2021 Best Colleges in Oregon by Salary Score
We ranked universities in Oregon by Salary Score to show how each school compares in terms of alumni salary by major. The Salary Score acts as an indicator of whether degrees from a given college tend to lead to better financial outcomes for alumni. To calculate Salary Score, we took median alumni salaries for each bachelor's program at a school and compared them to salary data for the same programs at other universities. A high Salary Score indicates that alumni from a given college tend to earn higher salaries than alumni from other colleges. Linfield University, the Oregon Institute of Technology, and George Fox University all scored in the top 25% of U.S. colleges and universities.
To be considered for our state rankings, schools must offer and provide data for at least 8 bachelor's programs. This list includes all eligible schools in Oregon. You can click on a school's name to view individual program scores. Read our methodology to learn more about how schools were ranked.
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2021 Best Colleges in Oregon Highlights
The bachelor’s field with the highest Salary Score at Linfield University is registered nursing, nursing administration, nursing research, and clinical nursing, which scores a 94. Other notable fields with high Salary Scores include accounting and related services (87) and teacher education and professional development, specific levels and methods (85). Alumni of the nursing programs also report the highest annual median salary, at $82,960. Health and physical education/fitness program alumni report a median salary of $32,930 in the year after graduation, earning this field a Salary Score of 72.
Linfield University is a small, private, not-for-profit school located in McMinnville, OR, a mid-sized town about an hour south of Portland. Seventy percent of students receive need-based financial aid, and there are several scholarship opportunities, including awards for first-generation college students, those who demonstrate academic or musical achievement, and legacy students. For those who wish to study abroad at one of Linfield’s twenty-five international program locations, round-trip airfare will be paid for by the school.
Health services-related programs at the Oregon Institute of Technology have high Salary Scores, indicating that program graduates typically earn more than graduates of similar programs at other schools. The health and medical administrative services program scores a 92, and the dental support services and allied professions program scores an 80. The health program with the highest median salary is allied health diagnostic, intervention, and treatment professions, which has a Salary Score of 89 and reports a median alumni salary of $73,050. The electrical, electronics, and communications engineering program has the highest median salary of all the undergraduate programs, at $77,000.
The Oregon Institute of Technology is a medium-sized public university located in the small town of Klamath Falls, not far from the California border. Students at the school can participate in research as part of their undergraduate work, and the college has partnerships with several organizations that allow students to get real-world training. For instance, the university is the host school for the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research and Development, an organization that brings together various universities and manufacturing companies both nationally and internationally, allowing students and faculty to work together on research projects that directly affect companies such as Daimler and Boeing.
The three bachelor’s programs with the highest Salary Score at George Fox University are management information systems and services (100), behavioral sciences (99), and business administration - management and operations (96). In addition to having the highest Salary Score, graduates of the management information systems and services program report the highest median salary of all the undergraduate programs, at $84,650 in the year after graduation.
George Fox University is a private, not-for-profit university located in Newberg, Oregon, a suburban town about forty minutes outside of Portland. It is a Christian university, and all of the faculty and staff that work there identify as Christian. Students are required to complete 15 Chapel Credits per semester, which involves attending church services or other spiritual activities. The average financial aid package for first-year students is over $32,000 a year, and George Fox offers a variety of merit scholarships based on high school GPA. They also have a Scholarship Summit program, where future students can earn up to $3,000 in scholarships by completing different activities, like attending a community event or meeting with an admissions counselor.