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Reviews 1519 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Every time I have to deal with the financial aid office, I feel that they don't actually answer any of my questions, and they feel that they are too busy to help someone.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: There isn't enough parking there, and the prices are absolutely ridiculous. The people you buy your permit from are not very knowledgeable about the rules either.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a Health Sciences Major, so it's part of Public Health. I love the variety of different classes there are to choose from. The teachers are all pretty nice too.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There really is something for everyone. There's even an Organic vegan/vegetarian cafe in the basement of Smith Memorial Student Union. In the main dining area, there is a Mongolian style grill, an Einstein Bagels, Starbucks, Sbarro, an American style spot (chicken strips, hamburgers, fries), there is a wonderful little salad spot, and there are dozens of food carts all over campus.

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2 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are great, but they don't have some very key degree programs. Nursing and Nutrition are not offered at all. They are pretty popular and important.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Portland Police is better off being the security. Students are not notified until way late in the evening of happenings that occur in the same day or in many cases, a day or two later. Watching the news is a better resource to see the happenings of campus. However, the actual campus security is readily available and nice to be around. I personally have never felt unsafe, but have definitely been hyper aware of my surroundings especially after criminal activity has been reported.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: As I said before, great variety and very economically efficient. The wide range caters to any craving or diet.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: For the most part, campus security are pretty alert and readily available. If anything, though, Portland Police are better off being the security. There have been several occasions in the past year where serious, aggressive crimes have taken place and city police have intervened. Also, the email/text/phone alerts of suspicious behaviors/crimes is unreliable. Students are not notified until late in the evening or even days after of what goes on in the environment we regularly interact in. You're better off watching the news and updates on the school that way.

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.


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