2024 Comprehensive Report on Rankings, Costs, Graduation Rate and More

$13,015

Net Price

98%

Admitted

26%

Enrolled

54%

Graduation Rate

19/1

Student / Faculty

University Detail

Portland State University

is a public, four or more years institution with a total student enrollment of 22,858. In 2021, there were 762 psychology and social work graduates. This institution ranks #6 in Oregon and ranks #787 in the U.S. for schools that offer psychology degree programs.

Psychology Degrees Offered

Bachelor, Master, Doctor

Psychology Graduates

762

Total Enrollment

22,858

Type

Public, Four or more years

Institution Accreditation

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Ranking for Portland State University

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#6

Oregon Rank

Combining ranking factors for 18 schools that offer psychology degrees in Oregon, Portland State University ranks #6.

#787

U.S. Rank

Combining ranking factors for 1,438 schools that offer psychology degrees in the U.S., Portland State University ranks #787.

Psychology Programs Offered

For psychology degrees, Portland State University offers General Psychology and Social Work at the bachelor level. At the master level, the university offers General Psychology and Social Work. At the doctorate level Community Psychology, Counseling and Applied Psychology and Social Work are offered.

In the table below, see the programs offered and the number of graduates in each program.

Psychology Graduates in 2021BSMAPhD
Community Psychology9
Counseling and Applied Psychology9
General Psychology3958
Social Work912482
Total Graduates48625620
US Department of Education

Psychology Program Accreditation(s)

  • Public Health Programs (PHPBG) – Baccalaureate and Graduate level programs offered outside a school of public health

Admission, Enrollment, Graduation

In the fall of 2021, 6,859 students applied to the Portland State University. The university admitted 98% and 26% of those who were admitted also enrolled.

By comparison, the average number of applicants for Oregon universities is 6,196. On average, all Oregon institutions admit 80% and 21% of those who were admitted end up enrolling into the institution.

The percentage of Portland State University students who return after their first year to begin their second year is 76%. Compared to all Oregon four or more years colleges, the percentage is 71%.

The overall graduation rate for Portland State University is 54%, compared to 63% for all Oregon universities, while the number of students who transferred out of the program is 44%.

  • Credits Accepted: Dual enrollment, Credit for life experiences, Advanced placement (AP) credits

Compare PSU to Oregon Four or more years Colleges
Offering Psychology Degrees

Compare admission, acceptance, retention and graduation rates of Portland State University to the average of all Oregon four or more years schools that offer psychology degrees.

Why it Matters

Compare Admission and Enrollment

Low admission rates and high enrollment rates denote not only how selective a school is, but also how in-demand the school is. High graduation rates show the overall success of an institution.

PSU

6,859

Applicants

98%

Percent Admitted

26%

Percent Enrolled

76%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

54%

Graduation Rate

OR Colleges

6,196

Applicants

80%

Percent Admitted

21%

Percent Enrolled

71%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

63%

Graduation Rate

Student & Faculty Information

In the fall of 2021, there were 818 or 51% full-time instructional or research faculty members of all faculty and there were 771 or 49% part-time faculty members employed at Portland State University. The number of full-time instructional faculty was 725 or 46%.

Part-time teachers are paid less and cost less, so any organization with a disproportionate number of part-time teachers can invest money in more important areas. However, as part-time teachers, participants can work full-time in their profession and bring experience to the classroom.

Why it Matters

Compare Faculty Numbers

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional percentages indicate that institutions focus their investments in areas that matter most to students.

PSU

19 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

51%

Percent Full-Time

49%

Percent Part-Time

46%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

OR Colleges

14 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

47%

Percent Full-Time

53%

Percent Part-Time

45%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

Tuition and Student Expenses

For the 2021-2022 academic year at Portland State University the average cost of undergraduate tuition is $8,106, and the average cost for books and supplies is $1,200.

For graduate students, the average cost for tuition is $14,817 and the average cost for graduate fees is $1,701.

In the table below, find the average total expenses to attend Portland State University in 2021-2022 including tuition, room, board and living expenses for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Note that the average total expenses do not include financial aid, grants, loans or scholarships. You can find the average financial aid and net price data in the sections below.

Expenses for Portland State University2021-2022
On Campus Room & Board$13,500
On-Campus Living Expenses$3,210
Total Living Expenses$16,710
Tuition for In-State, Undergraduate$8,106
Books and Supplies, Undergraduate$1,200
Total Undergraduate Expenses$26,016
In-State, Graduate Tuition$14,817
In-State, Graduate Fees$1,701
Total Graduate Expenses$16,518
US Department of Education

Net Price

Average Net Price

The average net price to attend Portland State University is $13,015. Average net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board, living costs, books, supplies together and then subtracting the average financial (grants, scholarships and loans) for federal financial aid recipients.

In other words, the average net price is the average amount students pay to attend this university for one year.

Average net price is calculated from the most recent data supplied by each institution to the US Department of Education and is found by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. The total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

Net Price by Family Income

Depending on the federal, state, or institutional grant aid available, the table below shows the average amount students pay to attend Portland State University presented by family income bracket.

Students may pay more or less depending on their individual circumstances; however, these are the average costs as tracked by the university and reported to the U.S. Department of Education.

Average Net Price by Income2020-20212021-2022
$0 – $30,000$10,716$12,067
$30,001 – $48,000$11,059$12,103
$48,001 – $75,000$12,964$13,137
$75,001 – $110,000$16,102$16,965
$110,001 and more$19,523$20,218
US Department of Education

Compare Portland State University to all Oregon universitas that offer psychology degrees for the cost to attend, average financial aid, percent of students receiving aid and the average net price to attend.

For program ranking, we see a lower overall cost of tuition and cost of living expenses minus the average financial aid a student may receive as the ranking factor student may want to consider.

Why it Matters

Compare Average Cost to Attend and Net Price

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional professors indicates to us institutions that focus their investments in areas that matter most: the education of students by the best instructors possible.

PSU

$26,016

Cost to Attend

$7,700

Average Financial Aid

84%

Percent Receiving Aid

$13,015

Net Price

OR Colleges

$37,304

Cost to Attend

$14,708

Average Financial Aid

92%

Percent Receiving Aid

$20,719

Average Net Price

Financial Aid

The number of beginning students who enter postsecondary education for the first time and receive financial aid is 1,206 or 84%.

The number of undergraduate students who receive a grant or scholarship is 9,154 and the average amount of their grant or scholarship is $7,700.

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid# Receiving AidAverage Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship Aid9,154$7,700
Pell Grants7,317$4,408
Federal Student Loans6,785$7,150
US Department of Education

Below, compare the financial aid students receive at the Portland State University to all schools across the United States that offer psychology degrees.

We see higher percentages of those receiving aid and the percent that aid covers the net price of education as an indicator of the strength of the institution.

Why it Matters

Compare Financial Aid

Financial Aid can make the difference between being able to afford college or being priced out of college. Many students may find college far more affordable than they could imagine, when accounting for the various kinds of financial aid available.

PSU

9,154

Grant or Scholarship Aid

39%

Grants or Scholarships

7,317

Number of Pell Grants

31%

Pell Grants

6,785

Federal Student Loans

29%

Federal Student Loans

OR Colleges

2,785

Grant or Scholarship Aid

48%

Grants or Scholarships

1,315

Number of Pell Grants

23%

Pell Grants

1,738

Federal Student Loans

30%

Federal Student Loans

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