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

Diversity: PSU has an impressive ethnic diversity, and it's wonderful to experience the learning process with them. Everywhere you go you meet and see people from all types of places, and almost every language can be heard at any given time. As a language and culture student this impresses me very much, and makes me smile.

4 College Junior

Transportation: As expected, because PSU is in downtown Portland, parking is quite expensive. If a student can manage the public transportation into their schedules it's an excellent option. Portland's public transportation is quite good, and PSU offers a student rate bus pass that's good on the bus, train, and streetcar. But if you have to commute a long way or otherwise don't wish to use the public transportation, the parking can be tricky and expensive. However, I've rarely had times where there's been absolutely no parking in one of the garages (keeping in mind that I haven't yet had a class at 8 in the morning, when I imagine it might be worse). Also, the parking enforcement is very strict, so be sure you're parking in the right areas and adhere to your time limits closely! The fines can be steep depending on where you've caused the infraction.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Initially it was very smooth and understandable, but recently I had a question for them that they sent me on a wild goose chase to other departments find the answer to. In the end I needed to come back to them and the answer was actually very simple. It seems like at times (depending on who's working at the desk that day) if your question is a bit complicated you might get brushed off. I'm hoping this was just an isolated incident though, because other times have been very good experiences. They could also perhaps do a bit better at anticipating students' questions. We don't always know exactly what we need, and having someone *tell* us what we might be interested in knowing would be extremely helpful. Lastly, if you don't have the time to stand in the Financial Aid line for a good half an hour at times, you may have trouble ever talking to anyone. There are only ever two people at the desk with two dozen people waiting in line all the time. As for general response time for e-mail inquiries goes, it's about average, I suppose -- a couple of days sometimes, but I expect they receive quite a load of e-mails each day so that's expected.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Lots of transportation into downtown Portland, but if you choose to drive, both traffic and parking are atrocious.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: During the day and early evening, this campus is very safe because of all of the student and pedestrian traffic. However, there have been a number of sexual assaults late at night because this is an urban campus. However, there are emergency phones posted and an escort security service.

1 College Senior

Campus Strictness: No one lives on campus, so you do whatever you want in your own apartment :)

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Being a Freshman in the Broadway housing, I feel like it is a little too expensive. I have to pay more for my housing than I do for classes. The housing is right on campus and is a short walk to most classes. There is a stove top in Broadway, but not in Ondine. Ondine is cheaper but does not have a kitchen of any kind

5 College Freshman

Academics: At Portland State university the School of Business tries very hard to help you succeed. They want you to be well rounded as well as very knowledgeable. Overall Portland State has wonderful academics

5 College Freshman

Academics: Portland State university is very underrated. I think that the curriculum is challenging. The university strives to challenge but at the same time there are very many resources for student help. There are many professors that are thereto make sure the students are successful

4 College Freshman

Athletics: We have great athletics here. The athletes are very friendly as well as the coaches. The athletic program tries to get students involved and try to increase student pride

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The people were very helpful but I think that the lines and the wait were the biggest hassle

3 College Freshman

Athletics: They have a lot of interactive events with the students to support our sports teams and it is sort of enjoyable.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus is unique in the sense that its very diverse, however the facilities I have been in are more average than unique. It definitely has this urban feel to the campus and buildings but personally doesn't intrigue me. Other than that, the facilities fulfill your needs and have pretty easy directions to your desired locations.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: So far, to me it seems like it just is a very laid back school. It's so diverse and although they have some rules like no smoking, they do a good job of fulfilling those people's needs by designating spots for them. Also, its uncommon to see the campus police so I think that they are decent in the sense of strictness and its more of a relaxed atmosphere.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Although I have applied for financial aid, I have received no assistance nor notifications from the school of my standing. My parents and I have had the additional stressor of coming up with the money term to term and an extremely difficult time paying. If we are unable to pay, no leniency or willingness to work with us has been made apparent nor offered.

4 College Junior

Academics: So far, my experience as a transfer student at Portland State has been a positive one. I have taken courses, and am in classes, that have welcoming, inclusive environments, making it easy to share and open up to others. The professors and instructors are always more than willing to work with me and to make themselves available if any help is ever needed. Fellow students have also been more than cordial and great at making me feel part of the community. I feel as though I have a voice and am a valued member of the school, rather than a mere number.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: PSU has a diverse community which makes it easy to meet people as well as creating an environment that is warm and inviting.

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: the food carts are great! But if it's raining, you're out in the cold. The dining halls are not the best, but there are some good restaurants situated around campus that are good.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I have never had any negative experiences with our campus police

3 College Junior

Majors: They will charge your account 560 for health insur unless you decline which takes a lot of time and a deadline is associated.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Check the lot even if the "Full Lot" sign is up.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Eat at the blocks worth of food carts on SW 4th, Hot Lips Pizza. The faux food court in Cramer Hall is a waste.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They are very helpful in answering questions and working with you to get your money.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Oregon. It's going to rain and snow. PSU is downtown and is surrounded by concrete. The asphalt and concrete keep downtown warmer than the surrounding area. The snow hardly sticks to the ground.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The pay parking machines either don't take the coins or jam, and then you have to start over. I just want to pay and go to class!


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