About Portland State
Serving Oregon's largest and most diverse student body
Portland State's 49-acre downtown campus is located in the heart of one of America's most vibrant centers of culture, business and technology. We are recognized throughout the world for programs like Urban Planning, Social Work, and Environmental Studies that directly engage the community, and aim our students towards the creation of a better, more sustainable world.
Oregon is our classroom
At Portland State University, our students and faculty take the classroom to the community. In Senior Capstones, students team up with local organizations to tackle civic challenges, working directly with Portland's youth and underserved populations. These students write grants, build watersheds, tutor ESL, advocate for the arts, and much more. This program is one of the reasons why U.S News & World Report and The Princeton Review rank PSU among the nation’s best.
Our Portland campus
Here in one of the nation’s most livable cities, a world of activity awaits. Portland is known for its progressive bike-friendly attitude, lively music and restaurant scenes, farmers' markets, endless recreation possibilities — and Portland State is in the middle of it all. Rail and bus lines connect the campus to every corner of the city. Beyond the metro area students enjoy the Pacific Northwest’s natural beauty via slopes, sails, surf and trails.
Integrating sustainability into curricula, campus, and community partnerships—that’s part of Portland State’s commitment to addressing global issues such as climate change and poverty. PSU faculty and students focus efforts that help communities strike a balance of economic resilience and environmental stewardship. PSU’s 49-acre urban campus serves as a laboratory for sustainable practices.
Depth of knowledge
Portland State University faculty members are prized for their knowledge, achievements, and meaningful engagement with students. Drawn from academic programs around the world, these professors bring with them a rich diversity of culture and background, and a commitment to Portland State’s unique approach to education.