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Reviews 1519 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Senior

Academics: I'd say everything's is pretty good. All the resources are good, just full, hard to get into which isn't good for students who have work and classes and not a flexible schedule.

2 College Senior

Parking: I don't have a car but I have friends with cars and it doesn't seem worth it to buy parking for a term on campus. It's very expensive and I'm sure if you got creative you could think up a better way like buying at a different garage and walking or taking the bus. It should be easier, less expensive, because who wants to think of that on top of everything.

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4 College Senior

Academics: They have all the resources for my major but still the school is really more of an art major school.

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4 College Senior

Computers: I've never had any problems. They work fast, there's many different types for different needs, they're in different areas, and you can print right from your own laptop. It's just sometimes there's low availability.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Portland State is a commuter college. Most of the students live at home and commute here for their education. The fresh Rec center is very appealing with somewhat new equipment. Student life can be adventurous. A college located in downtown is exciting. There is plenty of places to go see and restaurants to try.

3 College Junior

Facilities: The facilities are somewhat okay. This campus is pretty huge and mainly consist of building through-out downtown. At times, it would be nice just to have a campus with closer proximity. The business program is amazing, some of the professors are very creditable and intelligent.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is pretty good at Portland State. One will experience a unique Portland/hipster vibe while at this college. The people are very friendly and a sense of diversity is present within the campus.

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College Junior

Athletics: I'm not affiliated with any sort of sports.

5 College Senior

Facilities: The Gender and Sexuality program is important as we are dealing with a lot of bigotry here in the US. The professors are open minded and are willing to help all groups of people succeed regardless of race, gender, orientation, etc.

5 College Senior

Majors: I did a transfer from community college into the university program without a hitch. They have a great co enrollment program that makes transitioning smooth.

5 College Senior

Computers: There are multiple computer labs located through out campus and people willing to help figure out how they work.

4 College Junior

Computers: In my particular major we actual have our own lounge where we can go and do any computer work, print things, study, or just chill. There also is a quite large computer lab in the library for students as well

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I don't really see that there is a big problem with drugs or alcohol. Not to say there isn't any of that going on but its very limited, students seem to be focused on getting through school.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: PSU is located in the downtown core and it has a variety of foods and a good majority are very good.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Portland sports a huge variety of off-campus housing. Not only are most of the options close to campus, but they the prices are fairly cheap, compared to other established college housing in the area. I would highly suggest that your car be left at home with your parents because the Tri-Met Streetcar and MAX, Portland's transportation options, are more than necessary to get around in this city. Some of the off-campus housing options support their own transportation to PSU and it's totally free. The off-campus housing that I am currently living in has wonderful staff and understanding landlords so I am very pleased!

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4 College Senior

Academics: I have been told that PSU is not a good school (based on rankings and such) but I feel that I have learned so much these last two years and gained valuable real world experience. PSU is also a research university - which, at least for STEM fields, means a lot more than a "high ranking". Its also nice that even though its a research university, its relaxed enough that people are not at each other's throats.

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4 College Senior

Majors: I am an undergrad in the physics department. I enjoy it. Most of the instructors are experimentalists rather than theoretitians so there is a lot of emphasis on real world problems, observables and development of skills. We have a required one year series of Experimental Physics where we are exposed to circuit building, vacuum tech, imaging tech, lasers, RF, etc, etc.

2 College Senior

Majors: I have not had an internship at my school. They are hard to come by in my department. I would like to have one - they give you valuable experience and connections and look great for grad school applications.

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2 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I live on campus and thusly use the campus internet... I personally have been in trouble with tech department for actions I did not commit (I got a computer from a friend and apparently he had torrented a game from that computer and I got in trouble for it) and there was no appeals process for that, which angered me. Basically, you get in trouble if there is a complaint about you, whether you actually did the wrong or not. Their policy is two of that type of infraction and you can be kicked out of school. I thought that highly unfair considering drug use/alcohol abuse on campus will only net you a couple hours of "community service". Their priorities are skewed.

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4 College Senior

Academics: The instructors are very knowledgable, and interesting and take an interest in students, especially if said students are interested in their field. A lot of our materials in the physics lab rooms are less than fabulous, but that rather reflects the real world - most employers will expect that you work with what you are given, not just with ideal facilities. There are, however, few opportunities to get research experience as an undergrad unless you are willing to engage in independent (unpaid, alone) research on your own. PSU just doesn't have that kind of money, or so I am told. However, if you are engaging in independent research, I have found most professors to be supportive, even with offers of use of their equipment, time and sometimes raw materials.

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2 College Junior

Greek Life: There are 2 sororities and 2 fraternities, you hardly ever hear about them. There is no housing on campus either. Greek life is not a big thing at Portland State University.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Portland State is not really a big deal. Living in Oregon pot is an issue here but there is not a lot of issues with it. Drinking is very popular here

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