school spotlight: portland state university

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Portland State University
Portland, OR

Committed to community engagement and environmental sustainability, Portland State University is also world known for its programs in urban planning and social work. Students in both the College of Urban and Public Affairs and the School of Social Work are serious about enacting real change in the world, and are led by motivated professors who often considered leaders in their field. Given PSU’s 50-acre downtown Portland campus, it’s no wonder that students are encouraged to get their feet wet by applying classroom knowledge to everyday challenges. Oregon is truly their classroom, and the school’s Institute of Economics and the Environment is a perfect example of how dedicated PSU is to investigating key climate and societal issues. PSU serves 21,500 undergraduates, 35 percent of whom are students of color or international. All first-year students are guaranteed housing in freshmen-only dorms that help students acclimate to the rigors of college academics and make the most of living in a progressive, urban city. Even more exciting, all freshmen students who register for the “Four-Year Degree Guarantee” are guaranteed to graduate in four years; any coursework required beyond the fourth year is free of charge!

Image credit: Top, courtesy of Portland State University


Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.