Applying to College
Browse through the following frequently asked questions for general information that can assist you. The last section on this page lists Oregon universities and colleges with their addresses and websites. Click on the college name to go to that college's website.
Frequently asked questions about applying for college.
- When should I start thinking about applying for college?
- Is there a minimum high school grade point average that I need to have to get into college?
- Should I have taken specific courses in high school to become admitted to a college?
- Is College expensive?
- How do I find out about the requirements for my college?
- What is a Major and what role does it play in preparing for college?
- Oregon Public 4-year Universities
- Oregon Public 2-year Colleges
- Oregon Private 4-year universities
When should I start thinking about applying for college?
- The process for applying for and being accepted in a college of your choosing depends on the institution that you plan to attend. Rogue Community College is an open enrollment school with a rolling admission process. 4-year colleges and universities each have their own timeline and process of applying for admission. With a 4-year college, the actual process of researching colleges, taking college entrance exams, and applying for college can begin as early as the year prior to your admission. In this case, it’s always good to begin early.
Is there a minimum high school grade point average that I need to have 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 presents 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 college entrance exam and grade point average may be needed to be accepted to a four-year university but it varies by institution. 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.
Should I have taken specific courses in high school to become admitted to a college?
- College includes professional/technical certificate programs, 2-year and 4-year degree programs. As such, there is no single academic path that all students should follow. The process of validating academic preparation for entrance to a two-year community college is achieved through a placement exam. If you begin with a community college, you can prepare yourself to transfer on to a 4-year institution without worrying about your high school curriculum. If you want to enter a 4-year institution immediately upon graduating from high school, then there are steps you will need to take. 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 EOC 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:
- Visit the college in which you are interested. Many colleges have Preview Days or may also accommodate you on an individual basis.
- Research the admission requirements in your college’s catalog or on their website. While there, research the requirements for your major.
- Attend events sponsored by your college at your local high school or attend regional college fairs hosted at RCC campuses every year.
- Talk to your college counselor or TRiO EOC transition specialist.
What is a Major and what role does it play in preparing for college?
- 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 prior to entering college. If you’re in high school, certainly by the end of your sophomore year, you will want to identify majors you are interested in that match your career goals. If you are returning to college after an absence from school, your career interests will help you determine your major and the path which you will want to take once you are enrolled. Begin to research your career interests and possible majors as soon as you can. There are many career events that TRiO can put you in touch with and Rogue Community College Counseling services can be another helpful option.
Oregon Public 4-year Universities
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR 97201
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97207-0751
Phone: 503-725-3000 or
1-800-547-8887 ext. 5256
Oregon Public 2-year Colleges
2411 NW Carden Ave.
PO Box 100
Pendleton, OR 97801
4000 Lancaster Drive NE
P.O. Box 14007
Salem, Oregon 97309
1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Oregon Private 4-year universities
1122 N.W. Davis Street
Portland, OR 97209-2911
828 East 11th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401
1241 NW Johnson St.
Portland, OR 97209
Phone: (503) 226-4391