Portland State University
To meet the education needs of GIs home from World War II battlefields, Portland State University found its first home in Vanport, a city along the Columbia River built to house wartime shipyard workers. The Vanport Extension Centre opened its doors the summer of 1946 to 220 students, offering the first two years of college study. Portland State University is now an urban research university encompassing 50 city blocks, eight schools, 226 degree programs, 29,000 students, including 1,700 international students from 91 countries, and 126,000 alumni. Portland State University leads the way to an equitable and sustainable future through academic excellence, urban engagement, and expanding opportunity for all. They are celebrated as Oregon's most diverse public university. Intentional strategic efforts are necessary if they are to maintain and/or surpass this standing. As Oregon's most affordable public research university, they offer tremendous opportunity to 27,000 students from all backgrounds. Their mission to let knowledge serve the city reflects their dedication to finding innovative, sustainable solutions to local and global problems. The Office of International Student and Scholar Services are proud to have their students refer to them as their home away from home. They provide immigration advising, life advising, programming and support for more than 2000 international students from nearly 100 different countries. Portland State University supports equal opportunity in admissions, education, employment, housing, and use of facilities by prohibiting discrimination in those areas based on age, colour, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion or creed, sex or gender, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis in law. Diversity, equity, and inclusion is not only a value and a mission of Portland State University, it is the essential framework of who they are and what they do as an institution and community. Global Diversity and Inclusion is the central division that leads and facilitates the continuous quest for Inclusive Excellence. They structure their on-going diversity, equity, and inclusion journey. Their location in the heart of one of America's most dynamic cities gives their students unmatched access to career connections and an internationally acclaimed culture scene. They are the only Oregon University to offer a four-year degree guarantee.
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