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Reviews 1519 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I haven't seen any evidence of a drug problem, and I always feel safe on campus.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I needed more than I received, and it wasn't easy to get what I did.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Tons of food carts nearby with great tasting and affordable food, restaurants are scattered around the area, but there is not much groceries available without much travel.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The public transportation in Portland is excellent. Easy access to trains and buses that will take you anywhere in Portland, east to Gresham, west to Hillsboro. Walking and biking is very popular and the city is very friendly to both.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: From my experience there is very little pressure to be involved in any kind of drug use. There aren't many bars in the immediate area, but it's a short trip to downtown. Although, there isn't a lot to do right around campus, so drinking is popular, of course. Marijuana use is about average, but you can get in trouble for smoking in the dorms.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Portland State doesn't seem to have the largest Greek life. However the Greek events I have witnessed are nothing but positive. Often times they are running fundraisers for local programs around Oregon.

3 College Junior

Computers: There are plenty of computer labs all around campus, and the computers themselves are recent models, plenty of speed and capability. Mostly PCs, but Apple computers are available. The network in the labs are wonderful, while the wireless around campus and in the dorms is adequate. With so many devices connected it does slow down at times, and sometimes personal computers will temporarily disconnect sporadically throughout the day.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The city of Portland has one of the cleanest and safest public transportation around. They happen to run right through Portland State University making it very accessible for students to get around the city. Also as a student you are permitted to ride the street car for absolutely free! For an out of state student like myself it is also wonderful to have a direct way to get to the airport such as what Portland has.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking situation okay. It is really expensive. Ticketing occurs frequently.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have had a great experience academically, at least so far

3 College Senior

Athletics: The sports teams here at PSU seem to all do very well, I do not go to any of the events but it does look like there is a big following of fans.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Personally I have always felt safe on campus, but PSU has had some hard times such as women getting assaulted and a few bomb threats. It is just a sad world that we live in, and these things unfortunately happen from time to time.

College Senior

Majors: I would love to have an internship and think that they are an imperative part for entering into the workforce. I do not think that I will have problems trying to find an internship, I am more concerned if it is work that I will enjoy since I have no experience in my field.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: On campus I have never seen drugs while walking to class. I have seen a few students drink but there is nothing out of hand.


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