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Oregon Health & Science University Overview

Oregon Health & Science University is a public institution situated in Portland, Oregon. Portland is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Oregon Health & Science University Known For?

383 Undergraduate Awards
  • Students who want to work more closely with their professors have an easier time at OHSU since the student to facuty ratio is 9 to 1.
  • Students at OHSU have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 1%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at OHSU.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 61% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, OHSU bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $89,000 a year. That's about 118% more than their peers at other schools.

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Oregon Health & Science University Rankings

OHSU landed the #76 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. OHSU also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in Oregon ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

OHSU has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#43 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#61 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#65 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at OHSU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Biomathematics & Bioinformatics Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Dentistry Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value Dentistry Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Medical Illustration & Informatics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Most Popular Biological & Biomedical Sciences Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Health & Medical Administrative Services Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Allied Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#64 Best Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards OHSU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#19 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search
#59 Highest Paid Health Professions Graduates College Factual
#87 Highest Paid Nursing Graduates College Factual

Where Is Oregon Health & Science University?

Location of Oregon Health & Science University

Contact details for OHSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 3181 Sw Sam Jackson Park Rd, Portland, OR 97239-3098
Phone: 503-494-7800

How Do I Get Into OHSU?

You can apply to OHSU online at:

Can I Afford Oregon Health & Science University?

0.8% Loan Default Rate

The student loan default rate at OHSU is 0.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Oregon Health & Science University Undergraduate Student Diversity

338 Full-Time Undergraduates
81% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 776 undergraduate students at OHSU, with 338 being full-time and 438 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  OHSU

There are also 2,241 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 338 full-time undergraduates at OHSU, 19% are male and 81% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  OHSU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Oregon Health & Science University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of OHSU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 15
Black or African American 6
Hispanic or Latino 54
White 228
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 34

Over 22 countries are represented at OHSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Iran.

Online Learning at Oregon Health & Science University

320 Took All Classes Online
659 Took At Least One Class Online
-4.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 4 master’s degree programs available online at OHSU. In 2017-2018, 659 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at OHSU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 10th most popular in Oregon for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of OHSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Oregon Health & Science University was -4.7%. This is the #2,456 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at OHSU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of OHSU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Health Professions 6%
Nursing 9%
Public Health 34%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at OHSU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at OHSU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Public Health #112

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Oregon Health & Science University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 379 1 77 32 489
Medicine 0 0 0 126 126
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 5 85 0 90
Dentistry 0 0 0 72 72
Public Health 0 4 59 2 65
Allied Health Professions 4 0 41 0 45
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 16 27 1 44
Medical Science 0 12 21 0 33
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 10 9 0 19
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 15 1 0 16
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 14 14
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 12 0 12
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 3 7 10
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 7 0 7
Computer Engineering 0 0 4 2 6
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 4 4
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 4 0 4
Genetics 0 0 0 2 2
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 2 0 2
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 1 1
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 1 1
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 1 1
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Electrical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 383 63 352 265 1,063


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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