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Academics

Portland State University’s motto is “let knowledge serve the city,” and students echo this philosophy, saying their school “has a strong focus on civic engagement and sustainability.” “PSU is a great learning environment in the heart of the city” and a “good value” for your tuition dollars. It’s also “a green-minded urban school” that’s “training students to be good community members.” “There is a wealth of courses” on offer here, with degrees in social work, a range of business majors, and the hard sciences all receiving praise. “Classes are usually pretty small,” and professors “promote lots of in-class discussion and are readily available to meet outside of class as well.” “They really care about the student’s success, and they really help broaden our scope of learning [and] thinking critically.” Adjunct professors are “very connected to the community and their particular areas of expertise.” Overall, students are happy with their instructors, saying, “Most professors are engaging and truly want to challenge you and help you succeed.” They “are well-educated [and] well-versed in current issues and research.” There’s “the occasional dud thrown into the mix,” though. Generally, “they are prepared and are passionate about the classes they teach. They have a wealth of experiences to bring to classroom,” and they’re “easily accessible for questions or further assistance, students just need to reach out.”

Student Body

“It is difficult to define the typical PSU student, because there are so many of us from so many different backgrounds,” one student says, and diversity does indeed seem to be the name of the game at PSU. Students describe themselves as “environmentally aware, hip,” and “very liberal.” Overall, people at PSU are “invested in their education and are friendly.” There’s a large population of nontraditional undergraduates, so students are “either typical college-age…or people in their thirties and forties with kids and full-time job trying to juggle everything.” Even within this large, diverse student body, “everyone finds a niche pretty quickly.” “It’s easy to find people you get along with, but it’s also easy to find people who are completely different from you, which makes school a lot more interesting.”

Campus Life

The city of Portland is a big draw for PSU students. “The campus is extraordinarily beautiful and ideally located.” Outdoor activities are big here: “There’s skiing, hiking, camping, [and] fishing.” “The downtown area has plenty of microbrew pubs, nightlife, eateries, and theaters.” “The people are friendly, and the city is gorgeous and easy to navigate. You can go to the beach or to the mountain in about two hours, and there are many things to do outdoors. There are great parks throughout the city.” “The public transportation is outstanding.” It’s bikeand vegan-friendly. “There are lots of activist and awareness-raising events going on all the time, and lots of students are involved in volunteering (on and off campus).” Because PSU has a large nontraditional undergraduate population and the majority of students live off campus, the sense of community extends beyond the school and into the city. “There are a lot of things to do on campus, and there are different groups on campus that promote going out into the community at large and helping out.” “Because the student body is so big and really diverse, PSU has tons of programs/clubs/groups that help make you feel more involved with your school. PSU is also committed to sustainability: Any new buildings are made with the latest green technology, and recycling is a big deal.”

Overview

Applicants
6,743
Acceptance Rate
90%
Average HS GPA
3.46

GPA Breakdown

22%
Over 3.75
28%
3.50 - 3.74
25%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 600
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
18 - 25

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
22:1
Total Faculty
1,528
with Terminal Degree
794

821
Women
707
Men
321
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
19%
Graduate in 5 years
39%
Graduate in 6 years
47%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architecture.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • American Indian/Native American Studies.
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biomedical Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other.
  • Finance and Financial Management Services, Other.
  • Finance, General.
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General.
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Recording Arts Technology/Technician.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Special Education and Teaching, General.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Arabic Language and Literature.
  • Chinese Language and Literature.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Japanese Language and Literature.
  • Linguistics.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Audiology/Audiologist.
  • Community Health and Preventive Medicine.
  • Health and Wellness, General.
  • Health Services Administration.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Public Health, Other.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Biological and Physical Sciences.
  • International/Global Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies.
  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Community Organization and Advocacy.
  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Sociology.
  • Urban Studies/Affairs.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.
  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other.
  • Voice and Opera.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Neil Lomax
NFL Quarterback

