5 Top Reasons for Selecting an Oregon College

Portrait of smiling studentsBeing an Oregonian is a source of pride. With the huge amount of attention that Portland has been getting lately, with shows like Portlandia bringing the city and the whole state into the eyes and minds of the rest of the country, it’s no wonder that it’s starting to become a destination. Not just somewhere you are from.

That being said, people move to Oregon for a huge variety of reasons. Some move here for the notoriously seasonal weather, and others come for food and cultural reasons. If you’re a student looking at the possibility of attending an Oregon college, all of these and more are great reasons to make Oregon your destination of choice. Even natives can benefit from attending college in Oregon. With 53 different colleges to choose from, there’s something for everyone. No matter what major you’re looking for, whether you prefer an urban city, small town, or nature-focused feeling, Oregon colleges are almost as diverse as the state itself.

Here are five reasons why you should consider choosing an Oregon college:

  1. Pursue Your Outdoor Hobbies (and pick up a new one or two)

Oregon is home to one of the most diverse and lively outdoor sports cultures in the country. With world renowned mountain slopes, shockingly gorgeous beaches, densely forested mountains, and high desserts galore, you can find a place to get out and explore any outdoor hobby you love. Oregon colleges are only a stone’s throw away from these incredible outdoor landscapes. Mt. Hood, Mt. Bachelor, Mt. Ashland all of them are ready for the taking, no matter whether you’re a skier, snowboarder, snowshoer or sledder. Take a weekend trip out to the forest and explore one of the many diverse forested areas for a hike – Portland does have the largest forested park in it’s city limits: Forest Park, or take advantage of one of Oregonians favorite hobbies: camping. With tons of lakes and rivers nearby, it’s easy to find a cool place to set up a tent, go backpacking, kayaking, or waterskiing during the hot days of summer. Oregon’s outdoor culture is nation-renown and there’s a plethora of activities to do during every season.

  1. Get Into The Spirit With Oregon Sports Teams

Oregonians love their sports rivalries almost as much as they love the great outdoors. With two state universities only a couple hours away from each other, it’s safe to say that the competitive energies run high during football season. College sports are a big focus for some of these larger universities, but Oregon boasts a few pro sports teams that have made a mark, too. Basketball lovers will find that living in the home of the Blazers is rewarding, especially when the Moda Center is only a short drive away from Portland colleges. Soccer lovers can rejoice as well since Providence Park, home of the Thorns and Timbers, is only on the other side of the river in downtown Portland. During the seasons you’ll see green and yellow and black and orange all over the city as everyone gets into the mood. As such a physically active state, it’s no surprise that Oregon colleges also have options for year-round sports for any enthusiast.

  1. Experience The Quirky Culture

Portland, in particular, is known for keeping a quirky edge, but Oregon has its cultural nuances in every part of the state. As a student attending an Oregon college, you’ll find a vast array of cultures and landscapes right outside your door. Whether it’s a musical experience you are seeking, or amazing local food options, Oregon has a way of bringing out the best and most creative parts of it’s residents. Oregon has a particular affinity for music and its medium size makes it the perfect place to draw national tours, while fostering a healthy indie band culture with plenty of opportunities to both hear and play live music. With it’s focus on the outdoors, it also comes as no surprise that alternative transportation, such as biking and walking, are well encouraged and supported by infrastructure. In fact, Portland was recently named the #1 city for biking and #10 for public transit.

  1. Enjoy Every Season

While Oregon may have a reputation for rain and residents definitely like to give off dire warnings about the lack of sun, in many ways, it’s a season-lover’s dream. Summers are warm with just the right number of hot days to make you want to escape to one of the glacial lakes and rivers. Fall and spring are rainy but feature a whole array of changing nature, while winter is the perfect time to cuddle up with a cup of tea and hide in softly lit cafes. Students who attend an Oregon college get the benefit of this wide array of seasonal beauty all year round. Enjoy all your favorite seasonal activities in this state as the seasons change around you.

  1. Head Home Anytime You Want

For Oregon natives heading to an Oregon college, there’s something to be said about proximity. Especially as a college student heading out on your own for the first time. While meal plans and laundromats can take care of your basic needs most of the time, there’s nothing like going home to mom and dad for a home cooked meal and a little help with laundry every once in awhile. The familiarity of home can be a real comfort during finals weeks when all you need is to get away and focus on your studies for awhile. Not to mention how convenient home is for the holidays. Unlike heading out of state for college, going to an Oregon college as an Oregonian makes heading home for the holidays not only a possibility, but an easy trip. No expensive airplane tickets or difficult schedules to work around for the best flight option. Take a train, drive, or take the bus back home and you get to spend the holidays with your family.

