Oregon is a state in the Northwestern region of the United States. Oregon became a state in 1889, long after fur traders and explorers settled in the area that was long inhabited by a number of Native American groups. Oregon is a large state, not very densely populated. It is famous for its beautiful landscapes of endless pine trees and winding rivers. Oregon is also known for its rainy weather which keeps the land green year-round. Oregon is home to many excellent universities, many of which are in the Willamette Valley.

Portland State University

Portland State University is a public university located in the state’s largest city of Portland, Oregon. PSU has been ranked among the nation’s best universities, and it is the biggest university in Oregon. Over 220 degree options make PSU a place for everyone. Students can choose to work toward an undergraduate or graduate degree in a variety of specialized majors and minors. The 50-acre urban campus is located in the heart of downtown Portland close to bus and rail systems that let students access all that this amazing city has to offer. Sustainability and keeping green is a big part of Portland and PSU; students and faculty work hard to integrate sustainability practices into everything they do. PSU even has a world-renowned sustainability degree program. Even if you don’t plan on studying recycling, PSU offers 226 bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees to its nearly 30,000 students. The PSU Vikings compete nationally in a number of sports like football and basketball. A number of student groups and organizations make getting involved on campus easy for all students. Check out Portland State University at pdx.edu

University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is a public research university located in Eugene, Oregon. This university was founded in 1876 and ever since has been helping students achieve excellence in and out of the classroom. Located in the state’s second largest city on nearly 300 acres of tree-lined campus, the University of Oregon offers more than 260 different academic programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate level. The UO has outreach centers in Portland, and on the Oregon coast to allow all students access to education. The UO also includes the Pinewood Observatory, which is located more than 6,300 feet above sea level. More than 26,000 students attend enroll at the University of Oregon annually, and the average student to faculty ratio is 19:1. The UO embraces diversity, and nearly 20% of its students identify as students of color, many of whom take advantage of the various student organizations like the Native American Student Student Union. The campus also has a Native American longhouse. The Oregon DucksĀ  participate in a variety of sports, including football, basketball, and lacrosse. Several music groups, including the famous a’cappella group On the Rocks, can be found on campus. If you want to find out more about the University of Oregon, go to uoregon.edu

Oregon State University

Oregon State University is a public research university located in Corvallis, Oregon. More than 20,000 students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries from around the world flock to this great school to study a variety of fields at the graduate and undergraduate level. The main campus is located on more than 200 green acres, and the surrounding forests, that students can access, comprise another 11,000 acres. More than 200 undergraduate programs, and 80 graduate degree programs make for a unique experience for each student. The school has operated since 1868 and has outreach centers in every county in the state. Corvallis has been ranked among the best and the safest cities to live in the nation, and even though it is surrounded by countryside it is still big enough, with 53,000 people, to provide all the opportunities of urban living. Find out how to become an Oregon State Beaver at oregonstate.edu

Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University is a public research university located in Ashland, Oregon. Ashland is home to the world-famous annual Oregon Shakespeare festival and it is a city that embraces creativity and diversity. More than 100 degree programs with 36 majors prepare students for excellence in the real world by encouraging them toward academic achievement in the classroom. SOU also has an accelerated program to earn certain bachelor’s degrees. SOU students get involved in the classroom with hands-on learning, get involved in the community with volunteer work and internships, and participate on the global scale by training world leaders. Want to know more about this awesome school? Go to sou.edu

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