Portland State University

2,098 reviews
  1. Portland, OR
  2. 4 Year
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    C+
Portland State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Big Sky Conference
Address
724 SW Harrison
Portland, OR 97201
Website

Portland State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
69%
SAT Range
900-1160
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$12,772/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,509/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,953/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,830/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,845/ year
  • $110k+
    $19,497/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.129 responses
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.127 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.126 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
14,561Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
34%
Pell Grant
43%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 84 responses
Report
  • All types of people
    40%
  • The people are the most diverse I've ever seen
    26%
  • Average
    8%
  • White
    8%
  • Environmentalists
    7%
  • Open-minded
    7%
  • Smart but ignorant
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
60%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.151 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.203 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 94 responses
Report
  • Diverse, progressive, enviornmentally friendly,
    63%
  • Environmentally Friendly
    17%
  • Progressive
    13%
  • Full of hippies (in a good way)
    4%
  • A very white school
    1%
  • Big and innefectual
    1%
  • Sustainable, Not diverse enough
    1%

After Portland State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
42%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
86%
National
83%
79%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.90 responses

Reviews

2,098 reviews
  • Excellent
    325
  • Very Good
    770
  • Average
    761
  • Poor
    175
  • Terrible
    67
Portland State University provides the opportunity to receive an education while being involved in the urban core of the city. Though this campus doesn't offer the typical college experience, it is a great place for those wanting to incorporate being a student with a dynamic, urban lifestyle. Many students work or otherwise involved in the community, making this a unique place to learn and share experiences. At Portland State University was very positive. As a non-traditional student, I found the diversity of the student body to be both vibrant and welcoming. I enjoyed and learned a great deal from almost every one of my instructors. The University Studies program is innovative and makes the general education requirements more cohesive.
  • Niche User
  • 2 months ago
Most of my professors have been great, as have the classes! However, many of the professors seem to lack sensitivity training, and University Studies are absolutely useless to the students (nothing but a cash cow for the college).
  • College Freshman
  • 7 months ago
I love Portland State. I feel like it's been a great pick for me because I've had great experiences with classmates and professors. I'm not living on campus, so I haven't had the full college experience, but it's been great either way. I love it!
  • College Sophomore
  • 4 months ago