Portland State University

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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


Total undergrads: 20,330

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,766

Degree-seeking undergrads: 17,930

Graduate enrollment: 6,052


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

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


Health Teacher Education B


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 – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


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 – 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.

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