Portland, OR
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$22,863 ($7,653)
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Reviews 1380 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Small School Environment in a Big City – Although PSU is a very large university, academics do not reflect that. Each professor I have had is personable, friendly, and more than willing to develop close relationships with their students. Also, professors are generally experts in their field, and that is definitely reflected in the teaching of courses.

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4 College Senior

Majors: Love It – I feel I have had a great educationa dn I am knowledgeable about the work I do. I am prepare to do my joband move on if needed. If I had to do it again I would do it earlier in life before I had kids to deal with while doing home work a, work only part time. To benefit my family I would like to work for the school district so I would work the same days as my kids are in school.

4 College Senior

Majors: Intern- Mental Health Intern – I have not had a chance to complete an internship with this college. I did at my community college. It was unpaid and part of the associates program. I really liked the internships because it gave me a look at different jobs in my field. I was also hired on as staff and with more education I have been able to change jobs with in the agency. I would be nice to have a paid internship but being part of the program was great too. I recieved college credit for my work.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Finding housing off campus can be hard because we are located in downtown and most places are highly priced.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Our school has a great social media crew dealing with twitter and facebook. They keep the students up to date. Also, every term they have something they call a tweetup which is a social media event for the students to interact with one another and learn more about the local businesses.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Good Counseling and Health – SHAC is a great center for health and counseling. Safe is the campus- due to the CPSO. The campus is very safe for the most part due to all the resources that are offered.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Aesthetically Pleasing – Overall the campus is beautiful, from our student center to the libraries and general campus. Green is what can describe Portland State, everything from aesthetics to even how we go haha

2 College Junior

Athletics: Sports Are Low – Our school's team is not too great, the campus is not traditional. The football team is getting better but nothing to get excited for. For the most part school spirit revolves over student groups and what not, the sports do not really play a part.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Friends Are Crucial – At Portland State, it is crucial that you have friends. The night life for the most part can be dead. Not that much parties happen, so you have to get a group of friends to hangout .

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Even though I do not like to ride public transportation, I have to say that it is the most effective way to get around downtown, however I choose to drive as i just don't like to be at the mercy of the Max Line where you have to fight all of the people.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: A Very Diverse Campus – PSU is a very diverse campus. A day at our school and you would find people from all walks of life...all ages, races, cultures, genders, religions etc.

This is also a very diversified campus in that you will find all economic groups. Young people who enjoy dorm life to older folks who either live close by or commute, as well as folks who pay out of pocket and people who receive Federal funding for their education.

Located in the heart of beautiful downtown Portland, it's beautiful old brick buildings combined with newer additions make it a great place t get your education.

Bicycle friendly, those who prefer not to fight the parking will find Portland State University the perfect school.

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2 College Junior

Transportation: I commute to school and ride the MAX transportation system. Its expensive and dirty, and kind of slow. it takes me 1 hour 30 minutes to get to school, and I live about 20 minutes away w/o traffic. If I were to bring my car, however, there is little to no parking, and its also expensive.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Very Diverse – I think there might be an equal number of indian and asian student that attend school here as there are white people. Lots of different cultures represented.

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3 College Junior

Academics: I think PSU is a typical college in that there are great teachers and not so great teachers. I've had my share of both, but overall I think the quality of education is average.

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2 College Junior

Drug Safety: All I know is meth and marijuana are huge in portland, and more policies don't seem to help

5 College Senior

Diversity: PSU actively encourages diversity and tolerance. There are a lot of international students.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Ok but Expensive – There is a variety of on-campus living options at PSU, and many of them are great (and it's nice to be close to classes), but they are all rather expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Restaurants, museums, sports, nightlife, music=yea

4 College Student

Majors: Personally being a Biology major, the teachers are in their own little world but the opportunities given are magnificent.

2 College Student

Scholarships: Financial aid for the school gave me a headache. So little scholarships and aid given to such a large student body. It takes hours and hours to fill the scholarship page and in the end, no matter how well it is, you can still end up with nothing.

4 College Student

Facilities: Facilities are always busy, which is good meaning that it gets used. I can personally always get more work done in their library than at my house.

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3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: The Dining for PSU is very broad, we get a lot of options, but they are all very similar. You have many fastfood places near by along with small restaurants. I like it.

1 College Junior

Weather: Rains All the Time. About the only time when campus is tolerable is during the summer months, when nobody goes to school anyways. Although most do not, I do, and it is my most enjoyable part of the school year. Otherwise, you spend so much time walking between classes and being soaked by the time you get there.

3 College Junior

Parking: Lots O' Spots, but Fill up Fast. There are plenty of parking spots around the streets on campus, as well as a garage that allows permit or hourly parking. The spots fill up very fast early in the week which can make it hard to find quick parking.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Capus Security Probably Has Bigger Problems Than Whatever You're Doing – It's really not hard to get away with things in the dorms. The freshmen dorms (Ondine/Broadway) are a little more strict than the others because there is at least 1 RA/LCA on every floor. But as long as you're not disturbing other people or running through the hallway with your illegal substance they're not going to care. If you do get in trouble, what generally happens is you pay a small fine and make a couple posters to hang up in the building.


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