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Applying to College

Browse through the frequently asked questions about applying for college for general information that can assist you. The following section lists Oregon universities and colleges with their addresses and websites. Click on the college name to go to the college's website.

Oregon Public 4-year Universities

Eastern Oregon College
1 University Boulevard
La Grande, OR 97850-2899
Phone: 1-541-962-3378
Oregon Health Sciences University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 1-503-494-8311
Oregon Institute of Technology
3201 Campus Dr
Klamath Falls, OR 97601-8801
Phone: 1-541-885-1000
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: 1-541-737-1000
Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97207-0751
Phone: 1-800-547-8887 ext. 5256
Southern Oregon University
1250 Siskiyou Blvd
Ashland, OR 97520
Phone: 1-541-552-7672
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
Phone: 1-541-346-1000
Western Oregon University
345 N Monmouth Ave.
Monmouth, OR 97361
Phone: 1-503-838-8000
 

Oregon Public 2-year Colleges

Blue Mountain Community College
2411 NW Carden Ave.
PO Box 100
Pendleton, OR 97801
Phone: 1-541-276-1260
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: 1-541-383-7700
Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Drive NE
P.O. Box 14007
Salem, Oregon 97309
Phone: 1-503-399-5000
Clackamas Community College
19600 Molalla Avenue
Oregon City, Oregon 97045
Phone: 1-503-657-6958
Clatsop Community College
1653 Jerome Ave
Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: 1-503-325-0910
or 1-866-252-8767
Columbia Gorge Community College
400 East Scenic Drive
The Dalles, Oregon 97058
Phone: 1-541-506-6000
Klamath Community College
7390 South 6th Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Phone: 1-541-882-3521
Lane Community College
4000 East 30th Ave
Eugene, OR 97405

Phone: 1-541-463-3000
Linn-Benton Community College
6500 Pacific Blvd. SW
Albany, Oregon 97321-3755
Phone: 1-541-917-4811
Mt. Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark St.
Gresham, OR 97030
Phone: 1-503-491-6422
Oregon Coast Community College
400 SE College Way
Newport, OR 97366
Phone: 1-541-265-2283
Portland Community College
PO Box 19000
Portland, OR 97280-0990
Phone: 1-503-244-6111
or 1-866-922-1010
Rogue Community College
3345 Redwood Highway
Grants Pass, Oregon
Phone: 1-541-956-7500
Southwestern Oregon Community College
1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Phone: 1-541-888-2525
or 1-800-962-2838
Tillamook Bay Community College
2510 1st Street
Tillamook , OR 97141
Phone: 1-503-842-8222
Treasure Valley Community College
650 College Blvd
Ontario, OR 97914
Phone: 1-541-881-8822
Umpqua Community College
PO Box 967
Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: 1-541-440-4600
 

Oregon Private 4-year universities

Art Institute of Portland
1122 N.W. Davis Street
Portland, OR 97209-2911
Phone: 1-503-228-6528
or 1-888-228-6528
Concordia University
2811 NE Holman Street
Portland, OR 97211
Phone: 1-503-288-9371
or 1-800-321-9371
Corban College
5000 Deer Park Drive SE
Salem, OR 97317-9392
Phone: 1-503-581-8600
George Fox University
414 N. Meridian Street
Newberg, OR 97132
Phone: 1-503-538-8383
Lewis & Clark College
0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road
Portland, OR 97219
Phone: 1-503-768-7000
Linfield College
900 SE Baker
McMinnville, OR 97128-6894
Phone: 1-503-883-2200
Northwest Christian University
828 East 11th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401
Phone: 1-541-343-1641
or 1-877-4636-622
Oregon College of Art & Craft
8245 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225
Phone: 1-503-297-5544
Pacific Northwest College of Art
1241 NW Johnson St.
Portland, OR 97209
Phone: 1-503-226-4391
Pacific University
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116
Phone: 1-503-352-6151
Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97202-8199
Phone: 1-503-771-1112
University of Portland
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203-5798
Phone: 1-503-943-8000
Warner Pacific College
2219 SE 68th Ave
Portland, OR 97215
Phone: 1-503-517-1000
or 1-800-804-1510
Willamette University
900 State Street Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 1-503-370-6300
 

Frequently asked questions about applying for college.

