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Chances of getting into Portland State University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
95%
Admission Difficulty for Portland State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Moderate 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into Portland State University and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Portland State University is 95%.  It ranks #19 in Oregon for lowest rate of acceptance. Portland State University is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 6,379 out of 6,701 applicants were admitted.

The school has moderate admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 64 percent (SAT 1000/1190 ACT 17/24). Portland State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.47. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 24% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Portland State University application fee is $52 and applications are due by Mar 1.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Portland State University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 43% of students submitted SAT scores and 36% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Portland State University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1000-1190
Applicants Submitting SAT 
43%
SAT Scores for Portland State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 490
SAT Composite 25th 1000
SAT Scores for Portland State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 610
SAT Math 75th 580
SAT Composite 75th 1190
Average SAT Score 1100

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Portland State University typically prefers 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 900. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1100 out of 1600. Portland State University ranks #10 in Oregon for highest average SAT composite score. 43 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Portland State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1190 and Above Good >97%
1095 to 1190 Avg + 95%-97%
1000 to 1095 Avg - 91%-95%
905 to 1000 Reach 84%-91%
Less than 905 Low <84%
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Portland State University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
17-24 
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 17
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 20

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 17 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 69 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 14 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 20 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.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 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%
20 to 24 Avg + 95%-98%
17 to 20 Avg - 92%-95%
14 to 17 Reach 86%-92%
Less than 14 Low <86%
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Portland State University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.47
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 3.47 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #11 in Oregon for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.47 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Portland State University accepts 95% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted Portland State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 3.3% Good
3.75 to 3.99 19.8% Good
3.50 to 3.74 26.8% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 25.7% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 15.4% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 8.6% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.2% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.2% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

84.4% of Portland State University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Portland State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 15.8%
Top 25% of class 42.1%
Top 50% of class 84%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Portland State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,271 2,430 6,701
Accepted 4,111 2,268 6,379
Acceptance Rate 96% 93% 95%
Enrolled 947 568 1,515
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 23% 25% 24%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Mar 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
147

Applicants have 147 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Mar 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Portland State University is $52.

Application Requirements

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

Portland State University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not 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?

95% 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 1190. 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 17 and 24. 36% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.