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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?

13,990 Full-Time Undergraduates
$13,856 Avg Cost After Aid
92% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest degree offered at Portland State University is the doctor's degree.
  • 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

Portland State University is ranked #876 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. Portland State University also holds the #12 spot on the Best Colleges in Oregon ranking.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Portland State University has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Portland State University

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 70
Best Colleges for Diversity 168
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 225
Best Colleges for International Students 543
Best Colleges 876
Best Colleges for the Money 1,272

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 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Portland State University  ( 490 to 600 )
200
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 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Portland State University  ( 19 to 25 )
1
36

Can I Afford Portland State University?

$13,856 Net Price
45% Take Out Loans
6.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Portland State University is $13,856. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Portland State University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,928 $12,738 $14,073 $18,401 $20,158

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

13,990 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 21,167 undergraduate students at Portland State University, with 13,990 being full-time and 7,177 being part-time.

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

There are also 5,526 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 13,990 full-time undergraduates at Portland State University, 46% are male and 54% 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 1,299
Black or African American 487
Hispanic or Latino 2,074
White 7,238
International Students 1,136
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,756

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, Portland State University awarded 9,726 undergraduate degrees and 3,476 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 191 0 0
Anthropology 0 29 4 0
Applied Mathematics 0 0 35 0
Audiovisual Communications 0 6 0 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 33 0 0
Biological & Physical Science 0 150 0 0
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 8 0
Business Administration & Management 0 355 84 0
Chemistry 0 21 1 4
Civil Engineering 0 64 22 11
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 9
Communication & Media Studies 0 129 8 0
Communication Sciences 0 46 42 0
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 37 0 0
Computer Engineering 0 20 0 0
Computer Science 0 146 82 1
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 180 10 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 54 9
Design & Applied Arts 0 94 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 18 0 0
East Asian Languages 0 21 3 0
Economics 0 46 12 0
Educational Administration 0 0 73 2
Electrical Engineering 0 65 134 5
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 33 4
Environmental Engineering 0 10 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 13 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 67 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 190 1 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 83 3 0
General Architecture 0 52 14 0
General Biology 0 168 6 2
General Education 0 0 204 0
General English Literature 0 102 7 0
General Psychology 0 320 4 0
General Social Sciences 0 234 0 0
Geography & Cartography 0 32 16 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 28 6 0
Germanic Languages 0 6 4 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 6 22 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 28 0 0
History 0 54 7 0
Human Development & Family Studies 0 70 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 148 0 0
International Business 0 0 16 0
International Relations & National Security 0 36 0 0
International Studies 0 10 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 227 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 28 0 0
Marketing 0 204 0 0
Materials Engineering 0 0 14 0
Mathematics 0 70 20 1
Mechanical Engineering 0 106 23 4
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 3 0 0
Music 0 21 9 0
Natural Resource Management 0 0 4 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 62 7 9
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 76 0 0
Other Health Professions 0 0 2 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 128 0 0
Other Visual Art 0 10 0 0
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 14 13 0
Philosophy 0 29 0 0
Physics 0 30 5 2
Political Science & Government 0 90 2 0
Public Administration 0 0 50 0
Public Health 0 235 44 1
Public Policy 0 0 14 2
Publishing 0 0 35 0
Real Estate 0 0 21 0
Religious Studies 0 1 0 0
Romance Languages 0 48 7 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 7 0 0
Social Work 0 72 235 6
Sociology 0 77 7 4
Special Education 0 0 67 1
Statistics 0 0 7 0
Student Counseling 0 0 36 0
Systems Theory 0 0 7 2
Taxation 0 0 23 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 26 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 11 0
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 29 0
Urban Studies 0 6 4 4
Writing Studies 0 11 18 0
Total 0 9,726 3,310 166

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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