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Portland State University Admission Requirements

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Chances of getting into Portland State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
95.8%
Admission Difficulty for Portland State University
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Admission StandardsModerate
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
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How hard is it to get into Portland State University and can I get accepted? The school has a 96% acceptance rate ranking it #19 in Oregon for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 6,573 out of 6,861 applicants were admitted making Portland State University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has moderate requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 61 percent. Portland State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 25% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Portland State University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1000-1220
Applicants Submitting SAT
43%
SAT Scores for Portland State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 500
SAT Math 25th 500
SAT Composite 25th 1000
SAT Scores for Portland State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 630
SAT Math 75th 590
SAT Composite 75th 1220
Average SAT Score 1110

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Portland State University?

Portland State University typically requires applicants to be in the top 60 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1000 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 890. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1110 out of 1600. The school ranks #10 in Oregon for highest average SAT composite score. 43 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Portland State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1220 and Above Good >98%
1110 to 1220 Avg + 96%-98%
1000 to 1110 Avg - 93%-96%
890 to 1000 Reach 89%-93%
Less than 890 Low <89%
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Portland State University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
18-24 
Applicants Submitting ACT
36%
ACT Scores for Portland State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 16
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 18
ACT Scores for Portland State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 24
ACT Math 75th 24
ACT Composite 75th 24
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Portland State University?

Admission data indicates that Portland State University regularly accepts students with ACT's of 18 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 62 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 15 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 21 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 24 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #11 in Oregon for highest average ACT composite score. 36 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Portland State University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Portland State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
24 and Above Good >98%
21 to 24 Avg + 96%-98%
18 to 21 Avg - 93%-96%
15 to 18 Reach 89%-93%
Less than 15 Low <89%
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Portland State University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.38
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Portland State University?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into Portland State University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Portland State University was 3.38 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #15 in Oregon for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.38 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Portland State University accepts 96% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Portland State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 19% Good
3.50 to 3.75 23% Good
3.25 to 3.50 22% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 22% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 13% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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Admission Statistics

Portland State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,348 2,513 6,861
Accepted 4,202 2,371 6,573
Acceptance Rate 97% 94% 96%
Enrolled 999 675 1,674
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 24% 28% 25%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Mar 1, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Mar 1, 2021.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Portland State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Portland State University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Portland State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

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

FAQs

Does Portland State University prefer SAT or ACT?

43% of students submit their SAT scores to Portland State University. 36% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Portland State University?

96% of those who apply are granted admission to Portland State University. Admission competition is and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Portland State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1000 and 1220. 43% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Portland State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 18 and 24. 36% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.