Portland, OR
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$22,863 ($7,653)
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Reviews 1394 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Senior

Diversity: Being in the NorthWest there are till a lot of cacasian people, but Portland State does draw students from all over the world so there are actually a lot of International students and then students from all over the U.S. Many students have different political beliefs, religion and sexual orientation.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Without a doubt, Portland in general has the best transportation system in the country. Yes, I'd say it was even better than NYCS dirty subway system. The Max, the bus, and the streetcar are all ways to get around all different parts of Oregon. The streetcar, also, is now free to Portland State Students.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I don't see a lot of drug use going on but if there was any it would be marijuana. The school does a good job of providing us other outlets.

4 College Junior

Weather: I do not mind the colder weather but I could easily see how it would be hard for someone who did not like the weather here to succeed. I am just lucky that I don't mind the mostly gray skies and rainy days.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity (in all areas) at PSU is high and highly valued. People of all ethnic/racial backgrounds, economic status, political beliefs, religions, sexual orientations and gender identities study here, and there is almost never a problem. The campus does tend to be pretty liberal, but there are groups and communities who support all political beliefs. The Queer Resource Center provides a safe and supportive space for LGBT students (I believe PSU has one of the largest trans* student populations in the state, if not the country).

4 College Freshman

Academics: As a Music Major, you get to know the people in your department very well. It's a fairly close-knit community and you can often get away with spending your time in only one or two buildings. The sub-specialization within the music department can be somewhat isolated (i.e. GENERALLY jazz people hang with jazz people, classical with classical, vocalists with vocalists; though there is some cross-pollination, so to speak. Most of the faculty are wonderful and many are part of the local music scene. The music program is particularly excellent for jazz, classical voice and opera, and music education.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation through Trimet is very good. Although there have been some service cuts and fair hikes recently, Portland still has a great transit system. PSU offers a discounted term-long bus pass to students taking at least 3 credits. Many people drive to and from campus, and there is some on-campus parking available, but I've heard complaints about there not being enough for the amount of drivers. Many people bike to campus (or bike part way and take public transit part way) and Portland is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country. There's even a bike shop on campus called the PSU Bike Hub. Because of its downtown location, the campus puts a lot of great art, entertainment, food, etc. within walking distance, and even more within biking distance.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Being right downtown, there are a ton of options very close to campus, and more just a few blocks away. Very near campus options include things like sandwiches, rice pudding, crepes, rice bowls, cafe / pub food, Mexican, asian noodles/curry etc. including some food carts right in the heart of the campus park blocks. Food carts are a popular option because you can find almost any kind of food you can think of, although eating cart food regularly can be a bit expensive. Generally you can get a lot of food for $5-$6.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Here a PSU every class is full of many different nationalities. When walking from class to class there are a smorgasbord of ethnicities strolling around. Additionally the professors are of many different races as well. I find this school to be very diverse and group projects help weave the diverse races together.

3 College Junior

Weather: Portland has seen more rain in the last few years. Additionally we did not see sun last spring. Umbrellas will come in handy here. However this September is back to what I remember, sunny and warm (2012). Some predict a cold and snowy winter though.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Nightlife for students below 21 are great. Multiple options from socials and bowling to lounges and restaurants. However I'm older than 21 and there are only two options to frequent. I'd say if your under 21 this a great campus, otherwise leave campus for nightlife.

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4 College Junior

Computers: Lots of lab options around campus. I can usually find an open spot or print online from my laptop. However, some labs have horribly slow computers.

3 College Junior

Weather: Portland is in the Pacific Northwest so it tends to be pretty rainy during the fall/winter/spring months but it usually doesn't get overly cold. Snow happens about once or twice a year and doesn't stay for too long. Summers are very nice, not too hot or too cold.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Everyone here seems very involved and excited to be here. Great environment.

1 College Junior

Parking: The parking at this campus is way too expensive. I know they are trying to discourage people from driving and to ride their bikes. That's great, but i moved from out of state and i had no other choice but to bring my car.

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2 College Junior

Campus Dining: Meal plans are very expensive and should be included with the housing. School is expensive and stressful enough students shoudnt have to worry about whether or not they can eat that day.

2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The girls and guys at my school are all individuals in their own way. I can't really say whether they are nice or mean people. However, I can say that they are different.

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1 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have always felt uneasy around Portland State's Campus. It is a very unwelcoming atmosphere that tries to promote diversity, however in promoting diversity they fail to deal with the subtlety of the students that attend the college. Many people stare at other people solemnly and there is constant gossip which tends to lead to physical altercations.

2 College Senior

Parking: Too many cars for too little space. Sometimes, it takes forever to find a space, but you can learn when there are less people and try to go at that time.

1 College Senior

Weather: Rain, Rain, Rain – The weather here is mostly raining, cloudy and depressing at least if you are a person who likes the sun. Here you learn how to appreciate the sun. The good thing of portland State is that its buildings are mostly connected, so we do not get wet going from one class to another. If you like rain this is your place! If not come in summer. It is beautiful!!!

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Good, but Difficult to Access – They are good computers, but getting to one can be a hassle. People are always using them

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Always Something to Do – The Portland area is better for people over the age of 21 because there are a lot of bars and pubs around town. There are also concerts, voodoo, great coffee shops, tons of shopping, and a lot of green space. Don't forget about the waterfront!

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Good, but Illattended – We have a lot of great sports teams and they do well, but most people don't know when games are, and the attendance rate is not high.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Fun Professors and Great Facility – PSU is a great school especially for those who choose to commute from home to school. Since the school is downtown, there are many places to eat and relax in-between classes. There are many clubs to get into and meet new people.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Food Town – Portland is famous for it's food carts - are there are plenty around campus. Cheap yet delicious food. Plus there are a lot of restaurants in town to choose from. When you're here, you'll never wonder what to eat.


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