Portland State University

724 SW Harrison, Portland, OR 97201

School Details

Portland State University is a public state university located in Portland, Oregon. Portland State offers several different areas of study within the departments of Business, Education, Performing Arts, Computer Science, Liberal Arts and Social Work. PSU offers students several degree levels including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral. Established in 1946, PSU began as the Vanport Extension Center as a way to meet the needs of higher education for those returning from World War II. Over the years, the school expanded and was to grant bachelor’s degrees and eventually graduate degrees. With their constantly expanding degree programs, PSU is the largest and fastest growing school in the Oregon University System. Portland State University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.

Portland currently has around 28,287 total undergraduates with 22,770 undergraduates. Around 74 percent of students return to PSU for their sophomore year and 42 percent graduate in six years. About 64 percent of the undergraduate student body is full time and 48 percent of the graduate students. PSU is made up of primarily in-state students with 73 percent, 9 percent foreign students, and 18 percent out-of-state. The majority of students are women at 52 percent and 48 percent men. A little over half of PSU students are Caucasian with 63 percent. PSU offers several student services such as career counseling, placement services for graduates, adult (re-entering) student services/programs, and financial aid counseling. Admission to PSU is considered somewhat selective with 66 percent of applicants admitted.

Portland State University offers students several different financial aid options. Students receive aid through several different areas. Around 53 percent of PSU students receive aid through loans. while the additional 49 percent receives aid through scholarships and grants. Need-based aid is determined through several factors including: academics, art, athletics, leadership, minority status, and music/performing arts. Students can apply for Federal Financial Aid, a variety of scholarships and grants. PSU students can also take advantage of tuition payment through credit cards or installments.

Students at PSU can earn certificates, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in a variety of areas of study. Some of the most popular majors include business, social sciences and liberal arts; although, Portland State offers over 120 majors, more than 70 master’s programs and 30 graduate certificate programs. Students seeking to earn a bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 180 credits. Bachelor’s programs are designed to take around four years to complete as a full time student. In addition to bachelor’s programs, students can also pursue master’s and doctoral programs. Graduate programs require an average of 45 credits to complete and can be completed in as little as two years. Required credits and program length varies by individual student schedule and student status.


Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities


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    4-year, Public
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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