2019 Best Online Community Colleges in Oregon


Students in Oregon who want to earn an online associate degree or certificate should consider these five community colleges. They all offer at least one fully online associate degree, and many of them also have online certificates available. For example, at Chemeketa Community College, ranked #3, enrolled students can choose among 14 different online associate degrees and 18 online certificate programs, including an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, an Associate of Applied Science in Management, and a certificate in Business Software. Top-ranked Portland Community College offers seven fully online associate degree programs and costs $4,995 per year.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Campus Location
#1 #1 Portland Community College $4,995 Portland (OR)
#2 #2 Mt Hood Community College $4,641 Gresham (OR)
#3 #3 Chemeketa Community College $2,610 Salem (and 4 others)
#4 #4 Southwestern Oregon Community College $4,324 Coos Bay (and 3 others)
#5 #5 Lane Community College $5,107 Eugene (OR)

2019 Online Community Colleges in Oregon - 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.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,995
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Locations: Portland
  • Online Associate Degrees: 7
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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.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,641
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Locations: Gresham
  • Online Associate Degrees: 3
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Individuals unable to travel to the Mt. Hood Community College campus can choose from three associate degrees available to complete fully online: Associate of Arts-Oregon Transfer, Associate of Science, and Associate of General Studies. Both online and hybrid programs are available and all classes are asynchronous, allowing students to “attend” during the evenings, weekends, and any time during the day. All three degrees require the completion of 90 credit hours with general coursework in writing, mathematics, social sciences, arts and letters, health and physical education, and oral communications.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,610
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Locations: 5 Cities
  • Online Associate Degrees: 14
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Chemeketa Community College offers both associate degrees and certificates available for distance learners to earn entirely online. Certificates offered include accounting, event management, hospitality and tourism management, speech-language pathology assistant, and tax preparation. Available associate degrees include an Associate in Applied Science in Management, Accounting and Procurement, and Supply Chain Management. Academic resources available to online students include online tutoring, a writing center, and academic advisement. Online classes are synchronous and students should anticipate studying anywhere from 10 to 20 hours a week for each course.

Online Associate Degrees (14)

Online Certificate Programs (18)

  • Annual Tuition: $4,324
  • Accreditation: NWCCU and ABHES
  • Locations: 4 Cities
  • Online Associate Degrees: 2
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Southwestern Oregon Community College offers flexible associate degree programs that can be completed 100-percent online. Online classes are accessible 24 hours a day, permitting distance learners to log in and take classes any time of the day. In lieu of traditional classroom settings, online students complete classes by watching PowerPoint presentations, reading textbooks, listening to podcasts, and watching videos. Tests, quizzes, and assignments are submitted electronically. Online classes follow the same semester schedule and assignment deadlines as on-campus classes.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,107
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Locations: Eugene
  • Online Associate Degrees: 3
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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.

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