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Portland State University Overview

Located in Portland, Oregon, Portland State University is a public institution. 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?

4,865 Undergraduate Awards
$33,375 Avg Cost After Aid
92% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Portland State University.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 55% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Portland State University makes roughly $44,700 a year. This is 10% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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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.

Portland State University has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#12 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#98 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#119 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

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
#1 Best Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Turkic & Central Asian Languages Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Area Studies Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Turkic & Central Asian Languages Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Value Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Value Publishing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value Ethnic Studies Graduate Certificate 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
#6 Best Social Work Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#22 Best Computer Science Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#48 Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#57 Best Social Sciences Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#61 Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#101 Best Business Administration & Management Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Portland State University?

Location of Portland State University

Contact details for Portland State University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 724 Sw Harrison, Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 503-725-3000
Website: www.pdx.edu
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?

92% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
41% Submit SAT Scores
Portland State University has the high acceptance rate of 92%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 38% of accepted students are men and 62% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 90%, and the acceptance rate for women is 94%.

Average Test Scores

About 41% 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 500 and 620. Math scores were between 490 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Portland State University  ( 500 to 620 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Portland State University  ( 490 to 600 )
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800
Portland State University received ACT scores from 45% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 25. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 19 and 25.

ACT English Scores for Portland State University  ( 18 to 25 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Portland State University  ( 18 to 25 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Portland State University  ( 19 to 25 )
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36

Can I Afford Portland State University?

$33,375 Net Price
45% Take Out Loans
6.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Portland State University is $33,375. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Portland State University, approximately 45% of students took out student loans averaging $6,142 a year. That adds up to $24,568 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Portland State University is 6.7%. 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

13,949 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 20,320 undergraduate students at Portland State University, with 13,949 being full-time and 6,371 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Portland State University

There are also 5,001 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 13,949 full-time undergraduates at Portland State University, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Portland State University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Portland State University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,300
Black or African American 526
Hispanic or Latino 2,449
White 6,850
International Students 929
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,895

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

2,112 Took All Classes Online
8,521 Took At Least One Class Online
10.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 2 master’s degree programs available online at Portland State University. In 2017-2018, 8,521 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 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Portland State University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Portland State University was 10.5%. This is the #1,305 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
Curriculum & Instruction 6%
Education 2%
Other Public Administration 67%
Public Administration & Social Service 1%
Special Education 3%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 12%

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
General Social Sciences #24
Social Work #36
Curriculum & Instruction #72
Special Education #96
Social Sciences #97
Public Administration & Social Service #112
Criminal Justice & Corrections #203
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #229
Liberal Arts General Studies #229
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #231
Education #350
Business Administration & Management #428

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 0 355 23 84 0 462
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 369 26 0 395
General Psychology 0 320 0 4 0 324
Social Work 0 72 0 235 6 313
Public Health 0 235 4 44 1 284
Accounting 0 191 57 0 0 248
General Social Sciences 0 234 0 0 0 234
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 227 4 0 0 231
Computer Science 0 146 0 82 1 229
General Education 0 0 5 204 0 209
Marketing 0 204 0 0 0 204
Electrical Engineering 0 65 0 134 5 204
Finance & Financial Management 0 190 0 1 0 191
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 180 1 10 0 191
General Biology 0 168 0 6 2 176
Human Resource Management 0 148 6 0 0 154
Biological & Physical Science 0 150 0 0 0 150
Communication & Media Studies 0 129 0 8 0 137
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 128 6 0 0 134
Mechanical Engineering 0 106 0 23 4 133
General English Literature 0 102 0 7 0 109
Educational Administration 0 0 27 73 2 102
Civil Engineering 0 64 0 22 11 97
Design & Applied Arts 0 94 0 0 0 94
Political Science & Government 0 90 0 2 0 92
Human Development & Family Studies 0 70 21 0 0 91
Mathematics 0 70 0 20 1 91
Communication Sciences 0 46 0 42 0 88
Sociology 0 77 0 7 4 88
Fine & Studio Arts 0 83 0 3 0 86
Natural Resources Conservation 0 62 0 7 9 78
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 76 0 0 0 76
Special Education 0 0 0 67 1 68
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 67 0 0 0 67
General Architecture 0 52 0 14 0 66
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 54 9 63
Economics 0 46 4 12 0 62
History 0 54 0 7 0 61
Geography & Cartography 0 32 13 16 0 61
Romance Languages 0 48 0 7 0 55
Public Administration 0 0 5 50 0 55
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 4 33 4 41
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 28 3 6 0 37
Physics 0 30 0 5 2 37
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 37 0 0 0 37
Student Counseling 0 0 0 36 0 36
International Relations & National Security 0 36 0 0 0 36
Publishing 0 0 0 35 0 35
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 35 0 35
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 33 0 0 0 33
General Sales & Marketing 0 0 33 0 0 33
Anthropology 0 29 0 4 0 33
Real Estate 0 0 10 21 0 31
Music 0 21 0 9 0 30
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 29 0 29
Writing Studies 0 11 0 18 0 29
Philosophy 0 29 0 0 0 29
International Business 0 0 12 16 0 28
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 28 0 0 0 28
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 6 0 22 0 28
Health Sciences & Services 0 28 0 0 0 28
International Studies 0 10 17 0 0 27
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 14 0 13 0 27
Chemistry 0 21 0 1 4 26
Public Policy 0 0 9 14 2 25
Taxation 0 0 1 23 0 24
East Asian Languages 0 21 0 3 0 24
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 23 0 0 23
Ethnic Studies 0 13 10 0 0 23
Teaching English or French 0 0 10 11 0 21
Computer Engineering 0 20 0 0 0 20
Drama & Theater Arts 0 18 0 0 0 18
Area Studies 0 0 15 0 0 15
Materials Engineering 0 0 0 14 0 14
Urban Studies 0 6 0 4 4 14
General Engineering Technology 0 0 11 0 0 11
Environmental Engineering 0 10 0 0 0 10
Germanic Languages 0 6 0 4 0 10
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 7 3 0 0 10
Statistics 0 0 3 7 0 10
Other Visual Art 0 10 0 0 0 10
Systems Theory 0 0 0 7 2 9
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 9 9
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 8 0 8
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 8 0 0 8
Audiovisual Communications 0 6 0 0 0 6
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 6 0 0 6
Other Public Administration 0 0 6 0 0 6
Gerontology 0 0 5 0 0 5
Natural Resource Management 1 0 0 4 0 5
Other Engineering 0 0 4 0 0 4
Systems Engineering 0 0 3 0 0 3
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 3 0 0 0 3
Environmental Design 0 0 2 0 0 2
Information Technology 0 0 2 0 0 2
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 2 0 2
Architecture (Other) 0 0 1 0 0 1
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 0 1 0 0 1
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 0 1 0 0 1
Turkic & Central Asian Languages 0 0 1 0 0 1
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 1 0 0 0 0 1
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 1 0 0 1
Religious Studies 0 1 0 0 0 1
Demography & Population Studies 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
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dance 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2 4,863 751 1,655 83 7,354

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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