Think Independent:

At Oregon’s independent colleges, student success is the top priority, preparing graduates to compete in today’s global economy.

 

Affordable:

Time is money. 3 out of 5 private college students finish in four years.

 

Student Success:

Half of Oregon’s masters and doctoral degrees are from private colleges and universities.

 

Do Good; Do Well:

The best preparation for success in an ever-changing world.

College is worth it.

The wage gap between college and high school graduates is significant. College graduates earn an average of 64% more each year (approx. $17,500), and are more likely to be “very satisfied” with their work.

In addition to higher income, there are other payoffs too. College graduates’ unemployment rate is significantly lower in thriving and struggling economies. They’re also more likely to enjoy better health, vote, volunteer, and be involved in their communities.

College graduates earn

$1+ million more

than high school graduates over their careers

“I love my job. For an entry-level engineer, this is as good as it gets. I manage people and do engineering-not to mention I get to see and work on helicopters every day. At this point in life, this is my dream job.”

Daniela Makowsli, Columbia Helicopters
‘12 George Fox University Alum

Student success is our first priority.

Personal attention and high-quality learning experiences – that’s what Oregon’s private colleges and universities are all about. Alliance institutions provide substantial value with effective and efficient learning opportunities that give graduates an advantage when transitioning into the workforce.

We are focused on excellent teaching. That means, smaller is better, with an average ratio of twelve students to every faculty member.

This means more faculty-student interaction and a more personalized learning environment for students.

 

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Opportunities for real world experiences: internships, service learning, study abroad programs, and undergraduate research programs

All Alliance institutions offer, and highly encourage, students to apply what they’ve learned, so graduates are more experienced upon entering the workforce.

 

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Finish a bachelor’s degree & enter the workforce on time.

On average, 3 in 5 Oregon private college & university students graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in four years while 3 in 5 public university students take six years to graduate, delaying their entry into the workforce.

 

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Save time & money with dual degree programs

Pair a liberal arts degree with a graduate degree, for example a BA/MBA, and earn two degrees in less time. These special programs are offered at several Alliance institutions.

 

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“The critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills I’m learning here have become instrumental in my success… My liberal arts education here sets me up perfectly for grad school and my career goals.”

– Kianna Green, Business Administration
Concordia University

FACT

55% of professional leaders have degrees in traditional liberal arts fields, according to a recent survey of 1,709 leaders from 30 countries.

FACT

14% of MacArthur “geniuses” earned their degrees from liberal arts colleges, compared to 2% of all American college graduates.

Time is money. Private colleges are competitively priced, simple math proves it.

Prospective students and their families often assume the “sticker” price is what attending a private nonprofit college or university is going to cost. Often, this is not the case.

Institutions regularly grant scholarships and aid to students. In 2016, 93% of students starting at Alliance institutions as full time received institutional grants. Further, the average institutional grant to these students was over $20,000 per year. This allowed over a quarter of students graduated with zero debt.

For students with loans, loan default rates for Alliance graduates are the lowest in the state, and half that of 4-year private nonprofit colleges nationwide.

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1 in 4

private college students

graduate with zero debt

“I received a generous financial package that made attending a private college very affordable for me and my family. Now I work with students, and I tell them to apply to several colleges so they can compare financial aid packages. Private colleges are often on par or even more affordable than state universities.”

-Maria Sandoval-Perez, College & Career Facilitator
‘11 Linfield College Alum

Alliance Member Colleges and Universities

Concordia University

Concordia University

Concordia University-Portland is a private, nonprofit, Lutheran, liberal arts university open to all students with a mission to prepare leaders for the transformation of society.

Corban University

Corban University

Corban is an independent Christian university with more than 50 majors and program options, each integrating a Biblical foundation to prepare you to make a difference.

George Fox University

George Fox University

George Fox offers undergraduate students personal attention, subsidized overseas experiences, and an education that prepares students academically and spiritually to think with clarity, act with integrity and serve with passion.

Lewis and Clark College

Lewis and Clark College

Lewis & Clark students are independent, open-minded, and ready for something new. Come to L&C to explore the world and create your place in it.

Linfield College

Linfield College

Linfield College offers a rich liberal arts and sciences curriculum in a close knit environment. Linfield’s experiential education cultivates curiosity, providing opportunities in research, internships, community service and study abroad.

Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University

Founded in 1893, Marylhurst University’s community of scholars, professionals and artists offers exceptional master’s degrees, bachelor’s degree completion programs, courses, continuing education and impressive arts, music and cultural events.

Multnomah University

Multnomah University

Multnomah University equips students to love Christ and serve their neighbors through their lives and work.

National University of Natural Medicine

National University of Natural Medicine

NUNM is the oldest accredited naturopathic medical university in North America. Our exceptional graduate programs in naturopathic medicine and classical Chinese medicine prepare students for careers in today’s healthcare marketplace.

Northwest Christian University

Northwest Christian University

Northwest Christian University fosters wisdom, faith and service through excellent academic programs within a Christ-centered community.

Oregon College of Art and Craft

Oregon College of Art and Craft

Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) is a uniquely small, mentor-based college of art and craft in Portland offering undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates.

Pacific Northwest College of Art

Pacific Northwest College of Art

Since 1909, PNCA has been an innovator in arts education. Our 17 BFA, MFA, and MA programs challenge students to reimagine what art and design can do in the world.

Pacific University

Pacific University

Pacific University is a diverse learning community offering a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, education, business, optometry and the health professions.

Reed College

Reed College

Reed College is a liberal arts and sciences college. Referred to as one of the most intellectual colleges, Reed is known for its high standards of scholarly practice, creative thinking, and engaged citizenship.

University of Portland

University of Portland

At UP, students will find a rigorous, holistic, personal, and transformative education that prepares them to become critical and ethical thinkers.

University of Western States

University of Western States

Founded in 1904, University of Western States (UWS) has evolved into a leading accredited institution for an evidence-informed, science-based education with a focus on health and wellness.

Warner Pacific University

Warner Pacific University

Oregon’s most diverse private university, Warner Pacific empowers students through career-focused, liberal arts education. Graduate with the degree you need to make a difference for your family and community.

Western Seminary

Western Seminary

Western Seminary is a trans-denomination graduate school that delivers trustworthy and accessible training for gospel-centered transformation. Multiple campuses and online courses allow students around the world to train without relocating.

Willamette University

Willamette University

Willamette is a highly ranked liberal arts university where talented professors inspire students to transform knowledge into action.

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