Location
Portland, OR
Undergrads
23,397
Tuition (in-state)
$22,863 ($7,653)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1510 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: Mostly a bar scene. Again, many students are older so they just get together at pubs and stuff. Lots of clubs, (including underage), in Portland right on the MAX line. Hardest thing about clubs is finding a PSU student who also wants to go clubbing. One of the Greek houses throws a party almost every weekend. Not the most attractive bunch, I went to one of their parties my freshman year, it was a bit overrated.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: I've never had too bad of an experience, though there are a few documents that are a hassle to get. Always received reimbursement on time.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: A lot of cheating at this school. There is supposed to be a no-tolerance expulsion policy, but I've never actually heard of someone being penalized for it. I wouldn't risk it though.. First-time underage alcohol violation is pretty lenient, have to write a paper or make a poster on what you learned from the alcohol course that they make you take. Also a $50 fee. The RA's aren't usually very strict about any violations, unless they already don't like you. Anyone can visit you in your dorm. Only a few classes have attendance policies in which case you usually fail if you miss more than three classes. Parking is owned by the city so you have to pay to park everywhere or you'll get a ticket.

4 College Junior

Computers: Lots of computer labs, but there are still 30,000 students so they will be frequently full during study seasons. Wireless is available all over on campus. 500 page print credits. Computer age isn't to bad.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Portland has great food. Campus food is mediocre and overpriced, so go try something! Food carts, restaurants, the options are endless and delicious! Portland offers a lot of gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options as well.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: This is not a party school. Nobody cares about Greek life. Half the school doesn't even know that we have it. Few parties. Don't really add anything to the school community. Seems like many Greeks are in it for the label. But again, this school has an older average age. Many people here are married with children, some came back because their careers didn't work out, it just isn't a young school. This is not a party school, (unfortunately).

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The newest two dorms are very nice. The newest: University Pointe has flatscreens, faux hardwood floors, it's own gym, and the laundry machines will text you when your laundry is finished washing. Recommended dorms are Broadway, University Pointe, and Blummel. This isn't exactly the norm though, at least half of the buildings are from the early 1900's. One has baths but no shower heads and they will not let you put a shower head in, (obviously people do it anyway because taking baths everyday is an inefficient hassle). Space-wise, every dorm I've seen is either average or pretty generous with space. A few dorms are one-bedroom instead of being studios.

Community-wise, there isn't much of a community in the dorms unless you are a freshman. Most people keep there doors closed and don't attend dorm events.

2 College Junior

Athletics: Sure, we technically have a football team but they are terrible. I have no idea what sports our school hosts because nobody pays any attention. We're in an urban area though, so that might explain it.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Although the school itself does not provide transportation, there is a huge public transportation scene in Portland. It is easy to get almost everywhere, because of this, most people I know don't even bother owning a car. Not to mention that parking permits are crazy expensive.

2 College Junior

Weather: It is frequently raining/gloomy in Portland, Oregon. Not too much wind, snow, or storms though.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drug and alcohol use is pretty tolerable. Most people drink and smoke marijuana at parties; but no one will treat you differently for not partaking as long as you don't preach about it.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: It's a big diversity that helps us feel that the world has been united under the flag of education.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: there are a lot of great things about this campus

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: people don't like to interact with each other unless you are the bees knees so they are really shallow and stuck up.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: we have an amazing transit system

3 College Sophomore

Weather: I'm used to the amount of rain and cold, but it's better than being burning hot all the time.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: it has it's charm but you really have to be creative if you want to do something besides bars or shopping.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: there are too many computer labs to count and they are in almost every building.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: lots of food options in a downtown environment just a bit spendy sometimes

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: it is what it is

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4 College Sophomore

Parking: its a little difficult unless you know where to look

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: its very diverse and accepting as an urban campus in portland.

4 College Junior

Majors: Liberal Studies allows for the study of a wide range of disciplines.

College Junior

Majors: I have not participated in an internship.

2 College Junior

Parking: The school is in a downtown metro area so parking is not convenient.

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