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About Portland State University

Portland State University is a public, state school located in the urban setting of Portland, OR, less than an hour from Portland.

Founded in 1946, the institution currently enrolls around 23,979 students a year, including 18,959 undergrads. The institution runs on a quarter academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $78,571,681. For each full-time student, Portland State University spends about $10,174.

Admissions Facts About Portland State University

Acceptance rate: 95%

Average GPA: 3.47

Mean ACT score: 21

Mean SAT score: 1101

Does not offer early decision.

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What's the acceptance rate at Portland State University in 2021?

Admission to Portland State University is slightly difficult. Portland State University accepts around 95 percent of applicants each year. Last year, 6,701 students applied to Portland State University and 6,379 were admitted.

The average high school GPA for a student at Portland State University is 3.47 /4.0. Admitted students have a mean score of 1101 on the SAT. The mean ACT scores is 21.

Portland State University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

Is Portland State University a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

About 72 percent of students who start at Portland State University come back for their second year of college. Out of the 1,513 students who started at Portland State University as first-time freshman, 392 graduate within four years.

Portland State University's six-year graduation for undergrads is 69 percent. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $23,835 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

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 the real question to ask yourself: is Portland State University a good school for YOU?

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College Info

PO Box 751 Portland, OR 97207-0751

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.

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Portland State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 24

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

24 and Above


18 to 24


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Portland State University is 21. Students with an ACT score of 24 and above have a good chance of getting into Portland State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 18 and 24 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 18 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Portland State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

990 - 1220


Math SAT Range

500 - 590


Reading SAT Range

500 - 630

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1220 and Above


990 to 1220


990 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Portland State University students is 1107. Applicants with SAT scores of 1220 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Portland State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 990 to 1220 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 990 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 26,021 students enrolled at Portland State University, including 20,966 undergraduate students and 5,055 graduate students. 67% percent of students attend school full-time, 84% percent are from OR and 16% percent of students are from other states.


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