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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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The security guys are the best, and they get the job done.

1 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: About half of the students at school are ridiculous with their drug activity, but I wouldn't expect it any different from any other college, especially an art school. None of them do it on campus, but it's pretty noticeable, and desperate.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There is no "Campus Dining" at PNCA, but there is a Safeway not even a quarter of a mile up the road, a chipotle that is pretty popular with most of the students, and right next door to the school is the Dailey Café, which gives students a %10 discount on any order.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Portland is progressive, young, educated, enlightened, inexpensive, and fun. It's easy to meet new people. Strangers talk to each other. We have an annual naked bike ride. We have our own tv series, which may or may not reflect the true atmosphere here. This city is safe. Yes it rains. Sometimes that sucks. Usually it's bearable. And it makes the city greener.

3 College Junior

Majors: We have several majors that exist nowhere else. I am an Intermedia major, which means my work uses more than one media. We have lots of hands-on internship opportunities. I myself have never been an intern, and probably will never be, unless I come into some money so that I can quit my part time job.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: This school is challenging but rewarding. If I could do things differently, I would have saved a lot more money so that I didn't have to work through school. PNCA is a lifestyle and a commitment, not a hobby. Also, I wish I'd gotten more academic credits out of the way, like math and science, at a community college. Those courses are valuable here, but I'd rather spend my time here in the studio.

3 College Junior

Diversity: PNCA's population is predominately white, but very accepting to racial, sexual, and other minorities. Portland is known to be a very progressive city, but unfortunately is also a very white city. Everyone is accepted, but they might be under-represented.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Not Much on Campus, but So Close to So Much – There really isn't much on campus for dining (a small coffee shop), but there are so many choices around campus that it's easy to find what you want. A full size grocery store is across the street too.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Starting This Fall, but So Far It's Awesome! PNCA is willing to work with you every step of the way, and the staff really seems to care about their students! There's lots to see and do around campus as well!

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I Bus, Others Come from Different Directions – I take the MAX to get to the school from my house, and to get anywhere in Portland it's very convenient! From the MAX I do have to either walk about 10 minutes, or go further on the line and switch to the street car, but it's not that bad. For students staying at Goose Hollow, I can's say, as I live on the other side of Portland!

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Fantastic Field – Illustration is such a broad term, and is excellent as a major. You explore all elements of design, whether it be through modern technology, or with traditional methods, such as graphite and ink. A variety of jobs lie at the end of the college pathway, and the degree is the key to acquiring them.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Whether it be biking, streetcars, or the bus, there is always a way to get around the city of Portland.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Dream Come True – The school is a blessing in itself. It makes your future a reality.

2 College Senior

Athletics: Art School – There are no sports since it is a small private art school. They do however encourage student groups. Intermural teams could easily be started.

5 College Senior

Transportation: PNCA does not need to provide separate transportation because the city buses and trains are fantastic.

Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: No Harm No Foul – There is a culture of heavy drug and alcohol use but it was pretty self-policing, very clearly motivated by personal interest and not other influences like conformity or status (kind of laughable concepts in an art school). Most students were already well-versed in how to handle themselves and you didn't see a lot of that high-visibilty breaking-loose-from-the-parents kind of crap that you get in other colleges.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Art Students Are Scary, but a Different Kind of Scary. Just don't leave your stuff unattended and don't hang out with the guy who seems to be coming unhinged. More often than not campus security, mostly work study students, is there to protect our neighbors from the property crimes, mostly creative vandalism, we commit when left unattended.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There is no student housing (PNCA has some kind of relationship with an apartment complex across town by PSU that they refer to as student housing but it doesn't really make sense) so it's all off-campus. Portland was a haven for young creatives with cheap accessible housing and plenty of service industry jobs that would stay out of the way of your real pursuits. But then it got a reputation for being a haven. A lot of really awesome people moved here but now there are no jobs and cheap housing is getting hard to find. Still better than SF and Brooklyn, but not what it used to be.

Recent Alumnus

Parking: ...but I get the feeling it wasn't great. The school is in a highly gentrified area and you're competing with the condo crowd for that kind of thing. The bike parking, however, is pretty good.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: So Many Options – there are lots of apartments in the area and you can find ones closer to the school cheaper and nicer than the dorms pretty easily if you look around a bit

1 College Junior

Parking: hosing is a few miles away, you pay $85/month to park

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great for Coffee Lovers – Dining in the Pearl District of Portland isn't something I do often as a student. However, two local nearby coffee shops offer PNCA students discounts, and our school has a coffee shop and lunch cart owned and operated by a PNCA alumna who is a really nice guy and offers to feed us at very low prices. Portland is also very well known for selling high quality coffees and is home to artistic and refined baristas. There are many coffee shops near PNCA.

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