Portland, OR
Tuition (in-state)
$22,863 ($7,653)
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Reviews 1394 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: I got lucky and received an out-of-state scholarship by applying for it in the application, and there was no essay needed. This runs out in 4years which isn't likely in my situation as I need one more year. Although it is free money, however, it doesn't allow you to sign up for residency if I wanted to take an extra year in order to graduate. There is a main scholarship program that you have to sign up for every year and is open to all students. Making appointments with your advisor should help you stay on track.

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2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is expensive. Signing up for permits is the way to go but is problematic at time because it looks like PSU transportation services gives out more than there is for alloted spaces. Plan to get early sometimes as the best parking spots can run out quickly. There is a free parking area on the hill, however, its on a HILL.. If you can get over that then its not so bad.

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3 College Junior

Facilities: Portland State prides it self on sustainable buildings and gathering spaces. It is nestled in the downtown area of Portland, Oregon making it an integral part of the downtown fabric. Most of the campus is located near the South Park Blocks which is a long park filled with trees. Its athletic center has just been renovated so has many of the other buildings by local architecture firms. Campus housing is located nearby to most of the main buildings. There is a small amount of Greek fraternities and sororities on campus. Tons of organizations. If you live on campus though the closest grocery store is a Safeway. Lots of food places to go and a car isn't necessary because there is an easy access to the MAX and Streetcar (which is now free for students). You also have access to museums and other parks in the surrounding area.

4 College Junior

Facilities: I love the campus buildings, parks, library, and places surrounding. It's very artistic and accepting of everyone. It's inspiring which is much appreciated for students who are very tired sometimes and need motivation.

3 College Junior

Academics: The registration process is always difficult for me. There's so many people with questions about their classes. And for some reason there's always a hold up on my accounts and I have to stand in lines everywhere to get them lifted so I can register. All this late registration sometimes leads to switching classes because the schedules don't work now and I have re-register to different times. It's so hectic and confusing everytime.

4 College Junior

Academics: It's pretty good. I understand the curriculum process of my major. It all is sequentially making sense. I feel very affirmed after taking classes in my major.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Portland is a place with lots of food carts. These options are pretty cheap and some carts are pretty good. You can get thai food, good thai food, made quickly before you for maybe 5 dollars! The food is quick and cheap and surprisingly good. There are also cafes very close and a sit down cafe with nice food that is a little more costly but worth the food. There's fast food nearby. Really anything. Markets close by and sometimes a farmers market right on campus for fresh vegetables, fruit, jam, cheese, coffee, etc.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The students at this school are remarkable. I think it's because the city itself is such an interesting place of unique people. Everyone is friendly and helpful. I think the atmosphere of this campus is solely a huge, helpful component of this school. The buildings, the park blocks, the activities are all inspiring. You want to do well, and I find it all very enjoyable.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Portland is a very large city with many different activities to do. There are great restaurants, many job opportunities and many fun activities.

4 College Senior

Majors: Just like most schools, the staff and professors are more than willing to help anyway that they can. They are devoted to their students and take their job seriously.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Public transit is pretty good in Portland. The MAX and buses run fairly frequently and until fairly late at night.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: The dining hall food is pretty good, but somewhat expensive. There are however many restaurants and food carts in the area, and most of them are very good.

4 College Senior

Computers: The computer labs are usually crowded if you use the library computers, but it's usually very easy to find a computer in the Broadway building.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The variety of sports at Portland State is good, though I wish they had Men's volleyball.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are a lot of labs throughout the campus. Even when they are full, one can always find a place. There's WiFi for students if they have laptops and you can use it all over campus.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I never really see campus security anywhere on campus, classroom policies vary, the strictest I have had are the bigger lecture classes.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Not a lot of healthy options on campus especially near campus housing. Also, not a lot of diversity in food options.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is rarely heard about and there are extremely limited options.

4 College Student

Computers: There are a lot of computer labs all over PSU and if you can't get one right then and there monitors all around will show you when a computer is open. There is also free wi-fi all around PSU so you can just hop on your own computer.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I think the teams don't do badly, but athletics is not a very big part of campus life here, and people don;t pay much attention to it.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: The university apartments are new and offer many amenities. The diversity of the options make it a great place to live.

4 College Senior

Diversity: The ethnicity is varied at PSU which accounts for a multicentric culture.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking permits are crazy expensive, but they are still less than buying a city monthly permit or paying for on street parking. It is great that there are many options for what permit you can buy, depending on number of days on campus per week, time on campus per day, and what parking structure to use. The variety helps offset costs for some students. I can always find a spot in the main parking structure, but it is usually on the 7th or 8th level.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Portland State University is very welcoming to all people. There are many groups to represent all of the different people there. Most students are very accepting of everyone, despite heritage, sexual orientation, or political beliefs. It is great to see so many different people come together and work with each other.

4 College Junior

Academics: I am in the engineering program and so for most of the instructors have been great!!


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