Portland State University

Introduction to Portland State University

Portland State University was founded in 1946. Portland State University academic departments include liberal arts and sciences, urban and public affairs, education, engineering and computer science, business administration, extended studies, fine and performing arts and social work.

Portland State University started awarding bachelor's degrees in 1956, master's degrees in 1964 and doctoral degrees in 1972. The college's motto is "let knowledge serve the city."

Student Life at Portland State University

The school divides almost down the middle, with 56 percent attending school full-time and 44 percent attending Portland State University part-time. Students live on or off campus and many take advantage of the plethora of residential buildings available at Portland State University.

FAQs on Portland State University

Is Portland State University Accredited?

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities accredits Portland State University. The college's curriculum has been featured for five years in a row in U.S. News & World Report's ranking of the best American colleges.

What Are Some Requirements for Portland State University?

High school students entering Portland State University for the first time must have a 3.00 GPA in all subjects. Students who do not have a 3.00 GPA may still be eligible for enrollment based on their ACT or SAT test scores. Students entering Portland State University should also have completed college prep work in classes required for the Oregon State Proficiency-based Admissions Standards system including English, mathematics, social studies, second language and science.

Can I Receive Financial Aid From Portland State University?

Many students receive financial aid to attend Portland State University. Loans, grants, work study programs, veteran benefits and scholarships are used by students to help pay for college. The wide range of scholarships available at Portland State University includes awards based on scholastic achievement, financial need, diverse student backgrounds, specific majors and career choices, community services and more.

What Are the Career Possibilities From Portland State University?

With a widespread degree offering, graduates from Portland State University can find careers in fields including accounting, art history, community development, technology, engineering and education. The business outreach program helps to create and assist minority businesses in Portland through mentoring relationships. The alumni association provides an opportunity for Portland State University graduates to network with business leaders in the community and elsewhere.

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