Portland, OR
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$22,863 ($7,653)
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Reviews 1500 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There have been a few burglaries recently on campus that have made the local news and emergency response systems.

4 College Junior

Weather: Portland's weather is mild and temperate: summers are warm and dry, and winter is wet and mild. Being located in the Pacific Northwest, overcast skies and rain are frequent from late fall to mid spring. This weather is not to everyone's taste, but it rarely interferes with the campus's functionality or people's accessibility.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Portland State University is near many restaurants, cafes, and food carts that are low-priced and easily accessible. Dining options are diverse and feature many different cultures - including Latin American, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Mediterranean. Most restaurants feature vegetarian/vegan options, and use local organic products.The food carts near and on campus are low priced and produce high quality food.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Transportation at Portland State is easily accessible and diverse. Trimet bus lines, the Portland Street Car, and the Max Train run through the campus, allowing students to easily travel to the campus from all over the city, and vice versa. Students can by Trimet passes for each term, which work for each of these types of transportation. Because of this, cars are not necessary on campus, although there are many options for garage and street parking. Transportation costs per term are generally between $100 and $300, which are relatively manageable costs.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Portland State University is a very progressive school in terms of diversity.The presence, acceptance, and celebration of racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual diversity is extremely important to Portland State University. While the majority of students are Caucasian, many different ethnicities are present on campus, and the campus is home to many international students. Students can join cultural, ethnic, and religious groups on campus. Academic courses - such as those in the University Studies Program - explore numerous cultures and beliefs from around the world, and students are encouraged to take these courses.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Portland State University is in the middle of downtown Portland, near numerous restaurants, shops, the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Historical Society, the Pioneer Place Mall, and Pioneer Courthouse Square. As a large urban university, the campus is bustling with students of many different cultures and ethnicities who bring unique perspectives to the campus. At the beginning of each term, a "Party in the Park" takes place in which students and can learn more about and join cultural, academic, and extracurricular groups and clubs. The campus's atmosphere is welcoming and friendly, with cultural diversity and environmental sustainability as two of its most important norms.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Portland State University does not descriminate any race nor intolerate anyone with different skin color. Greek students are viewed as ordinary students at PSU. They get treated the same way as other students at PSU. Everyone learn and does the same things. No students are better than others nor no one is specially favored. As from what i see, Greek life does not affect the social atomosphere of campus. Based on the average percentage of students living on campus, a lot of Greek students choose to live on dorms than apartments or complexes. PSU campus is a safe environment for everyone not just Greek but others.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This is my first year of college as a freshman. I finished my first term just two weeks ago. I wasn't so bad after all. I had a really good experience with the campus environment. It was quite a struggle to transition from high school to college environment. Both teaches almost the same materials and concepts except college courses go faster. My school is really unique in a way that i can feel safe and be myself at all time. There are a lot helpful students and professors there. If i could do it all over again, i would choose to go to my school because it's near home, it has good courses and amazing professors, there are a lot of helpful advisers, the environment is satisfying, and it's surrounded by convienient restaurants.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The rec center is great and pretty popular. I don't go to football games, but I've heard we're not that good. However, many students do wear PSU gear, including me.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't live in the dorms, and I'm assuming that is where the majority of drugs are used.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't participate in nightlife on/near campus.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't live on campus so I rarely hear anything about Greek life. Recruiters are usually at club fairs and such, but I really don't know anything about it.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I do not receive any financial aid beyond the loans I was offered from FAFSA. However, these loans don't cover my costs. I constantly have to come up with large amounts of money to pay off each term. I'm not sure how everyone else is getting a surplus amount of financial aid. There are scholarships that are offered, but I haven't managed to get any through the school yet.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: We get 500 free prints per term, which is plenty for me. A bonus is that color printing is also available. There are many computer labs on campus, but most of them fill up very quickly depending on the time of day. I rarely need to bring my personal laptop to campus. I only really need it when working on group projects outside of class. Wifi is available and usually fast and reliable.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: My major is Environmental Studies. So far the curriculum is challenging, but not overly difficult. The school itself strives to be green too. I often get emails from the ESM department with notices of internship and job opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I find that many of my classes discuss topics that connect or overlap with my other classes. Most of the professors I've had have been great. Searching for classes could be improved; it can be a bit difficult finding specific courses.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: People from out of state may see it as a downside because it rains a lot, but I love the weather. The weather has no negative bearing on my campus experience.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The students are pretty diverse. I find most people to be very accepting of other's beliefs, ethnicity, etc...

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The students are very diverse. I suppose I would say that many of the guys are 'hipsters'. The majority of people are friendly and nice.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: A bit spendy, options are alright

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: They are very fast at sending out the campus safety alert emails when a crime is reported or when a suspect is on the loose. There are also those "push for assistance" beacons placed around campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It doesn't seem very strict. I don't live on campus, so I can't say the same about the dorms.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't know much about it. I haven't heard much about drug use beyond marijuana.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't know much about the underage night life but there are tons of bars that are easily accessible by streetcar.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Housing is very expensive. Your best bet would be to look in the suburbs and commute.


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