PSU recognized as College of Distinction

College of Distinction

Portland State University is proud to be a College of Distinction, an honor given to the best campuses for students to learn, grow and succeed. We earned this mark of excellence for our innovative, hands-on approach to teaching and learning. At PSU, you can explore real-world issues that matter to you and build the skills you need to make a difference in your career and community. You can’t find an experience like this anywhere else in Oregon.


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Recognizing success  

We earned our mark of distinction with our pioneering University Studies program, a powerful learning experience that breaks the mold for what’s possible on an urban campus. Since it began in 1974, University Studies has gained national recognition for integrating all your core undergraduate requirements, such as writing and math, into a four-year pathway that is tailored to your interests and designed to ensure your success. It’s the kind of engaging education you are more likely to find in a private, liberal arts college. We’re doing it on a diverse public campus in the heart of downtown Portland.

Education that matters

University Studies changed everything for PSU student Naureen Kahn — her major, her goals and how she tells her story. Starting as a freshman, she made deep connections with her classmates, studied complex themes from multiple angles and got involved in her community. In University Studies, you can learn about yourself and be a part of something bigger than yourself. Our small class sizes, responsive faculty and peer mentors — like Naureen — make it possible.


Award-winning classes

University Studies has won awards from numerous national organizations, including:

University Studies has also recently been the subject of special issues in the Metropolitan Universities Journal and The Journal of General Education.