Portland, OR
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$22,863 ($7,653)
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Reviews 1500 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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1 College Senior

Weather: Rain, Rain, Rain – The weather here is mostly raining, cloudy and depressing at least if you are a person who likes the sun. Here you learn how to appreciate the sun. The good thing of portland State is that its buildings are mostly connected, so we do not get wet going from one class to another. If you like rain this is your place! If not come in summer. It is beautiful!!!

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Good, but Difficult to Access – They are good computers, but getting to one can be a hassle. People are always using them

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Always Something to Do – The Portland area is better for people over the age of 21 because there are a lot of bars and pubs around town. There are also concerts, voodoo, great coffee shops, tons of shopping, and a lot of green space. Don't forget about the waterfront!

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Good, but Illattended – We have a lot of great sports teams and they do well, but most people don't know when games are, and the attendance rate is not high.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Fun Professors and Great Facility – PSU is a great school especially for those who choose to commute from home to school. Since the school is downtown, there are many places to eat and relax in-between classes. There are many clubs to get into and meet new people.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Food Town – Portland is famous for it's food carts - are there are plenty around campus. Cheap yet delicious food. Plus there are a lot of restaurants in town to choose from. When you're here, you'll never wonder what to eat.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Loving It Here – PSU is an amazing school, the people are friendly and the staff/teachers all want to help you out as much as they can. There is a nice party scene, but as long as you realize academics come first, you should do just fine.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: My "Tribe" – Portland State has a different process than many colleges in the country. I came from New York with an associate's degree, and I was discouraged at how many credits did not transfer. PSU doesn't do gen-ed like most colleges. They have a university studies program that is difficult to get used to right away. They also have a language requirement for admission. The college website is hard to navigate, so use the search bar as much as possible. Use the advisers. Visit them often. they know the ins and outs and will be able to suggest directions to go. Regarding the actual school, I am encouraged to be at a place where it is ok to disagree with other students and professors. All topics are open for academic discussion, and participation is easy. The hardest part is attempting to hold in a comment or insight while another student is speaking. The classes are lively and the professors care. All classes have free tutors and encourage participation. Grading is tough, but the atmosphere is one that encourages the extra effort to get the higher grades.

5 College Junior

Transportation: The Best – Considering the keep oregon green idea the transit has decided to comply. We have several buslines that travel from the Gresham area, North, Northeast, South, southeast and so on. We also have the max, charlie, bikes, and of course cars. Parking is expensive. The bus passes have gone up in cost but our transit resource center can assist with that.

3 College Junior

Weather: Motivation Forv Work and Activity – For the most part it always rains here. I love it because it makes me want to stay indoors and complete my work; which leads to me meeting cool people and various leaders.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Varies for Some – Living off campus saves alot for some people. PSU is located downtown and the availability for housing is usually slim. There are also times when housing is available but the cost of living is extreme.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The campus life is always extremely busy. If there happens to be any political movements going on it is very well promoted and there are usually enough participants. The multicultural center is actually diverse and doesn't represent just one culture. It is also a common study place and a peaceful atmosphere.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Family Feeling – Although PSU is a huge campus, any program that you are involved in treats you like family. The school spirit is very live compared to my last school; and I feel prepared and confident for my next phase as a professional.

2 College Senior

Parking: Don't Drive/Park – I don't drive so I am going by what others have told me. Parking at PSU is limited and quite pricey. Even if you pay per term for parking finding a convenient spot is still a challenge.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Portland in general has some of the best public transportation in the country, if not the best from my experience. The only reason I graded it with an A- was because parking a car can be quite the hassle and semi-expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek Life at PSU is small but progressively growing. The top two sororities are more active on campus rather than the other fraternities. Unlike bigger campuses, Greek life here is more friendly and accepting. It's a small community that is very much involved with other student organizations at the school.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Because campus is in downtown, off-campus housing can get rather expensive. So make sure to do your research and figure out cost, commute, and distance.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: What It's Like to Live on Campus – The cost to live at the dorms is obnoxiously high, and the options for student dinning are very limited. On a social aspect, it's a great way for freshmen to meet people and make friends. All of the dorms are on campus so it's convenient for students to go to class or events. Living in downtown is definitely fun!

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Computer Engineering – Dr. Brano (The lead Computer Engineering Adviser) doesn't answer e-mails in a timely manner, they have professors that are retired engineers that shouldn't have a teaching certificate. They're willing to fail the entire class no matter how hard you try and how long you spend with them or the TA, Malgorzata Jeske, a professor there, is alright with having the entire class sit at a 60%, she is well aware that it's normal for her classes which are taught very poorly.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Criminology Department – The criminology department has been very helpful during my schooling at PSU. The professors, counselor, student aids and staff in the department are always very helpful and go out of their way to provide as much information as possible.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Many places to eat on and around campus. including several food carts.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe...Just Stay Close – I always felt very safe on the most campus-y part of PSU's "campus." I would often take naps on the grass outside or a comfortable chair or bench elsewhere. However, because PSU is mixed in with the downtown, it was not uncommon to have people from the city wandering in (sometimes even into the student buildings) panhandling. Never felt unsafe when I encountered someone who wasn't a student, but once I left the area around the main buildings and ventured farther into the city, some areas felt a little suspicious. It just depends. Once a friend of mine left her locker unlocked for an entire day and nothing, not even her laptop, went missing...but that was very lucky.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Variety – Portland offers any and all kind of housing you could possibly want. If you're willing to move farther from downtown you can find large houses and apartments, sometimes with land, all close to Portland extensive public transit system. Housing close to campus is limited to apartment complexes with high prices and no parking (also some recent bedbug issues) but just a short distance away you can find homeshares, cute apartments, quirky little cottages, and more. Some of these are rented through landlords, others through families that live nearby or on site. Portland is a very safe city wiith a few exceptions, and the student culture is strong, so chances are that you'll be in an area with other young adults and young families.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: Bad for Conservatives – PSU prides itself for diversity, but the truth is that it is only "diverse" under a liberal umbrella. If you have conservative viewpoints, you will probably feel very uncomfortable. It's a "you're okay as long as you agree with us" sort of environment, with not much true dialogue (or civility) between drastically different perspectives.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The Max – The streetcar goes right through campus. The streetcar meets up with the train and for now much of downtown is fareless, meaning it is free. It runs largely on-time and is safe.


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