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"Up-and-coming" for second year: Rankings show both PSU’s serious and hip sides

For the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Portland State University among the nation's top 10 “up-and-coming” schools.

The repeat ranking from one of the most-read college guides recognizes PSU’s reputation as campus on the rise.

To create the list, U.S. News asked college presidents, provosts and admissions deans to identify the schools making “the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty and student life.” Other up-and-coming schools include the University of Southern California and Arizona State University.

"People are taking notice of Portland State because of our growing academic and research excellence," said Wim Wiewel, PSU president. “We are working hard to create rigorous and relevant educational experiences that connect students to the real world.”

The 2014 rankings also recognize PSU for its service learning and Senior Capstone programs. PSU’s Senior Capstone courses provide an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned to a real challenge in the community. They are part of PSU’s campus-wide focus on service projects, hands-on learning and community-university partnerships.

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PSU: Home to hipsters

Hipsters know what's up and coming, so it makes sense that Portland State also is ranked as the No. 2 "Most Hipster School" by, a website written by and for college women.

PSU is second only to New York University in the site's 2013 college rankings.

Calling Portland home to "many American Apparel-clad people," the website cites "The Huffington Post," "Forbes," and "Travel + Leisure" in counting Portland or PSU among the top hipster hangouts.

Further evidence: PSU's proximity to non-fat soy lattes in the Pearl district and the Vanguard's "hipster's guide to burritos."