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
There are tons of things to do. Lots of craft breweries if you're of age. Lots of places for good coffee. I highly recommend spending a day in Powell's Books. You can often find used textbooks for sale here cheaper than at the campus bookstore. The music scene is pretty vibrant. Portland overall is a cultural hotspot. You can easily find great art, music, movies, and dance. The shopping is great too! There are large corporate shopping experiences to be found around Pioneer Square(Target, Macy's, etc.) as well as tons of boutiques. All tax free, of course! If you're into being active, there are always running, biking events going on(The city is very bike friendly). There's even dragonboat racing on the river. You can always find yoga, pilates, or spin classes too.
  • College Sophomore
  • Dec 24 2013
Portland sports a huge variety of off-campus housing. Not only are most of the options close to campus, but they the prices are fairly cheap, compared to other established college housing in the area. I would highly suggest that your car be left at home with your parents because the Tri-Met Streetcar and MAX, Portland's transportation options, are more than necessary to get around in this city. Some of the off-campus housing options support their own transportation to PSU and it's totally free. The off-campus housing that I am currently living in has wonderful staff and understanding landlords so I am very pleased!
  • College Sophomore
  • Oct 2 2013
I have found that PSU has many instructors who are either adjunct or teaching a couple of different subjects at the same time. This leads to what I have termed &quot;double classes&quot;. These instructors are apt to give assignments that require their students to learn and/or exemplify mastery of multiple subjects. For example, I have had a class that was supposed to teach about conflict resolution, but since the instructor had taught Academic Paper Writing for most of his/her career, my papers went through a 3- to 4-step critiquing process before they were finally accepted and graded, with little regard to their subject matter. Another instructor I had was a research analyst for a living, and much of the class lecture time was spent on research techniques and data analysis instead of what the class was actually about. However, all of the instructors I have had so far seem very knowledgeable, and very available. One instructor I had even called me from her personal cell to let me know that a class meeting had been cancelled so that I wouldn't have to travel all the way to campus for nothing!
  • College Junior
  • Oct 22 2012