Portland, OR
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$22,863 ($7,653)
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Reviews 1494 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Loved the Broadway Dorms – I lived in the Broadway dorms my freshman year at PSU and loved it. The rooms are very nice and yet still have a homey feel. My RA's were helpful and accessible at all times. All in all a great way to spend my first year at Portland State.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I have yet to recieve any financial aid with Portland State, but that is due to the fact that I wish to only receive scholarships and am not eligable for financial aid. The scholarship for out-of-state students required a 3.0 gpa and when I was an incoming freshman I only had a 2.9. Therefore, scholarships and financial aid are readily avaible at Portland State University as long as the student makes an effort as well. I now have a 3.1 and am on my journey to scholarships opportunities (or so I hope).

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safe as Can Be – Excellent campus security. I am a young female and I can confidentaly say that I feel completely comfortable walking around campus after dark. Our campus security is very reliable and punctual.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Popular for Weekend Activities – The drug and alcohol scene at Portland State University is not that big of an issue. There is drinking, but with moderation. Also the drinking is mostly on weekends and in my opinion handled responsibly. I haven't come across much drug use. All in all I would conclude that Portland State has an above average safety with its drug and alcohol consumption.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Beautiful Buildings and Scenery – Given certain problems (winter time tends to make for rust), it is a very beautiful campus full of great photographic view points no matter where you are. From the library full of all kinds of books to the restaurant life full of all kinds of food variety, you'll find your place happily and well no matter where you find yourself here.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Always Full of Life and Variety – You're bound to be inspired no matter where you go. There is a wide diversity of people everywhere, along with a wide variety of night life and restaurants. It's easy to meet new people, and it's a joy to do so in such a beautiful city.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Full of Variety, Support, and Excellent Professors – The field is about a 20-25 minute walking distance, depending on where you're coming from. Biking is a common activity, so I would suggest you invest in one.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Down Town Wheels – there are dozens of bus lines running all over down town, you can get just about anywhere in the city. there are also two max lines and a couple of street cars. all of these run through or near the campus.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: the weather does not affect campus life too much it just affects how pleasant or unpleasant getting to class can be.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Food Carts Nearby – There are amazing food carts nearby, which is a big thing in Portland, with varieties of ethnic cuisines and relatively cheap meals. Food in school dining hall however, is awful. Very few options, and some of the "restaurants" are never even open. Sbarros, Subway, Einstein Bagels, Starbucks. Very disappointing.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Marijuana Use Big in All of Portland – Marijuana use is a huge thing in the entire Portland Metro area. While drinking is also present, I think pot smoking is the biggest illegal substance scene in the area. This isn't limited to PSU, nor does it necessarily have anything to do with PSU or students at PSU. It's just something that is very common in this city.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student Life is great, especially if your surrounded by the nature of the campus. It is fun, relaxing, and a comfortable atmosphere. However, I am giving it a B because there are some incidents the happen around campus, especially since the campus is located in downtown Portland. The library is nice. It is 5 stories high, and one time in finals week of spring term, the library was open for 24 hours. Most importantly, the best part about campus is it is mostly diverse, so it is a great opportunity to mean some people from different countries or different races/ethnicity.

4 College Junior

Majors: No regrets about my choice. The professors all love the field and try to engage and reach out to students. The job scene hasn't been so great traditionally, but it's opening up and the department has resources to place you in entry-level jobs or internships related to your studies

2 College Junior

Weather: It's the Pacific Northwest – Bring your rain gear. That being said it doesn't rain every day, the temperature stays pretty moderate, and those clear, sunny days we get occassionally are well worth the wait.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Unique Environment – The urban campus, small class sizes, and professors who actually care about you succeeding in life make this a painless educational experience.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Don't Do Something Stupid....Caz You'll Always Get Caught! The security is pretty decent on campus. Lately they've had officers station around every corner; which during my first term, they didn't have as much. They've been looking out for offenders and trying to keep the campus as safe as possible these days. The campus, along with it's security has even issued out emails giving the description of multiple offenders, so yes if you commit a ridicule crime not only will the police know your description the whole student body will! And getting caught can take a tolnot only on your academic progress, but on your life!

2 College Sophomore

Majors: Somewhat Hard! Since I'm going into a Biochem major, before enrolling into my class, I had to take online class entrance exams (they weren't deadly, so don't worry) for my science and math classes. I'd say review a little for the math exams....I forgot a few things xD...but still managed to pass with an 87%...yay! The math exams pretty long, but overall not that bad! The science ones I found to be easy. Along with this, the most important criterion for admission into the class was that you were able to pass your basic high school science and math courses. Other than that, everything else was decent and I was placed in the courses I needed.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Pretty Good (Haha!....Wayyyy Better Than the Highschool Cafeteria) – The food establishment around the campus are diverse. They range from hamburger joints, to pizza places, to Chinese restaurants, to sushi places, and even Greek cuisine. My campus is truly diverse in many ways, which I feel is a great quality it embodies. The menus are easy to understand....heck they're even displayed on flat screen TV's! The prices are pretty reasonable too. A full meal (ex: burger (with any topping),fries,soda) can cost as little as 5 bucks! And there's a food place around every corner so you'll never get hungry...haha! Especially Starbucks....there's literally 2 on every street! As for flex dollars...the cards can definitely be used to pay for your lunches....I don't really use mine often tho, mostly cash. over ally all, the campus dining is very good!!!

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!


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