Education that Matters

At Portland State University, change isn’t a maybe. It’s a must. We are proud to be Oregon’s most diverse, affordable, and innovative public urban research university. On our campus in the heart of downtown Portland, we embolden you to chart your own path to a better tomorrow. And we give you all the support, connections, and experiences you need to get there. Because we believe every time your success inspires others, you change the world. 

PSU Students studying together

A College of Distinction

In our core University Studies program, you go beyond your textbooks and into the community to dig deep into the issues that matter most to you. You form connections with your classmates and professors as you ask big questions and work together to find new answers. It’s a powerful learning experience you can’t find anywhere else.

Portland skyline

Start Here, Go Anywhere

From PSU’s downtown campus, you can bike along the river, hike in urban forests, and sip locally roasted coffee in your favorite cafe. You’re blocks from museums, concert halls, and hundreds of food carts — and only a short drive from both the beautiful Pacific Ocean and Mt. Hood. Inspiration and opportunity are at every turn. 

PSU students relaxing in the Park Blocks

You Belong at PSU

PSU students come from all walks of life and every corner of the world, making us the most diverse university in Oregon. That’s more than 26,000 students who bring varying backgrounds and perspectives to our classrooms and community. We strive to make everyone feel welcome, included and respected.

Students First 

At PSU, caring faculty and staff connect you to the support you need to achieve your goals. We are committed to making your degree affordable, your student life enjoyable and your academic experience excellent. We do everything we can to help you experience the transformative power of a PSU education. 

Ensuring the Best Value

PSU gives you a valuable education at an affordable cost. We do this by keeping our tuition as low as possible and offering free tuition to eligible students. Our graduates go on to rewarding careers at Intel, Nike, OHSU, Daimler, Amazon, Google, Adidas, Columbia Sportswear, and more. Find out where your PSU degree can take you. 

Students working with plants in a green house.

Learn Like Nowhere Else

Our urban campus, hands-on learning, and creative thinking spark curiosity