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?
- 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.
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.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Portland State University.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Portland State University has earned from around the web.
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Where Is Portland State University?
Contact details for Portland State University are given below.
|Address:||724 Sw Harrison, Portland, OR 97201|
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
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||neither required nor recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|SAT or ACT Scores||considered but not required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Portland State University?
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.
Can I Afford Portland State University?
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
There are also 5,354 graduate students at the school.
Of the 14,291 full-time undergraduates at Portland State University, 45% are male and 55% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Portland State University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||528|
|Hispanic or Latino||2,352|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Portland State University has changed over the last few years.
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%|
|Other Public Administration||67%|
|Public Administration & Social Service||1%|
|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|
|Curriculum & Instruction||#72|
|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|
|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.
*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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