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Portland, OR
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23,397
Tuition (in-state)
$22,863 ($7,653)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1510 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Depends who you hang out with. I've only heard of people smoking on campus.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: PSU has great facilities. There are two gyms (the older Stott Center and the new rec center), many computer labs spread out on campus (from the Broadway Building to several in Cramer and Neuberger). The Miller Library is awesome and has two computer labs, book scanners, a coffee shop and many study rooms, including a family friend study room.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Situated just South of Downtown Portland, Portland State University has access to a plethora of transportation options. Mass transit is accessible smack dab in the middle of campus. Traditional transportation options are viable as well. Once on campus, getting around is fairly trivial as the entirety of campus is accessible by foot.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Academics at Portland State University are excellent. The curriculum is both relevant and engaging and the workload associated with the curriculum can be reasonably managed. The facilities available on campus are good and are even better, almost fantastic, within the engineering and computer science department.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The culture on campus is pretty laid back. However, within student housing the management and staff can be somewhat strict. Use common sense in student housing. Don't leave your door open at night and remember to lock your door.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are quite a few options for financial aid and if you're not looking, they're easy to miss. I suggest regularly checking for new scholarship opportunities and to snag as many as you can and/or need. Don't procrastinate, do all you can to find the money you need. Apart from that, the financial aid advisers are helpful and knowledgeable and really can help you out. Take advantage of all of the help you can get.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Portland State University is well rounded with regards to academics. Curriculum as a Freshman was both challenging and exciting. The alternative general education provided at the university is a welcome liberal change from the conservative regurgitation I was used to. Registring for classes was pretty much a fair experience and is probably the only gripe I have with the academics here. Apart from that, all is well.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: i have not noticed anything that affects student involvement and/or social activities

5 College Junior

Computers: i have never had a problem finding a computer to use.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: You have your average mix of college kids of all shapes and sizes. And there are the commuters so my class has many professionals or people going back to school mixed in with the full-time living in the dorm room kids. It is a culturally rich school with people from every continent in every shade of skin. There are athletes and academics, musicians and artists, tons of independent do-it-yourself-ers, cyclists, hikers, skiers, civic minded peeps. It's all here, Portland feels very international compared to other cities of it's size.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The school is in downtown Portland and you can definitely get involved in the community. You are not off in ivory towers somewhere disconnected to reality. It seems like you can get involved working in the real world with regard to your academic interests if you just apply yourself. There are always social events to check out and there are museums and public gardens, and citywide events within walking distance of the campus. Also Public transportation is amazing. You don't need a car to get the most out of studying in Portland at PSU.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Will I'm in the middle of my first class here. The curriculum was designed by a few of the Professors and has been taught over and over, getting fine tuned each time. The Grad students teach the class in pairs. One lectures and the other reads and grades student work. The both have office hours and seem genuinely interested in making sure the students understand the lectures and know what to study for the tests. It's very clear and seems super easy to succeed if you're at all motivated to do the work.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I don't personally see any drug scene at the school but I don't live on campus and I'm taking one night class. I don't feel qualified to talk about it because I am a commuter student. However, as I see it, it's a hard working population.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are a lot of options to eat at. From the restaurants to the food carts to what is actually served at the campus... there is something around for everyone. It is nice to see such a variety.

5 College Senior

Facilities: The park blocks run through the middle of Portland State. They are about five straight city blocks that have huge trees, grass, benches and you can generally find students/faculty hanging out there. It's an amazing feature that I know a lot of intercity school don't have.

4 College Senior

Transportation: There are a number of ways to get to Portland State. It is a commutor school so trimet gives students term passes. There is the max and parking garages. The parking is a little difficult without a parking pass, and while it's possible I would recommend taking the bus or the max.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The university security does their job well. There have been assualts (mostly theft) and when this occurs they do a great job of informing students, so we can be safe, and searching for the perpetrator.

3 College Senior

Academics: I'm a English Major/Writing Minor. With the right help it's great!

3 College Senior

Academics: Classes are not that challenging, but some of them are interesting.

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: Expensive. The less expensive dorms are old and small. There are cheaper, better quality housing options near capus for students.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity on campus is very noticeable and students seem accepting of each others differences. PSU has a lot of student organizations the encourage and support diversity anywhere from race, religion, and even disabilities.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: My only complaint is that parking permits are too expensive.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid went smoothly. If I have a question or an issue the staff helps me understand the process as to why and how thing happen. They even give me advice on how to qualify for more aid.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. I thinks it's great that I get an e-mail alerts when something bad happens such as break ins or assaults in or around campus.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's Portland, Oregon. It rains... a lot. If that's not your thing, you probably won't like it. Luckily, the main buildings have indoor sky-bridges between them, and there are a lot of covered areas and trees so you don't get too wet from the rain. When the weather is nice (and even when it isn't, in my opinion) the campus park blocks are beautiful, though.

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