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About Portland

Portland is a city of nearly 600,000 people that features a vibrant music scene, endless outdoor recreation opportunities, trendy restaurants, and cultural amenities. Portland is a young and growing city close to Mount Hood—home of America's longest sea season. The surrounding area, including the Willamette River and the Columbia River Gorge is popular with bicyclists, wind surfers, snow boarders, skiers, ice climbers, and hikers.

This is a city where art, music, fashion, film and food are just as hip as the lifestyles of the creative individuals that make their home here.

Major employers include Daimler Trucks, Vestas Wind Systems, Keen, and Hi-Tec Sports. The area has become popular with athletic and footwear manufacturers, attracting Adidas, Nike, Columbia Sportswear, and Li Ning to the region.

In addition to its green reputation, the city has a thriving cultural scene that includes the Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, and the Portland Youth Philharmonic.


The mission of The Art Institute of Portland is to prepare students for creative careers by providing a quality academic experience shaped by evolving technologies, the liberal arts and sciences, and the needs of the global marketplace. As a learning-centered institution, we focus on providing academic and administrative support for student success while maintaining a strong relationship with the professional communities we serve.

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In 2014, Forbes ranked Portland as the 5th best place in the country to start a business.

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