Portland State University

Portland, OR

School Background

2022 Undergraduate Enrollment: 15,674
Graduate Enrollment: 5,105
Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity
Highest degree awarded: Graduate
Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander institution
Religious Affiliation: None

Campus Details

Large City (>250k)
Four-year, large, primarily nonresidential // medium full-time, inclusive, higher transfer-in

Applicant and Admittance Traits

2022 Admission Rate: 98.43%

Male/Female: 42% / 58% (2017)

First generation college students: 39.1% (2017)
Percentage of students who are married when enrolled: 11.2% (2017)
Percentage of students who are veterans: 0.7% (2017)

Test scores for admission: Considered but not required
2022 Median Admit SAT: 1,099
SAT 25th Percentile - 75th: 1000 - 1250

2022 Median Admit ACT: 21
ACT 25th Percentile - 75th: 17 - 24

Appliants applying to 2+ schools: 68.8% (2017)
Appliants applying to 3+ schools: 33.2% (2017)
Appliants applying to 4+ schools: 20.8% (2017)
Appliants applying to 5+ schools: 14.3% (2017)

Ethnicity Information

White: 49.9%
Black: 4.3%
Hispanic: 20.2%
Asian: 10.2%
American Indian/Alaska Native: 1.3%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.6%
2+ races: 7.0%
Non-resident alien: 3.2%
Unknown race: 3.3%

Costs & Fees

2022 Average Tuition & Fees (Room/Board/Books): $21,620
In-State tuition: $10,386
Out-of-State tuition: $29,286

Estimated books and supplies: $1,200 (2022)
Estimated on-campus room & board: $13,500 (2022)
Estimated on-campus other fees: $3,210 (2022)

Estimated off-campus room & board: $13,500 (2022)
Estimated off-campus other fees: $3,210 (2022)

Average Family Income: $61,825 (2017)
Median Family Income: $25,986 (2017)

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Percentage of students receiving Pell Grant: 39.2%
Percentage of students with Federal Loans: 36.4%

Median federal loan debt at graduation: $20,500 (2021)
Median federal loan payment: $217 (2021)

Household Income Net Cost
0-$30k $12,067
$30k-48k $12,103
$48k-75k $13,137
$75k-110k $16,965
$110k+ $20,218

Graduate Outcomes & Job Placements

4-year graduation rate: 29%
6-year graduation rate: 54%

1 year post-graduation workforce participation: 93.3% (2020)

Loans

Median federal debt for graduates: $20,500 (2021)
Median federal debt for non-graduates: $11,000 (2021)

Median federal debt for first-generation graduates: $15,870 (2021)
Median federal debt for Pell grant recipient graduates: $17,827 (2021)

Ability to Repay Loans

Graduates, % of Loans in Repayment
(Non-delinquent/default)
Percentage
@1 Year 55.5% (2015)
@3 year 63.3% (2017)
@5 year 72.6% (2017)


1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid (Non-delinquent/default) - Pell Grant Recipients: 40.8% (2015)
1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid - 1st Generation Attendees: 43.7% (2015)

Earnings Power

Median earnings, 1 year post graduation: $37,970 (2020)
Median earnings, 4 years post graduation: $50,330 (2020)

