2020 Best Online Community Colleges in Oregon

By OnlineU Staff | Updated 5/7/2020
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Students in Oregon who want to earn an online associate degree or certificate should consider these six community colleges. They all offer at least one fully online associate degree, and many of them also have online certificates available. At Klamath Community College, ranked #4, enrolled students can choose among 15 different online associate degrees, including an Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration and an Associate of Applied Science in Education. Top-ranked Blue Mountain Community College offers a tuition rate of $4,860 per year.

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RankSchool Annual Tuition Locations
# 1 #1 Blue Mountain Community College $4,860 Pendleton
# 2 #2 Umpqua Community College $4,545 Roseburg
# 3 #3 Portland Community College $3,480 Portland
# 4 #4 Klamath Community College $4,635 Klamath Falls
# 5 #5 Lane Community College $5,310 Eugene
# 6 #6 Tillamook Bay Community College $4,500 Tillamook

2020 Online Community Colleges in Oregon - Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

#1 Blue Mountain Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,860
  • Locations: Pendleton
  • Accreditation: NWCCU

Online courses at Blue Mountain Community College have a campus requirement. Blue Mountain's Associate of Arts degree requires students to begin their education on campus. Once the pre-requisite courses have been completed, the remaining classes are offered 100 percent online. Other Blue Mountain distance learning offerings have a hybrid component. Classes combine in-person sessions with online learning. Distance Learning class schedules may vary each quarter. Interested students should check with the college for upcoming courses. Blue Mountain uses Canvas for their eLearning management system. Proctored tests are mandatory in some distance courses, but students can meet the proctoring requirement at an approved testing center.

#2 Umpqua Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,545
  • Locations: Roseburg
  • Accreditation: NWCCU

Oregon's Umpqua Community College offers a range of distance learning options with 24/7 online support. Certificates can be earned online in subjects including Entrepreneurship, Entry-Level Financial Services, Microsoft Office Technologist, Office Assistant, Retail Management, Front Office Medical Assistant, and Medical Billing and Collections. Associate degrees can be earned online in General Studies, Executive Business Assistant, Marketing, Medical Office Administration, and Paralegal Studies. An Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree is offered online for students intending to transfer into a four-year institution. UCC also partners with Oregon State University to offer students dual enrollment options (some available online) that offer cost savings and expanded access to resources.

#3 Portland Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,480
  • Locations: Portland
  • Accreditation: NWCCU

Portland Community College’s online learning program allows students to obtain a degree almost exclusively online. Most of the degree programs do not require visits to campus, and those that do require only a limited number of in-person meetings. Online students enrolled in the school’s Accelerated Accounting Program can obtain a certificate in less than one year. Students learning through the online program have access to the same academic resources as on-campus students, including online tutoring, advising support, and technical support.

#4 Klamath Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,635
  • Locations: Klamath Falls
  • Accreditation: NWCCU

Several online associate degrees are available via Klamath Community College. Some examples include Associate of General Studies, Associate of General Studies in Psychology, and an AA Oregon Transfer degree. Klamath also offers several AAS Business Administration degrees, with an emphasis on Business Management, Accounting, or Marketing. Other degrees are available, as well. Students should review the school's class schedule to review upcoming online offerings. Klamath's online community college courses are comparable to the school's on-campus classes in schedules and study requirements. These synchronous classes mirror their in-person components. They also require active, ongoing, dependable interaction with classmates and faculty through the online forum.

#5 Lane Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,310
  • Locations: Eugene
  • Accreditation: NWCCU

Distance learners can earn an associate degree through one of four e-learning programs offered by Lane Community College: online/hybrid, hybrid, teleclasses, and live interactive video courses. Depending on the degree, some classes, labs, and exams will require on-campus attendance. The school’s online teleclasses are asynchronous, whereas the live interactive video courses are synchronous. Online degree options include Associate of Arts, Associate of General Studies, and Associate of Science. Tutoring services and other academic support resources are provided to all online students.

#6 Tillamook Bay Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,500
  • Locations: Tillamook
  • Accreditation: NWCCU

Students attending Tillamook Bay Community College can pursue four different online degrees. These options include an Associate of General Studies (AGS), an Associate of Science (AS), an Associate of Art Oregon Transfer (AAOT), and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration (AASBA). Tillamook Bay has offered its AASBA since 2015. Students attend classes 100 percent online for this program. The school began offering its other three degrees entirely online in 2020. Students should check with the school for any pending changes to their course offerings and on-campus requirements. Tillamook Bay also offers a variety of individual online classes via their online instruction center portal. Authors, business professionals, and other instructors teach these diverse interactive eLearning courses.

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