Portland State University (PSU)

Portland, OR

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Portland State University

Portland State University

Portland State University Student Essentials

Portland State University Student Essentials
Region: Northwest
Setting: Large City Setting
Type: Public
Affiliation: Not applicable
Size: Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Vikings
Nickname: PSU
Website: www.pdx.edu
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Selective
In-State Tuition: $7,653
Out-of-State Tuition: $22,863
Retention Rate: 74%
Enrollment: 41,435
Year Established: 1946

About PSU

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.

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PSU Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 4 Reviews

50% of students gave Portland State University 5 stars overall.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

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

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.


PSU Map & Location

Portland State University
724 SW Harrison
Portland, OR 97201


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Getting Around PSU

Walkability

Excellent walkability. You do not need a car for this area.

10/10
walk

Transit

Excellent transit. This area has plenty of convenient public transportation.

9/10
rail

Weather

Seasonal average temperatures for Portland, OR

Winter
Dec
45
36
Jan
47
38
Feb
51
38
Spring
Mar
56
41
Apr
61
44
May
67
49
Summer
Jun
73
53
Jul
80
57
Aug
80
58
Fall
Sep
75
54
Oct
63
48
Nov
52
41

PSU Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 30,128
Freshman Class 2,478
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 41,435

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 8%
  • African American: 3%
  • Caucasian: 68%
  • American Indian or Alaska native: 2%
  • Asian: 8%
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Unknown and Other: 10%
Latino 8%
African American 3%
Caucasian 68%
American Indian or Alaska native 2%
Asian 8%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
Unknown and Other 10%

Undergraduate 73%
Graduate 27%
Full-Time 51%
Part-Time 49%
Women 58%
Men 42%
International 7%
Domestic 93%

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