Portland, OR
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$22,863 ($7,653)
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Reviews 1494 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Senior

Campus Housing: Expensive!!! I do not live on campus because of the cost factor.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Very eclectic and diverse student population. I am an older returning student so I do not fit into the majority student population.

4 College Student

Academics: I came to Portland State University because it has a very good engineering program. In addition, they have the most friendly and helpful faculty that always be there to help me with what I need. The school has a diversities of different races which is awesome because I wanted to meet and make friends with different people around the world.

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4 College Junior

Majors: There were plenty of classes available, academic advisers were very helpful in showing me how to select the best courses. The teachers were also very helpful in assisting me in finding resources. The on-campus tutors were extremely helpful when studying became difficult.

3 College Junior

Computers: Finding a computer is sometimes a challenge but there are enough computer labs that you can usually find one that is vacant. The computers can be pretty slow to cold boot but once they are on they run reasonably well.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus police are visible, blue light phones are available, student health and safety offices are easily accessible and students generally feel safe on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Portland has a wide variety of restaurants and dining, especially near campus because of its location within the city. Everything it a walk away and although you'll find high class dining with high prices, you can also find those random hole in the walls that serve quality food for great prices. You can find all types of food near campus, and a lot of places give student discounts.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports at Portland State is not a huge thing because of it being a commuter school. Athletic events are fun, but aren't ever crowded except for homecoming games. IM sports are a huge thing though and it a really fun experience on campus. Sport clubs are also very intense and is offered to students with any amount of experience in certain sports.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The computer labs are always crowded and often find myself having to travel to several buildings before I find an open computer to work on. Also, the internet connection/wifi for Portland State often shuts downs, especially during times of dead and finals week.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The computers at PSU are great. Usually crowded but everyone gets a turn to use them. Or if you have your own computer you can always use WiFI.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's seen a bit but not much but then again it all depends on the type of person you want to be and become. It also depends the group of friends you have.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dinning at PSU is one of the best. There are a variety of options to choose from and all taste great.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The students and faculty at PSU are very friendly people. People here are usually friendly and are looking to become friends with new people that they meet.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Campus is probably one of the only places in the city where there is diversity. We have a lot of International students, and a diverse student community in general. Many different ethnic backgrounds and religions are enthusiastically accepted, and there is a very visible LBGTQI2-S/Alliance presence.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: For those who are 21+ there is a city full of nightlife. If you're underage there are house parties, and some music venues that are 18+ and all ages, and we have a vibrant music scene here. Public transportation is reasonable, but buses stop running around midnight, so you rely on designated drivers and taxis quite a bit. We also are one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world.

2 College Junior

Athletics: Sports at PSU are really important to the athletes and their friends/families, but in my experience we're more of a Liberal Arts focused campus--students in general are more interested in outdoors activities like camping and hiking, volunteering in the community, and sustainable/green environmental practices. That doesn't mean people are disinterested in sports, there is just more recognition for the city's/states professional teams, or athletics at other Oregon colleges.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: PSU is an open, public campus and is located downtown, so it's not uncommon to see homeless etc. individuals around the area, although they rarely panhandle or interact with students. Over the past year there have been 4 instances of sexual assaults on campus, but Campus Security responds quickly (even instantly emails alerts to all students when incidents occur, with live updates) and immediately made an arrest in the most recent incident. They are readily available for security escorts, especially in the evening, upon request. As a woman who is used to living in a big city (which involves being vigilant when walking alone at night) I have never felt unsafe on campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Places come available and then go fast, so you've got to be checking every day. Prices range wildly depending on location. On-campus housing is super expensive so off-campus is definitely the best option. There's a lot of communal houses around town too.

3 College Junior

Diversity: PSU is a lot more diverse than my hometown college Boise State. There are mostly white people with POCs being a minority (after all Portland is one of the least racially diverse cities), but there is a MUCH larger portion of LGBTQ students at PSU.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The people on campus are very diverse. There's a lot more than just guys and girls on campus... a lot of students don't fit into the gender binary at all, which is cool.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Portland is known for it's food carts! Many to choose from and very affordable!

5 College Junior

Facilities: PSU offers a unique opportunity called the Senior Capstone. You study outside of the classroom, working with Oregon's farmers, or with the local businesses. It gives you real life experience.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Fantastic athletic rec center you can even use in the summer!

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Food trucks, parks, nightlife happy hours, student discounts for everything, I love it!

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is pretty bad, as the campus is downtown and competing with other traffic. There is great public transportation and lots of people bike, I recommend that.


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