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Undergrad Profile

Portland State University is Oregon’s most diverse university, in the center of one of America’s most livable, progressive, and creative cities. 

At PSU we are not afraid to push boundaries, to test norms, to dream big. We are fearless.  It’s not just a buzzword; it’s a way of life. We commit to excellence on all fronts. We find strength in diversity. We succeed.

Take the next step toward your fearless future
Visit our campus: pdx.edu/admissions/visit. E-mail campusvisits@pdx.edu or call 503-725-5555. And apply at pdx.edu/admissions.

We have one unshakable goal:
your success

At PSU you get the opportunity—and the encouragement—to follow your passion fearlessly and earn a degree. You like choice. So do we. You can take a deep dive into the art of graphic novels while pursuing a career in public health, business, social work, or one of the over 100 academic programs PSU offers.  

We believe learning doesn’t end at the classroom door
You get real job experience and make connections in your field, whether you’re interning at Nike or designing a new city plaza. One hundred percent of our students participate in an internship or community-based project prior to graduation. Yes, we said 100%. And we have the nation’s only Urban Honors College. You just don’t get that kind of opportunity anywhere else. 

If you don’t invest in your future who will? 
Everyone knows college is spendy. That’s why we are working to ease the cost by offering more financial aid and work-study jobs. Sixty-nine percent of PSU students receive financial aid. And how about this for incentive: higher career earnings, a campus that challenges you to be fearless in your search for knowledge, and friendships that last a lifetime. 

We take acceptance to a new level 
You’ll find that there is not just one kind of student at PSU. We encourage all students to follow their own paths to achieve their goals. Cultural and resource centers provide help and instant community. More than 30% of our international students live in our modern, apartment-style campus housing. And we have some of the best international food carts anywhere. Whatever your preference, you can make yourself at home here.   


Portland State University is located in downtown Portland, OREGON, and the campus is surrounded by an urban landscape. Cultural student resource centers and on-campus housing provide instant community. ​From restaurants to museums, there is always something to do on or off campus. 


At a glance
100+ Academic programs
19:1 Student-faculty ratio
24 Average freshman class size
200+ Student groups
only 1 You at PSU