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Portland State University Overview

Portland State University is a public institution situated in Portland, Oregon. The city atmosphere of Portland makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Portland State University Known For?

4,855 Undergraduate Awards
$36,654 Avg Cost After Aid
95% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Portland State University.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 54% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Portland State University bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $44,700 a year. That's about 10% more than their peers at other schools.

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Portland State University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Portland State University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#28 Most Popular Public & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Most Popular Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Most Popular Foreign Languages & Linguistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#47 Most Popular Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#55 Most Popular Liberal Arts & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#59 Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#61 Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#65 Most Popular Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#81 Most Popular Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#81 Most Popular Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Portland State University has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#134 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#137 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#179 Best Accounting Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#202 Best Business Administration & Management Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#240 Best Business, Management & Marketing Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#243 Best Health Professions Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Portland State University?

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Contact details for Portland State University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 724 Sw Harrison, Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 503-725-3000
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/portlandstatefans
Twitter: http://twitter.com/portland_state

How Do I Get Into Portland State University?

You can apply to Portland State University online at: https://www.pdx.edu/undergraduate-admissions/freshman-how-when-to-apply

Admission Requirements for Portland State University

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Portland State University?

95% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
40% Submit SAT Scores
Since Portland State University has an acceptance rate of 95%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 36% of accepted students are men and 64% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 93%, and the acceptance rate for women is 96%.

Average Test Scores

About 40% of students accepted to Portland State University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 610. Math scores were between 490 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Portland State University  ( 510 to 610 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Portland State University  ( 490 to 580 )
200
800
Portland State University received ACT scores from 31% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 16 and 24. Math scores were between 17 and 24. Composite scores were between 17 and 24.

ACT English Scores for Portland State University  ( 16 to 24 )
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ACT Math Scores for Portland State University  ( 17 to 24 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Portland State University  ( 17 to 24 )
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36

Can I Afford Portland State University?

$36,654 Net Price
35% Take Out Loans
6.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Portland State University is $36,654. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Portland State University, approximately 35% of students took out student loans averaging $6,059 a year. That adds up to $24,236 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Portland State University is 6.3%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Portland State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

12,752 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 18,656 undergraduate students at Portland State University, with 12,752 being full-time and 5,904 being part-time.

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There are also 4,984 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 12,752 full-time undergraduates at Portland State University, 43% are male and 57% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Portland State University students is as follows.

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,276
Black or African American 513
Hispanic or Latino 2,481
White 6,234
International Students 568
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,680

Geographic Diversity

Oregon students aren't the only ones who study at Portland State University. At this time, 40 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 96 countries are represented at Portland State University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Portland State University

1,890 Took All Classes Online
8,595 Took At Least One Class Online
1.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 6 bachelor’s degree and 5 master’s degree programs available online at Portland State University. In 2019-2020, 8,595 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Portland State University has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 6th most popular in Oregon for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Portland State University

The following table shows how Portland State University is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Taxation #1 #7
Urban Studies #4 #4
Systems Engineering #7 #10
Philosophy #10 #19
Public Health #19 #31
Philosophy & Religious Studies #19 #58
Social Work #22 #37
General Social Sciences #31 #52
Engineering #37 #67
Teacher Education Grade Specific #64 #171

Online Growth Rankings of Portland State University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Portland State University was 1.1%. This is the #1,663 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Portland State University regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Portland State University majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 4%
Entrepreneurial Studies 20%
General Sales & Marketing 20%
Philosophy 17%
Philosophy & Religious Studies 19%
Public Administration & Social Service 14%
Social Work 16%
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 67%
Systems Engineering 80%
Taxation 8%
Urban Studies 48%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Portland State University ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Portland State University.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Urban Studies #7
Taxation #18
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing #19
Other Public Administration #27
Systems Engineering #38
Philosophy #57
General Sales & Marketing #61
Philosophy & Religious Studies #139
Social Work #142
Entrepreneurial Studies #169
Engineering #213
Public Health #257
Human Development & Family Studies #262
Human Resource Management #298
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #333
Social Sciences #439
Public Administration & Social Service #472

