Portland, OR
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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: I love that there are so many vegan and vegetarian options on campus. All food carts and restaurants are decently priced and good quality.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm from a small town and I chose Portland State because I wanted to be somewhere where I could grow and have new experiences. I didn't know PSU was the right choice for me until after I'd been here for a couple of months and had made friends and joined student groups. Portland State is very urban, but if you find things to connect you to the campus the experience is amazing. The only problem I find is some of the professors, make sure to rate them and check their ratings on ratemyprofessors.com

3 College Freshman

Parking: If you live on campus or close to campus cars are definitely unnecessary. Public transportation is great in Portland and is way cheaper than a parking permit at PSU. If you live off I'd look into a part time permit. There is a lot of parking available downtown which is helpful.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Viking Court Vs Victor's Dining Hall – Viking court is great! Variety and great food are always there. Victor's food is alright, but after the first term a person gets tired of eating the same food over and over. I feel that although the food is all you can eat in Victor's eventually you don't find enough to eat there and that makes the price a student pays for dining too expensive.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Pretty much non-existent except for the occasional school-wide event. You have to go down to the clubs in order to get some nightlife in PDX. The max stops running around 1 so either you take a cap or walk. If you live on campus it is not very far from the clubs so walking isnt that big of a deal.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I have realized that because PSU is absent of a huge Greek life, partying consists more of going to concerts, house shows, roaming downtown Portland, or going to smaller house parties. Therefore, people who wouldn't consider themselves a "partier" still have the opportunity to have a good experience because there is so much more to do around town than just drinking and drugs. However, alcohol and drugs aren't exactly hard to obtain. But without the pressure of "hot" frat boys and "pretty" sorority girls, people are a lot more individual and unique, even when it comes to decisions about alcohol and drugs. People around campus generally find the people they have things in common with rather than spending their time trying to convince others to adopt a habit of drinking and taking drugs.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Architecture Studio 121 – When I began my second Architecture Studio class at PSU, I was quite nervous since I had been warned that it was immense amounts of work and incredibly time consuming. Not to mention very competitive. These people who warned me hit it spot on. What they didn't mention is the support our teacher gave us through this hard process. Even though finishing the large amount of work we were assigned in such little time was near impossible, we were pushed even more by our teachers who believed in us more than we did in ourselves. My teacher was always available every second of the day though email and you could often find her in her office downstairs. She did a great job at giving us a wide variety of assignments so that we never got bored or had a second to rest. This I found was a reoccurring pattern in most of the curriculum and professors at PSU.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life at PSU is rarely a topic brought into conversation. Fraternities and sororities are, most of the time, no where to be found. You will occasionally run into a group of girls with bright smiles standing behind a table advertising the new changes our school is going through. These girls are almost always a member of the very few sororities that are found on our campus. I have also found myself buying delicious cookies at a few bake sales run by the same sororities. As for the fraternities, I can't say I have ever seen a whole group of men belonging to a frat walking around as a group. PSU isn't known for its crazy and lively greek life, more as for its pride in creating such a sustainable community.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: One-Stop Living – As an urban campus PSU is within easy walking distance to shops, restaurants and entertainment options and is a hub for Portland's public transportation options. PSU includes a complete recreation/atheletic facility that includes a pool, circuit training room and tennis courts, ample residential options, an excellent library and many places for student groups to meet. The buildings are a beautiful mix of old and new and including presevation of a gorgeous Victorian home.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Urban Campus Hosts the World – PSU has the distinction of being the most diverse Oregon college campus. From the handsomely designed Native American Student & Community Center to hosting over 100 student programs and organizations, PSU employs and educates people from all over the world. I have enjoyed the opportunity of getting to know people from many cultures and diverse religious and personal backgrounds.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: First fill out your FAFSA online. If you are lucky then you will get some help from Pell Grants and the need-based Oregon Assistance Grant. You may be eligible for federal student loans. If you want to search for scholarships there is a link that you can go to on the Financial Aid Menu to search scholarships. Very easy. If you get financial aid, then the college takes a portion of it to pay your tuition and then the rest is yours and they put it on your OneCard.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Hands-On Major – Film majors have an awesome time at Portland State University! There are chances to learn, hands on, about filmmaking from qualified professors. You get to take out state-of-the-art equipment and get creative! All of the professors seem to have some claim to fame. Most of them are very friendly and engaging.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Portland State is actually built into the city of Portland. There are park blocks that run straight through campus. Something is always going on in the park blocks. There are Farmer's Markets, concerts, festivals and picnics right outside the doors in the park blocks. Getting around is really convenient because the local transportation, Trimet, runs through two points on campus. In the Smith Memorial Student Union building one can enjoy bowling, pool, and gaming in the basement and then head upstairs to SBarro to get some pizza! After that students like to head to the 5th Avenue Cinemas, a student run movie theater, and watch free movies! What more could a student want?

