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Study at Portland State University

Founded in 1946, Portland State University is a public urban university. It came to be known as "the college that wouldn't die" because it refused to close after the Vanport Flood of 1948. The university provides undergraduate and graduate degree courses. Schools and colleges at PSU are the following:

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Fine and Performing Arts
  • School of Social Work College of Urban and Public Affairs
The athletics teams of Portland State University are known as the Portland State Vikings. The official colors are forest green and white. The mascot is a Viking. PSU won the NCAA National Division II Championships in women's volleyball and wrestling. Among the notable alumni of the school are Jean M Auel, author of "The Clan and the Cave Bear, " Chief Justice of Oregon Supreme Court Paul de Muniz, and Miss America 2002 Katie Harman.

Profile of Portland State University

The main campus of Portland State is in Portland, OR (a large city). The school is a public school. Portland State offers degrees up to the Doctoral degree.

Portland State Selectivity

The school does not accept everyone who applies. In 2007, SAT verbal scores of half of students were 460 to 590. Three-fourths of students accepted in 2007 had SAT math scores of 460 or more.


The school offers tenure to reward and retain some professors.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, Portland State had 24, 963 enrolled students.

Student Life

Many students are part-timers. Student athletes at Portland State belong to the Big Sky Conference for major sports.

Portland State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts1, 291social services, liberal arts and sciences, English, sociology, history, creative writing, geography, economics, . . .
Education and Teaching1, 147elementary school teaching, education, secondary teaching, curriculum and instruction, special ed, educational administration, middle school teaching, ESL instruction, . . .
Business and Management924business management, accounting, finance, marketing, international business, human resources, MIS, logistics, . . .
Family and Social Work339social work, public administration, community organization, human development and family studies, foodservice management
Science328biological and physical sciences, biology, biochemistry, physics, chemistry, geology, hydrology and water resources, geological and earth sciences
Engineering287electrical engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering management, various engineering courses
Therapy and Counselling239psychology, marriage and family therapy
Media133communication studies
Computer Science and Engineering124computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, computer support
Medical administration114community health, health care administration, public health Education
Security and Law Enforcement84criminal justice and safety
Fine Arts78fine arts, art history and criticism, sculpture
Architecture and Planning77urban planning, architecture
Mathematics72mathematics, statistics, systems science and theory
Design56graphic design
Medicine49public health courses, gerontology, health professions
Medical Support and Technology43audiology
Music38music, music performance, conducting
Conservation and Resource Management35environmental studies, environmental science, natural resources management
Religion and Philosophy26philosophy
Real Estate and Construction Management13real estate
Drama and Performing Arts9drama

Contact: Portland State

Portland State University

724 SW Harrison

Portland, OR 97201

General Phone: (503) 725-4433


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