Portland State University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$7,020

4% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$14,481

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

6.63%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

89.4%

6,373 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

26,627

63.4% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

48.4%

661 Graduates

About

Portland State University is a higher education institution located in Multnomah County, OR. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Portland State University were General Psychology (289 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Sciences (262 degrees), and General Social Sciences (232 degrees).

In 2016, 6,601 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Portland State University. 55.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 44.1% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (4,231 degrees), 6.46 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (655 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Portland State University is $7,020, which is $-18,836 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Portland State University is $7,020, which is $-18,836 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $14,481.

In 2016, 50% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 47% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$7,020

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Portland State University was $7,020. The cost of tuition at Portland State University is $-18,836 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$14,481

2016 Value

7.46%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Portland State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $14,481. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Portland State University grew by 7.46%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,288

Room and Board

$1,263

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Portland State University was of $12,288 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,263. The cost of room and board increased by 8.27% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 37.7% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

50%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

47%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

50% of undergraduate students at Portland State University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2015, when 50% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

6.63%

2015 Default Rate

473

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Portland State University was 6.63%, which represents 473 out of the 7136 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Portland State University received 6,373 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 1.17% annual growth. Out of those 6,373 applicants, 5,699 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 89.4% acceptance rate.

There were 26,627 students enrolled at Portland State University in 2016, and 50% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Portland State University has an overall enrollment yield of 31.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

89.4%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

5,699

Accepted Out of 6,373

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Portland State University was 89.4% (5,699 admissions from 6,373 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 85.7%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 1.17%, while admissions grew by 5.6%.

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SAT Scores

50%

Submission Percentage

696

Scores Submitted

50% of enrolled first-time students at Portland State University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Portland State University has a total enrollment of 26,627 students. The full-time enrollment at Portland State University is 16,882 students and the part-time enrollment is 9,745. This means that 63.4% of students enrolled at Portland State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Portland State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 57.3% White, 11.5% Hispanic or Latino, 7.88% Asian, 5.71% Two or More Races, 3.27% Black or African American, 1.28% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.586% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Portland State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (29.4%), followed by White Male (24.2%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (7.91%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (36.5%), followed by White Male (22%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.75%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

63.4%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Portland State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 26,627 students. The full-time enrollment at Portland State University is 16,882 and the part-time enrollment is 9,745. This means that 63.4% of students enrolled at Portland State University are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

74%

2016 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Portland State University was 74%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Portland State University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    15,270

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    3,063

  3. Asian

    2,098

The enrolled student population at Portland State University is 57.3% White, 11.5% Hispanic or Latino, 7.88% Asian, 5.71% Two or More Races, 3.27% Black or African American, 1.28% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.586% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1,178 students (4.42%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 779 more women than men received degrees from Portland State University. The majority of degree recipients at Portland State University are white (4,231 degrees awarded). There were 6.46 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (655 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Portland State University is General Psychology (289 degrees awarded), followed by Liberal Arts & Sciences (262 degrees) and General Social Sciences (232 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Portland State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Architecture and Related Services (111 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (166 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (386 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Portland State University are Miscellaneous managers (315,807 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (296,882 people), Social workers (246,693 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (189,347 people), and Postsecondary teachers (129,360 people).

The most specialized majors at Portland State University are Architecture and Related Services (111 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (166 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (386 degrees), Social Sciences (658 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (83 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Portland State University are Public relations specialists, Real estate brokers & sales agents, Physicians & surgeons, Sales engineers, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Portland State University are Architecture and Related Services (111 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (166 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (386 degrees), Social Sciences (658 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (83 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Portland State University are Elementary & secondary schools (375,911 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (288,025 people), Legal services (242,417 people), Hospitals (187,910 people), and Architectural, engineering & related services (182,946 people).

The most specialized majors at Portland State University are Architecture and Related Services (111 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (166 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (386 degrees), Social Sciences (658 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (83 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Portland State University.

Most Common

  1. 289 degrees awarded

  2. 262 degrees awarded

  3. 232 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Portland State University was General Psychology with 289 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 2,911

  2. 3,690

In 2016, 2,911 degrees were awarded to men at Portland State University, which is 0.789 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,690).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 149 degrees were awarded to men at Portland State University in Electrical & Electronics Engineering, which is 4.03 times more than the 37 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 229 degrees were awarded to women at Portland State University in Social Work, which is 4.32 times more than the 53 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

17%

100% Completion Time

42%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 17% of students graduating from Portland State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 42% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 47% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

American Indian or Alaska Native Male

Highest Graduation Rate (75%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Portland State University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (75% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 3.93% of graduates (26 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,231 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    655 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    398 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Portland State University is white (4,231 degrees awarded). There were 6.46 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (655 degrees).

4.18% of degree recipients (276 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    2,365 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    1,866 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    383 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Portland State University is white female (2,365 degrees awarded). There were 1.27 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,866 degrees).

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Operations

Portland State University has an endowment valued at nearly $2.58M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.29M (88.6%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Portland State University had a total expenditure of $462M. Of that $462M, they spent $203M on salaries and $462M on benefits.

Portland State University employs 239 Professors, 236 Assistant professors, and 217 Associate professors. Most academics at Portland State University are Male Professors (168), Female Assistant professors(124), and Male Assistant professors (112).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Portland State University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 520 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 218 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 204 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$2.58M

2015 Endowment

96.9%

decline from 2014

Portland State University has an endowment valued at about $2.58M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Portland State University declined 96.9% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $268M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $41M - Federal

  2. $14.3M - State

  3. $1.74M - Local

As of 2015, Portland State University received $41M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $14.3M from state grants and contracts, and $1.74M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$203M

Salary Expenditure

$462M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Portland State University had a total expenditure of $462M. Of that $462M, they spent $203M on salaries and $462M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Portland State University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$203M

2015 Salaries

0.408%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Portland State University paid a median of $203M in salaries, which represents 44% of their overall expenditure ($462M) and a 0.408% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.86% growth from 2013 and a 2.6% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$68M

Instructional Salaries

837

Number of Employees

In 2015, Portland State University paid a total of $68M to 837 employees working as instructors, which represents 33.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

239 Employees

Business and Financial Operations

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

520 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Portland State University were Professor with 239 employees; Assistant professor with 236 employees; and Assistant professor with 217 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Portland State University were Business and Financial Operations with 520 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 218 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 204 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Assistant professor

  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Portland State University was Male Professor with 168 employees, Female Assistant professor with 124 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 112 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Portland State University.

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