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Portland State University

Portland State is a public university founded in 1946 to serve the educational needs of GI’s returning home from World War II. Originally based along the Columbia River, in the city of Vanport, the university settled at its current location in 1952. Portland State is located on a 50-acre campus, encompassing 50 city blocks, in downtown Portland.

Online Degrees

The university offers over 60 undergraduate and 40 graduate programs in several different disciplines. Both fully online and partial online programs of study are available. Criminology and Criminal Justice is available as a fully online Bachelor’s degree. Graduate Programs offered via online education include: Masters in Business Administration, Systems Engineering and courses in the Graduate School of Education. The Graduate School of Education also offers a partial online and on-campus combined program.


To apply for admission to Portland State University go to the Online Application System at the Portland State University webpage and complete the application. An application processing fee, along with transcripts from schools previously attended, is required as well. For more details contact either the Office of Undergraduate admissions or the Office of Graduate admissions.

Tuition and Aid

Tuition for online courses is comparable with that of on-campus courses and is computed on a per credit hour basis, not including incidental fees. Additional fees are required for online courses. Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans and merit-aid. Contact the university’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information.

Rankings and Accreditation

Portland State University has been ranked as one of America’s Best Colleges in the U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. U.S. News & World Report also listed it as one of the Best Graduate Schools and up-and Coming National Universities. The Princeton Review also named Portland State one of the Best in the West and in its guide to Green Colleges. Portland State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.