Portland, OR
Tuition (in-state)
$22,863 ($7,653)
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Reviews 1380 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Senior

Athletics: No one cares unless you are Division-1.

5 College Senior

Transportation: Portland, OR is ranked as one of the most commutable cities in the U.S. We have streetcar, light rail, buslines, bike lanes, parking

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It is Portland, OR. If you have not heard what we do for fun, come find out.

4 College Senior

Majors: I just applied and got accepted, no extra steps besides good standing status.

5 College Senior

Majors: The best part is we get daily e-mails regarding internships, scholarships, advising appointments, job opportunities all in relation to our field of study.

1 College Senior

Greek Life: i know like one person who is part of a frat, and probably three girls in a sorority.

5 College Senior

Academics: I truly believe this is one of the best topics of focus for anyone in our modern age. We are facing Globalization and how to find sustainable measures that will positively affect the majority rather than serve a small sliver of the population. The approach for my major, Public Health, is to promote preventative measures rather than continual treatment. It's like finding the problem at the source and stopping it from there. This program is engaging but not overly burdened by busy work or useless definitions that you learn just for a week until you regurgitate it onto your test. These habits and lifestyle regiments promoted by public health officials is truly applicable and end up being topics you find yourself thinking about daily for the years to come.

5 College Senior

Academics: I feel that within my program of Public Health, it is topic among current events and will become a well known sector of the job market that most of the public will be aware of within the next decade. The professors here at Portland State in Public Health have come from all walks of lives, but the majority were raised in the NW or attended school at Berkeley. They are well educated individuals that have all influenced the public through one form or another whether it be research, involvement within city council, starting non-profits, etc...

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I love the off-campus dining. It is affordable and yummy!

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I saw one time in the park blocks, a pledge going on, but other than that nothing.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is expensive, but it would be worth living closer to campus to create more of a college experience.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Overall, it is pretty confusing, and the help I would get wasn't much help at all.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There are permits people can buy, but I stick with public transportation.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There isn't much of a work load, but the PHE program it interesting, and fun.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are great, and the curriculum is interesting to learn about.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Sometimes it is not good that it is raining because you have to go from building to building outside, but it is Portland and most people are use to it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I don't live on campus, so I don't know about the dorms, but they seem to be more like little apartments rather than dorms.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There is a copious amount of options when it comes to dining at PSU. There are a ton of food carts and restaurants.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There isn't that much peer pressure, and people are pretty understanding.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The classes are fun, and the people are nice!

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a lot of ethnic/racial diversity at PSU, and everyone is accepting.

2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: I may be more adversely affected by the weather because I have an affinity for skirts, so I may not be speaking for everyone here. The fact that the campus is strewn throughout a large chunk of city blocks means a lot of distance to travel between classes. When it rains, there are puddles everywhere! Not to mention, I'm always uncomfortably wet once I trudge to my next class. The wind is also pretty annoying...

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: To be honest, I almost never took my car to school. It didn't seem worth it to drive there. First of all, parking permits were over $200, and all it does is LET you park in one of the 4 lots PSU offers. It does not, in any way, guarantee a spot, which fills up quickly. When I did park at school, I would have to park on the street. And since this campus is located downtown, it was very hard to find a spot, usually making me late to class! And you'd have to keep checking the meter. The rules for where you can park and for how long is not very well-known, so I even ended up with a parking ticket once. I hated driving and parking downtown!

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: PSU just got a new athletic center with a huge pool and a few floors full of gym equipment.The library is huge and built around an even bigger tree. The majority of the campus surrounds a space called the "park blocks." it's a long area where cars are more or less not allowed. There are plenty of trees, benches, and even a space for small performances. In addition to the school cafeteria, we also have a student-run vegan-optional cafe that's pretty cool. Again, there's nothing too special, but it's all pretty nice.

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: I really like the layout of this school because it's not like a normal campus. It isn't built like it is its own community in a college bubble; instead, it is embedded into the city of Portland. Therefore, we are not only a part of a college culture, but we are also immersed into the culture of the city itself. Other than that, though, there's not really anything that sets it apart from other schools.


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