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Colleges in Portland, Oregon?

englibsci18englibsci18 41 replies15 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
Hello! Current HS senior in the midst of college search & apps checking in. I'm a girl from a small town on the East Coast but I think that Portland OR might be exactly what I'm looking for in a college environment. Here are the criteria I've been using in my search:
- offer English major (never an issue)
- be in/very near a city
- have diverse population
- have generally cold climate
- be a liberal campus/area
- have lots to do outside of school
Based on this list, would any of these schools be a good match for me?
Portland State U
University of Portland
Lewis & Clark
Reed College

Thanks for any helpful input!
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  • paul2752paul2752 4773 replies349 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5,122 Senior Member
    edited July 2017
    If the name value absolutely doesn't matter to you, I would say PSU. Hhowever, PSU doesn't really have a campus because all the buildings are scattered around. Also, academic wise it's not so impressive.

    if you want campus experience, U of Portland is a good choice, too. It's a sister school to Notre Dame. 7th in regional Universities in West, so the academic quality is decent at least. It is catholic private school, but not so religious overall among student body.

    Lewis & Clark is a good liberal art school, but not so close to Portland. Reed College is also a bit far-ish from POrtland, but you can see the city across the river.
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  • Studious99Studious99 888 replies23 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 911 Member
    edited July 2017
    How much can you spend and what are your academic stats?

    Concordia might be a good school to visit as well.
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 21937 replies14 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 21,951 Senior Member
    You can also look at Willamette in Salem, or any of the schools in SW Washington. I'd be looking at Western Washington, but that's a little farther north.
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  • englibsci18englibsci18 41 replies15 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    Hoping to get lots of aid/scholarships, would like to stay under 30k per year. My stats are here: http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/what-my-chances/2008065-chance-me-are-my-safeties-matches-reaches-accurate.html#latest
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  • Studious99Studious99 888 replies23 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 911 Member
    It looks like Concordia would award a hefty scholarship given your stats. I would definitely apply there. http://www.cu-portland.edu/scholarship-calculator

    I plugged in some random stuff including your stats into the UP NPC as well, and it's looking like your stats will get you significant merit there as well.
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  • paul2752paul2752 4773 replies349 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5,122 Senior Member
  • politepersonpoliteperson 256 replies4 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 260 Junior Member
    FYI: "-have diverse population" doesn't describe Portland, or most of the PNW. Unless you mean lots of different styles of beards :)

    Re:#1 Reed is in Portland, just on the east side.

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  • CorbettCorbett 3434 replies4 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,438 Senior Member
    edited July 2017
    Lewis & Clark is a good liberal art school, but not so close to Portland. Reed College is also a bit far-ish from POrtland, but you can see the city across the river.
    L&C and Reed are both in the City of Portland; however, they are in quiet residential neighborhoods. The cooler parts of town are accessible from either school by public transportation or bike, both of which are good options in Portland. Reed's accessibility increased in 2015 due to the opening of the MAX Orange light rail line, which has a station nearby.

    In terms of selectivity:
    - Reed (probably the most selective school in the Pacific Northwest, funky yet intellectual campus vibe)
    - L&C (somewhat like Reed)
    - UPortland (Catholic, more mainstream, small for a "university")
    - PSU (large, urban, commuter school)

    If Reed and L&C appeal to you, then you should also consider the University of Puget Sound, another urban liberal arts college in the Northwest. However, UPS is in Tacoma, Washington, which may not be as appealing as Portland.

    I've heard that both L&C and UPS offer merit aid. Reed doesn't. Don't know about the others.

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  • allly079allly079 21 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 21 New Member
    I would look into first 2 oprions - Portland State University and University of Portland
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  • paul2752paul2752 4773 replies349 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5,122 Senior Member
    @Corbett yes, that's what I meant by "not so close"-not so close to metropolitan area. I thoght that was what OP meant.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 76129 replies663 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 76,792 Senior Member
    Re: diversity

    Of the four colleges mentioned in the original post, Portland State has the greatest SES diversity, with 40% of undergraduates on Pell grants (the others at 17-20% Pell grant skew more strongly toward students from higher income/wealth families). All are fairly similar in race/ethnicity of undergraduates, with 56-63% white, 10-12% Latino, 6-12% Asian, and 1-4% black.
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  • CorbettCorbett 3434 replies4 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,438 Senior Member
    edited July 2017
    Here are the criteria I've been using in my search:
    - offer English major (never an issue)
    - be in/very near a city
    - have diverse population
    - have generally cold climate
    - be a liberal campus/area
    - have lots to do outside of school
    Nowhere near Portland, but another liberal arts college that hits these criteria and seems like a possible fit for your stats would be Macalester College in St Paul, Minnesota. If you are interested in Reed or L&C, Macalester might be the closest equivalent in the Midwest.
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  • tk21769tk21769 10587 replies27 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10,614 Senior Member
    Hoping to get lots of aid/scholarships, would like to stay under 30k per year.

    What is your cost-management strategy?
    Are you focusing on sticker prices, merit awards, or need-based aid?]
    Often the same college won't be equally appropriate for each strategy.

    For example, Reed (like many other very selective schools) does not award merit scholarships.
    However, for those students who are awarded need-based aid, it claims to meet 100% of demonstrated need.
    Most other colleges don't make that claim.
    For students awarded n-b aid, Lewis & Clark claims to cover 92% of demonstrated need on average ... but L&C does also award some merit scholarships.

    For a family income of $110K/year, with $55K in cash savings, $55K in home equity, and and only 1 child in college, your net costs would be approximately as follows according to my net price estimates:

    $28,591 Macalester College*
    $28,650 Reed College
    $31,818 Portland State
    $35,540 U Portland (after a $22K institutional merit scholarship)
    $35,896 Lewis & Clark (after "LC Grant & Scholarship")

    Run the online net price calculator with your own numbers to get estimates. For different inputs, the net price order or spreads may be different. If your family income/assets are much greater than my figures, your strategy may need to emphasize sticker price or merit scholarships to keep under your $30K limit.

    * Like Reed, Macalester claims that for students awarded n-b aid, it covers 100% of demonstrated need on average. Macalester awards some merit scholarships as well as n-b aid, but is more selective than UPortland or L&C, so the competition might be stronger.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 76129 replies663 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 76,792 Senior Member
    tk21769 wrote:
    Like Reed, Macalester claims that for students awarded n-b aid, it covers 100% of demonstrated need on average.

    But remember that each college's definition of "need" can differ, often by substantial amounts.
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  • TempeMomTempeMom 2951 replies25 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,976 Senior Member
    PSU is beautiful and is located on the park blocks in basically downtown Portland. It is a state school however and likely does not give merit to out of state students.
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