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Snapshot of Portland State
Snapshot of Portland State


Wim Wiewel

Enrollment 2015-2016 (Fall 2015)

Total: 28,076
Undergraduate: 22,495
Graduate: 5,581
Women: 15,219
Men: 12,857
Full time: 60%
Part time: 40%
Student to Faculty Ratio: 21 to 1

Enrollment Breakdown

Percentage of Students from Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas counties: 66%;
Percentage of Oregon resident students: 79%
Top states represented: Washington, California, Hawaii, Idaho, and Colorado
Top countries represented: Saudi Arabia, China, India, Kuwait, and Japan
Students are enrolled from all 50 states and over 84 countries

Financial Aid

Students receiving financial aid: 69%
Average dollar amount: $12,138
Breakdown of awards:
Loans: 54%
Grants and scholarships: 50%
Other: 20%
$2.5 million in student scholarships through the PSU Foundation

Student Diversity

White: 60%
Asian: 8%
Latino: 10%
International: 7%
African American: 3%
Native American: 1%
Multi-Ethnic: 5%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
Other: 5%

Freshman Snapshot 

High school GPA 3.75+: 16%
High school mean GPA: 3.37
Average class size: 28 students
Retention rate (freshman to sophomore standing): 71.7%

Top Undergraduate Majors 

Psychology, Health Studies, Biology, Art & Design, and Accounting

Top Graduate Majors 

Social Work, Education: Curriculum & Instruction, and Education Leadership & Policy

Degrees Awarded 2013-2014

Total: 6,040
Bachelor's: 4,375
Master's: 1,579
Doctoral: 86

Degree Programs 2014-2015

Total: 211
Bachelor's: 88
Master's: 86
Doctoral: 37

Annual, Full-Time Tuition and Fees 2014-2015

$7,794 resident undergraduate (15 hrs/term)
$13,689 resident graduate  (12 hrs/term)
$23,319 nonresident undergraduate (15 hrs/term)
$20,673 nonresident graduate (12 hr/term)

Colleges and Schools

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

Employees - (full and part time) Fall 2015

Total: 6,847
Research and Instructional Faculty: 1,741
Academic Professionals and Managers: 784
Administration: 92
Staff: 688
Graduate Assistants: 878
Student Employees: 2,286
Other: 378

Alumni 2013-2014

165,000+ (65% reside in the Portland metro area)

Transit Hub 2013-2014

Students using mass transit: 43%
Driving alone: 20%
Walking: 21%
Bicycling: 8%
Other/Carpool: 8%

Research Expenditures 2012-2013

$59.1 million (data updated biannually) 

Private Giving 2013-2014

$39.3 million 

Community Partners 2013-2014

Top Partners: Intel, OHSU, Portland Public Schools, City of Portland, Multnomah County, PGE
Community-based Learning Courses: 400 annually
Student Service Hours: 970,000 
Value of Service Hours: $20.7 million 

Economic Impact 2013-2014

$1.4 billion contribution 

PSU Expenditures 2013-2014

$531 million 


Campus acreage: 50 acres
PSU buildings: 50
Residential student housing properties: 10


Competes in 15 NCAA Division 1 intercollegiate varsity sports in the Big Sky Conference


Doctrina urbi serviat—"Let knowledge serve the city"


Mascot: Victor E. Viking
Colors: Green and white

Key Dates

Founded: 1946
Moved to South Park Blocks: 1952
First bachelor's degrees awarded: 1956
First master's degrees: 1964
First doctoral degrees: 1972


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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