Universities in Portland, USA
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Portland
13 out of 14
  • Universities in Portland
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
38
  • Different Rankings list
  • Universities in Portland
  • (31 institution and 7 subject rankings)
13
  • Global Rankings rank
  • Universities in Portland
  • Among TOP 200

Portland, Oregon, sometimes referred to as ‘the City of Roses’ by the locals, is the most populated city in the United States, and offers its inhabitants the chance to take advantage of its arts galleries and museums, weekend food markets, and vibrant nightlife.

The city’s residents get around using the high quality public transport, in the form of urban light rail (the MAX), buses, and streetcars. That said, many Portland locals also like to get around on foot since the short blocks were constructed with the pedestrian in mind, and also many routes through the city are decorated with sculptures and fountains, which makes taking a stroll through the city much more pleasant.

PROS

  • Rental prices are more affordable than in many parts of the country, with the average rent prices ranging from $1,667 to $1,792 (furnished) depending on which neighbourhood you look for your apartment in.

  • Nature lovers obviously have a lot to see in Portland, whether it be Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, or Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. For those who are more in the mood for the city vibe, Portland’s nightlife offers ballet, plays, musicals, and plenty of bars and nightclubs.

  • In the interests of saving students money, some colleges and universities are involved in public transport discount schemes. Those new to the city should investigate this straight away in order not to waste money on transport.

CONS

  • There is not a lot of variety when it comes to Portland’s employment opportunities, with many expressing that only basic entry level jobs tend to be available, and there is fierce competition for those jobs. Students looking for part-time work to pair with their studies are recommended to begin their job search in advance.

  • Portland’s cost of living is overall higher in almost every category compared with other major cities in the United States. That said, energy bills are considerably lower.

  • Many agree that Portland’s lack of sunshine can become an issue, as the weather is overcast most days of the year.

Latest ranking updates related to universities in Portland
  • 22 Jun, 2022: Publication of CWTS Leiden Ranking. Oregon Health & Science University with highest ranking among universities in Portland ranked #390.
  • 16 Jun, 2022: Latest Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions from Nature Index. in position #259.
  • 16 Jun, 2022: New edition of Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions by Subject (Chemistry). in position #86.
  • 08 Jun, 2022: Publication of QS World University Rankings. Portland State University ranked #1201.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Portland

Clinical Medicine
#19 
Oregon Health & Science University
Architecture
#39 
Portland, Concordia University
Physical Sciences
#65 
Portland, Concordia University
Robotics
#84 
Portland, Concordia University
Law
#88 
Lewis & Clark College
Social Sciences
#118 
Oregon Health & Science University
Education
#153 
Portland State University
Art
#186 
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Computer Science
#230 
Portland State University

Rankings of universities in Portland, USA 2022

#1

Portland State University

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  • #445 
  • #401 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2021]
  • #166 
  • #801 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #189 
  • #1201 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2022]


Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (2094 reviews)
  • #75 
  • #251 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #67 
  • #173 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 04 April, 2022]
  • #311 
  • #321 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only)
[Published 11 November, 2021]


#3

Reed College

Student satisfaction: 3.8 / 5.0 (248 reviews)
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  • #92 
  • #92 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2021]
  • #331 
  • #534 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 04 April, 2022]
  • #130 
  • #132 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only)
[Published 11 November, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (257 reviews)
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  • #186 
  • #187 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2021]
  • #497 
  • #608 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 04 April, 2022]
  • #203 
  • #207 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only)
[Published 11 November, 2021]


#5

Lewis & Clark College

Student satisfaction: 4.9 / 5.0 (168 reviews)
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  • #234 
  • #234 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2021]
  • #330 
  • #341 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only)
[Published 11 November, 2021]
  • #497 
  • #502 
Forbes: America's Top Colleges
[Published 08 September, 2021]


#6

Pacific Northwest College of Art

Student satisfaction: 3.8 / 5.0 (24 reviews)
  • #570 
  • #594 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only)
[Published 11 November, 2021]
  • #578 
  • #601 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (All Alumni)
[Published 11 November, 2021]
  • #1401 
  • #8173 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2022]


#7

Multnomah University

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (81 reviews)
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  • #1105 
  • #1150 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only)
[Published 11 November, 2021]
  • #1209 
  • #1268 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (All Alumni)
[Published 11 November, 2021]
  • #1514 
  • #8904 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2022]

#8

Warner Pacific College

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (58 reviews)
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  • #1186 
  • #1243 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only)
[Published 11 November, 2021]
  • #1138 
  • #1191 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (All Alumni)
[Published 11 November, 2021]
  • #1201 
  • #7338 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2022]

#9

Portland, Concordia University

Student satisfaction: 3.7 / 5.0 (138 reviews)
  • #131 
  • #550 
RUR Research Performance Ranking
[Published 16 September, 2020]
  • #1 
  • #61 
QS 50 under 50
[Published 24 June, 2020]
  • #95 
  • #134 
UniRank 4icu - Top English-Speaking Universities
[Published 30 January, 2021]


#10

Maine College of Art

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (142 reviews)
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  • #1435 
  • #1508 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only)
[Published 11 November, 2021]
  • #1462 
  • #1545 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (All Alumni)
[Published 11 November, 2021]
  • #1398 
  • #8150 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2022]


#11

University of Western States

Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (119 reviews)
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  • #886 
  • #5832 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2022]

#12

Oregon College of Art and Craft

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (25 reviews)
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  • #1660 
  • #11274 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2022]

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (28 reviews)
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  • #744 
  • #600 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2021]
  • #398 
  • #560 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 04 April, 2022]
  • #992 
  • #1030 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only)
[Published 11 November, 2021]


#14

Concordia University-Portland

Student satisfaction: 3.7 / 5.0 (152 reviews)
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Student Opinions About Studying in Portland

“The nature around Portland has to be some of the most impressive I’ve ever seen in my life. If you’re like me then sometimes you need time in nature to take a break from the busy city rhythm, and Portland’s nature more than delivers here.”