When should I start thinking about applying for college?

  • The process for applying for and being accepted into a college of your choosing begins in middle school. Academic preparation in middle school leads to future academic success in high school -- the key to achieving entrance to the college of your dreams. Once you are in high school, planning your course load and academic achievement become increasingly important. The actual process of researching colleges, taking college entrance exams, and applying for college can begin as early as junior year and will conclude in spring of your senior year.

Is there a minimum grade point average to get into college?

  • Most students worry about not being good enough to get into college. The truth is there are many options for college and each present a different set of requirements. For instance, students choosing to pursue a certificate or degree at an Oregon two-year community college take a placement examination prior to college enrollment. Whereas, a minimum grade point average is needed to be accepted to a four-year university but it varies by institution. For example, the minimum grade point average (GPA) needed to be eligible for Portland State University (PSU) is 3.00; the minimum grade point average needed to be eligible for Oregon State University (OSU) is also 3.0. If you are planning to apply for entrance to a competitive major or limited enrollment program, these may have unique requirements which must be met prior to admission. Check with your institution for program specific requirements.

Are there high school course requirements for admission to college?

  • College includes professional/technical certificate programs, 2-year and four-year degree programs. As such, there is no single academic path that all students should follow. An ideal four-year preparatory program includes four years of English; four years of math including algebra and geometry; six semesters of science with labs: biology, chemistry, physics; six semesters of social studies: U.S. history, U.S. government, economics, and world history or geography; and two to four years of one foreign language depending on your college. Students who want to be accepted into the nation’s top tier universities should plan to take the most rigorous secondary school curricula available to them. While students who want to demonstrate a well rounded high school experience may choose to include the arts, computer science, independent study and up to four years of a foreign language.

Is College expensive?

  • College is one of the best investments that you will ever make. Financing a college education involves three elements: tuition and fees, books, and daily living expenses. Last year the average annual cost of attending a public 4-year university was just under $7,000 and a public 2-year school was just over $2,400. With this as a starting point, recognize that there is more than $180 billion available nationally for college financial aid. Each year, many states actually fail to give away all of the money available in the form of financial aid and scholarships. Depending on you and your parent’s income, you may be eligible for financial aid, which can take many forms including federal or state aid, scholarships, or loans. While you will want to get a start on forecasting the cost of college, your next step is to determine the resources available to you for college financing. A good place to begin is by talking to your TRiO ETS transition specialist who has received extensive financial aid training.

How do I find out about the requirements for my college?

  • There are many resources available to assist you. You can:
    1. Visit the college in which you are interested. Many colleges have Preview Days or may also accommodate you on an individual basis.
    2. Research the admission requirements in your college’s catalog or on their website. While there, research the requirements for your major.
    3. Attend events sponsored by your college at your local high school or attend regional college fairs hosted at RCC campuses every year.
    4. Talk to your college counselor or TRiO ETS Transition Specialist.

Will volunteer work and extracurricular activities help me to get into college?

  • The good news is that colleges pay attention to your life both inside and outside the classroom. According to College Board, your academics probably come first, but your activities reveal a great deal about you, such as:
    1. How you've made a meaningful contribution to something.
    2. What your non-academic interests are.
    3. Whether you can manage your time and priorities.
    4. What diversity you’d bring to the student body.
  • Colleges are not interested in seeing you get involved in everything; they just want to see that you have a range of interests and can demonstrate a long-term commitment.
  • It’s good to get involved in extracurricular activities early. Check out opportunities at your school, through your church or community.

What is a Major and what role does it play in high school?

  • A major is associated with college and is a primary focus of study. A minor is your secondary focus of study. For example, you could major in Economics and minor in Spanish. It is helpful to start thinking about your career interests and goals as early as your freshman year. By the end of your sophomore year, you will want to identify majors you are interested in that match your career goals. In this way, you can begin to research majors and colleges to determine whether there are additional courses or activities you will want to undertake prior to graduation from high school.

Federal funds have been allocated for the TRiO Educational Talent Search program. 100% of this project is financed through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.