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Portland State University



PSU is located right at the edge of Portland's downtown area. With its famous motto "Let Knowledge Serve the City," PSU boasts nearly 30,000 students, a nationally recognized community-university partnerships program, and an award-winning University Studies curriculum. It offers more than 60 undergraduate and 40 graduate degree programs, and is widely recognized for program excellence in Urban Planning, Environmental Studies, and Social Work. In addition, the Institute for Sustainable SolutionsInitiative on Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation, and Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium develop innovative solutions to current environmental issues.  In 2015, US News ranked Portland State 8th in the list of "up and coming" universities in the country.

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For more information on Portland State University and student life on campus, check out the "About PSU" and "Campus Life" pages. 

Portland, Oregon

Portland is located in the state of Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. (timezone: Pacific Standard Time). Just a few hour's drive from Seattle, the Pacific coast, and the mountains, Portland is a stragetically planned city that values both the urban and the natural.

Getting Around

Portland is known as a very bike-friendly and walkable city. Check out the Portland Bureau of Transportation's Biking and Walking Maps to plan a trip. If you'd like to rent a bicycle, you can do so at the Portland State Bike Hub, or at a number of local bike shops, many of which also offer bicycle tours. Upon your arrival at Portland State, you'll receive a transit pass that will give you access to Portland's excellent public transportation system. Please visit Trimet's website to plan your trip. Travel Portland has information about destinations and the best way to get there.

Natural Areas

While you're out, you might want to explore Portland's system of trails and parks. The 40-Mile Loop connects the regions parks and natural areas via walking and biking trails. Forest Park is one of the nation's largest urban forest reserves, with more than 80 miles of hiking trails located on hillsides overlooking the Willamette River. Visit Portland Parks & Rec for park maps and picnic areas, and check out the fantastic views from Powell Butte Nature Park and Kelly Point Park. Portland is called the "City of Roses" because the climate is ideal for cultivating roses. It is home to three outstanding public rose gardens, including the International Rose Test Garden.

Check out some of these nearby parks and scenic areas:

Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area

Silver Falls State Park

The Oregon Coast

Mt. Hood National Forest

Visitor Attractions

Powell's City of Books, located in the heart of the city, is the largest bookstore west of the Mississippi River. Nike's headquarters are located in the Portland metropolitan area, including Nike Portland, their flagship retail outlet in downtown Portland. Pioneer Courthouse Square, located in the center of downtown, is modeled after the famous Campo in Siena, Italy, and is known as "Portland's Living Room." Its a great place to have lunch, people watch, and check out a movie on summer evenings. Other visitor atrractions include the Oregon Zoo, Alberta Arts District, and the Portland Farmers Market.

For up-to-date information on Portland's cultural and social scene, browse through local publications such as the Portland Monthly or the Willamette Week.

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