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available to all students in the district,
immerse students in the language and culture
of each school’s particular focus, while
continuing to provide quality instruction in
Students in Oregon have access to both the
ACT and SAT—the two exams commonly
accepted by colleges and universities across
the country. For the most part, Oregon’s
colleges and universities accept scores from
either exam, and participation rates among
high school students in the Beaver State are
similar for each.
In 2016, the Oregon Department of Educa-
tion reported that almost 15,000 students
took the ACT exam, with an average
composite score of 21. 7. This was above the
national average score of 20. 8. That same
year, 16,700 individuals took the SAT, with
Oregon students outpacing the national
counterparts in the areas of reading, math
and writing. In fact, the state was second in
the country in terms of critical reading scores
on the exam.
The Portland metro area features a number
of postsecondary institutions, the largest of
which is Portland State University, located
downtown. The university, with its unique
urban campus situated on the South Park
Blocks, enrolls more than 27,000 students and
is quickly distinguishing itself as a top-notch
institution of higher learning. U.S News &
World Report has named PSU one of the
nation’s “Top 10 Most Innovative Schools,”
recognizing the school for its service learning
and senior capstone programs, along with
the positive changes it has made related to
academics, student life, facilities and faculty.
Portland State is also well known for its
research in a number of areas—particularly
urban studies and community health. In fact,
researchers at PSU made national headlines
recently when they discovered a potential
cure for malaria that could be provided in
a single pill form. The study, published in
the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, found
that a particular compound cured malaria
in animal models, using just a single dose.
This is just one of the numerous studies
conducted at the campus each year, with
some of them producing results that have
had significant impacts on a various professional fields.
Construction of PSU’s new College of Business is underway, which will replace the old
building located in the center of the campus.
The Karl Miller Center, which was completed
in 2017, is a 142,875 square-foot facility with
a focus on collaborative learning spaces,
including a five-story glass atrium in the
middle of it all. The new construction project
is a reflection of the high levels of growth the
university has experienced in recent years.
Also in the city proper is the University of
Portland, a private institution located in
north Portland that was founded in 1901.
The school has just over 4,000 students
and sits on a beautiful 150-acre campus
near the historic St. Johns neighborhood.
The University of Portland currently offers
more than 40 undergraduate programs and
30 minors, as well as 18 graduate programs,
and more than 1,300 courses.
Portland Community College is another
respected postsecondary option in the
region, with four campuses located in Portland, Rock Creek and Tigard. It currently
enrolls nearly 73,000 students and has
become a great option for those looking
to either earn an associate’s degree in
more than 100 different programs or get
off to a strong start before transferring
to a four-year college or university. Mt.
Hood Community College in Gresham is
another popular two-year school, offering
both associate’s degrees and credits that are
easily transferrable to other institutions.
The University of Oregon and Oregon
State University are located in Eugene
and Corvallis, respectively—both about an
hour and half drive from downtown Portland (without traffic). UO offers a number
of courses at its satellite office in downtown Portland, including master’s degree
programs in journalism, sports product
management, strategic communication,
architecture and business administration.
OSU’s Portland Center, also downtown,
features College of Business classrooms, an
alumni center, public relations office and
an open source lab.
A WIDE RANGE OF OPTIONS
When it comes to receiving a quality education in the Portland area, there is certainly
no shortage of options for children, families
and young adults—along with those who
are looking to continue their education or
professional development later in life. The
city has great public and private K- 12 schools
and alternative education options, as well as
numerous vocational, two-year and four-year
postsecondary opportunities. If you’re ready
to learn, Portland is a great place to be. l
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