 

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Men’s and Women’s Intercollegiate Wrestling Coming to WP in 2014

Warner Pacific College Director of Athletics Jamie Joss announced that the College will add men’s and women’s wrestling to its athletics program and begin intercollegiate competition in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in 2014-15. The search for a head coach and recruitment of student-athletes will begin immediately.

“We’re thrilled to offer a robust athletics program that serves the needs of a wide variety of students,” said Warner Pacific President, Andrea Cook. “I believe men’s and women’s wrestling will provide many students new avenues in which to pursue their higher education goals, while strengthening their character through the principles inherent in Knights Athletics.”

Warner Pacific previously fielded a men’s wrestling program from 1968-75 led by local coaching legend and Warner Pacific Hall of Honor member, Dave Sanville. Under Sanville, the Knights amassed a 58-30-3 record in dual match competition and had 35 individuals qualify for the NAIA National Wrestling Championships including one NAIA All-American. Sanville continued to coach in the high school ranks for many years, including eight years at Bend High School (1976-84), and 17 years at West Linn High School (1984-2001).

“Many top wrestlers in Oregon and Washington are forced to leave the state to pursue college wrestling, while others just stop wrestling after high school,” said Director of Athletics, Jamie Joss. “The return of wrestling at Warner Pacific College provides wrestlers in our region with the opportunity to continue their pursuit of athletic excellence, while providing an outstanding urban Christ-centered liberal arts education. We are very excited to find the right coach to lead both programs and begin recruiting student-athletes who are ready to excel as champions on the mat, in the classroom, and in life.”

The College’s decision to initiate a women’s program is a historic addition for NAIA wrestling. Warner Pacific will become the 15th women’s program in the NAIA, allowing women’s wrestling to become a NAIA Recognized sport. Warner Pacific women’s wrestling will be the third program in Oregon, joining non-NAIA programs at Pacific University and Southwest Oregon Community College.

“Adding the women’s program is a great opportunity for many of the top women’s wrestlers from Washington to stay close to home, while also expanding the recruiting efforts of the College in California and Hawaii,” Joss added.

Women’s wrestling is a recognized Olympic sport, and since 1994, the number of women participating in high school wrestling has grown from 804 to over 8,727. California, Guam, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Texas, and Washington sponsor a girl’s state high school championship, while many girls compete for boys high school teams across the United States.

The Knights women will compete both regionally and nationally in the Women’s College Wrestling Association (WCWA). The National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) added a Women’s Collegiate Division in 2008.

The WCWA is the current governing body for all collegiate women’s wrestling programs at NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA institutions.  The WCWA competes in freestyle Olympic wrestling and includes the following weight classes (in pounds): 101, 109, 116, 123, 130, 136, 143, 155, 170 and 191.

The Knights, along with Life University (Ga.), Lyon College (Ark.), and Ottawa University (Kan.), have committed to adding women’s wrestling beginning in 2014-2015. They will join current NAIA women’s wrestling programs including: Oklahoma City University, University of Jamestown (S.D.), Missouri Valley College, Wayland Baptist University (Texas), Missouri Baptist University, University of the Cumberlands (Ky.), Midland University (Neb.), Waldorf College (Iowa), Lindenwood University-Belleville (Mo.), Menlo College (Calif.), and Campbellsville University (Ky.).

Warner Pacific’s men’s program is the fifth intercollegiate team in the state joining Clackamas Community College, Oregon State University, Pacific University and Southern Oregon University.

The men’s sport, which was added by the NAIA in 1958, is currently sponsored by 43 institutions across the United States. The NAIA Wrestling National Championship has 10 men’s weight classes (in pounds): 125, 133, 141, 149, 157, 165, 174, 184, 197 and 285.

There are currently 280,000 high school students actively engaged in wrestling at the secondary education level.

For information on recruiting and hiring within the Warner Pacific College wrestling program, contact Jamie Joss at 503.517.1261 or jjoss@warnerpacific.edu. Learn more about Knights Athletics.