Portland, OR
Tuition (in-state)
$22,863 ($7,653)
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Reviews 1510 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Portland so you can expect rain in the winter but it's rarely below freezing. It's the perfect weather for reading, seeing an art house film, or enjoying coffee at a nearby cafe. The summers and springs here are magical though. The park blocks are the place to be! Everything is green and blossoming an it's mostly sunny. Lots of hiking and exploring and farmer's markets to enjoy. Fall on campus is gorgeous too.

College Sophomore

Athletics: I don't get involved with the athletics much. I know we have a football team but I couldn't tell you much more than that...

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Portland is a foodie paradise! There are tons of food trucks and little cafes to choose from. Your taste buds will never be bored.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The Maseeh College has great computer labs. Definitely use them if you can. If you can't, you'll want your own computer. The library computer lab gets very busy. As a Computer Science major, a personal computer has been essential.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm a Computer Science major and the Maseeh College offers a lot of assistance in finding paid internships and jobs. I'm currently working as an intern and I'm finding the experience very rewarding. They are very flexible with my schedule and it's paid. I work 24 hours a week. I'm very optimistic about my job outlook after graduation. There are also TA positions available but they can be very selective.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm absolutely happy with my program. I intend to pursue a PhD in Bioinformatics at OHSU, so a degree in computer science will be a huge help for me. I do wish there were more classes related to Genetics and Bioinformatics offered at the undergrad level. I'm very optimistic about job possibilities with a BS in Computer Science in this region as there are many tech companies here. I absolutely would complete this program again.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are tons of things to do. Lots of craft breweries if you're of age. Lots of places for good coffee. I highly recommend spending a day in Powell's Books. You can often find used textbooks for sale here cheaper than at the campus bookstore. The music scene is pretty vibrant. Portland overall is a cultural hotspot. You can easily find great art, music, movies, and dance. The shopping is great too! There are large corporate shopping experiences to be found around Pioneer Square(Target, Macy's, etc.) as well as tons of boutiques. All tax free, of course! If you're into being active, there are always running, biking events going on(The city is very bike friendly). There's even dragonboat racing on the river. You can always find yoga, pilates, or spin classes too.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The scholarship and financial aid process is about average. You have to jump through a few hoops but it's fairly simple to get the financial support you need. I still had to get a part time job to take care of things beyond tuition and books but I imagine if you lived on campus you might be able to get away with not having a job.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It's a pretty diverse population. I love the variety!

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3 College Senior

Nightlife: Lots of places around town that you can usually get pretty close to buy public transit, however many lines stop running shortly after midnight, so you have to maintain a good awareness of time while having fun if you don't want to wind up stranded, walking, or paying for a cab.

2 College Senior

Campus Dining: Most of the food isn't that great, and most of the on campus dining has limited hours. In the summer, only the Subways are open, and only one of them 24 hours. Victor's is the school run dining open during the summer, and it supposed to only be for residents of the dorms, and the food is hit and miss anyways. Not the best food overall and can get pricy really fast.

4 College Senior

Weather: The weather is great for those of us who like cooler weather, and don't mind the rain. Definitely not California or Florida, so if you want to be somewhere warm, the Pacific NW is not your destination at all.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Trimet runs through out the city. Not many places that a bus or max (train) won't drop you off by. Also, the Red Max Line goes straight into Portland International Airport, and by the Greyhound and Amtrak stations, so travel is fairly easy, especially with the newly launched Bolt Bus to Seattle and Vancouver, BC that picks up and drops on just a few blocks North of campus.

3 College Senior

Athletics: If you aren't really looking there isn't a whole lot of advertising, outside of the football season posters that will be found occasionally. If you are looking for a different sport, you have to know someone to really find out with the games are, I think.

2 College Senior

Parking: The parking structures are good if you live in the dorms, but some aren't so convent for most classes. The street parking fills up pretty quickly in the morning, and with both the structures and the street, you have to navigate though one-way streets.


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