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On this page you’ll find a collection of tools and resources designed to give you a fresh perspective on earning your degree from one of Oregon’s online colleges. Begin with our review of the Oregon postsecondary education system as a whole and the state’s past and present online education efforts.

From there, go to our ranked profiles of the top online colleges in Oregon, sorted by affordability. Explore our directory of scholarships available to both online and offline students in Oregon, our list of the state’s most important higher education resources or even our complete database of online colleges nationwide.

Postsecondary Education in Oregon

The Center on Budget and Policies Priorities reported that from 2013 to 2014 there was a 9.7% increase ($347) in state spending per student in Oregon.

CollegeBoard reports that, for in-state students, 2014-15 tuition in Oregon’s public four-year schools came to $8,932.

Private nonprofit four-year tuition and fees in Oregon were at $36,614 on average, a 2% increase in the last five years.

From Spring 2013 to Spring 2014 enrollment at Oregon’s Title IV, degree-granting institutions increased by 5.2%.

Online Education in Oregon

NCES Report

According to a recent NCES report, in fall 2012, 8.9% of students enrolled in Title IV institutions in Oregon (22,948 students) were in exclusively online programs.

  • 84% of those students were undergraduates
  • 33.5% were in public 4-year institutions
  • 11.1% were in private not-for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 2.2% were in private for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 70.5% were living in Oregon
  • 25.6% were living elsewhere in the United States

16 universities in Oregon offer distance learning courses, including Oregon State, one of the nation’s top online schools.

Most Affordable Online Colleges in Oregon

Below you’ll find the very best online colleges in Oregon, sorted by affordability. These rankings identify the fully online programs in a school’s catalogue, explain how the school’s online interface works and spotlight the recognition a school has received for its online initiatives.

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We use data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Every ranked school offers a range of programs that can be completed fully online. Schools with narrow program offerings were not included. Tuition rates reflect the annual cost of enrolling full-time in state. Rates are pulled directly from the schools' websites or from IPEDS. Unless otherwise stated, these figures do not include program-specific fees. If schools do not share a general tuition rate, we provide the institution's quoted rate for a bachelor's degree in liberal arts or estimate a full-time annual course load of 24 credits. When tuition rates were equal, schools that reported higher rates of aid ranked higher.

Portland State University

Portland State University

An Online Education at Portland State University

PSU students can take online courses at any time. Several departments have embraced distance learning, offering not only individual classes but entire degree programs delivered in an online format.

Online learning at PSU is administered via the Desire2Learn distance education platform. Content ranging from basic text to multimedia files is augmented by streaming video, and students collaborate with instructors and peers via chats, bulletin boards, email and the Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing tool. Due to state authorization regulations, PSU does not currently extend its online learning to residents of Arkansas, Minnesota or Maryland.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, option Management & Leadership
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, option Supply and Logistics Management
  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management
  • Master of Social Work

Additionally, adults who want to boost their skills in the workplace without committing to a degree may pursue continuing education courses online.

Contact Information

724 SW Harrison
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 725-3511

Acclaim for online programs

  • #86 on U.S. News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Business Programs (excluding MBA)
  • #47 n U.S. News and World Report's Best Online MBA Programs
  • Listed among's 2014 Best Colleges for Women in Tech, Colleges Fighting for Families and Colleges Shaping the Next Generation
  • Listed among's Top 8 Online MSW Programs

Eastern Oregon University

Eastern Oregon University
La Grande

An Online Education at Eastern Oregon University

The majority of online courses at EOU are delivered asynchronously via Blackboard, though students may also access their communications, view course assignments and take quizzes through the Canvas learning management system. Students access study materials and assignments when it is most convenient, completing class requirements on a weekly basis. Support services for online students include free eTutoring and use of the online writing laboratory, as well as full access to the Pierce Library. Some exams require a proctor, which requires the student to identify an approved local testing site.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Economics
  • Anthropology/Sociology
  • Early Childhood Education (Fall 2015)
  • Fire Services Administration (FSA)
  • History
  • Physical Activity and Health
  • Business Administration

Undergraduates can also complete the degree requirements for 14 minors by attending online courses.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science in Education

Admission to EOU is rolling, and online students may begin class sessions at multiple points during the year. Transfer credits may be accepted from other accrediting academic institutions; other credits may be also awarded for lifetime experience. EOU is a military-friendly school and participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Contact Information

One University Blvd
La Grande, OR 97850
(541) 962-3672

Acclaim for online programs

  • #162 on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate education Programs

Oregon Institute of Technology

Oregon Institute of Technology
Klamath Falls

An Online Education at Oregon Institute of Technology

Oregon Tech Online targets its educational offerings to working adults. Complete degree programs at the undergraduate level are available, and students returning to school have numerous degree completion options. Working professionals seeking additional licensure may also earn credentials in this flexible learning format.

