U.S. News Rankings
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Portland State University is a public institution that was founded in 1946. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 22,780, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 53 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Portland State University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,764 (2011-12); out-of-state tuition and fees are $22,983 (2011-12).
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; NBA player Ime Udoka; and Mike Richardson, president of Dark Horse Comics.
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Portland State University is Oregon's largest and most diverse public university located in the heart of one of Americas 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 120 bachelors, master's and doctoral degrees. The 49-acre downtown campus whose motto is "Let Knowledge Serve the City" - places students in a vibrant center of culture, business and technology.
|School type||public, coed college|
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.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||70.1%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||N/A|
The student-faculty ratio at Portland State University is 16:1, and the school has 35.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Portland State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Psychology; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 70.0 percent.
Portland State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 22,780, with a gender distribution of 47.1 percent male students and 52.9 percent female students. At this school, 9.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 91.0 percent of students live off campus. Portland State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
|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|
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). Of the students at Portland State University, 31 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Portland State University.
|Students who have cars on campus||31%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
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|In-state tuition and fees||$7,764 (2011-12)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$22,983 (2011-12)|
|Room and board||$10,368 (2011-12)|
|Financial aid statistics||N/A|
* Overview details based on 2011 data