Popular Majors

Type of Degree Major 2022 Graduates Median Federal Debt Median Monthly Payment 1yr Median Earnings (monthly gross) 4yr Median Earnings (monthly gross)
Bachelor's Degree Natural Resources Conservation and Research. 62 $29,250 $265 $32,807 ($2,734) $40,968 ($3,414)
Bachelor's Degree Communication and Media Studies. 129 $24,582 $217 $35,122 ($2,927) $45,675 ($3,806)
Master's Degree Communication and Media Studies. 8
Master's Degree Publishing. 35 $466 $27,538 ($2,295)
Bachelor's Degree Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians. 6
Bachelor's Degree Computer Science. 146 $31,000 $265 $76,722 ($6,394) $109,690 ($9,141)
Master's Degree Computer Science. 82 $279 $108,321 ($9,027)
Doctoral Degree Computer Science. 1
Graduate/Professional Certificate Computer Software and Media Applications. 23
Graduate/Professional Certificate Computer/Information Technology Administration and Management. 2
Graduate/Professional Certificate Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other. 1
Master's Degree Education, General. 204 $380 $46,607 ($3,884) $55,482 ($4,624)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Education, General. 5
Master's Degree Curriculum and Instruction. 54 $293 $58,014 ($4,835) $62,493 ($5,208)
Doctoral Degree Curriculum and Instruction. 9
Master's Degree Educational Administration and Supervision. 73 $351 $45,463 ($3,789) $53,483 ($4,457)
Doctoral Degree Educational Administration and Supervision. 2
Graduate/Professional Certificate Educational Administration and Supervision. 27
Master's Degree Special Education and Teaching. 67 $462 $51,027 ($4,252) $56,611 ($4,718)
Doctoral Degree Special Education and Teaching. 1
Graduate/Professional Certificate Systems Engineering. 3
Bachelor's Degree Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. 227 $30,250 $240 $30,804 ($2,567) $36,892 ($3,074)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. 4
Bachelor's Degree Biology, General. 168 $25,750 $241 $29,907 ($2,492) $43,525 ($3,627)
Master's Degree Biology, General. 6
Doctoral Degree Biology, General. 2
Bachelor's Degree Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology. 33 $25,000 $236 $34,494 ($2,875)
Master's Degree Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology. 8
Bachelor's Degree Mathematics. 70 $26,480 $221 $38,233 ($3,186) $63,659 ($5,305)
Master's Degree Mathematics. 20
Doctoral Degree Mathematics. 1
Master's Degree Applied Mathematics. 35
Master's Degree Statistics. 7
Graduate/Professional Certificate Statistics. 3
Bachelor's Degree Biological and Physical Sciences. 150 $27,500 $230 $34,633 ($2,886) $49,200 ($4,100)
Bachelor's Degree Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. 14
Master's Degree Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. 13 $42,354 ($3,530) $49,889 ($4,157)
Master's Degree Systems Science and Theory. 7
Doctoral Degree Systems Science and Theory. 2
Graduate/Professional Certificate Gerontology. 5
Bachelor's Degree International/Global Studies. 10
Graduate/Professional Certificate International/Global Studies. 17
Master's Degree Public Administration. 50 $466 $64,369 ($5,364) $79,673 ($6,639)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Public Administration. 5
Master's Degree Public Policy Analysis. 14 $46,122 ($3,844)
Doctoral Degree Public Policy Analysis. 2
Graduate/Professional Certificate Public Policy Analysis. 9
Bachelor's Degree Social Work. 72 $25,624 $244 $35,123 ($2,927) $47,055 ($3,921)
Master's Degree Social Work. 235 $544 $53,293 ($4,441) $60,666 ($5,056)
Doctoral Degree Social Work. 6
Graduate/Professional Certificate Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other. 6
Bachelor's Degree Social Sciences, General. 234 $31,000 $232 $32,981 ($2,748) $43,084 ($3,590)
Bachelor's Degree Anthropology. 29 $23,500 $190 $30,446 ($2,537) $35,877 ($2,990)
Master's Degree Anthropology. 4
Graduate/Professional Certificate Demography and Population Studies. 1
Bachelor's Degree Economics. 46 $24,949 $212 $41,648 ($3,471) $52,205 ($4,350)
Master's Degree Economics. 12
Graduate/Professional Certificate Economics. 4
Bachelor's Degree Geography and Cartography. 32 $26,500 $231 $29,685 ($2,474) $44,226 ($3,686)
Master's Degree Geography and Cartography. 16
Graduate/Professional Certificate Geography and Cartography. 13 $59,056 ($4,921)
Bachelor's Degree International Relations and National Security Studies. 36 $24,250 $230 $25,849 ($2,154) $33,528 ($2,794)
Bachelor's Degree Finance and Financial Management Services. 190 $20,570 $174 $49,917 ($4,160) $65,045 ($5,420)
Master's Degree Finance and Financial Management Services. 1 $70,205 ($5,850) $105,805 ($8,817)
