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Portland State University is located in downtown Portland, Oregon. We’re planted in Portland’s center, and the PSU pulse is as vital as that of the city that surrounds us. As a PSU student, you’ll do more than fit in. You’ll stand out.


RankedTOP10 most innovative schools
U.S. News & World Report

• College of Distinction
— CollegesofDistinction.com 2016–2017

• Best Western Colleges
— The Princeton Review 2016–2017

• Top 25 Colleges with the Best Location
— BusinessInsider.com 2015

• Top Engineering Schools in Oregon
— BestEngineeringColleges.com 2017

• Top Green Colleges
— The Princeton Review Green Colleges 2016–2017

Type of School: Public four-year university 

Size of Campus: 50 acres, 10 residence halls 

Number of Students: Approximately 28,500 

Number of Faculty: 1,792 

Colleges, programs, and degrees: 211 programs 

Geographic Diversity: Over 89 countries represented by international students 

International Student Services: Advising and Career Services, Learning Center, Campus Recreation Center: pdx.edu/international-students 

International Student Budget: $39,203 estimated cost of attendance based on 12 credits per quarter: pdx.edu/undergraduate-admissions/international 

Financial Aid: All admitted international students will automatically be considered for merit scholarships. Merit scholarships of up to $12,500 are awarded to academically qualified students. No separate application is required. 

Test Score Requirements: TOEFL: Paper-based: 527; computer-based 197; Internet-based: minimum overall score of 71 and minimum score of 15 in Reading and Writing
IELTS: 6.0 overall; minimum 6.0 in Reading and Writing
PTE: 53 overall

SAT (not required for admission, used to prove English proficienty only): 560 or above in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section 

Application Deadlines and Fees: Priority application deadline is November 1; however, applications are accepted after this date. $50 application fee

Portland State has an international reputation for community engagement, sustainability, and innovation. We offer an affordable education, and our sought-after graduates compete in the best entry-level job market on the West Coast. Our city is our campus, where students and faculty put ideas into action to create a healthier, more equitable world. Being in Portland means you’ll be learning from and living among the makers, dreamers, planners, and doers responsible for our city’s livable, sustainable reputation. 

A different way to learn
With 211 degree programs and more than 120 majors, minors, and concentrations, you’ll find an intellectual home at PSU. Outside of the classroom, you’ll gain real-world experience through field studies, research opportunities, community projects, and internships. Ready to invent something? The Beta Project at the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science could help with start-up costs.

Invest in your future
We believe paying less tuition today leaves more money for you tomorrow. As Oregon’s most affordable public research university, Portland State offers more financial aid and work-study opportunities and a Four-Year Degree Guarantee for incoming freshman students. Our graduates land jobs with an average starting salary of almost $43,000 at employers such as Nike, Intel, and Daimler.

Find your passion
Whatever your jam—be it bouldering in the back country, crewing a dragon boat, or developing leadership skills through our cultural resource centers-—we can help you explore it. Get involved in a club or cheer on one of our 15 NCAA Division I teams. There’s more than one way to be a Viking.