Pre-med students walking in RLSB

our excellence

portland state university is proud to be ranked among the most sustainable, distinctive and transformative schools in the nation. we are nationally recognized for our innovative teaching and academic expertise in fields such as urban and public affairs. and we earn consistently high marks for being lgbtq-friendly, bicycle-friendly and environmentally-friendly by the organizations that care most about those issues. check out all of our national rankings, and we think you’ll be proud, too.

college of distinction 

portland state is a national college of distinction for our commitment to helping students learn, grow and succeed. we earned this mark of excellence for our pioneering university studies program, our four-year pathway to undergraduate success.

most transformative

psu is the No. 1 school in Oregon for social mobility, according to U.S. New & World Report. That means we graduate the most economically disadvantaged students who receive federal Pell Grants. This ranking confirms our commitment to providing access and excellent education to students from all backgrounds.

most sustainable

the princeton review ranks portland state among the top 50 green colleges in the nation. we are a certified bee campus, salmon safe, friendly to bicycles and portland is a tree city usa. these rankings recognize our efforts to bring people together to find practical solutions for a more sustainable future.

aerial view of Portland State University campus
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most lgbtq-friendly

the campus pride index ranks portland state among the top 10 most lgbtq-friendly campuses in the nation. we are proud to be recognized for creating a safer, more inclusive campus community. psu consistently earns five out of five stars and one of the best ratings in oregon for welcoming and supporting queer and trans students.

student support

Portland State is No. 9 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of top schools for service learning, a measure of how much we care about student success. All psu students complete hands-on community projects before they graduate.

Portland State University professor and two students working on a tiny house project


one of the nation’s most
innovative universities

—U.S. News & World Report


oregon's most affordable
research university

—best value schools


one of the nation’s most
diverse universities


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#9 in nation for
service learning

—U.S. News & World Report



#1 in oregon for
social mobility

—U.S. News & World Report

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top 50 green
colleges in the nation

—the princeton review

undergraduate rankings

graduate rankings

university rankings


sustainability rankings