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Portland State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 339 30 112 0 481
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 351 39 0 390
Social Work 0 118 0 249 5 372
General Psychology 0 344 0 8 0 352
Computer Science 0 179 0 73 7 259
General Social Sciences 0 239 0 0 0 239
Marketing 0 209 0 0 0 209
Accounting 0 162 42 0 0 204
General Biology 0 193 0 6 3 202
Public Health 0 156 3 38 3 200
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 186 9 0 0 195
Electrical Engineering 0 64 0 103 5 172
Finance & Financial Management 0 163 0 7 0 170
General Education 0 0 1 164 0 165
Biological & Physical Science 0 159 0 1 0 160
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 143 4 12 0 159
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 132 10 0 0 142
Human Resource Management 0 134 7 0 0 141
Mechanical Engineering 0 115 0 20 1 136
Health Sciences & Services 0 132 0 0 0 132
General English Literature 0 117 0 9 0 126
Communication & Media Studies 0 116 0 7 0 123
Political Science & Government 0 101 0 3 0 104
Mathematics 0 76 0 15 4 95
Educational Administration 0 0 18 58 10 86
Design & Applied Arts 0 83 0 0 0 83
Human Development & Family Studies 0 58 24 0 0 82
Civil Engineering 0 58 0 17 4 79
Fine & Studio Arts 0 73 0 6 0 79
Communication Sciences 0 40 0 38 0 78
Special Education 0 0 0 76 1 77
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 74 0 0 0 74
General Architecture 0 46 0 23 0 69
Natural Resources Conservation 0 58 0 6 5 69
Economics 0 55 3 5 0 63
Public Administration 0 0 8 53 0 61
History 0 52 0 7 0 59
Sociology 0 51 0 5 3 59
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 58 0 0 0 58
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 44 13 57
Romance Languages 0 42 0 9 0 51
Geography & Cartography 0 28 10 9 0 47
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 46 0 0 0 46
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 44 0 44
Student Counseling 0 0 0 44 0 44
International Studies 0 19 23 0 0 42
General Sales & Marketing 0 0 41 0 0 41
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 30 2 8 0 40
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 2 34 1 37
Philosophy 0 35 0 0 0 35
Chemistry 0 26 0 1 7 34
Anthropology 0 31 0 3 0 34
International Relations & National Security 0 34 0 0 0 34
Writing Studies 0 10 0 23 0 33
Ethnic Studies 0 22 11 0 0 33
Music 0 24 0 8 0 32
Physics 0 27 0 2 2 31
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 30 0 0 0 30
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 29 0 29
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 10 9 10 0 29
Real Estate 0 0 4 24 0 28
Urban Studies 0 20 0 1 6 27
Taxation 0 0 0 26 0 26
Public Policy 0 0 3 16 6 25
Teaching English or French 0 0 10 12 0 22
Drama & Theater Arts 0 22 0 0 0 22
Computer Engineering 0 20 0 0 0 20
Materials Engineering 0 0 0 19 0 19
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 18 0 0 0 18
International Business 0 0 15 3 0 18
East Asian Languages 0 18 0 0 0 18
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 8 0 9 0 17
Publishing 0 0 0 15 0 15
Systems Engineering 0 0 6 9 0 15
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 14 0 0 14
Statistics 0 0 5 9 0 14
Other Visual Art 0 13 0 0 0 13
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 12 0 0 12
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 6 6 0 0 12
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 2 9 0 11
Environmental Engineering 0 11 0 0 0 11
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 10 0 0 10
Audiovisual Communications 0 10 0 0 0 10
Germanic Languages 0 6 0 2 0 8
Natural Resource Management 1 0 1 6 0 8
Gerontology 0 0 7 0 0 7
Systems Theory 0 0 0 4 3 7
General Engineering Technology 0 0 6 0 0 6
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 6 6
Architecture (Other) 0 0 5 0 0 5
Area Studies 0 0 5 0 0 5
Information Technology 0 0 4 0 0 4
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 0 3 0 0 3
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 0 2 0 0 2
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 0 2 2
Other Engineering 0 0 2 0 0 2
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 2 0 0 0 2
Religious Studies 0 2 0 0 0 2
Environmental Design 0 0 1 0 0 1
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 1 0 0 0 0 1
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 1 0 1
Other Public Administration 0 0 1 0 0 1
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 0 0
Turkic & Central Asian Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
Demography & Population Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dance 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2 4,853 732 1,593 97 7,277

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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