Portland State University

Portland State University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Portland State University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Portland State University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Portland State University was awarded 253 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health services administration.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, Portland State University is ranked #1,312 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Portland State University also holds the #13 spot on the Best Colleges in Oregon ranking.

See all of the rankings for Portland State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Portland State University?

Acceptance Rate

Portland State University has an acceptance rate of 92%, so it is easier to gain admission to this school than some others. Still, the admissions staff will examine your application closely to make sure you're a good fit for Portland State University.

Average Test Scores

About 41% of students accepted to Portland State University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 620. Math scores were between 490 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Portland State University  ( 500 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for Portland State University  ( 490 to 600 )
Portland State University received ACT scores from 45% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Portland State University  ( 19 to 25 )

Learn more about Portland State University admissions.

Portland State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At Portland State University, this rate is 21 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Portland State University is 54%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  54 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Portland State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 74% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Portland State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  74 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Portland State University is 19%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  19 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Portland State University.

Portland State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 20,320 undergraduates at Portland State University with 13,949 being full-time and 6,371 being part-time.

How Much Does Portland State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Portland State University is $13,040. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Portland State University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,198 $11,440 $13,599 $17,077 $19,996

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Portland State University, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Portland State University, approximately 45% of students took out student loans averaging $6,142 a year. That adds up to $24,568 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Portland State University is 6.3%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Portland State University Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Portland State University make about $44,700 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Portland State University students since it is 12% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Portland State University make the most money.

Location of Portland State University

Portland State University is a public institution located in Portland, Oregon. The location of Portland State University is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Contact details for Portland State University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 724 Sw Harrison, Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 503-725-3000
Website: www.pdx.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/portlandstatefans
Twitter: http://twitter.com/portland_state

Portland State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 90 majors graduated from Portland State University. Of these students, 4,853 received undergraduate degrees and 1,690 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Psychology 344 $28,100
Business Administration & Management 339 $44,200
General Social Sciences 239 $30,100
Marketing 209 $38,400
General Biology 193 $29,300
Liberal Arts General Studies 186 $26,600
Computer Science 179 $78,100
Finance & Financial Management 163 $48,900
Accounting 162 $45,600
Biological & Physical Science 159 $28,400

Learn more about the majors offered at Portland State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Portland State University

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2018-2019, 8,671 students took at least one online class at Portland State University. This is an increase from the 8,521 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 8,671 2,141
2017-2018 8,521 2,112
2016-2017 7,732 1,984
2015-2016 7,416 1,831
2013-2014 5,351 1,421

Learn more about online learning at Portland State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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