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University of Western States

University of Western States is college with 80 students located in Portland, OR.

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Founded in 1904, University of Western States (UWS) is home to the second oldest chiropractic degree program in the world. In 2010, this regionally-accredited non-profit institution evolved into an integrated health sciences university, educating health professionals in the areas of integrative medicine, lifestyle counseling, exercise and sport science, sports medicine, nutrition and functional medicine, dietary guidance, health promotion, and sport and performance psychology. University of Western States has an enduring commitment to educating health care professionals with a passion for individualized care. This pursuit guides every aspect of the institution and positions UWS to fulfill its mission of improving the health of society through conservative, patient-centered care. The university is located in Portland, Oregon, a beautiful city situated in the progressive Pacific Northwest. This area embraces innovative approaches to health and well-being, making it the ideal locale to learn, develop and practice the whole-person health care taught at University of Western States.

The university offers a Doctor of Chiropractic degree program; master’s programs in Exercise and Sport Science; Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine; and Sports Medicine; master’s and doctoral programs in Sport and Performance Psychology; and a Massage Therapy certificate program.

Mission Statement

To advance the science and art of integrated health care through excellence in education and patient care.


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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 80
Gender 32% Male / 68% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 0% Full Time / 100% Part Time
Ethnic Diversity
White 76%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 3%
Multi-racial 5%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Ethnicity Unknown 3%
Black or African American 2%
Asian 4%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%



Majors Offered


Any instructional program in the biological and biomedical sciences not listed above.

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Natural Sciences Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.
Biological Scientists, All Other
All biological scientists not listed separately.
Life Scientists, All Other
All life scientists not listed separately.
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in biological sciences. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Administration & Faculty

President Joseph Brimhall, DC
Accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Full-time Faculty 40
Student : Faculty Ratio 14 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 50 : 50
Percentage of Faculty Members
Tenured Faculty 42
Tenure Track Faculty 45
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 12
International Faculty 2




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Graduation Rates

100% of students graduated in six years.



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