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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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.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: How Much Do You Want to Spend? Start by asking how much do you want to spend. One can live across the river and take the max, which is free for students or have reduces prices

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Portland State University is a great college. The school of business offers a large variety of programs for students who want to thrive.
Through student organizations new students can meet fellow students who have the same interests.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Urban Campus – Portland State is located in the park blocks of downtown Portland which provides a vibrant and unique college experience. Students can walk to museums, theaters, shopping, popular food carts, restaurants, and bars, all part of the downtown environment. It's great to have so many options!

1 College Senior

Parking: Parking at Portland State is very expensive and necessary for much of the commuting population. It typically costs between $400-$500 per term to park in the campus lots and street parking is no better. Many students commute via bike, bus, or train to avoid high parking costs. If you get a ticket, the fines are very expensive($43). However, the availability of lots and parking garages is very good.

5 College Senior

Facilities: Athletic Center – The athletic center is state of the art facility offering gyms for weight training and cardio, basketball, volleyball,goalball,indoor soccer,exercise classes,a gorgeous swimming pool, climbing gym,and indoor track. The center is a new facility built in 2009 housing athletic facilities, as well as classrooms and large retail and lounge areas. It also houses a bike hub for students to learn maintenance for their bikes, Cafe Yum, and convenience store. With the wonderful windows and lounge spaces, it is a great place to study and people watch.


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