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.



Flourish: Planting a Seed to Serve Underrepresented Communities

Flourish article in CCCU by Dr. CookPresident Andrea P. Cook has written a thought provoking article for the fall 2013 issue of CCCU Advance. The piece focuses on the ways in which Christian colleges are poised to respond to and meet the needs of the more diverse generation of students who are now entering higher education.

Jesus said the kingdom of God is “like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade” (Mark 4:31-32). I’ve been struck that the most common images Jesus used to describe life in the kingdom of God were things that grow. When you drop a mustard seed into the ground, it is nearly impossible to see. If it is in your pocket, it may be impossible to find. How could something so small become so impactful? Jesus is challenging his followers to remember that the kingdom of God requires initiative and time. In due time, all will see the seemingly insignificant flourish!

Read the entire article here

The CCCU Advance is the magazine of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. Published in the spring and fall of each year, the CCCU Advance covers the news and people of Christ-centered higher education

What it means to Flourish

New student with her family at Aug 2013 welcome week[By Dr. Andrea Cook] As we look into the future, we have been asking: What is Warner Pacific’s promise? Warner Pacific College is dedicated to seeing individuals, families, and communities flourish.

Much could be said about the transformation that occurs in the lives of our students at Warner Pacific College. Long before I became President, the institution had been committed to providing a Christ-centered, liberal arts education that challenged students to see the interrelatedness of all things.

In the last four years, Warner Pacific has completely altered our institutional trajectory. Whether it is our financial aid philosophy, our first-year learning communities, or how we think about student support on campus; we are rethinking how the entire Warner Pacific model works so both the students we serve and the institution we love will flourish in the days to come.

This shift is evidenced by the fact that this fall, 55% of the students in our incoming freshman class are students of color, and perhaps for the first time in the history of Warner Pacific, our campus community truly reflects the ethnic diversity of the world in which we live.

At Warner Pacific, students from diverse backgrounds will find a welcoming and inclusive space to dream, serve, achieve, and flourish.

In the days and years to come, you will be seeing our new tagline, “Flourish,” pop-up on billboards and marketing materials. This is our commitment. This is our promise. We will work each day so our students and our city will flourish.