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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 92%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Psychology, and Public Health. Graduating 49% of students, Portland State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,500.
About Portland State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Big Sky Conference
Address
724 SW Harrison
Portland, OR 97201
Website
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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
92%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
990-1220
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$13,573/ 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
$6,772/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
79%

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
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.145 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.144 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
13,990Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
7,177
Undergrads Over 25
31%
Pell Grant
39%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 102 responses
Report
  • All types of people
    40%
  • The people are the most diverse I've ever seen
    26%
  • Average
    8%
  • Environmentalists
    8%
  • White
    7%
  • Open-minded
    6%
  • Smart but ignorant
    3%

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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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.
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Portland State University is placed within a continuously changing city, with diversity growth occurring exponentially. This university is unique not only in its location, but the way students are encouraged to explore and obtain a different perspective of the world around them. Often times this school encourages students to take classes which are not related to only their major, thus allowing the student to feel as though they have truly chosen the correct major/career for themselves. Groups, activities, and programs provided are utilized by the majority of the student body in order to feel a sense of security and belonging , and the school encourages students to be involved within these programs to obtain the best possible experience from their school.
I attended Portland State University for graduate school. I cannot comment in the student housing because I lived off campus. I cannot comment on the athletics because I really was not involved in that capacity. Lastly, I cannot comment on campus food or student life. I DID love the academic environment. I earned a M.S. in Education and I found that my professors were great and my fellow students were diverse and intelligent. The campus is beautiful. The Saturday Portland Farmer's Market is located right by the PSU campus. Portland, OR is not the safest city so safety was that of a large city. It is an urban campus. I really loved PSU! I did not party "on campus" much but I lived in the Pearl District in Portland and there is a ton to do in Portland.