Oversight and Representation
Oregon is home to many private colleges, universities and career schools providing college and career training opportunities to Oregonians.
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) recognizes higher education institutions for performance, integrity and quality to merit the confidence of the educational community and the public. The commission’s accreditation of postsecondary institutions is a voluntary, non-governmental, self-regulatory process of quality assurance and institutional improvement.
Accreditation or preaccreditation by NWCCU also qualifies institutions and enrolled students for access to Title IV federal funds to support teaching, research and student financial aid. Unless otherwise noted, the independent, nonprofit higher education institutions listed below are accredited by NWCCU and have independent or exempt status from ongoing regulatory oversight by Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization.