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Awards & Certifications


U.S. News & World Report ranks PSU as top 10 "most innovative" schools in its Best Colleges 2017 rankings. 








Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS) Gold Rating three times in a row. One of only two gold-rated institutions in Oregon.




In 2016, PSU started a Campus Apiary, bringing honeybees and mason bees to campus.  Now certified as a Bee Campus USA, making the World safer for pollinators one campus at a time.





One of three Tree Campuses in Oregon, this award recognizes colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.



Originally certified in 2006, PSU re-certified in April of 2015. The certification represents efforts to protect water quality and downstream salmon habitat, especially regarding PSU's management of stormwater.








Designated as a "Changemaker Campus" by Ashoka U, one of 24 institutions nationwide.



Sierra Cool Schools list, 14th in 2016, out of more than 200 schools nationally.








Recognized as one of America's Greenest Universities for 2015 by







One of 22 colleges and universities to be listed on the 2014 Princeton Green Honor Roll, out of 832 institutions.





Named a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists. One of only five platinum-rated universities in the country, and the only in Oregon.






Ranked in top 10 schools with the greatest percent reduction in electricity in Campus Conservation Nationals.




Selected as one of ten 2013 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award winners.







Included in Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges 5 years in a row, ranking #20 in 2016! 







Top 100 Colleges Doing "Green" Right

- Best College Rankings 2014

Top 10 Bike-Friendly Campuses Across America

        - Best Colleges, 2012

Top Green Business Schools

- The Princeton Review, 2011 Business Schools Best for 'Green Business' Education

Top MBA Program: Number 14 Worldwide

- Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a survey promoting social, ethical and environmental stewardship by the Aspen Institute Center for Business Education, 2011-12

Top Urban Planning Graduate Program

- Planetizen, 2012 Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs

Top 50 Graduate Programs: City Management and Urban Policy; Public Affairs; Social Work

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

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