Portland State University is a public university in Portland, Oregon. It was first founded as an extension center in 1946. Now a member of the Oregon University System, it officially adopted the current name in 1969. Today the university awards a wide range bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. It is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The densely built campus is located in downtown Portland, therefore affording students a virtually limitless menu of choice for cultural and recreational activities within walking distance or through public transportation.
The university defines its mission as “to enhance the intellectual, social, cultural and economic qualities of urban life by providing access throughout the life span to quality Liberal Education for undergraduates and an appropriate array of professional and graduate programs especially relevant to metropolitan areas.”