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

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very Diverse Campus – There are people from all over the world that come to study at PSU. There are many Asians, Hispanics, Middle-Eastern, and much more. This offers a great look into many different cultures.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Food Centers and You – Since Portland State is located in downtown Portland, there is a wide variety of restaurants and fast food restaurants.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: First Appearances – The buildings are definitely a lot nicer looking than they were 10 years ago. Compared to 10 years ago, Portland State has improved its facilities dramatically. Heating is very good too. Restrooms are very well kept and have new equipment in them.

3 College Junior

Majors: Getting Harder – The process of getting into Business is pretty easy, but does have some academic requirements that don't fit with a business major.

2 College Junior

Parking: There is really no need for a car in Portland, public transportation can get you anywhere you need to go. If you have a car the parking around school is expensive!

3 College Junior

Diversity: Lots of Students – The Portland State campus has a large student body. The mix of people that attend school is quite varied

5 College Junior

Majors: The pursuit of my major has been extremely fulfilling thus far. The major I have chosen is challenging and enriching and my professors have been passionate and credible. My major of Communications is very research-based on focuses on current studies related to human communication. I look forward to continuing my educational path.

5 College Junior

Computers: Computers are conveniently located in almost every building on campus. The library has the most computers available for student use as well as printing services. Computers and computer services are easily accessible on Portland State's campus.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Portland fosters an environment of countercultural beliefs and values. The city embraces untraditional viewpoints which makes it a very interesting and progressive city.

5 College Junior

Transportation: I take a bus, a Max, or a street car. Also, I walk.
I like to use the trasnportation system because I can save my gas money and parking fee. However, the flex-pass fee is getting higher. I hope the coast to become lower.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Don't Know. I live far away from the school. I do not know about the housing at my school.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: God Back to Traditional Food! I used to pack my lunch every day because I do not want to buy fast food or non-organic food, especially meat. Also, I do not like most the off-campus dining options near my school. Sometimes, I buy lunch at cafe near my school, but it is expensive, or food is not enough to me. When I find the organic restaurant, it is very expensive even lunch menu.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms Are VERY Nice. Portland States' atmosphere allows for the social-type to interact and become part of the campus life, yet, it also allows the more reserved students to keep their distance.

Campus dorms are affordable and REEEEAAALLY nice. They are currently building new dorms (again) that come with 46 inch TV's in every room and is also equipped with a movie/game room. They will be ready before September 2012 and you can register for them NOW.

Most dorms also come with Kitchenettes!

3 College Student

Overall Experience: My overall experience at PSU so far has been great due to all the academic achievement and support from other fellow students. The diverse school is an amazing place to study and to have as an experience.

3 College Student

Greek Life: Greek life on campus is a great and helpful experience because together there is fellowship, academic support, leadership training, and participation in campus activities.

3 College Student

Guys & Girls: The guys typically tend to wear sports related gear as well as classy clothes. The girls usually use hand bags and they like to talk about guys and the types of clothing they like.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Haven't Seen Any – I'm not into that scene, but I have never seen any evidence of it. If there are drugs around on campus, it goes on quietly and doesn't cause problems.

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I Don't Live on Campus – I don't live on campus, so I really couldn't give you any idea. I do know there are several campus complex surrounding the college. It is in the middle of a big city, so there is plenty to do within walking distance if you live there.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe – I have never felt unsafe on campus, even during night classes. Because it's an urban university set in the middle of a big city, the campus is usually a bustling place even in the evening. There are usually quite a few people around and the area is well lit.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Numerous Clubs! Large number of clubs that host different events that are fun and educational!

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The diversity at PSU is great! wide range of ages, backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, and clubs/activities.

5 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Printing on Campus – High speed computers with great internet connection. XP Professional and Mac computers with large study and writing space.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I Like My Program a Lot – Portland State has a great business program. I have liked all of my teachers and the staff really help you find jobs and internships. As long as you are a good student you can go far. I also enjoyed the Honor's Program. Again great professors.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Time Consuming – Most people that I know get the financial aid that they need. Even if we all want more. There are many papers that need to be filled out but once you do them they should be fine. The problem PSU has is receiving mail, like transcripts. Most sent papers seem to get lost.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There are many parking garages on Portland State's campus however the permits are fairly expensive. The good thing is that since it is an urban campus public transit is everywhere. If you do plan on parking, plan on arriving early to find a spot, especially if you don't have a permit.


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