Portland State University (PSU)

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PSU can be found in Portland, OR, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. PSU has about 29,000 students enrolled yearly.

A large majority of students at Portland State University scored in the range of 920 (25th percentile) to 1170 (75th percentile) on the SAT exam. About 60% of all students which applied were admitted at PSU, and from those that were granted acceptance about 42% continued on to attend. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the Portland State University (PSU) acceptance rate in 2015 is going to be around 67%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at pdx.edu.

Overall Portland State University (PSU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2012


The overall acceptance rate for Portland State University was reported as 61.2% in Fall 2012 with over 5,750 college applications submitted to Portland State University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Portland State University has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2008-2009: 77.2%
  • 2009-2010: 78.5%
  • 2010-2011: 69.4%
  • 2011-2012: 66.3%
  • 2012-2013: 61.2%
  • Projected PSU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 67.2%

How Does Portland State University (PSU) Compare?

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The acceptance rate for Portland State University is ten percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Oregon State University78.9%
University of Oregon74.2%
Central Washington University82.2%
University of Washington-Seattle Campus55.2%
Western Washington University83.7%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2012)

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