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Snapshot of Portland State
Snapshot of Portland State


Wim Wiewel

Enrollment 2013-2014 (Fall 2013)

Total: 29,452
Undergraduate: 23,489
Graduate: 5,963
Full time: 59%
Part time: 41%
Student to Faculty Ratio: 19 to 1

Enrollment Breakdown

Percentage of Students from Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas counties: 66% 
Percentage of Oregon resident students: 79%
Top states represented: Washington, California, New York, Alaska and Hawaii
Top countries represented: Saudi Arabia, China, Kuwait, India and Japan
Students enrolled from over 80 countries

Financial Aid

Students receiving financial aid: 59%
Average dollar amount: $4,776
Breakdown of awards:
Loans: 64%
Grants and scholarships: 25%
Other: 11%
$1.8 million in student scholarships through the PSU Foundation

Student Diversity

White: 62%
Asian: 9%
Latino: 7%
International: 8%
African American: 3%
Native American: 1%
Other: 10%

Freshman Snapshot

High school GPA 3.75+: 17%
High school mean GPA: 3.36
Average class size: 24 students
Retention rate (freshman to sophomore standing): 72.7%

Top Undergraduate Majors

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

Transit Hub 2012-2013

Students using mass transit: 45%
Driving alone: 21%
Walking: 18%
Bicycling: 8%
Other/Carpool: 8%

Degrees Awarded 2012-2013

Total: 6,074
Bachelor's: 4,321
Master's: 1,675
Doctoral: 78

Degree Programs 2012-2013

Total: 209
Bachelor's: 85
Master's: 87
Doctoral: 37

Annual, Full-Time Tuition and Fees 2013-2014

$7,878 resident undergraduate
$13,539 resident graduate
$23,088 nonresident undergraduate
$20,451 nonresident graduate

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
University Honors College

Employees - (full and part time) Fall 2013

Total: 6,521
Research and Instructional Faculty: 1,764
Academic Professionals and Managers: 726
Administration: 78
Staff: 678
Graduate Assistants: 723
Student Employees: 2,168
Other: 384


156,000+ (65% reside in the Portland metro area)

Research Expenditures

$59.1 million (2012-2013)

Private Giving

$29.3 million (2012-2013)

Community Partners

Top Partners: Intel, OHSU, Portland Public Schools, City of Portland, Multnomah County, PGE
Community-based Learning Courses: 400 annually
Student Service Hours: 1.02 million (2012-2013)
Value of Service Hours: $19.7 million

Economic Impact

$1.44 billion contribution (2012-2013)

PSU Expenditures

$500 million (2012-2013)


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 seviat—"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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