PSU Description

The largest university in the state of Oregon, Portland State University has an abundance of academic programs and continuing education courses, some of which are free. Also, as a large university located in the middle of a major city, Portland State has much in the way of on and off-campus activity.

At Portland State, undergraduate students have more than 220 degree programs to choose from. Sample majors such as Biomedical Informatics, Criminology, Film, Judaic Studies, Real Estate, Russian, Social Work and Women’s Studies are proof that you can study just about anything at Portland State.

There are also more than 100 graduate programs, including master’s degrees, doctoral degrees and graduate certificates.

As a research university with a strong commitment to sustainability, Portland State conducts extensive research on how to improve conditions for our environment and make a greener world.

There are nearly 200 student organizations at Portland State, which focus on the arts, advocacy, politics, religion, community service and recreation.

The city of Portland, which surrounds the university campus, is also a lively place with coffee shops, bookstores, restaurants and theatres as well as beautiful nature trails and parks only a quick ride away.

Admissions requirements vary depending on the degree for which one is applying. Tuition also varies. Senior citizens, for example, may attend continuing education courses tuition-free while Oregon state residents get a substantially reduced tuition.


Financial aid is also available to students who meet eligibility requirements.

Quick Facts about Portland State University

Region

Northwest

Setting

Large City Setting

Type

Public

Size

Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)

Mascot

Vikings

Nickname

PSU

Website

www.pdx.edu

On-Campus Housing Available

Yes

Selectivity

Selective

In-State Tuition

$6,156

Out-of-State Tuition

$21,375

Retention Rate

70%

Enrollment

29,524

Year Established

1946

PSU Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating: 4.5

5 star
  2 reviews
4 star
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50% of students gave Portland State University 5 stars overall.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating:
4

Detailed Ratings

I love PSU! It's in the middle of the city and there's so much to do. The streetcar is free and it rains a lot. It's not your typical college experience, which is actually something I really like about it. I love that I can hop on the Streetcar and head up to NW 23rd or walk down to Pioneer and I love that the people are all so nice. I don't feel like there are very many judgmental students here and it's very refreshing. Also, Vistor's is okay .. but if you don't have to get a meal plan than don't. Off campus dining tastes way better. I recommend Hot Lips and Pita Pit. Safeway is also really close so getting food isn't very hard to do.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating:
4

Detailed Ratings

I have only been at Portland State University for one and a half terms, but so far I have enjoyed my experience. The campus has a lot of resources and food is everywhere. There are always events happening and it is a good and safe community.

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PSU Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students
23,397
Freshman Class
2,478
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)
29,524

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
79%
Graduate
21%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
55%
Part-Time
45%

Students Coming From In-State vs. Out-of-State

In-State
87%
Out-of-State
13%

Gender of Students

Women
54%
Men
46%

Ethnic Diversity

African-American
3%
Asian
7%
Caucasian
73%
Latino
9%
Other
8%

Students State Origin

Oregon
87%
Washington
7%
California
5%
Hawaii
2%
Alaska
1%

International Students

International
7%
Domestic
93%

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