Academic Experience

PSU business students on the Karl Miller Center rooftop

The Courage to Question Everything

At Portland State University, we mobilize every facet of our university to meet your individual needs and those of society as a whole. We transform our urban public research university into a vehicle for social change. Turning your classes into an opportunity for collaboration. Your professors into advocates. And our city into a testbed for tomorrow. We are on an ambitious search for untapped perspectives and creative solutions, on campus and beyond.

Academic Excellence

At PSU, you do more than study the issues. You get in them and figure out how to do something different. Our core four-year University Studies program takes students out of the classroom and into the community for transformative learning experiences. And our unique University Honors College challenges highly motivated students with an academically intense curriculum focused on the city’s most pressing issues. You’ll go beyond your comfort zone to discover a new way forward.

High-Ranking Programs

We are home to top national programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. Students in our highly ranked Social Work and Urban Planning programs are re-imagining how we design communities, becoming the insightful thinkers employers need. Our undergraduate Business program ranks as one of the best in the nation. And our Pre-Health program is the best in Oregon, with students advancing to medical schools as close as OHSU and as far as Harvard and Columbia.

Academic Resources

There is no one-size-fits-all at PSU. We tailor our resources to fit each student. Your academic advisor helps you choose the right major, map your career path, and access financial resources. We offer after-hours academic support in our University Success program, drop-in and online tutoring in our Learning Center, one-on-one writing help in our Writing Center and learning accommodations in our Disability Resource Center. We are dedicated to giving you the support you need to succeed.