Portland State University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Portland State University

Portland State University is a public institution situated in downtown Portland, Oregon. The school was established in. At the undergraduate level, Portland State students can select from 99 bachelor’s degree programs. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations.  The institution has a 21 to 1 student/faculty ratio. In athletics, the Portland State Vikings play in the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 26,379 (20,967 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46% Male/54% Female
  • 70% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $9,578 (in-state); $28,410 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,263
  • Room and Board: $11,172
  • Other Expenses: $2,502
  • Total Cost: $24,515 (in-state); $43,347 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 84%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 75%
    • Loans: 45%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,719
    • Loans: $7,325

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Health Professions and Related Programs; Psychology; and Visual and Performing Arts

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 76%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 14%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 21%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 49%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Portland State University Admissions

With an acceptance rate of 90%, Portland State University is a generally accessible school to those who apply. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants should complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps.

Admissions Data                        

  • Portland State University Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Test Scores: 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 510/630
    • SAT Math: 500/600
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 18/25
    • ACT English: 18/25
    • ACT Math: 17/25

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Portland State University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Portland State University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

La Salle University, Liberty University, University of Texas at El Paso, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Portland State University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Florida Gulf Coast University, Hampton University, Washington State University, University of Texas at San Antonio, East Carolina University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Portland State University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

University of Arizona, University of Alabama, Colorado State University, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington

Applying to Portland State University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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