Portland State University

Portland State University

Founded in 1946, Portland State University is a public urban university. It came to be known as "the college that wouldn't die" because it refused to close after the Vanport Flood of 1948. The university provides undergraduate and graduate degree courses. Schools and colleges at PSU are the following:

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Fine and Performing Arts
  • School of Social Work College of Urban and Public Affairs

The athletics teams of Portland State University are known as the Portland State Vikings. The official colors are forest green and white. The mascot is a Viking. PSU won the NCAA National Division II Championships in women's volleyball and wrestling. Among the notable alumni of the school are Jean M Auel, author of "The Clan and the Cave Bear," Chief Justice of Oregon Supreme Court Paul de Muniz, and Miss America 2002 Katie Harman.

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Contacting Portland State

Portland State University
724 SW Harrison
Portland , OR 97201
General Phone: (503) 725-4433

Portland State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,349Latin American studies, Near/Middle east studies, African-American studies, Hispanic-American studies, women's studies, foreign language and literature, linguistics, Chinese language, Japanese language, ...
Education and Teaching1,236education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, adult ed administration, higher education administration, instructional media design, special ed, school counseling, student counseling, ...
Business and Management909business management, logistics, transportation management, business administration, accounting, finance, financial management, human resources, international business, ...
Family and Social Work367foodservice management, human development and family studies, community organization, public administration, social work
Science313biology, biochemistry, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, geology, hydrology and water resources, geological and earth sciences, physics
Therapy and Counseling282psychology, marriage and family therapy
Engineering271civil engineering, electrical engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, systems engineering, various engineering courses, engineering management
Media146communication studies
Security and Law Enforcement123criminal justice and safety
Medical Administration117health care administration, public health education, community health
Computer Science and Engineering105computer science, computer security, computer support, computer engineering, software engineering, computer engineering courses
Architecture and Planning77architecture, urban planning
Fine Arts77fine arts, art history and criticism, sculpture
Mathematics59mathematics, statistics, systems science and theory
Medicine56gerontology, public health courses, health professions
Medical Support and Technology55audiology
Design47graphic design
Music36music, music performance, conducting
Conservation and Resource Management34conservation, environmental studies, environmental science, natural resources management
Real Estate and Construction Management34real estate
Religion and Philosophy23philosophy
Drama and Performing Arts22drama, various performing arts
Photography and Commercial Art1film studies

Number of programs and degrees for Portland State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree1,50660
Bachelor's degree3,28963
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship4512
Postbaccalaureate certificate89931

Portland State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Portland State had a total enrollment of 24,963 students (19,033 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 85%
Part-Time 15%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 67%
Graduate 33%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 66%
Black 3%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 8%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 13%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 4%
18-19 11%
20-21 14%
22-24 20%
25-29 23%
30-34 11%
35-39 7%
40-49 6%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)9%
New Mexico1%

Portland State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 67 %
Part-Time 45 %

Portland State Room and Board (2007)

Portland State offers campus housing for 2,021 of its 19,033 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Portland, Oregon for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Oregon Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Portland State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal460590
SAT Math460580

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT70%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Portland State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,147
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,837
Room and board $ 9,486
Room charge $ 6,000
Books and supplies $ 1,900
Other expenses $ 2,889

Financial Aid:
Portland State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 321600)

Portland State Faculty

Portland State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track6561
Non-tenured and not on tenure track127153

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year21$119,52210$101,368
Associate professorcalendar year10$86,7646$71,860
Assistant professorcalendar year4$71,6406$62,620
Instructorcalendar year2*5$55,104
No academic rankcalendar year6$54,0680*
All faculty totalcalendar year43$94,90927$77,632

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year132$90,83454$81,366
Associate professoracademic year96$69,11966$66,108
Assistant professoracademic year81$55,80082$55,759
Instructoracademic year34$40,87968$38,991
No academic rankacademic year3$48,7741*
All faculty totalacademic year346$71,334271$59,161

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Portland State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Big Sky Conference
Basketball Big Sky Conference
Baseball Big Sky Conference
Track Big Sky Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports142741

Portland State Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Logistics and Materials Management
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Transportation/Transportation Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Engineering, Other
Computer Science
Computer Software Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Systems Security

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Natural Resources Management and Policy
Natural Resources/Conservation, General

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education Administration
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, Other
Engineering/Industrial Management
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Systems Engineering

Family And Social Work
Community Organization and Advocacy
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Chinese Language and Literature
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Japanese Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General
Systems Science and Theory

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Public Health Education and Promotion

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Public Health, Other

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Hydrology and Water Resources Science
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Psychology, General

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% of degrees in medical administration
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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
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checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
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