About Portland State University

Founded in 1946, Portland State University. is a college. Located in Oregon, which is a city setting in Oregon, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 21,071 full time undergraduate students, and 5,556 full time graduate students.

The Portland State University Academic calendar runs on a Quarter basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 19:1. There are 848 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Portland State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate89%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range930-1160
ACT Range19-25

Admissions at PSU are considered Less Selective, with ,63% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 28 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

84% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 15% were in the top quarter, and 11% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Portland State University.

1%
“We”re apathetic”
6%
“We know about current events and vote”
43%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
49%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
1%
“We save it for the classroom”
24%
“Sometimes, but not often”
52%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
23%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
4%
“I only go out in groups”
51%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
45%
“I feel extremely safe”
34%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
49%
“We bought the gear”
17%
“We live for the big game”
3%
“It”s not really our thing”
4%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
45%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
48%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
4%
“Available in class”
71%
“They keep regular office hours”
21%
“They”re always available”
20%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
65%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
14%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
1%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
7%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
39%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
40%
“We only party on weekends”
13%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
8%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
53%
“There might be people who do”
32%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
7%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
1%
“We”re apathetic”
6%
“We know about current events and vote”
43%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
49%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
1%
“We save it for the classroom”
24%
“Sometimes, but not often”
52%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
23%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
4%
“I only go out in groups”
51%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
45%
“I feel extremely safe”
34%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
49%
“We bought the gear”
17%
“We live for the big game”
3%
“It”s not really our thing”
4%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
45%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
48%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
4%
“Available in class”
71%
“They keep regular office hours”
21%
“They”re always available”
20%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
65%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
14%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
1%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
7%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
39%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
40%
“We only party on weekends”
13%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
8%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
53%
“There might be people who do”
32%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
7%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Portland State University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    129 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    112 Students rated off-campus housing 3.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    149 Students rated campus food 3.6 stars. 28 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    160 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    162 Students rated class size 4 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    162 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    162 Students rated local services 4.6 stars. 69 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    160 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Portland State University?

108 Students rated Portland State University

Benjamin - 05/08/2021

I completed my B.S. in Arts and Letters from Portland State University. The college provided a decent experience, but comes with cramped housing, unavailable parking, and a disintegrating social environment on and off campus. While I recommend PSU for prospective students, it’s not someplace you want to hang out at. Portland State University is located just off of the highway and just south of the downtown business district. There are plenty of trees, parks, and people, providing a suburban feel in an urban area. The first thing I discovered is the lack of parking. Street parking is very limited and times. Parking enforcement officers frequently roam the university area, happy to write tickets for anything. University parking is available, at a cost of over $400 a term. Parking quickly fills up and some days you can't find a spot in the 4 parking garages that the university owns. On top of it all, cars are frequently broken into. My advise: If you can get away with it, don’t bring your car. Classes are spread out throughout the school, within a 10 minute walking distance without worrying about time. Professors where available. Nothing was too difficult or extreme. The college is plagued by frequent protests. Students and off campus groups like to stage in the parks and march downtown. Some are peaceful, some are not. During these times it’s best to watch from the 4th floor of one of the universities. There is an underlying drug culture on and off campus. Many students go off campus to smoke pot or use other substances. Mushrooms, cough syrup, and other substances are popular. The University gym is amazing: swimming pool, resistance equipment, basketball courts, and an indoor track! You are not getting your money’s worth if you do not use their fantastic gym.

Gwenivere - 10/11/2020

So far my third week in it's okay, but because it's online the teachers don't really keep it at a pace I can keep up at. They kind of just go at the speed they want which is quite fast and I get confused because the class has so many smart people I feel too dumb to ask basic questions or ask for them to repeat and reword what they say

Trinity - 08/07/2020

Portland State University is located in downtown Portland, Oregon. The city life never gets old, if class is over, there is always something going on. There is food, shopping, art/music, gyms, and almost any other entertainment imaginable. Portland is known for its art, especially theater, so those interested in that will have several options. PSU offers a cheeper alternivie to other University in Oregon, with an averave tuition in the $10,000 a year range. The university offers a range of majors, and minors, making it easy for all students to find what they are passionate about. Class sizes are on the larger size, and there are several required classes that students are not fond of. There are several extra curriculars, but students must seek them out themselves. There is a mix of old and new buildings. The best amenity is the campus recreation center with a full gym, including a pool and a rock wall. Housing is expensive, but there is plenty of delicious food located all over portland. Food carts are a great option and usually offer fairly low cost dining options. One of the major complaints about the school is the lack of social life. There is very limited greek life. Most students commute, and thus are not usually hanging around campus. There is a good chunk of those who are only looking to go to class and get a degree, making friends is not on their radir. The school offers classes at all times of day, and online, which makes it easy for students to work around any scheduling they may need.

clay - 07/27/2020

Overall, Portland State University is a good school. My freshman dorm was spacious and had its own bathroom, and that was the cheaper option! The class sizes vary on teaching style, but I feel like it usually evens out. Professors are understanding and accommodating with clear office hours and resources, which is useful in a college setting.

