Portland State University


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Public

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Quarter

State: Oregon


Portland State University is public university located on a 49-acre campus in downtown Portland, Oregon. The school was established in 1946 to accommodate veterans returning from World War II, and it has since grown into a large master's and doctoral degree granting institution. At the undergraduate level, Portland State students can choose from 99 bachelor's degree programs. Popular majors span professional fields, the sciences, social sciences and humanities. The university has a 22 to 1 student / faculty ratio. In athletics, the Portland State Vikings compete in the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference for most sports.

Most Popular Majors

Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, English, Liberal Studies, Marketing, Psychology, Social Sciences

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 26382
Total Grad Students: 4566
Undergraduate Students: 21816
Faculty: 777

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 34:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 28:1

Percent Male: 47%
Percent Female: 53%

Financial Resources


Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 14%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 36%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

724 Sw Harrison
Portland Oregon 97201

Website: http://www.pdx.edu

Main Email: admissions@pdx.edu

Main Phone: 503-725-4433

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Veda Kindle
Sr Asst Dir of Admissions, Admissions, Records & Registration

Transfer Services Contact:
Joan Jagodnik
Assistant Director, Community College Relations

International Admissions Contact:
Karen Hanson
International Admissions Counselor, Admissions, Records & Registration

Athletics Contact:
Chris Moore
Assistant Athletics Director, Student Services

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
The minimum GPA requirements are 2.25, or 2.00 if students present a transferable Associate's Degree or an Oregon Transfer Module (OTM).may petition committee for admission upon recommendation of director and assistants.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
In general, credit may be granted for courses when a grade of at least a D has been earned.

Credits (Min/Max):
Students with 30 or more transferable quarter credits (20 semester credits) will be considered transfer students. You must complete 45 credits (in residence) of your final 60 credits at Portland State to earn a bachelor's degree.

Test Scores for Applying:
SAT/ACT scores are required if applying with less than 30 quarter (20 semester) credits.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Portland State does not publish a requirement for letters of recommendation.

Essay(s) required:
An essay or personal statement may be required of some.

Application Fee:
$50 nonrefundable application fee.

Other Requirements:
All applicants must meet the Second Language Proficiency Requirement.

Fall Deadline:

Spring Deadline:

Summer Deadline:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 460 590
Math 460 580

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 3588

Transfers Accepted: 3447

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 96%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 69%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: 27%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2008


Books: 1920

Other Expenses: 3000

Room and Board: 9801

Tuition and Fees: 22983

Total Cost: 37704

Tuition and Fees – In-State: 7764

Total Cost – In-State: 22485

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
For Financial Aid you must have your FAFSA application data sent to PSU. If you received aid at your first school before transferring mid-year to PSU, those amounts will impact remaining aid eligibility at PSU for the remainder of the school year.

CSS/Profile Used?

Own Financial Aid Form?

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 6042

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 71%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 46%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 53%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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