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Students of color at PSU continue to increase
Author: Scott Gallagher, University Communications
Posted: November 16, 2015

The number of students of color enrolled at PSU has increased from 23 percent to 28 percent in fall 2015, the largest number ever.

“It is our responsibility to be accessible to all Oregonians,” said Wim Wiewel, president of PSU. “We’ve made significant investments to attract and support student diversity, as these numbers show, but we still have more to do.” 

Portland State raised its recruitment of minority students in recent years, including hiring a full-time Latino admissions recruiter and holding numerous outreach events on campus and in the community. Latinos are the fastest growing minority population Oregon. PSU has 2,932 Latino students, making them the largest minority group on campus and a 10.4 percent increase over 2014.

“Even more of a focus for PSU is the retention of our students of color to graduation and beyond,” said Carmen Suarez, PSU’s chief diversity officer. “This retention requires that we continuously partner with all of our students so that they have successful outcomes, both in the classroom and across our campus.”

Total numbers also are up over the previous year for Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Asians, Black, and students from multiple ethnicities. It is the biggest increase in minority enrollment in PSU’s history.

  2015 Increase
Hispanic/Latino 2,932 10.4%
Asian 2,125 7.6%
Black 906 3.2%
Native American 362 1.3%
Pacific Islander 162 0.6%
Multiple Ethnic/Race 1437 5.1%
Total 7,924 28%

International student enrollment is also up 8% over 2014 to 2,152.