Portland State University

About Portland State University

Over the last 66 years, Portland State University has developed from a temporary extension center to its position today as a nationally recognized urban research university, the largest and most diverse in the Oregon state system. The institution was granted university status by the Oregon State System of Higher Education in 1969. Today, PSU’s motto is “Let Knowledge Serve the City.” The University is an anchor institution, providing the Portland region with a highly educated population, substantial economic impact, and distinctive contributions to its culture. The University promotes access, inclusion and equity as pillars of excellence. It is committed to curiosity, collaboration, stewardship and sustainability; strives for excellence and innovation that solves problems and believes everyone should be treated with integrity and respect. The University’s programs continue to garner national recognition and rankings and it was named one of the top ten innovative universities in the country (US News and World Report 2016-2017).


Portland State University has 28,000 students – approximately 22,500 undergraduates and 5,500 graduate students. Some 62 percent of the students are full time, approximately 78 percent are residents of Oregon, and 70 percent are transfer students. The University offers over 200 degree programs at the bachelors, masters and doctoral level. The University has approximately 7,000 employees, including research and instructional faculty, academic professionals, managers, and staff and administrators.