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Reviews 1519 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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1 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I don't think that PSU is very strict when it comes to school policies. Since the campus is in the middle of the city, it doesn't have the traditional feel that other campus' have, so that may be a factor in their lax policies.

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5 College Junior

Scholarships: I was lucky to have a great experience with PSU's financial aid department. They were quick and effective in getting my application passed through. I have heard of others having different experiences, but mine has always been good.

4 College Junior

Computers: For the most part there are quite a few labs that contain numerous computers. One thing I like about them are the new seating screens they added to let the users know which ones are open. This is especially useful when the room is large and it's hard to see all around to find one or to even know if there are any open. They have also added a print login, so that people can't just grab your copies off of the printer and throw them away.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: PSU has multiple parking decks available for students, faculty and guests. It's easy to get a parking pass for each term so there is a minimum of problems. Public transportation is affordable and goes right to the campus. And using a bike is the preferred free transportation choice by many.

4 College Junior

Computers: The two school years i have been at PSU have been good.

4 College Freshman

Majors: While getting enrolled at PSU is relatively easy, the School of Business is very exacting on advising you to take specific classes in a specific order. This is very beneficial as you then have the full scope of knowledge you will need to succeed at each level.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Its good, you have the Streetcar and max and buses. The parking is also good, you can find parking in lots, not so much on the streets during business hours.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Since the various school buildings are integrated into the SW of the downtown area you have multiple options of parking possibilities. Frankly though, Portland has such great public transportation you should utilize it as well as a bike.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Students present themselves in a clean, comfortable manner that shows they are focused on education, not on trying to visually impress each other. Everyone seems pretty grounded emotionally and most people are interesting when you engage them in conversation. Most tend to be both considerate, encouraging and have a good sense of humor.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Facilities at Portland State University are excellent and free for students, teachers, and staff to use. There are so many different things for people to do on and around campus that allows for the student body to connect with each other and the community as well as keeping interest and morale up for the campus life.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options for students to live off campus in Portland. I, as well as my friends and fellow classmates who attend PSU, choose to live at home and commute to school due to the expenses that come with living in or around downtown. Living at home or having housing readily available with someone that you may already know also cuts the cost of room and board, making tuition less expensive. I give a B+ because although there are many places to live in Portland, the financial expenses that come along with living do not make it so easy or attainable for a student to do.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Portland State University is located in the heart of downtown Portland. This is something that draws many student to attend the university because of the accessibility to and from the school. Being located in the middle of the Metro area is also great for students to socialize and develop connections and network with other people and local businesses and organizations.

4 College Junior

Computers: Computer labs at PSU are open and available to students for their use. There are a few on campus, some of which double as classrooms, which at times can be frustrating, especially since the labs are small and only provide for so many students. Wireless access and network reliability and speed are pretty consistent. However, there have been times when the system crashes and shuts down for an extended period of time, making it difficult to do or acquire online work that is necessary for homework or class instruction.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Portland State University offers a plethora of majors and minors for students. The application process for majors is diverse per the area of discipline. My major, Political Science, is a fairly easy to apply for but the Law and Legal Studies Minor provides more difficulties. One thing to consider when applying for you major and minor is also forecasting the time and commitment you are going to put forward into the University Studies program you are enrolled in.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Portland State University has some of the most expensive campus housing costs on the West Coast. With that being noted the facilities and housing communities are fairly nice and updated.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather in Portland, and for most of Oregon, is usually one of overcast and rain. The weather never really effects my experience as a student, but at times can be inconvenient on the walk to class.

College Junior

Athletics: I have no idea. I think it is kinda a small interest area, but there are sports available.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There is a variety of economic, political, religions and sexual orientation backgrounds but it is somewhere in the middle. For a city it is not racially diverse, but compared to a lot of college campus' it is moderately diverse.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Great professors, curriculum, registration and all.

Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Wouldn't know. I attended an extended campus program

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It seems most students are over 21. A lot of hipsters and pretentious people. Lots of Liberal arts majors. The campus is cool though.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Portland State is located in the most eccentric and beautiful city in this nation, Portland! It has it all; diversity, awareness, food, attractions, culture and opportunities!

5 College Freshman

Majors: Though I'm only a freshman, I already love and enjoy The Hatfield School of government! The building, the school, the professors, the courses and my peers! Most of the program's professors have experience in their fields, which makes our learning easier and more interesting.

4 College Freshman

Majors: With a Political Science and Communications major I am more than likely to intern at one of the many law offices Portland has to offer. Most likely I will have a paid internship, since that appears to be the norm in these internships. My responsibilities will hopefully consist of briefing and assisting the attorney, and hopefully gain experience for law school.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Big city with lots to do, many different kinds of people, and a very welcoming and exciting atmosphere.


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