Welcome back for another captivating look at some of the most unique colleges in the country.

If you didn’t join us last month when we crowned University of Maryland, Baltimore County as our inaugural School of the Month, you can take a look here at what UMBC has to offer.

Now then, lets open up some eyes to yet another college that we have chosen for an exclusive look.  Here is our School of the Month for February!

Portland State University

Quick Facts

Founded: 1946

Campus setting: Urban

Student Enrollment: 29,452

Tuition, fees, room & board: $17,878 (in-state) $33,088 (out-of-state)

Admissions deadline: Rolling admission (Earlier is better and PSU begins accepting apps on December 1st of the prior year)

Incoming Freshmen: Average GPA – 3.20 Average SAT score – 1557 (3 part)

School Mision: Portland State University’s mission is to enhance the intellectual, social, cultural and economic qualities of urban life by providing access throughout the life span to a quality liberal education for undergraduates and an appropriate array of professional and graduate programs especially relevant to metropolitan areas. The University conducts research and community service that support a high quality educational environment and reflect issues important to the region. It actively promotes the development of a network of educational institutions to serve the community.

Check out this quick promo video from PSU:

 

What Makes this School Great

Portland State ranks #8 amongst all national universities in the U.S. News 2015 “Up-and-Coming Schools” list. Dubbed “Oregon’s urban research university,” PSU sits on 49 acres of land in downtown Portland where it has been recognized for academic programs in Urban Planning, Social Work, and Environmental Studies.

With heavy competition in the surrounding region (i.e, University of Oregon, Oregon State, and University of Washington) Portland State has become the first and only university in Oregon to offer a 4-year degree guarantee.  The program requires freshmen students to sign up and make a commitment to the 4-year plan and includes the necessary support of staff and faculty to help the student complete their undergraduate program on time.  If for some reason the student is unable to graduate within 4 years and has complied with the agreement, the university will pay for each additional class required to graduate.  Not a bad deal.

Unknown for producing professional athletes, PSU is the alma mater of Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas.  Thomas studied business while becoming a basketball star and didn’t begin playing football for the Vikings until his senior year.  He is currently considered one of the best tight ends in the NFL, receiving passes from Peyton Manning for the Denver Broncos.

And lastly, does anybody like super-heroes and all of the Marvel movies that have raked in billions at the box office?  Well PSU likes them and they are now offering a Comic Studies program taught by some of the country’s top comic creators.  BLAM!

Lets be honest, Portland State is not the most recognizable college in the Northwest region of the United States, especially if you live on the east coast.  But, despite its lack of presence, it should not be overshadowed by duck ponds and beaver dams.  The campus is conveniently located in the metro area which allows for student-life outside of the parameters.  And if you prefer to stay on campus, you are exposed to delightful scenery, over 150 student organizations, and a number of NCAA sports in which to cheer on.  Go Vikings!

For more information on this school, visit PSU Admissions.

 

Sources: Portland State University; U.S. News; CollegeView


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