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Portland State University

Portland, OR 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate98%
Acceptance Rate98%

About Portland State University

Portland State University is more than Portland’s public research university. It’s a place to test ideas and projects that show the world how different is done. Our innovative approach combines education with creative problem-solving and collaboration across campus for maximum impact. With more than 200 degree programs to choose from, PSU is Oregon’s most diverse, innovative and affordable research university.

Portland State University Overview

Portland State University is a public, state school in the urban setting of Portland, Oregon. Portland State University was founded in 1946 and the school presently has around 22,858 students a year, including 17,753 undergraduate students. Portland State University provides housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Portland State University!

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Portland State University's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Portland State University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? Portland State University has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Portland State University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Portland State University on the Student Life page.

2022 Portland State University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Quarter
Overall Acceptance Rate 98%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.4
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 9%
In-State Tuition $10,806
Out-of-State $29,706
Percent of Need Met 55.32%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $12,561.82

Is Portland State University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" can mean different things for different people. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can all provide a sense of how selective a school is.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a clearer sense of what Portland State University offers and if it might be a good choice for you.

Portland State University Acceptance Rate 2022

Portland State University is not difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Portland State University is 98%. Last year, 6,862 students applied to Portland State University and 6,754 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Portland State University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 73% of students who start at Portland State University come back the next year. 54% of Portland State University undergrads graduate within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Portland State University Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Portland State University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Portland State University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Portland State University's endowment was valued at $105.6 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, Portland State University spends about $10,503 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Portland State University

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Portland State University meets 55.32% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $12,561.82 a year.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $24,172 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Portland State University.

Based on this information, how does Portland State University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Portland State University a good school for you?

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Where is Portland State University Located?

Portland State University is located in the urban setting of Portland, Oregon, in the suburbs of Portland.

If you would like to see Portland State University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 5 to Portland, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Portland International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Portland State University and Portland are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1825 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97201

Campus Setting: Urban

Portland State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Portland State University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Portland State University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Portland State University is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Portland State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

17 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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26 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Portland State University is 22. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into Portland State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 17 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 17 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Portland State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1010 - 1270


Math SAT Range

490 - 610


Reading SAT Range

510 - 640

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1270 and Above


1010 to 1270


1010 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Portland State University students is 1128. Applicants with SAT scores of 1270 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Portland State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1010 to 1270 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1010 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Portland State University.

Portland State University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Portland State University is like? There are approximately 22,858 students enrolled at Portland State University, including 17,753 undergraduate students and 5,105 graduate students. 68% percent of students attend school full-time, 83% percent are from OR and 17% percent of students are from other states.


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