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University of Oregon’s new dorm, the Living-Learning Center

PICKING A COLLEGE IS A TWO WAY STREET: You’re the one filling out the application, but the school’s got to meet your criteria, too. And we’re not just talking about SAT scores and financial aid packages. We mean those less quantifiable campus-life kinds of things. For some, that might be a school that’s committed to keeping our planet healthy, and for others, it might be having a football team that’s worth waving a foam finger for. In our 2008 NW College Report, we look at nine qualities you might consider when picking a place to spend some of the best years of your life—such as professors, research opportunities, and just how likely you are to walk into your dream job once you graduate. We also offer our suggestions for those Pacific Northwest schools that might best fit the bill. Our picks are by no means the only options; they’re simply a place to start. Where you go from here? Well, that’s entirely up to you.

Study our cheat sheet : 40 Northwest colleges & universities, by the numbers