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Portland State University

Oregon, United States

Est. 1946

About Portland State University

Founded in the year 1946, the Portland State University in the United States was formed mainly as an educational institution for war veterans of the World War 2. However, over the years that followed the initial foundation of this post-war university, it was turned into a four-year college with a ‘University’ status being granted to it in 1969. The Portland University has been ranked amongst the top 15 percentile universities of United States by the Princeton Review in the year 2012.

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The Portland State University is located in downtown Portland, Oregon, United States. The campus is housed in the southwest University District of Portland which is the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the seat of Multnomah County. It is a major port in the Willamette Valley region of the Pacific Northwest, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers.


The campus of PSU is located across a 50-acre section of southwest downtown of Portland with SW Broadway running through the center of the campus where the university's central buildings are located such as Lincoln Hall, Cramer Hall, Smith Memorial Student Union, Neuberger Hall, and Shattuck Hall; Cramer Hall, Smith Memorial, and Neuberger. These are connected by underground tunnels on the basement levels and by skybridges on the upper levels, which allow students access between buildings without having to use street sidewalks.

Residing Options

Portland State housing residents are as diverse as their experiences. One of the best places to begin your housing search is by taking a look at PSU’s on-campus housing options. Most students who live on campus live with another PSU student (Roommate). Single Units (without a roommate) are very limited.


In Portland, the summers are short, warm, dry, and mostly clear and the winters are very cold, wet, and overcast. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 36°F to 84°F and is rarely below 26°F or above 95°F. The weather is mostly pleasant during summers and can get quite cold during winters.

Faculty and pedagogy

With 18:1 student-faculty ratio, the Portland State University faculty is reputed to be highly qualified in their respective fields with a wealth of experience that students can gain from. Their knowledge, combined with the modern pedagogy of the University, give the students a cutting-edge education which will make them ready to face challenges in a real-world environment. There are professors from diverse cultures and backgrounds at PSU and this adds to the lively student-teacher relationship at the University.

Financial aid

Student loans and scholarships are available for needy and deserving students under the special scholarship schemes at the Portland State University. The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships is there to help you review your college costs and apply for financial aid programs. Their mission is to make an outstanding PSU education affordable and the financial aid and scholarship processes as simple and straightforward as possible. Each of their staff is dedicated to your success and look forward to assisting you with your financial aid applications. New students need the FAFSA id to get started and apply for scholarships based on their merit. Once the scholarships have been awarded, students are expected to maintain their SAP (satisfactory academic progress) in order to remain within the scheme.

Jobs and placements

Handshake is a portal which is a free resource to manage jobs and internships. There are numerous career=internship fairs where you can connect to hundreds of students and alumni at one of PSU’s largest recruiting event. The placements of the Portland State University are conducted at the end of the educational year. Special aptitude tests are taken for this purpose and students are placed according to their merit.


  • Barbara Roberts (34th governer of Oregon)
  • Travis Knight (CEO of Laika)
  • Francisco Laguna Correa (writer)
  • Michael Dickman (poet)
  • Mike Richardson (Founder of Dark Horse publishers)


Ranked top 10 most innovative university in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, the Portland State University is one of the most prestigious institutions in the United States and has been slated as one of the top-most universities in the world. The architecture of the college is touted to be a front-runner in building an eco-friendly campus for the future generations. Studying at PSU will definitely be an experience of a lifetime!

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