What distinguishes us?

Portland State University is a nationally recognized urban university, where the community is more than just where you live, it's where you learn. With a student body of 29,000, Portland State is selected by more students than any other Oregon university. Our location in Portland, "America's Best Big City," truly puts students and faculty in the middle of it all. Home to forward-thinking people who cherish the city for its culture, surrounding natural beauty, and livability, Portland is the heart of the Pacific Northwest. The University's urban setting and many community partnerships act as a "living laboratory" that provides diverse opportunities to live, learn, and gain the real world experience that students need to succeed.