#4 Best Public Universities in Oregon

Portland State University

Portland, Oregon

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Portland State University overview
Location Portland, Oregon
Online pdx.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large City
Portland State University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Portland State University, located in the urban heart of downtown Portland, Oregon, offers students a vibrant city campus that interacts with the surrounding metropolis. Established in 1946, the institution has grown to accommodate a diverse student body and prides itself on its accessible education ethos. Portland State is known for its commitment to sustainability, showcased by environmentally conscious buildings and a curriculum that emphasizes green living. The university provides on-campus housing options, although many students choose to live off-campus in the city. Academically, Portland State is recognized for its strong programs in social work, urban and public affairs, and environmental studies. With a moderately selective application process, the university attracts a broad range of applicants. While the athletic program at Portland State is not its most defining feature, the university competes in NCAA Division I as the Vikings in various sports, including football and basketball.

In the most recent statistical year 7,926 prospective students applied, and 7,378 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,634 enrolled in the school.  13,642 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 7,967 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $9,000 plus fees of $1,806. Portland State University is ranked 730 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Portland State University is rated within the lower 43% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Portland State University overview
SAT 1000/1250
ACT 17/24
GPA 3.36

Applications Accepted

Portland State University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $60

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Annual Cost to Attend

Oregon Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Portland State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$888
Other Fees$1,806
Room and Board $14,940
Budget for Other Expenses$2,811
Total One Year Cost$29,445

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Portland State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$888
Other Fees$1,806
Room and Board $14,940
Budget for Other Expenses$2,811
Total One Year Cost$48,345

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$48,600 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

38% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Portland State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 20%
Social Sciences 16%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 9%
Psychology 7%
Health Professions 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=209807 IPEDS survey data for Portland State University.

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