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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    NG
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    C+
Portland State is an above-average public university located in Portland, Oregon. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 13,990 undergraduate students. The Portland State acceptance rate is 90%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Public Health, and Psychology. Graduating 49% of students, Portland State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,500.
724 SW Harrison
Portland, OR 97201
About Portland State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Big Sky Conference

Portland State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
90%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1010-1230
ACT Range
18-25
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$13,758/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$7,760/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
84%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
20:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.129 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.149 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.148 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
13,990Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
7,177
Undergrads Over 25
31%
Pell Grant
53%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 106 responses
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  • All types of people
    40%
  • The people are the most diverse I've ever seen
    25%
  • Average
    8%
  • Environmentalists
    8%
  • Open-minded
    7%
  • White
    7%
  • Smart but ignorant
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
60%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.173 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.225 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 116 responses
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  • Diverse, progressive, enviornmentally friendly,
    63%
  • Environmentally Friendly
    14%
  • Progressive
    12%
  • Full of hippies (in a good way)
    5%
  • A very white school
    3%
  • Sustainable, Not diverse enough
    2%
  • Big and innefectual
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
49%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
88%
National
83%
79%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.90 responses
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Portland State was a great University. The staff and students were pretty welcoming, and the tuition was for in-state students. They had a lot of great programs and diverse class options. I got to express a lot of creativity and make new friends as well. I also studied abroad! There were definitely lots of opportunities here. The location was also nice because it was right in the middle of Downtown Portland so there was always something to do before, after, and between classes.
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I love how there are so many clubs and organizations to be a part of, there's never a dull moment on campus! Anyone will feel welcome to campus right away and will feel belonging, especially if anyone is from out-of-state. The only thing I would like for PSU to change is to have a smaller amount of students in a class since Portland State is a very big University, having a professor to teach a smaller classroom is a lot more beneficial to the teacher themselves to keep track of and students getting enough attention in class.
Portland State University has provided me with a unique college experience, with a campus all throughout the city, local resources are readily available. The school has several resources that I haven’t had at other colleges I went to before transferring to Portland State University such as the Women’s Resource, Queer Resource Center, and overall groups created by students that pique my interests. The instructors are very supportive and push you without excessive stress or fear of failure. The only thing that I would want to change about Portland State is aspects of the student body there is a negative air that some students hold and a general lack of diversity, which sadly reflects the demographics of the city.