Portland State University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Portland State University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Portland State University is 89%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Don't stress yourself out so much. Seriously. School will be challenging but you're gonna master it. You might be lonely at first but take time making friends, the loyal ones will show themselves. It's okay to tell your parents to stop calling you every single week, they won't get used to you being away as fast as you will. Don't get hung up in any drama. You are here for you, to focus on you, and beimg distracted with other people's business will get exhausting. Take care of your mind and body and your mind and body will take care of you. Take full advantage of the things your university has to offer you, they will come in handy. And no matter what, you keep doing you. At the end of the day, there's gonna someone who critizies you, so might as well do what you want.

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  3. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    A huge and vdiverse university with students of all ages.

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    PSU has quite a diverse population. A large percentage of this population consists of an older crowd. There are also a ton of international students (the majority of which are Asian).

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  5. What's unique about your campus?

    Since it is a university, I am able to attain my bachelor's degree in my major and get a complete education. I also enjoy knowing I am learning from very intelligent instructors and am being fairly graded. I am specifically enjoying my language classes which have an excellent method of instruction : full immersion, which I think is the best way to learn a language.

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  6. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    PSU has the largest number od students in Oregon, so classes fill up quick. It can be difficult to get into classes you want/need when you want/need them. Also, class sizes are a large making it difficult to get one-on-one assistance from professors.

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  7. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    My school is best known for being a "green" school. Portland State University strongly emphasizes the importance of being environmentally friendly. Currently, many of the buildings are being reconstructed to be more eco friendy, and the faculty in PSU encourage recycling.

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  8. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    My school has excellent public transportation options. They also have programs set up to assist graduates find a job in their field.

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  9. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I would have understood the loans I was taking out. I was signing promissory notes and didn't fully grasp the significance of the amounts.

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  10. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Someone who wants the stereotypical college experience would not want to attend this "commuter" school.

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  11. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Anyone seeking a quality education should attend this school. The campus is great, the professors so far have been fantastic. The school obviously isn't Harvard, but not even on the low-end of U. of Phoenix. The school is set right in downtown Portland but as soon as you step on the campus, you feel as if you are out of the city and on an exclusive college campus. All the classrooms I have been in are equipped with state-of-the art equipment like projectors, computers and camera projectors.

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  12. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    This will be my first semester at Portland State, so I am not sure yet.

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  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    About how much I am enjoying my time at Portland State University. The campus is great, the professors are fantastic and passionate about their respective fields. There is even a brand new recreation center with four floors filled with basketball courts, a swimming pool, exercise machines galore, and numerous aerobic rooms. One of the most important things that I love here is the atmosphere. It is truly an atmosphere of higher education and I couldn't think of any school that I would rather study at.

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    Awesome! University Studies classes can be confusing at first but overall it's a good idea to have students learn these core values.

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  15. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    It's a commuter school, so a very small greek life but we have literally a club for everything! Like our Ted Talks club, where people get together and drink tea and watch Ted Talks.

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  16. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Liberals!

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  17. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    It is a very big school having over 28000 students so being independent is a must, there are advisors but it takes time to get a meeting. You must help yourself even when scheduling classes because you have to do it online, you cannot come to someone and talk to them while they can access your classes and change it for you.

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  18. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    actually not at all. It's a much better school than I thought. I was returning to finish my degree that I started at a private school back east and it was convenient and relatively cheap to just go to PSU. I was surprised at how good it is. Sure there are idiots who waste everyone's time with their questions and professors who don't know how to shut them down, but you're going to find that everywhere I think.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    lots of eco freaks who want to save the world

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  20. Describe the dorms.

    There are a lot of University Housing around the campus but they aren't enough. The nicest dorm right now is called "Boardway Building." It is new and the most expensive, but the others are old and cheaper. People in the dorm are nice and it has a good safety.

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  21. When you step off campus what do you see?

    More buildings. Portland State is right smack dab in the middle of downtown Portland. There are skyscrapers everywhere. Also, watch out for streetcar grooves.

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Student Body

Students

53%

female

47%

male

21,071

Total Undergrad Enrollment

5,556

Total Grad Students

32%

Out-Of-State

65%

In-State

3%

International

Organizations

174

Student Organizations

3

Fraternities

3

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

7%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1%
% Asian/Pacific Islander
9%
% Black or African-American
4%
% Hispanic/Latino
12%
% White or Caucasian
56%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

80% of students attending Portland State University receive some sort of financial aid. 42% were awarded federal grants. While 51% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$24,852

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$2,090

Books and Supplies

$9,960

Room and Board

36,902

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$13,543
$30 - $48K
$13,906
$48 - $75K
$16,656
$75 - $110K
$19,510
$110K & UP
$21,031

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