Portland, OR
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$22,863 ($7,653)
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Reviews 1401 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Overall, the use of computers is very helpful on campus. All you need to log on to your computer is your ODIN account (name and password). Also, you will have your own H: drive in all the computers on campus where you can save files on the H: drive and never lose it. It's like a flash drive given to you already where you don't need to bring it around.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall, Portland State University is a great school to attend and it should be an A grade school. However, I gave this grade a B since there are some incidents that happen around campus, mostly because PSU is in the center of downtown Portland. Commuting to PSU is really helpful, because PSU offers MAX train rides to commuters who live outside the PSU campus and downtown Portland. The environment in campus is really relaxing since PSU is surrounded by trees and nature that surrounds the campus.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Varsity sports in PSU are not that popular in campus, however, students and people around the community attend the games. However, PSU has a lot of school spirit to show how much we love our university.

1 College Freshman

Weather: Rain, Rain, Rain.... Did I Mention Rain? Honestly, most people hate the rain here, but i like it. Only reason I didn't fail this one. Otherwise, landscape is beautiful, natural, and quite serene.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Honestly Not That Bad. Whenever I had trouble, there was always a place to go for help, or just a multitude of places to study instead. Always never had trouble finding information for my classes in the library, computer labs, or even friends too. Professors made it easy to figure things out, but sometimes the grading would be very confusing.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Hippie Culture, Eco Clubs, and General Environmental Awareness. I plan to take more environmental science classes when I return to PSU because i enjoyed the impact they had on the university. It really seems as if they have all their stuff together when they teach, making it easier on the students to act as a sponge when the knowledge is spread out across the table when it comes to classes. Not to mention all the extra-curricular awareness of the environment, just a big plus in my opinion.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Public transportation in Portland is easy, but the rates are going up again!

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: I don't know if drugs are popular on campus because I never see any indication of them

3 College Senior

Weather: It rains as a constant, but every once and a while we get a clear day and everyone takes advantage.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: A Few Hiccups, but Good – I really enjoyed PSU -the classes are reasonably sized, the professors are generally pretty good, and it's convenient if you need to work while you go to school. Plus, the capstone projects are really fun.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Public Transit Is the Way to Go – Parking isn't great because it's in the city. However, you get a good deal on a trimet sticker, or you can ride your bike.

5 College Junior

Academics: Not Just a Diploma – Portland State really wants you to excell at life, not just in the classroom. They have excellent work study and job placement programs, as well as requiring all undergraduate seniors to complete a community service project, and requiring all students to pursue interests outside of their chosen degree program. They want their students to excell academically, to be well-rounded and integral members of the community, and to be able to use their degree when they graduate.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Hard to Gauge – I have never felt unsafe on campus. However, Portland State is unique in that it has a completely open, "urban" campus that is fully integrated into downtown Portland. The campus is part of the city, but the same thing that makes it unique leaves it open to safety problems that other schools don't have to worry about. So far I love the campus the feel completely safe there.

3 College Junior

Parking: 3 Main garages provide good centrally located parking. However, if you're willing to walk a few extra blocks to save some money, city lots in the area are cheaper-not by much, but if you end up driving a lot it adds up.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Alright, Just the Same – We have options like sushi, pizza, subway and other options, but it just gets old after a while.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We have an array of food carts. Also, Saturday Market, the Farmers Market on Wednesdays in the Park Blocks, many coffee shops and local restaurants everywhere. We're located in the heart of Portland.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Smoking Is Where It's at – Alcohol doesn't seem to be that big of a deal. But smoking is where it's at. We're located in the heart of Portland, who would expect anything less?

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5 College Senior

Computers: Mac or PC, Your Choice! We recently just got a slew of Mac Computers in the computer labs, so now you have the choice of PC or Mac. The wireless access is amazing. I live right next to campus but not techniqually on it, and can still access their wi-fi using my student account. There are multiple printing labs on campus are you given 500 printing jobs per term! No need to have your own printer, or really computer. There is a 24 hour computer lab, and you can rent laptops at the library just using your student ID.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: No Peer Pressure, the Drugs Are Only There If You Go Out and Look for Them. Because Portland State is not full of parties on campus it is not like there are drugs everywhere. Campus Security is patrolling at all hours and it is a very safe community. The most you will see is a bunch of Freshman attempting to sit outside of the campus bar and they are not visibly drinking. Drinking and drugs go on at the dorms but the Campus Security is called by the RA's if there are any questionable noises or activities. Alcohol usage is moderately high, but not visible in the least sense.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: Portland State is located right in downtown Portland. There is a car called Cheerful Tortoise on campus that is very popular with all PSU students. A bit of a clique place for the Jocks, but still every fits in. Dollar beer night there is Thursday and is PACKED. The party scene at PSU is not huge, mostly the athletic people throw them, but the MAX will take you to China town in 10 minutes, and there are so many bars there to go to, and you can still walk home in 20 minutes when the MAX doesn't run any longer when Bar Close happens.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Victors Is Not Victorious in Fulfilling the Taste Buds! The dining hall at PSU is called Victor's. The food is not great, but you can use dining dollars at a place in the Smith Building. I would suggest not buying very many meal plans, but buying lots of dining dollars. The food in Smith is Einstein bagels, sushi, salad, soup, pizza, and more. The food that is on campus but not campus owned is very good. We have Hot Lips Pizza, Pizzacato, Cafe Yum, Chipotle, Subway, Rogue Brewery, and a couple of good chinese and thai places. The food carts near campus are the best way to go when on a budget, You can get a full plate of asian food for 5 bucks!

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.


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