Private Colleges, Universities, and Career Schools
Oregon is home to hundreds of private colleges, universities and career schools providing a wide range of college and career training options to Oregonians. To find lists of approved colleges, schools and opportunities, please visit the following links:
Oregon’s authorized nonprofit and for-profit private institutions award a wide range of credentials, including undergraduate and graduate programs in hundreds of diverse fields, from culinary degrees to juris doctorates. The HECC Office of Degree Authorization (ODA) serves as the state regulator that approves degree-granting institutions to operate in this state. Without approval or explicit exemption from regulation from the HECC, a school cannot legally operate in our state, or offer valid degrees or certificates to Oregonians. Find approved school listings at the link above.
Private career schools provide specialized training and certificate opportunities for students with specific career focuses, in fields as diverse as computer technology, cosmetology, health care, real estate and business. Find approved school listings at the link above, as well as tips on selecting a Private Career School.
Other Approved Higher Education Opportunities
Institutions approved for veteran benefits include public and private colleges, universities, community colleges, high schools, flight schools, private career schools, apprenticeships and on-the-job training programs authorized to administer veteran programs such as GI benefits.
Many learners find the flexibility of online or distance education works best to meet their goals. Oregon’s public colleges and universities are leaders in distance education offerings, and many other public and private institutions, in state and out, also offer approved distance education coursework and programs.