University of Western States (WSCC)

2900 NE 132nd Ave, Portland, OR

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University of Western States, located in Portland, Oregon, was founded in 1904 by Drs. Eva and John Marsh. The school was initially known as Marshes' School and Cure but changed its name five years later to Pacific College of Chiropractic. By 1932 the school had once again been renamed Pacific Chiropractic College, and in 1937 the Health Research Foundation formed under which the school operated. The school relocated twice, in 1946 and 1973, and had once again changed its name to Western States Chiropractic College. In 2010 the school became the University of Western States, and offers a variety of programs in health care studies, including the oldest chiropractic program in the world, that may result in graduate or post-graduate degrees.


University of Western States provides programs in a select number of programs in health care science. The programs may result in a bachelor, master, or doctoral program. The school believes in providing quality education developed over a hundred years. A focus on patient health care is stressed. The school has a low student to teacher ratio, allowing for a more personal education and hands on training.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Admissions to University of Western States have separate requirements for its various programs. The lowest level program requires students to have a high school diploma or equivalent and be eighteen years of age. Students should complete the application along with the required essay. Master and doctoral programs require lower level degrees in a related field. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, and grants. Students in need of financial aid should visit the schools website to review the various applications and forms that need to be completed in order to be considered. Scholarships are also available, typically requiring a separate application and offering funds for reasons other than need.

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may provide a better idea of the applicants University of Western States accepts.

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at University of Western States is about 840, with undergraduate students making up about 13% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Receiving Grants & Scholarships56%$5,511
Student Loans (Federal)73%$7,980
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, University of Western States may offer services like those listed below:

  • Online course work available
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance

Graduation Rates

University of Western States has a high graduation rate when compared to similar schools nearby.

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Chiropractic (D.C.) Program
    • * Accredited by the The Council on Chiropractic Education (since 1981)
  • Massage Therapy & Bodywork Program
    • * Accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (since 2013)
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by University of Western States by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Data Disclaimer

Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact University of Western States for official up-to-date information.

Contact Information

General Contact

Admissions Office

Financial Aid Office

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