Division III Schools in Oregon

As we start navigating through this process, there are a lot of important questions we have and of course the biggest question is cost.  Cost is a big question because if Mikey chooses a Division III college he will not be offered an athletic scholarship.  Mike will only receive outside scholarships, school offered scholarships, and financial aid.  So begins the research to not only figure out cost wise which is the best fit, but academically and athletically.

Sports is a huge part of Mikes life, I’m not sure he can picture what it would be like if he wasn’t involved in athletics under some kind of capacity.  I think ultimately he wants to be a coach some day.  After researching some Division III schools are still NCAA, but they choose not to offer athletic scholarships.  By choosing to do this, Division III schools are able to keep their tuition cost down for all students.  It also keeps money and media out of a student athletes choice for where to attend college.  Following is a list of Division III colleges in Oregon along with tuition cost and other statistics that may be helpful in making an educated decision.

George Fox University 

George Fox is a private (non-Profit) Christian University founded in 1891 that can be found in the heart of Newberg.  George Fox ranks #13 in Best Colleges for Veterans and #23 in Regional Universities West.  From my research, George Fox has the largest total enrollment with 4,140 students.  With a larger student body that also raises the student/faculty ratio to 14:1 and approximately 67% of their classes are smaller than 20 students.

Tuition Cost:  $33,730

Room & Board:  $10,528

Total Tuition Cost:  $44,258

Athletics offered

Men’s- Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field

Women’s- Basketball Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

Lewis & Clark

Lewis & Clark is a private (non-profit) college located in Portland, Oregon and originally founded in 1867.  Currently, Lewis & Clark ranks #87 in Best National Liberal Arts colleges. From my research, Lewis & Clark has a total enrollment of 3,526 students which is puts their student body numbers in the middle of all Division III colleges in Oregon.  Lewis & Clark has about 700 fewer students enrolled than George Fox which shows  an impact on their student/faculty ratio at 12:1, but doesn’t affect their class sizes at 67% of their classes smaller than 20.

Tuition Cost:  $41,568

Room & Board:  $10,636

Total Tuition Cost:  $52,204

Athletics offered

Men’s- Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Rowing, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field

Women’s- Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

Linfield College

Linfield is a private (non-profit) college that can be found in McMinnville, Oregon but there is also a campus located in Portland for convenience.  Currently Linfield is ranked #128 in Best National Liberal Arts colleges with a total of 1700 enrolled students, which from my research is the lowest of all Division III colleges found in Oregon.  With a lower student body, the student/faculty ratio is 11:1 and 72% of the classes have less than 20 students.  This increases the accessibility to staff, which could be especially beneficial for underclassmen.

Tuition Cost:  $40,105

Room & Board:  $11,905

Total Tuition Cost:  $52,010

Athletics offered

Mens’-  Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field

Women’s- Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

Pacific University

Pacific University is a private (non-profit) college located in Forest Grove, Oregon, but there are also smaller campuses in Hillsboro, Woodburn, and Eugene.  Pacific University has been ranked #22 in Regional Universities West.  Considering Pacific has four different campuses, the total enrollment is relatively low with 3,810 students spanning all campuses.  As an alumni I have personal experience with class size, but statistically the student/faculty ratio is 11:1 and surprisingly only 60% of the classes have less than 20 students.

Tuition Cost:  $41,054

Room & Board:  $11,822

Total Tuition Cost:  $52,876

Athletics offered

Men’s- Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Wrestling

Women’s- Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

Willamette University

Willamette University is a private (non-profit) university found in downtown Salem, Oregon. Willamette is well known for its pre-law program and is currently ranked #72 in Best National Liberal Arts colleges.  Willamette is the most expensive Division III college I found in Oregon, which keeps their total enrolled to 2,831 students.  The benefit of this is the student/faculty ration is 10:1 which is amazing, but shockingly on 56% of their classes have less than 20 students.

Tuition Cost:  $47,217

Room & Board:  $11,600

Total Tuition Cost:  $58,817

Athletics offered

Men’s- Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field

Women’s- Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

Tuition costs/room & board can be found directly from the college site, click on the name of the college you’re interested in to learn more.

Statistics can be verified from www.usnews.com/education