Classes are asynchronous and are delivered in 10-week sessions. OIT employs the Blackboard Learn platform for its coursework; instructors populate this tool with instructions, syllabi, reading material, assignments, activities and chat boards for discussion. Generally, students must log in to their classes at least once a week. The occasional need for real-time instruction is managed in the Collaboration web conferencing utility. Tech support is available from the Help Desk, open until 9 on weeknights and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Applied Psychology
  • Information Technology
  • Operations Management (OM)
  • Technology & Management B.A.S.

Degree-completion programs are a popular choice for distance learners, allowing working adults to finish bachelor's degrees without taking time off from work.

Contact Information

3201 Campus Drive
Klamath Falls, OR 97601-8801
(541) 885-1000

Oregon State University

Oregon State University

An Online Education at Oregon State University

The Ecampus at OSU uses the Blackboard Learn learning management system to grant access to online classes. Course materials, including reading materials, syllabi and assignments, are accessed in this virtual classroom; instructors often enhance course content with streaming video, multimedia presentations and podcasts. Collaboration with peers is facilitated by chatrooms and instructor-led bulletin boards.

Ecampus offers nearly 30 undergraduate degree programs that can be earned exclusively online.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • B.S. Agricultural Sciences
  • B.A./B.S. Business Administration
  • B.S. Environmental Economics and Policy
  • B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
  • B.A. German
  • B.A./B.S. Liberal Studies
  • B.A./B.S. Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Graduate students enjoy an equally broad selection of online degrees.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Education (Ed.M.)
  • Master of Counseling (School concentration)
  • Master of Science: Science of Mathematics Education
  • Master of Natural Resources
  • Radiation Health Physics (M.S. or M.H.P)
  • Professional Science Master's in Fisheries and Wildlife Administration
  • MBA - Executive Leadership

Generous support services to distance education students include free online live-chat tutoring from NetTutor; its writing lab also provides critiques within a 24- to 48-hour turnaround. Students are also welcome at the campus writing center, math learning center and the Valley Library Collaborative Learning Center for additional help.

For technical assistance, students have a broad safety net that can address all of the technological components in use. A gradual transition from Blackboard to Canvas is scheduled to launch in 2015 and extra technical support is in place.

Contact Information

1500 S.W. Jefferson
Corvallis, OR 97331
(541) 737-0123

Acclaim for online programs

  • #5 on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • Named among Great Value Colleges 30 Best Online Colleges
  • Named among Create a Career's 25 Best Accredited Online colleges
  • #1's Best Online College in Oregon

Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University

An Online Education at Marylhurst University

Marylhurst's student body is mostly composed of working adults who want to complete an undergraduate program, start a graduate degree or earn credentials that will enhance their abilities in the workplace. As such, its course offerings are designed for busy students who need alternative educational options. Distance education at Marylhurst fits that bill and is available exclusively online or in hybrid blends of both traditional classroom attendance and online coursework.

Students in any program are welcome to take online classes; for those who prefer to pursue an entire degree online, Marylhurst offers accelerated bachelor's degree programs. In a nod to the working background typical of Marylhurst's students, up to 45 credits of prior learning assessment may be awarded toward an undergraduate degree.

All classes are administered via the Moodle distance education platform; supplemental classroom technology includes Google Apps, Blackboard Collaborate, Turnitin and Zoom. Instructors provide reading material, lectures via multimedia or streaming video, and assignments; in turn, students are responsible for weekly completion of assignments, participation in forum discussions and collaboration with instructors and peers.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BA in English Literature & New Media
  • BS in Business Management
  • BS in Real Estate Studies
  • BS in Sustainable Business
  • BAS in Business Management

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MS in Food Systems & Society
  • Master of Business Administration
  • MBA in Health Care Management
  • MBA in Real Estate
  • MBA in Sustainable Business/Green MBA

Technical support is available until 7 p.m. on weeknights and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Other resources for distance education students include full access to the digital Shoen Library, advising and academic coaching.

Contact Information

17600 Pacific Hwy (Hwy 43)
Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261
(503) 636-8141

Corban University

Corban University

An Online Education at Corban University

Corban is a small, private Catholic school that offers traditional campus-based education to undergraduate and graduate students. Corban's distance education program is targeted to working adults who have attended some school and cultivated significant experience but lack a bachelor's degree in their field. Its accelerated degree completion programs are delivered exclusively online, allowing participants to quickly complete a degree without losing time at work.

All online classes are delivered via the Converge distance learning platform. Classes are sequential, asynchronous and delivered in 5-week sessions. Pre-loaded iPads containing course outlines, textbooks and all class material are supplied to every online student. Applicants must have completed 30 credit hours of study at another accredited institution to be considered for admission; lifetime experience credits may be granted. Students follow the curriculum in cohorts. Admitted students who have not yet completed 60 hours of general education classes must do so through the Corban Accelerated Online program prior to joining a cohort.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Healthcare Administration, B.A.
  • Organizational Leadership, B.A.
  • Psychology: Family Studies, B.A.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Business Administration, M.B.A. (tracks in Human Resources Management, Management, and Non-Profit Management)
  • Divinity, M.Div.
  • Christian Leadership, M.A.

