The Portland Advantage

The Portland State University campus is located in downtown Portland, the Rose City, situated in one of the most beautiful and livable regions in the world. The city serves as the center of an area experiencing explosive growth in the high technology industries that helped nickname it the Silicon Forest. It owes the name to the presence of a large semiconductor community, spearheaded by Intel’s largest site in the world, and on an expanse of pristine forest.


Mt. Hood sunrise
This affords students unparalleled opportunities for professional advancement, as well as unlimited recreational opportunities featuring beaches of the Pacific Ocean, clear waters of myriad of streams, rivers, and lakes, and snow-packed Cascade Mountains.


Downtown Portland at night with the lights reflecting on Willamette River
Portland at night with the city lights shining on the Willamette River.


Christmas tree in Pioneer Square
Christmas tree in Pioneer Square.


TriMet is the Portland Metropolitan Area public transportation system: "Max" is Portland's light rail system, there are also buses, and the downtown area streetcars. More information on traveling via TriMet may be found at Vintage trolleys occasionally operate downtown on weekends. There are a variety of venues for music and shows in Portland, many accessible using TriMet.

Sternwheelers and small cruise boats carry tourists on the river; some travel by river to the coast or to Idaho, the next state to the east. Multnomah Falls is a popular tourist destination. There are many paths through the forest and there is a lodge with a restaurant, lounge and gift shop.

Portland Japanese Gardens is one of the many attractions in Washington Park, which overlooks Portland.

It is approximately a two-hour drive to the Oregon coast from Portland.