Portland State University

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PO Box 751

Portland, OR 97207-0751

Phone: (503) 725-3000
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Portland State University is a public institution that was founded in 1946. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 23,170, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 50 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Portland State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,653 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $22,863 (2012-13).

Portland State University is an Oregon University System institution in downtown Portland. The university offers a variety of housing options to students, and the campus is home to more than 100 student clubs and organizations. The PSU sports teams, the Vikings, compete in the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference. Research is performed at a variety of centers and institutes at PSU, including the Center for Life in Extreme Environments, the Institute on Aging and the Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research.

Portland State University grants graduate degrees through a variety of academic departments, including the School of Business Administration, the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science and the Graduate School of Education. Notable alumni of Portland State University include Carolyn Davidson, designer of the Nike logo; former NBA player Ime Udoka; and Mike Richardson, president of Dark Horse Comics.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Portland State University is Oregon's largest and most diverse public university located in the heart of one of America's most progressive cities.

It offers more than 60 undergraduate and 40 graduate programs in fine and performing arts, liberal arts and sciences, business administration, education, urban and public affairs, social work, engineering and computer science. PSU offers more than 226 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

The 50-acre downtown campus-with the motto "Let Knowledge Serve the City"-places students in a vibrant center of culture, business and technology. This allows students to participate in internships and community-based projects in these fields as well as education, social services, and government.

Portland State's award-winning University Studies curriculum provides small class sizes and peer mentoring for all first-year students and culminates in Senior Capstones, which take students out of the classroom and into the field, where they utilize their knowledge and skills to develop community projects.

The University has taken aggressive steps to enhance the student experience and campus life, with new student housing and a comprehensive recreation complex and remodeled science and performing arts facilities. Portland State also has bolstered academic and career advising and orientation programs and created new programs to support students. Sustainability- initiatives that balance environmental, economic and social concerns- is incorporated throughout the curriculum and across the campus.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1946
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar quarter
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $63,350,345


When applying to Portland State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Portland State University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 70.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 70.1% 4
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 71.5 percent.

Class sizes N/A
Student-faculty ratio N/A 4
4-year graduation rate 11%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
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Student Life

Portland State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 23,170, with a gender distribution of 47.5 percent male students and 52.5 percent female students. Portland State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 28,731
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Portland State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, day care, health service, and health insurance. Portland State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Portland State University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Portland State University, 69.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,412.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,653 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $22,863 (2012-13)
Room and board $11,019 (2012-13)
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