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Portland State University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Portland State University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Portland State University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Portland State University was awarded 72 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is computer and information sciences.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Portland State University is ranked #876 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Out of the 20 colleges in Oregon, Portland State University is ranked at #12.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Portland State University?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 92%, Portland State University is easier to get into than many other schools. But that doesn't mean you can slack off on your application. Make sure to treat this school like any other when submitting requested materials and documents.

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 )

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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 20 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Portland State University is 55%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  55 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Portland State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Portland State University is 72%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  72 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 19% for first-time, full-time students at Portland State University, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  19 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Portland State University

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 21,167 undergraduates at Portland State University with 13,990 being full-time and 7,177 being part-time.

Portland State University Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 95.25 out of 100, Portland State University is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  95.25 out of 100
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How Much Does Portland State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Portland State University is $13,856. 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 +
$11,928 $12,738 $14,073 $18,401 $20,158

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Portland State University, approximately 48% of students took out student loans averaging $6,430 a year. That adds up to $25,720 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Portland State University is 6.7%. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Portland State University with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $44,700 in their early years. This is good news for future Portland State University graduates 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. Portland is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Location of Portland State University

Contact details for Portland State University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 724 Sw Harrison, Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 503-725-3000

Portland State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 109 majors graduated from Portland State University. Of these students, 4,863 received undergraduate degrees and 1,738 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
Business Administration & Management 355 $44,200
General Psychology 320 $28,100
Public Health 235 $28,300
General Social Sciences 234 $30,100
Liberal Arts General Studies 227 $26,600
Marketing 204 $38,400
Accounting 191 $45,600
Finance & Financial Management 190 $48,900
Criminal Justice & Corrections 180 $33,600
General Biology 168 $29,300

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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 8,521 students took at least one online class at Portland State University. This is an increase from the 7,732 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 8,521 2,112
2016-2017 7,732 1,984
2015-2016 7,416 1,831
2014-2015 6,520 1,676
2013-2014 5,351 1,421

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