Portland, OR
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$22,863 ($7,653)
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Reviews 1510 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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!!

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.


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