Overall Niche Grade
- Academicsgrade B minus
- Valuegrade B
- Diversitygrade A
- Campusgrade B+
- Athleticsgrade B
- Party Scenegrade B
- Professorsgrade B+
- Locationgrade A+
- Dormsgrade C+
- Campus Foodgrade A
- Student Lifegrade B+
- Safetygrade C+
Portland State is an above-average public university located in Portland, Oregon. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 13,949 undergraduate students. The Portland State acceptance rate is 96%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Psychology, and Public Health. Graduating 48% of students, Portland State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,500.
Portland State University Rankings
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$12,710 / year
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$7,519 / year
Students Receiving Financial Aid
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Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 129 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 154 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 153 responses
Most Popular Majors
- Liberal Arts and Humanities355 Graduates
- Psychology320 Graduates
- Public Health235 Graduates
- Social Science Research Methods234 Graduates
- Business221 Graduates
- Marketing204 Graduates
- Accounting191 Graduates
- Finance190 Graduates
- Criminal Justice and Safety Studies180 Graduates
- Biology168 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 110 responses
- All types of people40%
- The people are the most diverse I've ever seen25%
- Smart but ignorant3%
Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available
- of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene. 178 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 230 responses
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 121 responses
- Diverse, progressive, enviornmentally friendly,60%
- Environmentally Friendly13%
- Full of hippies (in a good way)6%
- A very white school2%
- Sustainable, Not diverse enough2%
- Big and innefectual1%
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,700 / year
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation. 90 responses
Colleges like Portland State University
- grade B minusWestern Oregon University
- 4 Year
- Monmouth, OR
- Rating 3.59 out of 5 1,033 reviews
- grade B minusPortland Community College
- 2 Year
- Portland, OR
- Rating 3.78 out of 5 1,750 reviews
- grade unavailableOregon Health & Science University
- 4 Year
- Portland, OR
- Rating 3.66 out of 5 160 reviews
- grade BPacific University Oregon
- 4 Year
- Forest Grove, OR
- Rating 3.59 out of 5 778 reviews
Portland State University Reviews
Rating 3.61 out of 5 2,518 reviews
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My experience with Portland State University has overall been really good. Almost all of my teachers have been willing to go above and beyond to help students learn the information they are teaching. The campus is clean, beautiful, and modernized. If you are looking for a college campus experience and environment like you see in the movies, you might want to look elsewhere! But if you are a student that wants to go to campus each day, get done with your classes, and leave, it's perfect. Definitely a great choice for people who are working while in school, parents, returning students, and many others!
The school's response to the coronavirus was great! They made the students feel like our wellbeing came before anything else. Resources that were offered to each one of us depending on what we needed. I was given in the mental health and transportation resources whereas some of my friends that live on campus really needed health care when they were all quarantine. the school refuses to send everybody back just for the sake of not losing money and they're putting their students wellbeing first, whatever that looks like. I also attended the School of Business which has had a lot of online presence in terms of taking classes through that D2L and also our instructors are very well versed in the technologies used for us to be able to be successful online. At the other colleges within the university I hear they really struggled. I have my point of view from a very well-oiled machine that is the School of Business.
I was taking classes for a Child Youth & Family Studies major. The majority of my professors were intelligent, engaging, and supportive! I had a few required courses outside my major that required me to deal with unhelpful teachers, but I enjoyed my time there. Be aware though campus accessibility leaves a lot to be desired.