in online courses covering a wide spectrum of disciplines. Even prospective students not admitted to UO can take up to eight online classes, thanks to the Community Education Program. Students access online content through a Web-based, collaborative online learning platform. Though OU does not currently offer any 100 percent online undergraduate degrees, students seeking graduate programs do have the option of a MS in applied information management. Some courses may require students to take exams in person, though most can be administered in approved testing centers nationwide.
Visit UO’s Distance Education site to learn more about the school’s online learning options: http://de.uoregon.edu/
Oregon State University
OSU offers perhaps the most comprehensive online learning program in the state. Students can complete undergraduate, graduate and even postgraduate degrees and certificates online or take advantage of its more than 900 online courses in more than 80 academic areas. Students majoring in areas less adaptable to online learning (for example, lab-based sciences) can complete at least some of their hands-on courses online. OSU notes that many of its online programs have won national recognition: U.S. News & World Report and SuperScholar, for example, have consistently ranked OSU’s online programs among the best in the nation. OSU’s Ecampus is also made unique by its extensive offering of Web-based support services designed specifically for online students, including full remote access to the OSU Libraries, student success counseling and career services. Ecampus even offers free, 24 hour online tutoring.
You can learn more about Oregon State University’s Ecampus—and take a virtual tour of its online learning platform—by visiting http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/.
Best Online Schools in Oregon for 2015-2016
|Score||Student/teacher ratio||Financial aid||Cost||more|
Online students at Marylhurst University have the same curricula and many of the same professors as on-campus students. So much so that students can take programs fully online, fully on campus or a mix of the two. Bachelor's degree programs available online include business management, real estate studies and interdisciplinary studies. Students can even take prior learning assessments, to apply up to 45 credits toward a bachelor's degree. At the graduate level, a Master of Science in Food Systems & Society is available entirely online. There are even four MBA programs offered online, with concentrations available in real estate, healthcare management and sustainable business.
|2||Warner Pacific College||97.93||11:1||93%|
A number of degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Warner Pacific College can be completed fully online. Offered 100% online at the associate degree level is an Associate of Arts in Organizational Dynamics. Three bachelor degrees are offered online, in business administration, health care administration and human development. And at the graduate level, students can earn a Master of Science in Management & Organizational Leadership - completely online. Online students have access to perks on-campus students have access to, such as enrollment counseling. Curriculum and course progressions for online programs are also the same as that of on-campus programs.
|3||Oregon Institute of Technology||96.69||21:1||89%|
There are many online programs at Oregon Institute of Technology offered online, with online courses running for about ten weeks (not including the final exam portion). At the undergraduate level, students can earn bachelor degrees in everything from applied psychology to information technology. Associate degrees and certificates are available entirely online in polysomnographic technology and clinical sleep health. Many online bachelor degree completion programs are also available, requiring students to complete the core classes offline or elsewhere before entering the program. Deadlines do exist for online courses, but students are given a range of times in which they can complete the assignments and exams.
|4||Oregon State University||95.63||23:1||86%|
Online students at Oregon State University learn from the same instructors as on-campus students. In addition, they learn by everything from discussion boards to video conferencing software like Skype. One-on-one feedback is typical. At the undergraduate level, students can study many subjects, including anthropology, economics, political science, psychology and more. Many master's degree programs, graduate certificates and PhD programs are also available entirely online. These range from a graduate certificate in public health to a Doctor of Education. The school even offers an online Master of Business Administration, with concentrations available in business analytics and executive leadership.
|5||Northwest Christian University||95.61||12:1||100%|
At Northwest Christian University, there are a lot of ways to earn credits. Bachelor degree programs can be done completely online, face-to-face or through a blend of the two. Students can earn bachelor degrees entirely online in criminal justice, psychology, business administration, interdisciplinary studies and accounting. Classes can be completed in as little as eight weeks, though students are also able to go at whatever pace best suits them. Students can even earn credits by completing prior learning assessments, by demonstrating that they've gained the knowledge of the course either in the professional world or just their personal pursuits.
|6||Linfield College-Online and Continuing Education||87.75||13:1||N/A|
A lot of services are offered to online students at Linfield College. These include tutoring, library assistance, career planning assistance, academic advising and more. Students can earn a number of undergraduate degrees and certificates at Linfield College completely online. Online degrees are available in accounting, nursing, marketing, business information systems, management and international business. Many certificates can also be completed online, in subjects such as creative writing, yoga instructing, global health, coaching, human resource management, health administration and database administration. Online students experience many mediums, such as discussion boards and online tests. Tutorials are even available to those new to online learning.
4 Year Online Colleges in Oregon
|SCHOOL NAME||TYPE||ADDRESS||CITY||SEE PROGRAMS|
|Multnomah University||Private not-for-profit||8435 NE Glisan St||Portland||+|
|Marylhurst University||Private not-for-profit||17600 Pacific Hwy (Hwy 43)||Marylhurst||+|
|Northwest Christian University||Private not-for-profit||828 E. 11th Ave.||Eugene||+|
|Willamette University||Private not-for-profit||900 State St||Salem||+|
|Linfield College-Nursing & Health Sciences||Private not-for-profit||2255 NW Northrup St||Portland||+|
|Eastern Oregon University||Public||One University Blvd||La Grande||+|
|Oregon Institute of Technology||Public||3201 Campus Drive||Klamath Falls||+|
|Warner Pacific College Adult Degree Program||Private not-for-profit||2600 SE 98th Ave Ste 200||Portland||+|
|Warner Pacific College||Private not-for-profit||2219 SE 68th Ave||Portland||+|
Best for Future Service Members
Oregon boasts many fantastic universities, but for students interested in serving their country, there are even more opportunities. Oregon has an array of schools that are connected to Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) programs. The prospective undergraduate or graduate student has the choice of Army, Navy, or Air Force branches without having to sacrifice a strong education. Below is a comprehensive list of all of the nonprofit, four-year universities that in addition, have at least two ROTC programs. The following Oregon schools deserve recognition for appreciating the benefits of merging affordable education with service to one’s country.
