About Portland State University

A thriving campus in the heart of Portland

We are Oregon's most affordable public research university, located in the heart of one of America's most dynamic cities. Our mission to "let knowledge serve the city" reflects our dedication to turning ideas into action — in Portland and around the world.
The city is our campus, giving students unmatched access to career connections, a vibrant cultural scene and hands-on learning experiences with hundreds of community partners.
More than 27,000 students from all backgrounds bring diverse perspectives to our classrooms and campus life, from the tree-lined Park Blocks to the bustling Urban Plaza and state-of-the-art science labs.
We are proud of our world-class faculty, groundbreaking research and international reputation for excellence in sustainability, community engagement and innovation.
For four years in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Portland State among the nation's "most innovative" colleges in recognition of our leadership in finding new ways to help students succeed. We are the only Oregon university offering a four-year degree guarantee, a joint School of Public Health with Oregon Health & Science University and four years of free tuition to eligible students.

Our graduates go on to invent for Intel, design for Nike, save lives at OHSU, run international corporations and make hit Hollywood movies. See for yourself.


  • 18:1
    student-to-faculty ratio
  • Intel, OHSU, Nike
    Intel, OHSU, Nike
    top employers of our grads
  • One of the Most Innovative Universities in U.S.
    U.S. News and World Report
  • degree programs
    degree programs
  • average salary after graduation
    average salary five years after graduation
  • Most diverse
    Most diverse
    public university in Oregon