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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
$23,535 Out-of-State
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Acceptance Rate
6,373 Applicants
2016 Enrolled Students
63.4% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
661 Graduates


The median in-state tuition at Portland State University is $7,020, which is $29 more than the national median in-state tuition of $6,991. The cost of out-of-state tuition is $23,535, which is 335% of the cost for in-state students, and is $5,159 more than the national median out-of-state tuition of $18,376.

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.

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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.

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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 0.59% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Portland State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (15.7%), followed by White Male (12.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.22%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (3.67%), followed by White Male (2.21%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (0.48%).

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In 2016, 779 more women than men graduated from Portland State University. The majority of students graduating from Portland State University are White. These 4,231 graduates mean that there were 6.46 times more White graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 655 graduates.

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

The most specialized major across all degree types at Portland State University, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Architecture and Related Services, with 111 graduates, followed by Language & Linguistics with 166 graduates and Public Administration and Social Service with 386 graduates.


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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 1.09% average return ($2.96M on $270M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Portland State University had a total expenditure of $461M. Of that $461M, they spent $202M on salaries and $63.8M on benefits.

Portland State University employs 241 Professors, 228 Assistant professors, and 203 Associate professors. Most academics at Portland State University are Male Professors (169), Female Assistant professors (120), and Male Associate professors (111).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Portland State University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 502 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 197 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 197 employees.



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