school’s top goal is to graduate students
who are committed to lifelong learning and
contribute to the global landscape in a positive way.
Portland Public Schools also offers a number
of foreign language immersion programs
focused on Mandarin Chinese, Japanese,
Russian and Spanish. These programs, 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 various
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 2013, the Oregon Department of Education reported that 12,857 students took the
ACT exam, with an average composite
score of 21. 5. This was above the national
average score of 20. 5. There were 15 Oregon
students achieving a perfect score of 36 on
the ACT. That same year, 15,718 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 28,000 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 “up-and-coming” univer-
sities three years in a row, 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, slated for completion
in 2017, will be a 143,000 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 3,700 undergraduate
students (and about 500 graduate students)
and sits on a beautiful 150-acre campus near
the historic St. Johns neighborhood.
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
90,000 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 Port-
land (without traffic). UO offers a number
of courses at its satellite office in down-
town 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