Portland, OR
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$22,863 ($7,653)
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Reviews 1371 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Never attended a sports match. I have heard they are not so good

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3 College Freshman

Weather: its portland! it rains, shines, snow all in one day. The weather is unpredictable

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Trimet is the best, i think everyone uses it exept the snobby arabs always trying to show off their fancy cars lol

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College Freshman

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus, but i have heard the old room are very ugly and not nice.

5 College Freshman

Computers: lots of choices! many computers on campus and in the labs too. The lab people are very annoying though

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: really unless you have a masters resume and many many letters of recommendation you have no chance of scholarship. Also its mostly for people with a high GPA not financial aid need.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: really never heard of any parties that really look nice, barely any at all.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: when it comes to diversity the most you can tell apart is caucasians and middle easterns

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: its great only problem is smokers!!! they are everywhere is disgusting!

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I've eaten sooo much food since being here. I love the off campus options :) There's something for everyone! If you want ethic food, you got it. If you want cheap food, there's bunches of restaurants that are cheap and there's only food trucks EVERYWHERE. If you want something fancy you can easily find it. There's literally something here for everyone. If you want a burger, fries, and a milkshake go to the Brunch Box. Best burger place EVAR. If you want an elegant but affordable meal (some things get pricy like filet mignon) go to Jake's Grill, I love it there. It's easy to eat here too if you're vegan/veggie/etc, there's usually options on the menu for everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It's easy to have drugs and alcohol in your dorm as long as you don't give people the reason to search your room. And if you get caught you just do an online class and write an essay. Attendance is so strict it's ridiculous!! Most of my classes I'm only allowed to miss 2 days, it's BS. No noise after the hours of 10 and it's all about what RA's are walking the halls, if they're evil, they'll write you up for anything. But if they're awesome they'll give you a warning. Parking is kind of horrendous if you're on a budget. If you don't mind spending money then it's easy to find parking on campus. If you're looking for free, I'd suggest parking in the residential neighborhood on the right of the athletics / library.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: I'm biased because I love the rain lol BUT it gets too cold sometimes, it's ridiculous. You don't even wanna go out and do anything because it's so cold. The snow came this year and it was fun at first but after the first day it was a hassle and people were falling everywhere. It was fun though to see portlandians skiing everywhere.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The greek people are super nice and have parties every now and then which are fun but they are kinda nonexistent kinda to everyone. They do attend school functions and participate but you wouldn't know who they were unless for some reason you found out. They're pretty nice people in most cases, just keep an eye out for creeps.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: The first football game of the year I went to and not many people went. It feels like a lot but when you actually look most of the stadium is not there. I also once went to this thing for the basketball team and absolutely NO ONE WAS THERE. Sports aren't a big deal here, kinda sucks.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's portland so a good majority smoke pot and drink alcohol. It's not in your face though but it is easy to find if you want it. Smoking does occur in the dorms and sometimes people will walk by and they definitely smell dank. There's close smoking 'spots' that you learn from people just by experience. It's not a problem though. And the university is pretty lenient when regarding these things.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I didn't get any financial aid from PSU, got it all from the government and it went very smoothly.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: It's fine, I'm sure it would be easier to figure out your needed classes for majors if you visited your counselor but it's kinda hard to. I wish there was an online paper or something that put major and the classes you need to complete for that major. Would make things sooo much simpler.

1 College Sophomore

Majors: Okay, so I'm an education major and basically I would have to do four years at the normal psu to get my degree THEN I would have to go to their graduate school of education to get my teaching degree. I think that's so stupid cause that's 4 years plus extra. Whereas, if I was at any other university I could become a teacher in 4 years.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Getting around Portland is pretty easy! There's sooo many ways to get to places. Buses, Light rails, taxis, zipcars, etc. I've used the bus once and it was pretty simple. I use the light rails A LOT and before PSU I never used public transportation but I think it's pretty easy to figure out. You just look at the maps and times and it's extremely simple to know how to get to where you're going. I use it to get to the airport a lot when I fly back home and it's cheaper than a taxi would cost :) $1.25 instead of like $40. I live on campus so I only use the transportation to leave campus but I know a lot of people who use it to get to campus and they do just fine.

3 College Senior

Computers: I expect the internet should be faster and more reliable.

4 College Senior

Majors: I learn a lot from attending school of business

3 College Senior

Majors: Most internships are sale position, which is not great.

4 College Senior

Diversity: It is very divert at PSU. You can meet people from more than 100 countries at PSU.

2 College Senior

Weather: Rain most of the time, less sunshine. I need Vitamin D.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: A great variety. I love the food carts because they are cheap and convenient.


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