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Wide range for the curriculum. The teachers are great, the school itself is pretty open minded in letting the student find their specialty. Once special study is decided there is more of a one on one learning atmosphere.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety and Health – I feel very safe walking around campus, and as far as I know, we are pretty healthy. There is an on campus clinic.

College Sophomore

Academics: Elementary Education – Portland State University doesn't have a major for elementary education. It does however have it as a minor. So I will have to major in something that connects with education, and minor in elementary education.

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: PSU is an urban campus, and therefore blends in well with its surroundings. Buildings are adequately maintained and comfortable. Lots of clubs to join, that's for sure. Campus spirit is lacking, and that concerns me. For such a large school, people really need to feel proud that they attended PSU. The sports programs NEED to do more on-campus advertising before games to get other students involved in athletics. Few people attend games because it isn't well advertised on campus. They do SOME off-campus advertising, but they need to start with the students. Another complaint I have is the lack of on-campus work-study jobs available. The unique thing about PSU is that the atmosphere is laid back and enjoyable. Its urban setting is a fantastic advantage, in that PSU's connection with the local business scene helps students get on a career track. My only sorrow for this school is its lack of school spirit. I hear more needless complaining from students than I hear good things sometimes. PSU is a wonderful school which has a lot going for it, and people need to blow that horn.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Good Variety – Where off-campus dining options are concerned, you have sandwich places, a pizza joint located on the 1st floor of The Vue apartments, delis, coffee shops, and several food carts located on the park blocks. When it comes to food, you have a lot of options, both on and off campus. Pita Pit was a favorite of mine, as was Blue Fin Sushi, located on the first floor of the Broadway building. Just across Shattuck Hall is the BEST little coffee shop (Broadway Coffee). They make crepes that are to die for. Seriously: good dining options.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Smooth as Silk – There exists a wide variety of academics at PSU. I liked the variety in curriculum. The registration process was simple, and took very little effort. The workload you experience at PSU (as with any other university) depends upon what your major is. If you're an Architecture student, you can depend on a sizable course load. Other majors have a similar course load, and some have a lighter one. Depends on what you pick. Profs, in my experience, are generally willing to meet you during office hours, and very friendly. Like with any university, if you're willing to take initiative, you'll get what you need. Most of my professors were very understanding if I had issues with anything, and most lectures involved a dialogue (sometimes heated, which made it fun) between prof and students.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have not been incredibly satisfied with my education. The school outside is kept up nice but they could do a lot to fix up the school and make it prettier. In my art class 3 out of 12 lights were working and we are in a drawing class and need good light. It was never fixed. Not everything about this school is horrible some professors are great some aren't

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Tri Met – Portland is one of the nations top cities for public transportation. It is very easy to get anywhere in Portland. Many location are free to travel to and from on the city train.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are many students at PSU. There are guys of all types. The best thing about PSU is it's diversity. It gives students a chance to interact with people of all types.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: I am honestly not sure what the punishments for the school are. Portland State is in the heart of downtown Portland and there are people of all makes and models on campus as well as students. Its hard to tell what the punishment would be if there are all kinds people around.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: New Housing Development – They are now building new housing on campus at Portland State Univerity which aparently will house around 1000 new tenants. It looks like it will be very nice.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Computer Use – The computers at Portland State University work relatively well. The computers are secured with your name and password and it does not feel as though anyone can get into your information when one is logged out. The wireless connection is really great and the labs are never overly crowded. There are a large amount of computers available in the library as well which free the smaller labs in the other buildings. The printing regulations are great as well allowing you to print up to 500 pages before you are charged, and your information prints on the front and back. Overall the computer availability is really great.


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