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 Junior

Weather: Since we're in the northwest, there is a lot of wet weather. However, once late spring and summer come around, it is absolutely beautiful. The best mindset to have here is if you don't like the weather now, wait ten minutes and it'll be sure to change.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Since the University is centrally located in downtown Portland, it is surrounded by a great variety of places to eat at. Everything is reasonably priced and obviously, locally made. Especially being in Portland, any vegetarian, vegan, special dietary needs, etc. options are easily accessible too.

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I love Portland. There is a great nightlife (on the laid-back end), delicious food (for cheap), and lots of outdoor activities. The general attitude of its residents is friendly, social, and progressive.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The new student recreation center is very nice and updated. We now have two different rec areas, one more for PE classes and the other for extra-curricular athletic activities. The library is large and spacious. I use the basement which hasn't been updated in ages, but I like the look/feel of it.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: I don't eat on campus much besides breakfast. Their dining hall is adequate and they have enough options to satisfy many diets. They could benefit from a couple more restaurants/bars near campus.

3 College Junior

Facilities: PSU as an urban school has a lot of ties to public and private-sector organizations which is helpful for students looking for internships or employment opportunities. It's a commuter school so it doesn't have the same social scene you would see at other universities but I prefer it that as I am an older student who lives off-campus. The caliber of professors in the two programs I've studied (Criminology and Political Science) is very high. All professors seem to have extensive research backgrounds and bring a lot of expertise to their respective areas.

2 College Junior

Majors: Some programs do not require any admission process but others like mine do. I transferred and my previous courses transferred in a way that made me repeat some courses i had previously taken. Make sure you know exactly what classes you need to take before attending, go to PCC most of their credits like BA transfer over to PSU and are a lot cheaper.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I live on campus and I love it, close to classes, food, and shopping. What I don't like is the parking. The only parking spot is 6 blocks away. And the fact that I have to pay 350.00 per term for it. That sucks

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2 College Junior

Health & Safety: We've had a rash of attacks and attempted rapes. the school is good about letting us know about them, but not so much about catching or reporting that they've caught the people.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Mostly fast food, but not a lot of individual restuarants near by. have to do some walking or take the train.

4 College Junior

Diversity: PSU has a contract with a secondary school in Japan so we have many Asian students plus there is a large community of Middle Eastern people. So the diversity of ethnicities is rather nice, on top of that we have a large community of people with all religions and sexual preferences. It's nice to have such a big group of people here.

3 College Junior

Majors: The process of getting into the math program wasn't difficult. I just applied, took a Math test, and enrolled in classes. That's it.

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They're pretty on top of harassment or robbery, but other than that they honestly could care less about under age drinking or drugs related activities, because Portland is known for that anyways.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Since its downtown, its fairly expensive for a college student's budget. But everything is right here grocery stores, parks, restaurants, mall...etc. You name it! All types of businesses are around here and transportation is fairly easy! So I guess you get what you pay for.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It always rain here and the weather is fairly unpredictable around spring time. One day it is perfectly sunny and the next it is raining hailstorms. But overall, never any severe weather that can truly stop you from enjoying your day outside.

5 College Junior

Majors: Interships are what you make them, they are volunteered hours and building on your growth in whatever field you are working in

2 College Junior

Nightlife: I don't participate in the night life and don't hear much about it.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The school does an excellent job of treating students like adults. They hold the student's accountable for their actions and give them opportunity to correct inappropriate or bad behavior.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There's a wide variety of students. PSU is mainly a commuter school and has a lot of adult and non-traditional students. Because of that people come from all walks of life. I feel PSU is very open and supportive of the LBGT community. I also see a lot of people from many different ethnic groups. I think there are a lot of international students here as well.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It rains a lot here, so there are a lot of cloudy, wet, dreary days. Some of the main buildings on campus are connected with covered walkways, so that is convenient, but other buildings are quite a walk, and can getting there can be a pain when it's windy and rainy. On the other hand, winter is not too cold, and summer is not too hot.

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The Trimet system, which includes the Max light rail system , bus lines, and the streetcar, which is free for PSU students, are all convenient and timely, and can get you pretty much anywhere in the Portland area.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There are smokers everywhere, so if you don't like people smoking, it's not so great. There are a lot of places you can go, and shopping mall is close to the campus

2 College Freshman

Weather: It rains a lot, since it's Oregon, the weather changes constantly through out the day and it's hard to estimate.


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