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Portland State University Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 7,528 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 129 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

54% Women
46% Men


NCAA Division I-AA

Big Sky Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $154,123)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $87,534)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 55 50 - -
Basketball 16 16 - -
Football 95 - - -
Golf - 7 - -
Soccer - 29 - -
Softball - 20 - -
Tennis 10 9 - -
Volleyball - 14 - -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 7.8%
Black/non-Hispanic 2.8%
Hispanic 4.8%
Non-resident alien 5.6%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 11.9%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 66.1%
Percent of students with disability 4%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 21 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 2
Drug Law Violation 34
Liquor Law Violation 14
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 4
Property Crime 63
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Chelsea from Woodland, WA
  • 5
  • I do not live in PSU dorms. They seem nice and are right on campus. The city of Portland offers a range of different housing to meet nearly any need.…

  • Jul-22-2012 Read More
  • Marilynn from Winnemucca, NV
  • 5
  • living in the dorms your first year, is highly recommended! it's a fun experience where you get to be away from home and meet many people. you are closer to…

  • Feb-23-2012 Read More
  • My-Duyen from Clackamas, OR
  • 3
  • I like that the dorms are located so close to campus and that they are renovating and building newer and nicer buildings. Being in a dorm really allows you to…

  • Apr-26-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • A student at Portland State University
  • Jan-02-2015 I am a current student here

    The first few weeks of having the meal plan for Victor's Dining Hall were great - the food tasted pretty great, and it seemed like an endless array of eclectic foods. Through the term, however, the quality of the food seemed to slip, and the appeal of the charming and cultural food started to seem bland and boring. The Food Court inside Smith has average quality foods at decent prices, but it's nice to go there for a snack every now and then.

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  • 5
  • R from Beaverton, OR
  • Dec-21-2014 I am a current student here

    Always some delicious food around every corner. Try a little bit of everything from each food cart! Not only is the food terrific, but the people working the carts are very nice and down to earth. My only complaint is that some dishes can be overpriced, but that's to be expected. I don't know about the dining services actually offered by the school itself, though. There is a cafeteria in Smith Memorial which I've never tried.

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  • 2
  • Adriana from Portland, OR
  • Nov-02-2014 I am a current student here

    Again, I have never been part of this because I live at home but coming from my friends, they said the food was terrible. Portland is known for their food carts. There are so many around/ on campus! Food ranges from $5-$9!

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  • 5
  • MW from Portland, OR
  • Aug-26-2014 I am a current student here

    Portland has amazing food, if you can afford it. There are a wide variety of food carts on the PSU campus, and more outstanding food carts and restaurants are just blocks away. Thai food is big with the students around here, but there are tons of other options, of course. I recommend East Side Deli, Hot Lips Pizza, and the AMAZING Greek/Lebanese restaurant next to Hot Lips whose name escapes me currently.

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  • 3
  • Jordan from Albany, OR
  • Apr-24-2014 I am a current student here

    The food and dining here starts off great, however into the year it becomes a giant waste of money. If you can DO NOT waste money on a meal plan. They rip you off for the amount of money you pay. Unfortunately all freshman have to get one. So I would advise you to get the cheapest meal plan, because you wont end up eating there more than ten times a week anyway. HOWEVER the food carts around campus are outstandingly amazing.

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  • 3
  • Hannah from Walla Walla, WA
  • Mar-09-2014 I am a current student here

    I would suggest purchasing dining dollars. You can use dining dollars in Smith, which is a large food court with many options of food. When using meal plans, you would go to Victor's dining hall. The food at Victor's is very hit and miss, and they have very weird hours.

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  • 4
  • Student, Portland, OR
  • Jan-31-2014 I am a current student here

    Campus dining isn't great, but there are lots of restaurants around campus that are great

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  • 5
  • Evelyn
  • Jan-30-2014 I am a current student here

    There are a number of dinning options as well as food carts, local restaurants and local grocery stores to provide anything your taste buds are craving

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • MW from Portland, OR
  • Aug-26-2014 I am a current student here

    Relatively quiet. They recruit and everything, but if you really want a strong greek life scene, go to U of O.

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  • 0
  • Jordan from Albany, OR
  • Apr-24-2014 I am a current student here

    Not very strong. There are a few fraternities but nothing big. The parties are pretty lame as well.(so Iv'e heard)

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  • 0
  • Cassy from Portland, OR
  • Jan-16-2014 I am a current student here

    While technically PSU has Greek life, it is nothing to get star-struck about. Only two or so groups even have houses.

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  • 0
  • Tiera from Scappoose, OR
  • Nov-17-2013 I am a current student here

    There are only 4 Greek communities on campus. 2 sororities and 2 fraternities. I haven't heard much about any of them but I do know one of the fraternities is very involved with the school government and school events.

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