Rankings

Rankings

Pre-med students walking in RLSB

Our excellence

Portland State University is proud to be ranked among the most sustainable, distinctive and transformative schools in the nation. We are nationally recognized for our innovative teaching and academic expertise in fields such as urban and public affairs. And we earn consistently high marks for being LGBTQ-friendly, bicycle-friendly and environmentally-friendly by the organizations that care most about those issues. Check out all of our national rankings, and we think you’ll be proud, too.

College of Distinction 

Portland State is a national College of Distinction for our commitment to helping students learn, grow and succeed. We earned this mark of excellence for our pioneering University Studies program, our four-year pathway to undergraduate success.

Most transformative 

PSU is the No. 1 school in Oregon for social mobility, according to U.S. New & World Report. That means we graduate the most economically disadvantaged students who receive federal Pell Grants. This ranking confirms our commitment to providing access and excellent education to students from all backgrounds.

Top Graduate Programs

U.S. News & World Report ranks PSU among the top 50 graduate schools in the nation in fields such as local government management, health care management, public affairs, rehab counseling, urban planning and social work.

Drone photograph featuring some of the green roofs on campus

Most sustainable

The Princeton Review has named Portland State among the top 50 green colleges in the nation. We also rated as bee certified, tops with trees, salmon safe and friendly to bicycles. These rankings recognize our efforts to bring people together to find practical solutions for a more sustainable future.

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Most caring

Portland State is No. 9 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of top schools for service learning, a measure of how much we care about student success. All PSU students complete hands-on community projects before they graduate.


Portland skyline

 

ONE OF THE NATION’S MOST
INNOVATIVE UNIVERSITIES

—U.S. News & World Report

 

OREGON'S MOST AFFORDABLE
RESEARCH UNIVERSITY

—Best Value Schools

 

ONE OF THE NATION’S MOST
DIVERSE UNIVERSITIES

—Niche

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#9 IN NATION FOR
SERVICE LEARNING

—U.S. News & World Report

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#1 IN OREGON OR
SOCIAL MOBILITY

—U.S. News & World Report

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TOP 50 GREEN
COLLEGES IN THE NATION

—The Princeton Review