Portland State University

724 SW Harrison, Portland, OR
4-year
Large
Urban

About

Portland State University is more than Portland’s public research university. It’s a place to test ideas and projects that show the world how different is done. Our innovative approach combines education with creative problem-solving and collaboration across campus for maximum impact. With more than 200 degree programs to choose from, PSU is Oregon’s most diverse, innovative and affordable research university.

Questions and Answers about Portland State University

Jonizza L.
5 months ago
Can freshman have a dorm room to themselves, and how much would that typically be?
Portland State University
Greetings Jonizza. Students can request an individual room, but we cannot guarantee your request. We encourage students to apply early for university housing. More information regarding rates can be found at https://www.pdx.edu/housing/rates.
Hannah S.
6 months ago
Is there parking by the school for free?
Portland State University
Greetings Hannah. Thank you for your question. Please note that PSU does not offer complimentary parking for students. Rates will vary depending upon whether you are living on campus or commuting. The current rate per term for a student living in university housing is $462.
Lillith J.
6 months ago
If we are enrolled in work study during the summer can we move into the dorms early?
Portland State University
Greetings Lillith. We encourage you to contact University Housing directly at housing@pdx.edu to inquire about the possibility of moving in early.
Lillith J.
6 months ago
What kind of summer programs do Portland State University offer for incoming freshmen.
Portland State University
Greetings Lillith. Our summer options range from new student orientation to summer bridge. Are you seeking a specific experience?
SOSPETER M.
6 months ago
What is the average test scores and GPA of admitted students for Portland State University?
Portland State University
Greetings Sospeter. Our average GPA is 3.46, but please note that a 2.50 GPA is required for first year admission. Transfer students are required to have a GPA of 2.25. We do not require standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) for admission purposes.
Flannery S.
7 months ago
Are there places to rent a bike on PSU campus?
Portland State University
Greetings Flannery, PSU does offer bike rentals. Further information can be found at https://www.pdx.edu/bikehub/daily-weekly-rentals
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Majors offered at Portland State University

Biggest majors
Psychology, General
Social Sciences, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations

Academics at Portland State University

1010-1230
SAT Score Range
400
1600
Considered with application
18-25
ACT Score Range
1
36
Considered with application
Student Faculty Ratio
21 to 1
Selectivity
Least Selective (90% Acceptance Rate)
School type
Public 4-year institution

Demographics for Portland State University Students

Ethnicity BreakdownAsianBlackCaucasianHispanicMiddle EasternNative AmericanPacific Islander
Portland State University Students12%9%56%28%2%4%3%
All Bold.org College Students11%21%38%25%2%2%1%
Gender breakdown
Portland State University Students
22%
70%
Male
Female
< 8% Gender nonconforming
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Common careers for Portland State University students

Common Careers and Their Average Annual Salary

Software Engineer88k
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)76k
Mechanical Engineer70k
Human Resources (HR) Manager67k
Financial Analyst60k
Operations Manager59k
Graphic Designer45k
Based on 16,534 student responses
52kAvg. Early Career Pay
90.8kAvg. Mid-Career Pay
49%in High-Meaning careers
16%in STEM careers

Net price of attending Portland State University

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Student reviews of Portland State University

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4.1

5

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Recommended by

100% of students

Known for

Lots of interesting clubs and activities
LGBTQ+ friendly
Diverse and Inclusive
Beautiful campus
Welcoming student body
Hilary Howard
Meditation and Mindfulness
Painting and Studio Art
Gardening
Kayaking + 3 others

2.0

WHAT I LIKED

Great professors and curriculum overall. Had some significant challenges with an academic counselor which delayed my ability to officially graduate for 15 years.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Stay close to your goals and ensure your classes meet those goal needs. Communicate your expectations of engagement with your academic advisor and check in with them often.

Samantha Paganelli
Writing
Gaming
Comics
Graphic Design

5.0

WHAT I LIKED

I am a 38-year-old undergraduate student. I started college at about 30 years old as a part-time student at Portland Community College (PCC) here in Portland. I became dual-enrolled with PCC and PSU and was able to see the best of both worlds. However, the fact that PSU is in one location downtown makes it a much easier transition for classes. I eventually left PCC for the sprawling, green campus of PSU. I appreciate that there are multiple seating areas outside, and before the pandemic, there were food carts in designated areas in the middle sprawl. There are still some carts but they are tucked away somewhere not as obvious or convenient, but that's hardly the school's fault. The buildings are varied and many, but there are helpfully placed maps in front of almost everyone so you can orient yourself on campus and find where you need to go. If that's not enough, there is also an app for your phone that distills all the information on the website in an easier-to-navigate format. One thing that I've been really happy about is the types of classes available. PSU is one of the only, if not the only, university to have a Comics Studies program, and it is amazing what I have learned about the medium and how I can apply it to other English classes for my BA degree. All of the professors I have encountered in English courses, and book publishing courses have been smart, easy to talk to, and understanding of when unexpected things happen and you need more time or help to clarify something.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Although the majority of my time here has been good, there have been a few misunderstandings that have inconvenienced me or bothered me. It seems that some professors are not given a mandatory training session in using the new platform the school moved to for online courses. This is wholly unfair because the professors have advanced access to the platform, whereas the students are expected to learn to navigate it during the first day of classes without any real understanding of what it is. This was a failure on the school's part, and it made a lot of professors struggle more than necessary which in turn impacts our learning. I think PSU needs to work on its expectations for both professors and students and be more lenient during times of change, especially at the start of a semester. Overall, I am happy with PSU and I do not regret coming here, it is an amazing place with great opportunities.

Tova Broadbent
Social Justice

3.0

WHAT I LIKED

The professors are hit or miss, but overall I have been able to pursue further myself and my community.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Lack of social events

Ludmila siminel
Romanian
Singing
Violin
Piano + 2 others

3.0

WHAT I LIKED

There are not a lot of "young" people on campus, as it is a huge transfer school however, the campus feels alive most of the time as it is in the middle of downtown Portland. There are many things to do around and the atmosphere has great energy.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

I don't like the fact that there isn't too much of a "student community" as in other universities, but that is due to the fact that many students commute, and are not all the same age.

Senora Blanco
Writing
Singing
Poetry
Art + 1 other

4.0

WHAT I LIKED

Great professors and faculty.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Low resources for students.

Joi Grabowski
Walking
Reading

3.0

WHAT I LIKED

Most of the teachers are nice and helpful

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Parking