At Portland State University, we know change isn’t a maybe. It’s a must. It’s a lesson learned over our 75 years of growth from a small start-up serving G.I.s home from World War II to Oregon’s most diverse and innovative urban public research university.
Through it all, we have led the charge for positive change in Portland and beyond, building greener cities, fighting for social justice, and working for the greater good. We put students first, emboldening each and every one to create better lives for themselves and better communities for us all.
As we celebrate our first 75 years and look forward to our next 75, we continue to ask hard questions. To welcome everyone. And to find new ways to move forward, no matter what. Because a more equitable, sustainable future is ours to make, and we can only do it together.
We take our motto, “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” to heart. Our students and faculty work with hundreds of businesses and community partners — such as Intel, Oregon Health & Science University and the City of Portland — to find new solutions to the region’s most pressing problems. Our students design tiny homes for the houseless, improve air quality near public schools, and help find cancer cures. We are tied to this city we call home, and now more than ever, we are stepping up with our partners to help Portland achieve a more equitable, resilient and sustainable future.
The people of Portland State have been changing lives and communities for the better since 1946. Our students and alumni have made our families healthier, our cities more sustainable, and our world more equitable. We are proud of the nearly 200,000 alumni who continue to challenge norms and move forward in new and creative ways. In our 75th year, we celebrate their success and look ahead to a next generation of changemakers at PSU.
From a small start-up serving G.I.s home from World War II to Oregon’s most diverse and innovative urban public research university, PSU has led the charge for positive change in Portland and beyond.
A network of tireless alumni and supporters has come to PSU's rescue — from threats both existential and symbolic — throughout its 75-year history.
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