Location
Portland, OR
Undergrads
392
Tuition
$32,064
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 47 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I am unaware of greek life on our campus. I am not sure that I would be able identify someone as greek unless they tell me. Although, I do not know every club that is active within PNCA. So I could just be personally unaware.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I believe the campus is very safe. I have attended school at PNCA for 4 years and have never seen any problems except for a few thefts on campus. I think there are surveillance cameras everywhere and security staff. Also, the community at PNCA is pretty tight knit and anyone would step up to help if any issues were to arise. They get an A+.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Facilities: You get a different feel than other schools. I personally like how small it is would be overwhelming if it had more people.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: Too costly better off taking the street car or a bike or getting a ride.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Very high tech has all the programs an art student would need. Not fond of Macs though but that is personal.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Overall a bit of a hassle, however once everything is sorted out financial aid runs pretty smoothly. Just have to get past the paperwork.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Right now the only housing option PNCA has is an apartment complex that is a 20-minute walk from campus. There is a shuttle that runs from the Goose to PNCA, but it seats less than 10 people, so sometimes you have to fight for a seat or walk instead. The apartments aren't bad- spacious enough, with a kitchen, bathroom, and dishwasher included. The lighting is pretty bad, though, so be prepared to bring some of your own if you want to see at night. The school provides a bed and desk for each student along with a dining table, four chairs, and a living room couch. Sometimes this works out better than others, seeing as to how when I moved in, there was a pretty bad bed bug infestation coming from the couch they had provided. All fine, as exterminations were provided, but it still took the better part of a year to get rid of (and living out of bags for months is not always the greatest thing). The bed bug problem, which had cropped up in a lot of other apartments too, seems to have been cleared up since I left. However, it is an older building in a city with a lot of college students circulating around the rooms, so it's good to ask the owners if you're thinking of moving in. PNCA's apartments aren't the cheapest, either, so I would recommend finding a different place if you want to save a little money. It is a good place to build a network of friends and keep in the social circle though (and also meet students from other schools), so if you like the people then it could be a good fit for you.

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College Sophomore

Greek Life: PNCA is too small for that s*** to even be possible

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The biggest problem at PNCA seems to be bicycle theft and theft of materials/artwork. Occasionally a computer or keyboard will disappear, and generally it's advised not to leave your stuff alone in a room. It's a pretty tightly knit community, so regarding people and buildings it's a pretty secure place to be.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I haven't started classes that are specifically for my major but there are plenty of resources and events to help me get affiliated with the classrooms and the kind of work they do.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Weird people are accepted with open arms. I haven't met a single racist soul. It's not very diverse racially but it is in other ways.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Eveyrone's nice. Diverse people. Plenty of cheap restaurants along with really expensive ones. Overall, Portland isn't a city that's too expensive to live in. You have to go out of your way to find fun things to do if you're under 21.

4 College Junior

Academics: There are several majors that don't really exist at other schools. They are always adding new courses and sections.

3 College Junior

Weather: It's Portland. It rains. This is not a problem for me. Some people might be offended by condensation.

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2 College Junior

Academics: Most Academic classes exist as a way for the school to be accredited. There are a few good ones though. I'd recommend getting most of this done at another school and then transfering.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most affordable housing is miles from campus. But it's out there...

1 College Junior

Campus Dining: There is one coffee stand. Other than that, vending machines. There are few affordable restaurants in the neighborhood.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: It's a very small school and definitely feels more like a workplace than a hangout. That said, the library is amazing, especially for how small it is. I spend most of my time in there. I don't know about any traditions. There are no dedicated green spaces but there are a lot of parks nearby. I do wish that there were more athletic options; since the campus is so small I don't expect any teams but access to the gym across the street would be great. Access to PSU's rec center would be even better.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't get enough financial aid to cover all my tuition. Trying to get more has been a dreadful experience, resulting in having my ability to borrow equipment, take out books from the library, and print off the computers taken away. It's been restored, but I might be forced to take a semester off because of it. Karmin, in financial aid, has consistently given a bad attitude to students needing help. very poor.

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: mostly good, but the campus is rather small, the dorms far from the school, and little dining on campus. The school did buy a new building, so that may change soon!

2 College Sophomore

Weather: The summers and fall here are really beautiful, but it rains A LOT from like October - May. I would not recommend moving to Portland if you do not like the rain or the cold.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received a foundations year scholarship for being a transfer student and some kind of admission's scholarship that everyone receives when getting accepted. Other than that the people in financial aid are pretty helpful in finding you scholarships and work study to help you out.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus is very laid back, there isn't much that you can get in trouble for

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a shuttle that runs from the apartment complex that the school rents out to students. It's free and runs according to when classes start/ end. Other than that it's not a bad walk or the street car and max are there which is also and so really convenient. Portland has awesome public transit and its easy to bike everywhere.

College Freshman

Campus Dining: There is no dining on campus, just a small coffee shop with baked items. There are many good options around though, as PNCA is right in the heart of the Pearl District. Safeway is one block away and always full of Art students at the lunch hour. There is also many fine coffee shops nearby including Two Sisters and Barista.

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