Oregon College Towns – Private Universities

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College towns all have their own unique charms, and the ones throughout Oregon are no different.

While the state boasts several public higher education institutions such as the University of Oregon, it also has its fair share of private universities.

Here’s a look at five private college towns throughout Oregon.


Located24 miles southwest of Portland, Newberg plays host to George Fox University. The town had a population of around 23,000 as of 2016 and is in Yamhill County, which has taken on an identity as Oregon wine country.

Newberg was also the boyhood home of Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States. The house where Hoover grew up from 1885 to 1889 is a popular local attraction.


Also within Yamhill County is McMinnville. In fact, it’s just over 16 miles from Newberg and that drive takes less than half an hour. McMinnville is about an hour and a half from Oregon’s largest city, Portland.

With a population of 35,000, McMinnville includes the campus of Linfield College.It also has the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum,which has the famous Spruce Goose airplane and the Wings and Waves Water park.


Salem is one of Oregon’s largest cities, with a population of 167,000. It’s located just over an hour south of Portland on Interstate 5.

Aside from being Oregon’s state capitol, Salem is also a private college town. The220-acre campus of Corban University is located on its south side. The oldest university in the western United States, Willamette University, is right across the street from the state capitol building.

Many political careers have been launched in Oregon and beyond through that close geographical proximity, as students at Willamette often gain experience through internships.

Former Oregon Governor and U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield taught classes at Willamette,then walked across the street to cast votes on the floor of the Oregon House of Representatives when he served in that chamber.

Forest Grove

Pacific Universityis located in this town of around 24,000. Forest Grove is about half an hour west of Hillsboro, which is one of Oregon’s fastest growing cities. Hillsboro is home to Intel, the well-known tech giant that helps give the region its reputation as the Silicon Forest.


Although hit’s best known as the home of the University of Oregon, Eugene also has Bushnell University and New Hope Christian College within its city limits. The city of 160,000 is located about two hours south of Portland.

Luckily for college students at these and other towns, Coin Meter has locations there and elsewhere. In fact, Coin Meter offers a variety of services specifically tailored to meet students’ needs. Coin Meter is devoted to ensuring that students can enjoy clean clothes in a convenient, Eco-friendly laundering atmosphere. That way, they can focus on their studies and all the other experiences that come with going to college in towns like Newberg, McMinnville,Salem, Forest Grove and Eugene.