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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 greenminded 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] wellversed 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."


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
470 - 590
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 570
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
440 - 570

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 590

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
19 - 25

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors


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Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
30 - 39

Graduation Rates

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Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Environmental Design/Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American Indian/Native American Studies
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Canadian Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • 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 Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
  • Finance, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Logistics and Materials Management
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Project Management
  • Real Estate
  • Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
  • Special Products Marketing Operations
  • Taxation
  • Transportation/Transportation Management

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Publishing

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Computer Science
  • Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, Other
  • Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration

  • Education

  • Adult and Continuing Education Administration
  • Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Vision Impairments Including Blindness
  • Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Educational/Instructional Media Design
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Reading Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Secondary School Administration/Principalship
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Teacher Education
  • Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other
  • Superintendency and Educational System Administration
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

  • Engineering

  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Civil Engineering, Other
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, Other
  • Computer Software Engineering
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, Other
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Systems Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Computer Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
  • Computer Software Technology/Technician
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Engineering Technology, General
  • Engineering/Industrial Management
  • Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
  • Writing, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Human Development and Family Studies, General
  • Work and Family Studies

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Hebrew Language and Literature
  • Iranian/Persian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Turkic, Ural-Altaic, Caucasian, and Central Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Turkish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Community Health and Preventive Medicine
  • Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
  • Health and Wellness, General
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Nursing Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Public Health Education and Promotion
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Public Health, Other
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

  • History

  • History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Legal Studies, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics, Other
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Mathematical Statistics and Probability
  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Gerontology
  • International/Global Studies
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Systems Science and Theory

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Forest Management/Forest Resources Management
  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Science
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Community Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Community Organization and Advocacy
  • Human Services, General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

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

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Conducting
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Drawing
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Voice and Opera


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

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


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
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

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


ROI & Outcomes


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


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
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

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)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented


American Indian or Alaskan Native

53% female
47% male
66% are full time
34% are part time


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

1% join a fraternity
1% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

1% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Vikings)
6 Sports

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

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Queers and Allies, a national support group

Minority Support Groups: The university offers a Multicultural Center with a full-time coordinator, a multicultural group advisor and an international student advisor. Diversity is one of the President's campus-wide initiatives. As a result, a Vice Provost has a dedicated portion of her portfolio devoted to campus diversification.

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Portland
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Portland


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.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

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

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

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

503 725-5555


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
8:00 - 5:00
503 725-5555

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Local Accommodations
University Place 310 SW Lincoln Street Portland, Oregon 97201 503.221.0140

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