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Snapshot of Portland State
Snapshot of Portland State


Wim Wiewel

Enrollment 2016-2017 (Fall 2016)

Total: 28,407
Undergraduate: 22,506
Graduate: 5,901
Women: 15,502
Men: 12,905
Full time: 59.1%
Part time: 40.9%
Student to Faculty Ratio: 20 to 1

Enrollment Breakdown

Percentage of Students from Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas counties: 64.9% 
Percentage of Oregon resident students: 77.5%
Top states represented: California, Washington, Hawaii, Idaho, and Texas
Top countries represented: China, India, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Japan
Students are enrolled from all 50 states and over 89 countries

Financial Aid

Students receiving financial aid: 70.7%
Average dollar amount: $11,820
Breakdown of awards:
Loans: 50.8%
Grants and scholarships: 47%
Other: 27%
$2.4 million in student scholarships through the PSU Foundation

Student Diversity

White: 58.3%
Asian: 7.9%
Latino: 11.1%
International: 7.5%
African American: 3.1%
Native American: 1.2%
Multi-Ethnic: 5.7%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: .06%
Other: 4.7%

Freshman Snapshot 

High school GPA 3.75+: 18%
High school mean GPA: 3.37
Average class size: 27 students
Retention rate (freshman to sophomore standing): 72.7%

Top Undergraduate Majors 

Management, Psychology, Health Studies, Biology, and Accounting

Top Graduate Majors 

Social Work, Education, and Education Leadership & Policy

Degrees Awarded 2015-2016

Total: 5,736
Bachelor's: 4,138
Master's: 1,516
Doctoral: 82

Degree Programs 2016-2017

Total: 211
Bachelor's: 88
Master's: 86
Doctoral: 37

Annual, Full-Time Tuition and Fees 2016-2017

$8.337 resident undergraduate (15 hrs/term)
$14,565 resident graduate  (12 hrs/term)
$24,852 nonresident undergraduate (15 hrs/term)
$22,053 nonresident graduate (12 hr/term)

Colleges and Schools

College of the Arts
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
College of Urban and Public Affairs
Graduate School of Education
Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science
School of Business Administration
OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
School of Social Work
Urban Honors College

Employees - (full and part time) Fall 2016

Total: 6,944
Research and Instructional Faculty: 1,792
Academic Professionals and Managers: 774
Administration: 93
Staff: 682
Graduate Assistants: 775
Student Employees: 2,467
Other: 361

Alumni 2015-2016

171,000+ (104,000 reside in the Portland metro area)

Transit Hub 2015-2015

Students using mass transit: 47%
Driving alone: 23%
Walking: 19%
Bicycling: 6%
Other/Carpool: 8%

Research Expenditures 2015-2016

$66.3 million

Private Giving 2015-2016

$34.9 million

Community Partners 2015-2016

Top Partners: Intel, OHSU, Portland Public Schools, City of Portland, Multnomah County, PGE
Community-based Learning Courses: 400 annually
Student Service Hours: 1.1 million  
Value of Service Hours: $26.8 million 

Economic Impact 2013-2014

$1.4 billion contribution (data updated bi-annually)

PSU Expenditures 2015-2016

$552 million 

PSU Endowment 2015-2016

$58.4 million


Campus acreage: 50 acres
PSU buildings: 50
Residential student housing properties: 10


Competes in 15 NCAA Division 1 intercollegiate varsity sports in the Big Sky Conference


Doctrina urbi serviat—"Let knowledge serve the city"


Mascot: Victor E. Viking
Colors: Green and white

Key Dates

Founded: 1946
Moved to South Park Blocks: 1952
First bachelor's degrees awarded: 1956
First master's degrees: 1964
First doctoral degrees: 1972


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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