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Reviews 1519 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Inside Portland – Portland has all kinds of things you can attend from concerts to witnessing naked bicyclists riding into the city lights. Portland State is in the middle of downtown Portland, so you get to witness all of those events. Portland State is not only an institution it's more like a friend who helps on the way through a long journey. They offer all kinds of programs to enhance your knowledge, but also give you the tools you need to succeed after your done with school. The social scene like I said in the beginning well you will witness things you really don't see on a daily basis plus during the summer they host the beer gardens which is an event where you can test taste all the new brews, but not only that it also is a place to express yourself since half of the population are starving artists. The campus is spectacular because of how easy it is to navigate through each hall and well it's an experience within its self because everyone will grow on you and your views on the world might even change for the good.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Portland Is a Heavy Drinker – Portland doesnt have that big of an issue with drugs, but it does have a bar on every street corner. I have wondered through the night to observe the city life and have seen a lot of people standing outside smoking, but I know they are ready to go play that game of pool while they drink a nice cold beverage. Drugs isn't the scene, but the drinking is.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Keeping Portland Greek – Portland Oregon has to be one of the most diverse cities I have ever lived in. Portland is considered a baby city, but even though it doesn't have a lot of land mass surrounding the area it still caters to those who are bored.  This community would gladly accept anyone no matter if you came from another galaxy.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off Campus Food – Well for one there is not that great Mexican food and the one's they do have do not compare to what I am used to having. To find a good one you have travel on the other side of the bridge and if you do not have a car it can be a burden to get there. The overall costs of places with the downtown area is ok they can be pricey but that is predictable when living in any downtown area. There are not alot of places that I know of that give student discounts but they are conveniently located near my dorm.

5 College Junior

Computers: School Tech – The computers at school are pretty good. They are very helpful for students who do not own a personal computer and printer. The printing is awesome because you do not have to pay for printing, well you are alotted 500 pages a term which is pretty sufficent. I know I am there alot printing my papers and reading assignments.

2 College Junior

Parking: Because PSU is in down town area, there is not much parking. Much better to use the MAX

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Open Atmosphere – There is a feeling of openness and there doesn't seem to be a visible sense of strictness. I have never really come across this.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are a variety of transportation methods to Portland State such as the capability to drive there, taking the max service, or even the bus nearby.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Acceptance Everywhere – There's a variety of ethnicity and social groups present at Portland State as well as student groups and events to accommodate everything. And yet, the groups aren't just limited to the designated people but accept everyone else as well.

4 College Senior

Transportation: There is a Light Rail train that runs through the school and it is free in the PSU area.

3 College Senior

Facilities: The gym is very new and really nice. There is a large library in the middle of campus with a good size computer lounge. The majority of the campus buildings are in very nice shape.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: In the Heart of Downtown Portland – PSU is located in the heart of downtown Portland which merges it with the city. Directly off of the campus is a few blocks called "Pioneer Square" where something is always going on.

2 College Junior

Parking: Some Spaces, but Very Expensive – There are usually spaces, but you have to park there fairly often ie get a month pass. Otherwise it's $4/hr weekdays which is crazy for going to school where I could spend around 8 hours there on some days.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: It's in the Middle of Portland – When you have an urban campus, you can't control everything, so I see stuff on the news that is very worrysome. This and crime seem to have a fairly high incidence around campus


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