Search Google Appliance

President's Progress Report 2012

Portland State charts a path to excellence
Welcome to the President's Progress Report on Portland State University. Portland State is Oregon's largest and most diverse university, spanning 50 acres in the heart of a vibrant downtown. Educating nearly 30,000 students from every state and nearly 100 nations, PSU's impact resonates across the region through our vital connections to businesses and metro communities, our commitment to student success and our pursuit of excellence in faculty scholarship and research. more

Creating new solutions for Intel
Top researchers hunted for a solution for a year, and then told Intel it couldn't be done. They couldn't remove a layer of material from Intel's microprocessors, a critical step toward developing smaller and faster semiconductor chips for computers, cell phones, and electronics. Nabil Mistkawi, then a Portland State student and Intel engineer, took up the challenge. He developed a new chemical solution that not only succeeded but was environmentally friendly. Intel now uses more than 6,000 gallons of Mistkawi's mixture weekly. more

Tomorrow's campus takes shape today

PSU, OHSU, and OSU are building the Collaborative Life Sciences Building with its high-tech teaching labs on the South Waterfront, set to open in 2014.

Privately funded University Pointe opens this fall, providing apartment-style living for 978 students in a 16-story high rise that includes retail space and a fitness center.


Total students: 29,703
Average PSU freshman class size: 24 students
Students receiving financial aid: 56 percent
Economic impact: $1.4 billion contribution
Degrees awarded in 2011: 5,784
Community-based learning courses: Nearly 500




Programs that lead to student success

  • Service learning
  • Senior Capstone

- U.S. News & World Report, 2012 America's
Best Colleges

Top-50 Graduate Programs

  • Environmental Policy and Management
  • City Management and Urban Policy
  • Public Affairs
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Social Work

- U.S. News & World Report, 2012 Best
Graduate Schools