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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1 College Senior

Parking: Parking is expensive, people always get stuff stolen from their cars, There are not enough room for people, and they are really strict on patrolling for parking permits and tickets. But it is necessary to park at school if you drive, and they also get full by 9 or 10, and empty when you don't need them.

2 College Senior

Weather: Portland gets decent weather about 3 to 5 months out of the whole year and then rains the rest. Due to this there are not a lot of people around campus, or even going to class. Rain also makes people depressed, due to a lack of sunlight.

2 College Senior

Nightlife: The school is mainly a commuter school so a lot of people live off campus, and on campus are a lot of freshman's who do dumb things. Downtown there are several clubs but a lot of choices on bars.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Everything is GREEN and we take pride in living sustainably.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Parking is the most strict on campus. Do not park here without a pass! Other than don't drink in the dorms if you are underage, there doesnt seem to be a lot of rules.

4 College Junior

Facilities: There are a ton of events on campus every week. Student Rec center, library, bowling alley in the basement of the student union, Greek like on campus. A lot of places to meet and connect with other students.

3 College Junior

Facilities: I feel like the facilities themselves not equally tended to. Some buildings need some attention, but the buildings that are better put together are getting the money and getting worked on. I am personally on campus just for classes but there is a lot of on campus activities that are free, and are for everyone, this is a great way to get people involved on campus.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Portland State offers a very good health plan, that compares to major health providers around the state of oregon. The health center also welcomes students who do not have the schools insurance, which is really nice.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Broadway at PSU is brand new, but it doesnt have the atmosphere that Ondine does. Broadway is very less inviting, but newer and has better amentites. Ondine is old, and some rooms are missing furniture.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Although they have many computers for use to students, there are only certain hours that the computers are open.

5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Anything you can find in any other city, you can find here, and probably a few things that you wouldn't expect. We have the most breweries in the states, the most porn stores and strip clubs! Plent of fancy restaurants, food shacks, dance clubs and music venues.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Portland has a lot of diversity and there is always something going on. There are a lot of shops and food places as well as theaters and music venues. It's a very student friendly town.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Portland State University does not disapoint with their delivery of material to be learned via their online distance learning programs. I am able to study at my convenience, while getting an excellent education in a timely manner.

1 College Senior

Weather: I personally do not like the North West weather at all, it rains a lot here. Only in the summer is there nice warm/hot weather. It does snow in the winter!

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Hard to find, expensive and more than likely you will have a commute.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many restraunts and food carts in close walking distance on and off campus, and many are very affordable, healthy and do not take a long time for food preperation.

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.


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