Portland State University Review

Portland State University is a public, urban institution of higher learning located in the metropolitan area of Portland, Oregon. The university is the largest public school in Oregon, and it has recently grown from a traditional liberal arts institution to a broader, more research-based school.

Portland State University School Overview

With more than 26,000 students in yearly attendance, Portland State University is the largest public school in the state of Oregon. Please the school was founded in 1946. It offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in seven different academic schools and colleges.

Portland State University was named the 'Best in the West' by the Princeton Review, www.bls.gov, and it has also been listed by the publication as the 'College with a Conscience.' Although it started out as a liberal arts school, Portland State University began offering research-based doctoral degree programs, such as those in chemistry, biology, computer science, mathematics, mechanical engineering and sociology. The university's business school has also been ranked highly in the Princeton Review listings of the best business schools in the nation.

Admissions and Enrollment at Portland State University

Students who hold a high school degree or fewer than 29 college credits can apply to enroll at Portland State University as freshmen. Individuals with more than 30 hours of college credit can go through the transfer admissions system. The school provides admissions counselors to help students meet the application requirements for the university.

Campus Facilities and Learning Environment at Portland State University

Portland State University's main campus is situated on 49 acres in the center of the Portland area. The campus contains 50 administrative and academic buildings and 11 residential buildings. The Branford Price Millar Library is located at the center of the university's campus. It holds roughly 1.3 million volumes and is home to a computer lab.

Portland State University is located in a metropolitan area and attracts a more adult student population than most public universities. The average age of a student attending Portland State University is 25. As of 2008, the school had 3,500 full-time and part-time faculty and staff members to help meet the needs of its students.

Overview of Schools and Colleges at Portland State University

  • College of Urban and Public Affairs
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School of Education
  • School of Business Administration
  • Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Studies
  • School of Extended Studies
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Fine and Performing Arts

Contact Information

  • Address: 724 SW Harrison, Portland, Oregon 97201
  • Phone Number: (503) 725-4433