Portland State University
Portland State University Overview
Portland State University has been emboldening students and challenging the status quo in Portland for 75 years. From our founding to serve veterans home from World War II, we have been committed to meeting the needs of individual students and society as a whole.
We first opened in 1946 as the Vanport Extension Center for 220 students in Vanport, a city built to house wartime shipyard workers. Since then, we have grown into Oregon’s most diverse urban public research university with 26,000 students and more than 200 degree programs.
Portland State University is more than Portland’s public research university. It’s a place to test ideas and projects that show the world how different is done. Our innovative approach combines education with creative problem-solving and collaboration across campus for maximum impact.
Life at Portland State University
PSU has been an integral part of downtown Portland, Oregon since the 1950s. From our 44-acre campus, students can walk to internships, bike along the Willamette River, and catch a city streetcar for free. It’s no wonder Niche ranks Portland State as the best college location in America. Life at PSU is as exciting as our city. Join one of our 200 student groups. Swim, take a fitness class or rock climb in our modern student rec center. Get care in our student health and counseling center. And find all the support you need to succeed. Discover a vibrant city known for its locally roasted coffee, farm-to-table restaurants and lively music scene. Powell’s, the world’s largest independent bookstore, is a short streetcar ride from campus. And the Pacific Ocean and Mt. Hood are both within a 90-minute drive.
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Why Choose Portland State University
The PSU Edge
Ranked as One Of The Nation's Most Innovative Universities
CPT & OPT Opportunities
Home to 2000+ International Students
Oregon's Most Affordable Research University
22,000+ Student Enrollments
Diverse Student Body from 63+ Countries
Popular Undergraduate Degrees at PSU
TOEFL iBT – 71, IELTS – 6, PTE – 53, Duolingo – 110
3 and above
GMAT/GRE as required by the program
Letter of Recommendation (LOR)
Two letters of recommendation
Transcripts detailing undergraduate coursework of an acquired BA, BS or any undergraduate bachelor’s degree
Resume/CV, Credential Evaluation required for International Students