Because the nature of postgraduate study in some fields requires face-to-face learning, it's difficult to deliver all subjects via distance education. Corban offers two hybrid programs that blend online coursework with campus-based internships and practica: the M.A. in Counseling and the M.Ed. in Education with specialty tracks in Curriculum and Instruction, TESOL, and Literacy.

Contact Information

5000 Deer Park Dr SE
Salem, OR 97317-9392
(503) 581-8600

Linfield College

Linfield College

An Online Education at Linfield College

The Adult Degree Program at Linfield College is designed for students who work full-time and require the flexibility of distance learning to complete their education. These students have attended some postsecondary school but do not hold a degree. For these enrollees, transfer credits and credit for life experiences may be granted toward degree completion.

Linfield uses the Blackboard learning management system to administer its courses. Instructors provide syllabi, content outlines, reading material and assignments; students study websites, multimedia presentations, simulations or streaming video to complete assignments and collaborate with peers. Classwork is asynchronous, allowing students to study when it is most convenient.

Support services for online students include the digitally optimized Linfield Library and librarian staff dedicated to distance learners, plus free tutoring through the Western eTutoring Consortium.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Accounting
  • Business Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • RN to BSN

In addition, a number of professional certification programs may be earned entirely online, as well as the course requirements for undergraduate minors in environmental studies, health administration and global health.

Contact Information

900 SE Baker Street
McMinnville, OR 97128-6894
(800) 452-4176

Acclaim for online programs

  • #63 on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs

Scholarships and Financial Aid in Oregon

Bend Branch of AAUW Charles and Helen Weil Memorial

Deadline: rolling
Scholarship Amount $10,000 See Scholarship

Provided by the Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion, this scholarship is open to students who graduate from Central Oregon Community College with a GPA of 3.25+. Students must enroll at least half time in a four-year public university.

Bob Hasson Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $6,000 See Scholarship

Provided by the Oregon Collectors Association, this essay competition is open to Oregon high school seniors. First prize is $6,000; second prize is $4,000. The award may be used at any Oregon university, college, or trade school. Applicants must submit a 1,000 to 1,500 word essay on the subject of: “Credit in the 21st Century.”

Oregon Laurels Graduate Tuition Remission

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

The Oregon Laurels Graduate Scholarship is open to students entering master’s programs at Portland State University. Recipients are chosen based on academic merit; other selection factors are financial need and commitment to student diversity. Recipients typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.7+. The award is $5,000 per year.

Oregon Laurels Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

The Oregon Laurels Undergraduate Scholarship is open to Portland State University freshmen with outstanding academic records. To be eligible, applicants must have a high school GPA of 3.75+ and an SAT score of 1200+ (ACT 27+). Priority consideration is given to Oregon residents. The award is $5,000 per year for up to 4 years.

Oregon State University & Cobalt Mortgage Dollars for Scholars Fund

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $1,000 See Scholarship

Open to undergraduate students who are admitted to or currently enrolled at Oregon State University. This scholarship is awarded based on academic merit, financial need, and factors including community service or leadership. Amount is $1,000.

Oregon State University Scholars Program

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

The University Scholars Program provides several types of awards for exceptional students at Oregon State University. The most prestigious of these is the Presidential Scholarship, valued at $6,000 per year for 4 years. Applicants must be Oregon residents with a high school GPA of 3.85 or college GPA of 3.0+.

Peer Mentor Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Full tuition See Scholarship

The Peer Mentor Scholarship is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students at Portland State University. Students receiving this award will act as mentors in Freshman or Sophomore Inquiry courses. This is a time commitment of 20 hours per week. Applicants must have excellent writing and interpersonal skills, and a GPA of 3.25+.

Presidential Scholarship from Portland State University

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Full tuition See Scholarship

The Portland State University Presidential Scholarship is open to incoming freshmen with a GPA of 3.75+ and an SAT score of 1200+ (ACT 27+). Selection is competitive, and preference is given to Oregon residents. The award covers full tuition and fees for up to 4 years.

Scholastic Award

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $8,000 See Scholarship

Corban College automatically considers incoming transfer students for the Scholastic Award. Selection is based on academic merit. Students with a GPA of 3.3+ are eligible for $8,000 per year; Students with a GPA of 3.0 to 3.29 are eligible for $6,000 per year.

Sub Pop Scholarship

Deadline: May 8, 2015
Scholarship Amount $7,000 See Scholarship

Sub Pop Records provides the infamous Loser Scholarship for Oregon and Washington high school seniors who are involved in music or creative arts. Three scholarships are available in the amounts of $7,000; $5,000; and $3,000. Applicants must be enrolling full-time at an accredited college or university.

Higher Education Resources in Oregon