Location
Portland, OR
Undergrads
23,397
Tuition (in-state)
$22,863 ($7,653)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1394 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Junior

Facilities: Nice gym to use and the park blocks are nice to have lunch or gather your thoughts in

4 College Junior

Scholarships: It is all online and goes smooth if everything is turned in on time

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2 College Junior

Parking: It is very expensive and the parking structures are so tight that my car now has scratches all over it. It's hard to get a spot ex...I would have to get to school before 8am to find parking for my 10am class

3 College Junior

Computers: There are a good amount of computers available at Portland State, except during Dead and Finals week. You'll definitely want to have your own computer, but otherwise there are plenty on campus.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a large variety of restaurants off campus nearby

4 College Junior

Academics: The graduate program I am in is a distance program. Due to the travel of professors and the distance from campus, the classes are held once a week, and are eight hours long. This makes for a long day, and a ton of reading. However, it is well worth it in order to remain in my community, rather than move to Portland.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: I see no evidence of drugs or alcohol scene at PSU

4 College Senior

Academics: PSU has a good tutoring department dedicated to helping students out. You have to plan accordingly though because they can get busy and it's not guaranteed they'll have your department at your time. Their writing center is amazing though. They help with a lot as well as correct grammar as they go.

4 College Senior

Majors: It depends on your department and your experience. I know for the science department, especially for the Geology one, you have to make sure you tell them you want to get paid otherwise you're just a volunteer.

4 College Senior

Majors: I love my major and would definitely do it again. I want to be a secondary educator so my only concern is finding a job. I took a biology minor though, so that should give me a slight edge later on.

5 College Senior

Majors: The Earth Science major is the little brother to the Geology major. The only difference is that the course requirements aren't as much. Where Geology majors have this long list of requirements, Earth Science has a shorter list. The down side to that is that it's almost required you take a minor in order to get enough credits to graduate. But a minor adds a roundness to your character so its worth it.

5 College Senior

Academics: I love the faculty. Were not that big of a department and practically live in the subbasement, but you really get to know the teachers and TA's, so it evens out.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Depending on the building you live in depends on your experience. Some are cosier than others, but you have to spend more. What they all have in common is their convenient location among eateries and shops.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Speech Pathology post-bacc program is very rigorous, and you definitely get bang for your buck in terms of how much you learn in a short amount of time. It's also very competitive, and some may find it hard to stand out. Most of the undergraduate classes are taught by adjunct-faculty, which has its pros and cons. Overall the program is very good, and will get you well prepared for graduate school is you put in the very large amount of necessary effort.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Portland is known for the trend to go to caffee shops. They have a great variety of restaurants and situated right by the school. The mall is 10 minutes away walking distance from the school where there are things that people can quickly grab to eat

4 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity at PSU compus is extraordinary. It is a school that is situated in the heart of Portland's down town which makes it easier even for those who didn't have the chance to pursue a college degree in their twenties, to go now. Not only the age is diverse, but the ethnicity varies greatly. Since at PSU we have a good excellent program that encourages people to study abroad and also to exchange students, there are many ethnicities on campus. The acceptance is favorable and one can fit in easily if they try to get involved in clubs and such.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I mean, it's college. You're gonna get a taste of everything. I find that there are a lot more artsier people here than in other colleges that I've visited, but that could just be me.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I usually feel very safe on campus, but it is inevitable to run into a few issues because Portland State is in the heart of the city. I had an issue with my dorm that people were sneaking in and breaking into people's dorms at night and watching them sleep. After that security became very tight for the rest of the year. I feel much safer now and plan to live here again next year.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not much of a Greek life here, to be completely honest. I've never heard of huge parties or philanthropic work, but I have seen their advertisements around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Being a university in the Northwest, it can rain. A lot. But there aren't any hurricanes or tsunamis or really bad weather. You get used to it.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They provide many services such as therapy and check ups. The fitness gym is very nice.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Portland State University not only cultivates diversity but focuses on enhancing of opportunities for students of diverse backgrounds and frames-of-references. There are multiple resource centers (Queer Resource Center, Native American Resource Center, Women's Resource Center, Transfer Student Resources, Multicultural Center). There are organizations and clubs that are dedicated to the development and success of students of all backgrounds as well.

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Portland, Oregon is renowned for the efficient and reliable transportation it offers through TriMet. Portland State University Students have access to a subsidized rate for the usage of TriMet (Bus, Max, and Streetcar).

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Sometimes must go subterranean to get across campus. Totally fine with it.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have a fairly diverse student body, especially for an Oregon school, but being in a large city , that is what is expected.

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