Portland State University

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School Overview

Located downtown in Portland, Oregon, Portland State University (aka “PSU) is a public research university. PSU is the only state owned university in Oregon whose campus is located in a major city. The school was established in 1946 and overall enrollment is higher than any other university in the state.

Portland State provides opportunities for both undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in seventeen different fields of study, though it is most esteemed for its urban planning and MBA programs.

PSU belongs to the Oregon University System and allows students to have dual enrollment at both Portland State and Portland Community College. Through this partnership between schools, students are able to participate in concurrent education and take courses at either location. Involvement in the OUS has helped the University become the largest and most rapidly expanding school in the system.

Along with its vast educational opportunities, Portland State University also has a proud athletic history. Known as the Vikings, Portland teams dawning their green and white uniforms, compete in Division 1 of the NCAA.

General Information

Admission Office

PO Box 751-ADM

Portland, OR 97207-0751

(503) 725-3511

(800) 547-8887

Fax: (503) 725-5525



Contact: Agnes Hoffman

Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
Main Address

PO Box 751

Portland, OR 97207-0751

(503) 725-3000

www.pdx.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 20,330

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,766

Degree-seeking undergrads: 17,930

Graduate enrollment: 6,052

Setting

Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctoral

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 90%


College Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Architecture B
City/Community/Regional Planning B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African Studies B
Central/Eastern European Studies B
East Asian Studies B
European Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Near/Middle Eastern Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Design/Visual Communications B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Drawing B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Painting B
Printmaking B
Sculpture B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B,C
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Management B
Logistics/Materials Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B

Education

Health Teacher Education B

Engineering

Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Chinese B
French B
German B
Japanese B
Linguistics B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Audiology/Hearing Sciences B
Public Health B
Public Health Education B

History

History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics

Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B

Psychology

Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B
Law Enforcement Administration B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Portland State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(503) 725-3000
Website:www.pdx.edu
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:www.pdx.edu/admissions/apply-to-psu
Address:724 SW Harrison, Portland, OR 97201
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:26,627
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):42%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:19 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:19,211 (72% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$8,337
Out-of-state Tuition:$24,852
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:80%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$7,014

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Portland State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Portland State University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services212
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies92
Biological and Biomedical Sciences211
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services8105
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs111
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services3111
Education11185
Engineering5563
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields211
English Language and Literature/Letters13
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences21
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics385
Health Professions and Related Programs1541
History11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service111
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities111
Mathematics and Statistics1121
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies2341
Natural Resources and Conservation1222
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Physical Sciences2342
Psychology111
Public Administration and Social Service Professions2222
Social Sciences1872
Visual and Performing Arts135
Grand total58756723

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Portland State University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1
Education2
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences1
Grand total134

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Portland State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$8,337
Out-of-state$24,852
Books and supplies$2,090

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$14,565
Out-of-state$22,053

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid1,27780%
Grant or scholarship aid1,09268%$7,014
Student loan aid82351%$6,025

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid11,14550%$5,983
Federal student loans10,63347%$7,563

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Portland State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Portland State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants6,3732,5573,816
Percent admitted100%85%92%
Percent admitted who enrolled28%30%27%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Portland State University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment26,627
Undergraduate enrollment21,071
Graduate enrollment5,556

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Portland State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPB) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level programs offered outside a school of public health
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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