Bachelor's Degree Human Resources Management and Services. 148 $25,460 $199 $46,172 ($3,848) $64,967 ($5,414)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Human Resources Management and Services. 6
Master's Degree International Business. 16
Graduate/Professional Certificate International Business. 12
Bachelor's Degree Marketing. 204 $19,500 $191 $35,667 ($2,972) $58,587 ($4,882)
Master's Degree Real Estate. 21 $445 $78,687 ($6,557)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Real Estate. 10
Master's Degree Taxation. 23 $347 $60,571 ($5,048)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Taxation. 1
Bachelor's Degree Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other. 76 $20,250 $191 $37,240 ($3,103) $54,093 ($4,508)
Bachelor's Degree History. 54 $31,000 $259 $28,182 ($2,349) $34,635 ($2,886)
Master's Degree History. 7
Graduate/Professional Certificate Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies. 10
Graduate/Professional Certificate Engineering, Other. 4
Master's Degree Student Counseling and Personnel Services. 36 $696 $45,284 ($3,774) $56,575 ($4,715)
Master's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. 26 $461 $41,859 ($3,488) $55,475 ($4,623)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. 369
Master's Degree Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language. 11 $42,226 ($3,519)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language. 10
Bachelor's Degree Civil Engineering. 64 $31,000 $238 $63,955 ($5,330) $75,055 ($6,255)
Master's Degree Civil Engineering. 22 $69,454 ($5,788) $76,957 ($6,413)
Doctoral Degree Civil Engineering. 11
Bachelor's Degree Computer Engineering. 20 $35,166 $265 $79,109 ($6,592)
Bachelor's Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 65 $29,593 $253 $79,628 ($6,636) $90,398 ($7,533)
Master's Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 134 $278 $102,145 ($8,512) $124,228 ($10,352)
Doctoral Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 5
Bachelor's Degree Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering. 10
Master's Degree Materials Engineering 14
Bachelor's Degree Mechanical Engineering. 106 $29,113 $244 $70,806 ($5,901) $82,358 ($6,863)
Master's Degree Mechanical Engineering. 23 $84,540 ($7,045)
Doctoral Degree Mechanical Engineering. 4
Graduate/Professional Certificate Engineering Technology, General. 11
Master's Degree Engineering-Related Fields. 33
Doctoral Degree Engineering-Related Fields. 4
Graduate/Professional Certificate Engineering-Related Fields. 4
Bachelor's Degree Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services. 28 $29,671 $249 $20,588 ($1,716) $33,752 ($2,813)
Bachelor's Degree East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 21 $25,500 $265 $25,937 ($2,161)
Master's Degree East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 3
Bachelor's Degree Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 7
Graduate/Professional Certificate Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 3
Bachelor's Degree Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 6
Master's Degree Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 4
Bachelor's Degree Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 48 $19,416 $207 $36,766 ($3,064)
Master's Degree Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 7
Bachelor's Degree Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 3
Graduate/Professional Certificate Turkic, Uralic-Altaic, Caucasian, and Central Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 1
Graduate/Professional Certificate Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services. 6
Bachelor's Degree Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services. 70 $23,334 $220 $29,586 ($2,466) $43,264 ($3,605)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services. 21
Bachelor's Degree English Language and Literature, General. 102 $24,546 $207 $26,370 ($2,198) $37,537 ($3,128)
Master's Degree English Language and Literature, General. 7
Bachelor's Degree Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies. 11
Master's Degree Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies. 18 $466 $26,360 ($2,197) $44,418 ($3,702)
Bachelor's Degree Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other. 128 $16,500 $175 $34,528 ($2,877) $46,317 ($3,860)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other. 6
Bachelor's Degree Philosophy. 29 $24,072 $200 $23,309 ($1,942) $33,163 ($2,764)
Bachelor's Degree Religion/Religious Studies. 1
Bachelor's Degree Chemistry. 21 $24,773 $254 $39,437 ($3,286) $54,740 ($4,562)
Master's Degree Chemistry. 1
Doctoral Degree Chemistry. 4
Bachelor's Degree Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences. 28 $24,125 $225 $32,262 ($2,689) $53,307 ($4,442)
