President Shoureshi welcomes students, faculty and staff to new academic year

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

Greetings! Welcome to campus for the 2017-2018 academic year. I am so excited to be joining you in my first year as president of Portland State. We have much to celebrate this year.

PSU has been named one of the nation’s Top 10 Most Innovative Universities by U.S. News & World Report. This is the third year we’ve garnered that honor. We’re the only school in the northwest to earn the ranking, which puts us in the company of such universities as Stanford, Harvard, Duke and MIT. Congratulations to the faculty and staff for all you’ve done to cement our reputation.

Portland State students and our region’s employers understand the value of a PSU degree. Our graduates go on to earn comfortable salaries and work at places such as Nike, Intel, Columbia Sportswear, Daimler Trucks and OHSU.

PSU students continue to make us proud in countless ways. Notably, our Chamber Choir — under the direction of Ethan Sperry, the Barre Stoll Director of Choral Activities in the PSU School of Music — won the Grand Prix at the largest choral festival in Asia. And last month, the Chamber Choir hit the top of Billboard’s traditional classical music chart.

We are grateful to the Oregon State Legislature and Gov. Kate Brown for investing in higher education and allowing us to keep tuition increases low this year. Portland State is also doing its share in terms of investing in affordability. We launched the Four Years Free program this year, committing to high-achieving, first-time Oregon freshmen. The program fills the gap between federal and state aid and our tuition. As long as they maintain their grade point average, these students can attend PSU for four years without paying tuition.

It brings me joy to tell you that nearly 500 students have enrolled at PSU this fall under the Four Years Free program. I’m also thrilled to report that PSU’s fall enrollment will likely show a 15 percent increase in freshmen and a 6 percent increase in transfers. PSU’s Honors College has also made huge strides, with a 20 percent increase in Honors College enrollment.

I hope everyone takes the time to tour our new building, the Karl Miller Center, home to The School of Business. Stop by Smith Memorial Student Union to see the renovated food court and dining area. A renovated Viking Pavilion will open this spring, and work is underway on an improved Neuberger Hall and a new building at Fourth Avenue and Montgomery Street

Students, thank you for choosing to receive a quality education at Portland State. Faculty and staff, thank you for fostering academic excellence and supporting our students.

Sincerely,

Prof. Rahmat Shoureshi
President
Portland State University