Michael Richardson
Founder of Dark Horse Comics

Don Riggs
Partner, Deloitte and Touche, LLP

Terrie Wetle
Assoc. Dean Brown Medical School

Gregory Jenner
Partner, Stoel Rives, LLP

Katie Harman-Ebner
Miss America 2002

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
19%
Graduate in 5 years
39%
Graduate in 6 years
47%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 27

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,126

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,609

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,983

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
55%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,134

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,948

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$8,078
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$26,910
Required Fees
$1,500
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,263

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,846
Transportation for Commuters
$1,002

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,172
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
20,967
Foreign Countries Represented
70

Demographics

1.21%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
9.25%
Asian
3.69%
African-American
15.98%
Hispanic
53.51%
Caucasian
3.83%
Unknown
5.01%
International

54% female
46% male
68% are full time
32% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
9%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
50%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Jen Dugger

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
160
Number of Honor Societies
7

Number of Social Sororities
6
Number of Religious Organizations
13

1% join a fraternity
1% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

1% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Vikings)
6 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Vikings)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Queer Resource Center: https://www.pdx.edu/queer/

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered
Navy ROTC Offered
Air Force ROTC Offered

Sustainability

Portland State University in Oregon offers every student the opportunity to gain hands on experience addressing complex sustainability issues—both inside the classroom and out in the community. A 10-year, $25 million gift from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation in 2008 jumpstarted Portland State’s excellence in sustainability research, teaching, and community engagement in programs across campus. PSU’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences faculty are leaders in social sustainability research; the Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science is home to globally recognized transportation researchers and a Green Building Research Lab and the College of Urban & Public Affairs continues to push the leading edge of sustainable urban development. As a national leader in community-based learning, PSU puts students to work solving neighborhood- scale sustainability problems, and its campus—home to nine LEED-certified buildings—is a living lab, testing everything from eco-roofs to district-scale energy systems. Freshmen may choose to live in a Sustainability Living Learning Community, while students visiting the LEED Gold Recreation Center can generate energy on exercise equipment and flush with rainwater. They can apply their learning in the real world with a Senior Capstone course, turn ideas into action with sustainability volunteer groups, and pursue a graduate certificate in sustainability. PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions serves as a hub for supporting student leadership training, cross-disciplinary research, and a curriculum that prepares students for change-making careers.

95/99
AASHE STARS® rating
GOLD
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
23%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2018.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Campus Visits Contact

Phone
503 725-5555

Email
campusvisits@pdx.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Park Blocks
Student Union Center
Simon Benson House
Peter Stott Center & Community Recreation Field

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Portland Art Museum
Powell's City of Books
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Columbia River Gorge
Mount Hood

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F
8:00 - 5:00
503 725-5555

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Buses, street cars, light rail, bike sharing, taxis. Nearest airport: Portland International Airport (https://www.flypdx.com/PDX)

Driving Instructions to Campus
From North: I-5 southbound parallels the east bank of the Willamette River through Portland. Move into the left lane as you approach the Marquam Bridge. Cross the bridge and merge with I-405. Move into the right lane and take Exit 1C to Sixth Avenue. From South: Move into the center lane of I-5 north bound as you approach the city. Take Exit 299B to merge with I-405. Move into the right land and take the SW 6th Avenue exit. From East: Move into the left lane of I-84 westbound as you approach the I-5 interchange. Take I-5 southbound and move into the left lane as you cross the Marquam Bridge. Merge with I-405, move into the right lane, and take Exit 1C to Sixth Avenue. From West: Proceed east on Highway 26 to Portland. Keep right and follow the signs to I-405. Follow I-405 to Exit. 1C to Sixth Avenue. Follow the signs north to PSU.

Local Accommodations
University Place 310 SW Lincoln Street Portland, Oregon 97201 503.221.0140 uplace@pdx.edu www.uplace.pdx.edu/


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