“Despite Portland being portrayed as a liberal city, I found that to be an exaggeration. The sensation to me was that social attitudes are a mix of conversative and liberal, in more or less the same ratios as any other city.”

“I had a hard time at the beginning of my stay in Portland because I couldn’t find a job, but sooner or later your luck and persistence pays off here. Once you get set up, you should have more than enough money to go out and enjoy yourself with your friends a couple of times per week, whatever that might involve. Portland offers a lot of different kinds of activities, so I think there’s something for everyone.”

Portland Key Facts for International Students

Population: 584000

Elevation: 12 m. above sea level

Time: GMT -8

District/province: Oregon, Multnomah County

Living costs for students in Portland:

* 100 = prices in London

  • Living costs without accommodation 92* (8% cheaper than London)
  • All costs including accommodation 81* (19% cheaper than London)
  • Meals (grocery & lower cost restaurants) 86* (14% cheaper than London)
  • Average Big Mac price 5.74 US$
  • Plug Type A
    • Residential voltage: 120 V
    • Frequency: 60 Hz
  • Plug Type B
    • Residential voltage: 120 V
    • Frequency: 60 Hz

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Portland State University ranks #1 in Portland in our meta ranking composed of 123 university rankings.

Among all universities in Portland Portland State University is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 38 rankings where Portland State University is listed.

Oregon Health & Science University is ranked best in Portland for Medicine & Health (Clinical Medicine). See all rankings for the Oregon Health & Science University.

Portland, Concordia University is ranked best in Portland for Architecture, Building & Planning (Architecture). See all rankings for the Portland, Concordia University.

Portland, Concordia University is ranked best in Portland for Natural Sciences (Physical Sciences). See all rankings for the Portland, Concordia University.

Portland, Concordia University is ranked best in Portland for Engineering (Robotics). See all rankings for the Portland, Concordia University.

Lewis & Clark College is ranked best in Portland for Law (Law). See all rankings for the Lewis & Clark College.

Oregon Health & Science University is ranked best in Portland for Social Studies & Humanities (Social Sciences). See all rankings for the Oregon Health & Science University.

Portland State University is ranked best in Portland for Education (Education). See all rankings for the Portland State University.

Pacific Northwest College of Art is ranked best in Portland for Arts Visual & Performing (Art). See all rankings for the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Portland State University is ranked best in Portland for Computer Science (Computer Science). See all rankings for the Portland State University.

Ranking publishers

4icu

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British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK

Criteria used in ranking -QS World University Rankings:
Academic Reputation 40%
Employer Reputation 10%
Faculty/Student Ratio 20%
Citations per faculty 20%
International Faculty Ratio 5%
International Student Ratio 5%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS 50 under 50:
Based on the QS World University rankings methodology, the top 50 universities that are under 50 years old.

Academic Reputation 40%
Employer Reputation 10%
Faculty/Student Ratio 20%
Citations per faculty 20%
International Faculty Ratio 5%
International Student Ratio 5%

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CWUR Center for World University Rankings

Criteria used in ranking -CWUR Center for World University Rankings:
Research Performance 40%
Quality of Education 25%
Alumni Employment 25%
Quality of Faculty 10%

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Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

Criteria used in ranking -CWTS Leiden Ranking:
Academic research publication

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Forbes

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Kiplinger

Criteria used in ranking -Kiplinger's Best College Values:
Quality Criteria 55%
Cost Criteria 45%

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MONEY

Criteria used in ranking -MONEY Best Colleges:
Quality of education 33.33%
Affordability 33.33%
Outcomes 33.33%

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU North America:
Research productivity 25%
Research impact 35%
Research Excellence 40%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions:
Article count (AC)
Fractional count (FC)
Weighted fractional count (WFC)

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Payscale

Criteria used in ranking -Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only):
Ranking is based on ROI

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RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Criteria used in ranking -RUR Reputation Ranking:
Teaching Reputation 50%
Research Reputation 50%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR World University Rankings:
Teaching 40%
Research 40%
International Diversity 10%
Financial Sustainability 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Research Performance Ranking:
Normalized citation impact (Citations of research publications from all university authors compared with world averages) 20%
Citation per papers 20%
Papers per academic and research staff 20%
International research reputation 20%
Share of research publications written in international co-authorship 20%

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities:
Research 50%
Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:
Alumni winning research prizes 10%
Staff winning research prizes 20%
Research paper publications 20%
Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Science Citation Index 20%
Per capita academic performance 10%

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StuDocu

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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Thomson Reuters

Criteria used in ranking -Reuters Most Innovative Universities:
Patent Volume 33%
Patent Citations 34%
Industry Article Citation Impact 11%
Percent of Industry Collaborative Articles 11%
Total Web of Science Core Collection Papers 11%

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Urap

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Us News

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Wallstreet Journal USA & THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings:
Outcomes 40% (employability)
Resources 30%
Engagement 20% (teaching)
Environment 10% (diversity)

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Washington Monthly

Criteria used in ranking -Washington Monthly - National Universities:
Social Mobility 33.33%
Research 33.33%
Community and National Service 33.33%

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Webometrics

Criteria used in ranking -Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities:
Visibility 50%
Excellence 35%
Transparency 10%
Presence 5%

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