Master's Degree Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences. 6
Graduate/Professional Certificate Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences. 3
Bachelor's Degree Physics. 30 $29,070 $237 $60,699 ($5,058) $83,259 ($6,938)
Master's Degree Physics. 5
Doctoral Degree Physics. 2
Bachelor's Degree Psychology, General. 320 $24,499 $208 $30,703 ($2,559) $40,458 ($3,372)
Master's Degree Psychology, General. 4
Doctoral Degree Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology. 9
Bachelor's Degree Criminal Justice and Corrections. 180 $26,641 $240 $40,759 ($3,397) $46,577 ($3,881)
Master's Degree Criminal Justice and Corrections. 10 $45,592 ($3,799)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Criminal Justice and Corrections. 1
Bachelor's Degree Community Organization and Advocacy. 37 $22,250 $207 $36,480 ($3,040) $45,490 ($3,791)
Bachelor's Degree Political Science and Government. 90 $23,818 $202 $30,951 ($2,579) $44,469 ($3,706)
Master's Degree Political Science and Government. 2
Bachelor's Degree Sociology. 77 $25,000 $195 $27,844 ($2,320) $39,581 ($3,298)
Master's Degree Sociology. 7
Doctoral Degree Sociology. 4
Bachelor's Degree Urban Studies/Affairs. 6 $36,850 $265
Master's Degree Urban Studies/Affairs. 4
Doctoral Degree Urban Studies/Affairs. 4
Bachelor's Degree Design and Applied Arts. 94 $26,995 $245 $32,881 ($2,740) $54,977 ($4,581)
Bachelor's Degree Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft. 18 $39,773 $312 $23,902 ($1,992) $37,709 ($3,142)
Graduate/Professional Certificate General Sales, Merchandising and Related Marketing Operations. 33
Graduate/Professional Certificate Specialized Sales, Merchandising and Marketing Operations. 1
Bachelor's Degree Film/Video and Photographic Arts. 67 $25,000 $246 $24,909 ($2,076) $35,966 ($2,997)
Bachelor's Degree Fine and Studio Arts. 83 $35,125 $279 $23,434 ($1,953) $28,284 ($2,357)
Master's Degree Fine and Studio Arts. 3
Bachelor's Degree Music. 21 $27,846 $286
Master's Degree Music. 9 $22,443 ($1,870)
Bachelor's Degree Visual and Performing Arts, Other. 10
Bachelor's Degree Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General. 28 $19,750 $168 $31,828 ($2,652)
Bachelor's Degree Communication Disorders Sciences and Services. 46 $23,907 $228 $25,865 ($2,155) $52,080 ($4,340)
Master's Degree Communication Disorders Sciences and Services. 42 $597 $62,276 ($5,190) $62,781 ($5,232)
Bachelor's Degree Health and Medical Administrative Services. 6
Master's Degree Health and Medical Administrative Services. 22 $84,480 ($7,040)
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services. 1
Graduate/Professional Certificate Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions. 1
Bachelor's Degree Public Health. 235 $27,000 $228 $33,848 ($2,821) $45,655 ($3,805)
Master's Degree Public Health. 44 $72,439 ($6,037)
Doctoral Degree Public Health. 1
Graduate/Professional Certificate Public Health. 4
Master's Degree Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other. 2
Bachelor's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 355 $25,000 $211 $47,634 ($3,970) $64,643 ($5,387)
Master's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 84 $450 $84,550 ($7,046) $115,051 ($9,588)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Business Administration, Management and Operations. 23
Bachelor's Degree Accounting and Related Services. 191 $31,000 $244 $52,410 ($4,368) $65,584 ($5,465)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Accounting and Related Services. 57
Graduate/Professional Certificate Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations. 8
Master's Degree Natural Resources Conservation and Research. 7
Doctoral Degree Natural Resources Conservation and Research. 9
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Natural Resources Management and Policy. 1
Master's Degree Natural Resources Management and Policy. 4
Bachelor's Degree Architecture. 52 $25,000 $265 $28,461 ($2,372) $53,625 ($4,469)
Master's Degree Architecture. 14 $49,114 ($4,093) $66,221 ($5,518)
Master's Degree City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning. 29 $446 $50,531 ($4,211) $71,415 ($5,951)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Environmental Design. 2
Graduate/Professional Certificate Architecture and Related Services, Other. 1
Graduate/Professional Certificate Area Studies. 15
Bachelor's Degree Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies. 13 $26,500 $260 $39,164 ($3,264)


Campus Resources

Average faculty salary: $92,736
Full time faculty: 54%

Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 19.0

School's endowment start of year: $81,551,633 (2022)
School's endowment end of year: $105,614,058 (2022)