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Your Life as a Portland State Student


What’s it like to be a student at PSU? Here are answers to our most common questions:

How many majors are there? how do I find out more about majors and academic programs? 

So many. We have 91 majors and a total of 221 majors, minors and certificate programs. From accounting to theater arts, we have something for everyone.  

Learn about our academic programs

Portland State also has a number of special academic programs, such as:

  • University Studies: our nationally recognized, interdisciplinary general education program. 
  • Our Honors College provides the benefits of a small liberal arts college embedded in Oregon’s only public urban research university.
  • With BUILD EXITO, our undergraduate research training program, you can get real-world experience and embark on a journal to become a scientific researcher.

How can I get involved and meet people on campus? 

Whether you’re living on campus or commuting to class, there are tons of ways to meet people at Portland State. Our campus is home to more than one hundred student organizations. Whether you’re interested in the arts, sports, sustainability, or developing your leadership skills, you can find your perfect club at Portland State.

Don’t know where to begin? Make sure to go to Party in the Park in September. This is an annual fair that highlights all the ways you can get involved at Portland State, including student organizations, campus events, volunteering opportunities, jobs and internships. 

What is there to do in the area? 

Where to begin? Portland State is nestled in the heart of Portland, a city known for its love of donuts, coffee, the Blazers, the Timbers and Thorns, bikes, the arts and keeping things weird. There is plenty to explore right around campus or by taking public transit. Read about upcoming Portland events

And if you’re looking to explore the natural beauty of Oregon’s beaches, mountains, forests and deserts consider taking a trip via PSU’s Outdoor Program or rent some affordable camping gear or a kayak and head out on your own. 


What is on-campus living like?

About half of our first year students choose to live on campus and most have roommates. Our first year experience communities allow you to learn and live with people with similar academic interests. Take a virtual tour of some of our dorm rooms for first year and transfer student dorms

Still have questions? Read our frequently asked questions about housing

Residents and commuters alike might enjoy our list of the 6 best study spots on campus

What are the dining options like? 

Whether you live on campus or not, you can grab a bite (or several) at Victor’s Dining Center, which offers a variety of vegan, vegetarian and allergen friendly options. 

Plus, Portland is kind of a foodie town—not that we’re snobs or anything—so there are plenty of nearby eating options, including food carts galore and local favorite restaurants like Love Belizean, Laughing Planet, Phat Cart and many more. 

How am I going to pay for all this? 

We get it, college can be expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. We are committed to making the university experience accessible and affordable. Our extensive Scholarship Database lists over 400 scholarships. We also have our Four Years Free and Transfers Finish Free programs that allow eligible Oregon students to graduate tuition-free. Our Western University Exchange (WUE) program lowers tuition for eligible nonresident students. Once you’re enrolled, consider visiting our Financial Wellness Center, an innovative program that helps students manage their finances.  

Learn more about financial aid at PSU.

Have more questions? Read other student life questions or reach out to an Admission Counselor.