Columbia Gorge earns high ranking in national assessment

January 25, 2018

Columbia Gorge Community College is among Oregon’s best four community colleges, according to a cumulative score released in January by a national ranking organization.

BestColleges.com conducts its rankings based upon academic quality, affordability and on-line programming as reported through the US. Department of Education. Founded in 2013, BestColleges.com works with HigherEducation.com “to provide students with direct connections to schools and programs suiting their educational goals through our program rankings,” according to the organization’s website.

“Our rankings are intended to inform and guide prospective students toward institutions that provide a quality education and a meaningful learning experience at an affordable cost.”

Columbia Gorge Community College earned fourth place in the statewide community college rankings for Oregon, joining three other small, rural community colleges in the top rank: Tillamook Bay Community College was ranked first, followed by Clatsop, Oregon Coast and Columbia Gorge. Among Oregon’s universities, Reed College was ranked first, followed by the University of Portland and Oregon Institute of Technology.

“With student ages ranging from nine to 89, Columbia Gorge Community College’s student body clearly represents a diverse population,” BestColleges.com stated in its ranking assessment. “Located in the middle of the Columbia River Gorge … CGCC draws knowledge-seeking adventurers from all over the world to hike, fish, and windsurf while receiving an excellent education through the school’s diverse educational programs. CGCC also makes credit transfers easy: students who earn their associate degree at CGCC and wish to continue their education at a four-year school won’t need to start over at a new institution.”

Data for BestColleges.com are sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics, a unit of the U.S. Department of Education and the primary federal entity for education statistics.

Oregon’s rankings by BestColleges.com.