|Tuition||City||ROTC - Army||ROTC - Navy||ROTC - Air Force|
|Oregon State University||$6,660||Corvallis||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Best for Personal Attention
Online schools in Oregon, including four-year colleges and universities, offer many of the same programs but vary in academic excellence, setting and college experience. The nonprofit schools on our list get extra credit for maintaining an excellent student/faculty ratio of less than 20 to 1. These schools are able to provide a rich college experience that still feels intimate, even though some schools have enrollment of over 5,000 students.
|Concordia University-Portland||20 to 1||1,408||$25,900||Private not-for-profit||Portland|
|Southern Oregon University||20 to 1||7,068||$5,771||Public||Ashland|
|Oregon Institute of Technology||19 to 1||5,183||$6,382||Public||Klamath Falls|
|Western Oregon University||19 to 1||6,159||$7,080||Public||Monmouth|
|Multnomah University||16 to 1||661||$20,990||Private not-for-profit||Portland|
|Linfield College-Adult Degree Program||15 to 1||740||$11,070||Private not-for-profit||McMinnville|
|Corban University||15 to 1||1,107||$25,976||Private not-for-profit||Salem|
|George Fox University||13 to 1||2,345||$29,900||Private not-for-profit||Newberg|
|University of Portland||13 to 1||3,639||$35,120||Private not-for-profit||Portland|
|Northwest Christian University||12 to 1||539||$24,780||Private not-for-profit||Eugene|
|Linfield College-McMinnville Campus||12 to 1||1,776||$34,000||Private not-for-profit||McMinnville|
|Lewis & Clark College||12 to 1||2,285||$39,970||Private not-for-profit||Portland|
|University of Western States||11 to 1||122||$0||Private not-for-profit||Portland|
|New Hope Christian College||10 to 1||187||$12,360||Private not-for-profit||Eugene|
|Reed College||10 to 1||1,492||$44,200||Private not-for-profit||Portland|
|Pacific University||10 to 1||1,678||$34,460||Private not-for-profit||Forest Grove|
|Willamette University||10 to 1||2,269||$40,560||Private not-for-profit||Salem|
|Linfield College-Nursing & Health Sciences||9 to 1||446||$34,000||Private not-for-profit||Portland|
|Birthingway College of Midwifery||8 to 1||114||$16,764||Private not-for-profit||Portland|
|Pacific Northwest College of Art||8 to 1||555||$28,866||Private not-for-profit||Portland|
|Oregon College of Art and Craft||7 to 1||151||$23,500||Private not-for-profit||Portland|
|Oregon Health & Science University||7 to 1||910||$11,556||Public||Portland|
|Marylhurst University||5 to 1||1,195||$18,945||Private not-for-profit||Marylhurst|
|Mount Angel Seminary||4 to 1||85||$12,963||Private not-for-profit||Saint Benedict|
Best for Women in Technology
Online schools in Oregon are excellent options for women seeking an education in technology, given the large number of top tier universities and colleges. Many of the schools offering technology-focused degree programs also boast a high ratio of female students. In 2013, the state announced a seven-year high in technology jobs with the tech industry providing 10 percent of all of Oregon’s job gains. There are also regional meetings and groups for women in field. Here is a list of the best tech degree programs for women in the state.
|TUITION + FEES||CITY||WOMEN IN TECH DEGREES AWARDED||TOTAL ENROLLMENT||TYPE|
|Oregon State University||$8,138||Corvallis||133||20,204||Public|
|Oregon Institute of Technology||$7,852||Klamath Falls||83||2,128||Public|
|Portland State University||$7,653||Portland||72||17,316||Public|
|University of Portland||$37,404||Portland||24||3,457||Private Not for Profit|
|Oregon Health & Science University||N/A||Portland||9||1,504||Public|
|Northwest Christian University||$24,780||Eugene||9||494||Private Not for Profit|
|Western Oregon University||$8,529||Monmouth||6||4,924||Public|
Best Schools Fighting for Families
With some of the top programs in the nation, online schools in Oregon are an excellent choice for students who would like to help others through social work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment in the field will increase by 25 percent in the decade ending in 2020. Some social workers are trained to help others manage their day-to-day lives, while others diagnose mental, behavioral, and emotional issues. Social workers often have a BSW, or bachelor’s degree in social work, or degrees in psychology or sociology. Some social workers, such as those who diagnose mental illness, must have a master’s degree in the field.
|CITY||SOCIAL DEGREES AWARDED||WOMEN||MEN||TUITION & FEES||TOTAL ENROLLMENT|
|Portland State University||Portland||332||272||60||$7,653||17,316|
|University of Oregon||Eugene||287||164||123||$9,310||21,895|
|Oregon State University||Corvallis||75||32||43||$8,138||20,204|
|Lewis & Clark College||Portland||50||42||8||$40,330||3,083|
|University of Portland||Portland||34||24||10||$37,404||3,457|
|Southern Oregon University||Ashland||25||22||3||$7,109||4,101|
|Pacific University||Forest Grove||21||13||8||$35,260||3,038|
|George Fox University||Newberg||20||17||3||$30,230||2,264|
|Warner Pacific College||Portland||11||10||1||$19,030||1,663|
|Linfield College-McMinnville Campus||McMinnville||10||9||1||$34,328||1,692|
|Western Oregon University||Monmouth||7||6||1||$8,529||4,924|