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Reviews 1519 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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College Junior

Athletics: I Don't Know – I don't do any sports and I'm not really interested, but some people seem to get really worked up about them, so they must be pretty good

College Junior

Campus Strictness: Act Like Adults – I can't speak much of campus strictness. I live off of campus, as a majority of the students do.

4 College Junior

Facilities: I think that the facilities at PSU are great! There's a bowling alley and even a couple of stations where students can reduce stress playing video games! I haven't been to the newly renovated gym yet but I have gone on the website and it looks awesome! There are a lot of activities for students and the hours should make everyone happy.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: only one word can truly grasp the scope of my education... Chill.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Rain, Cold, Hot, Sunny – It's rainy and cold a lot during the winter but once late spring rolls around it makes the rest of the year well worth the wait. Beautiful Oregon weather in Portland. Usually doesn't affect classes.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Labs Are Often Crowded. The computer labs and printing areas of Portland State University are often crowded but if you wait a bit you can usually slip right in. There are lots of places on campus for computer and printer use which makes it much easier to find a spot to work.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Labs Are Good but There Are Few – The labs are good/average computer labs but there are not many of them. At my previous school every building had a computer lab which is not true at PSU.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Bring Your Wallet – The actual dining halls are gross, what's good are the places around campus.

1 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's very hard to meet people at PSU. Although there are a lot of student activities, there is no real medium for telling students to go to them. Everything is word of mouth and even if you do go out of your way to find cool events, the events are never really cool.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Tri-met Max, Bus, Bikes, Your Own Feet – PSU is known as a commuter school, because of the many transportation systems available. There are many ways to get to school and from school, you don't even need your own car! PSU is located in the free-fare for the tri-met max, who doesn't love free transportation?

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Game time – Athletes here at PSU aren't as popular as other schools in Oregon. Although, this year the athletes have made a change they improved records and are starting to become known as contenders in the Big Sky league.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: PSU isn't a school well known for having a greek life, but it's growing with having now 3 sororities and 3 fraternities available to students.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: PSU isn't a school well known for having a Greek life, but it's growing with 3 sororities and 3 fraternities now available for students.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus Housing here at PSU, has some of the best college dorms you'll find. With 11 housing facilities available and 2 modern buildings with kitchenettes for your cooking essentials. Living on campus here at PSU is beneficial because it's located in downtown Portland where parking can be expensive. When your in between classes with an hour break, it's nice to have your room just on campus that you can relax in rather than the seating in buildings, that can be uncomfortable.

2 College Senior

Weather: It rains A LOT here. You have to invest in really good rain gear. Sometimes it is really cold as well. It is hard to live here through the winter unless you love the extreem season.

5 College Senior

Transportation: If you do not have a car then getting around is great! We have a max, steetcar and a amazing bus system. Lots of people that go to PSU ride their bikes we have special bike lanes and lots of places to lock up your bike. It is harder for people with cars there are not a lot of parking options and they are really costly(around 350 a month)They really push for us to use PUBLIC transportation with is low in cost, we even have a fareless square with is very handy.

2 College Senior

Nightlife: All the Same – I am 22 years old and until I was of age the night life was really poor. If you live on campus the RA's have programs that are fun. Then once you turn 21 there are a lot of clubs, but I think they are all the same. Sometime they can get pretty expensive as well.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Rains a Lot – It's Portland, so it rains all the time. The campus is pretty spread out so walking from building to building can be irritating, especially if you forget an umbrella.

5 College Junior

Majors: Something for Just About Anyone – I still get in awe of the list of majors that PSU offers. There's a major here for just about anything to the tune of 225 majors. The admissions process is pretty straight forward. The only areas that I know of that have special admission processes is the Fine Arts department and it usually includes some sort of audition. For example, I have a girlfriend who is a Music Education major and she had to do an audition to get into the school of music. I would just say be well-rounded and make sure you know what your major is. Everything else is pretty straight forward.

5 College Junior

Transportation: You Pick How You Want to Get Here – PSU can accommodates every form of transportation short of water and air. Between the public transit, parking availability to students and green options. They have a little bit of everything. PSU has bus, train and street car access and will even have it's own transit station in 2013. They have Electric Ave. which is parking reserved for electric vehicles that also is a charge station for them. Parking is often considered expensive at $300 dollars a term. But if you consider the cost of parking both on campus and in city, it's cheaper than paying for permits everyday. And finally this school is very walker friendly and biker friendly. Considering Portland is one of the most Bike-friendly cities in the world you get the idea.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek life on campus is growing and becoming more popular. Though I'm not part of a fraternity, they all seem like good places. I've met a lot of people that are part of them and they're all great people.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Portland State is a safe, and secure campus. There are on-campus police to assist whenever needed, there is a also a fire truck station near by and will be at an emergency within seconds. You can be walking alone and always feel secure, it's a friendly atmosphere. Also, no one can get in to your dorms if they don't have an access badge to get inside the building, for your safety.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The aid given at PSU, is at best, alright. If you are an out of state student, it is a great disadvantage than ones from in-state. I come from a poor income family and am scrapping by. In getting aid for the school, make sure you apply to many other options as well. Grants, scholarships, etc...

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Portland State is a great school to attend. The academic programs are great, they provide much service to all students. I have noticed that they also have a great international student program that many excel in. The only downside to PSU is difference between in-state tuition versus out-of-state. Out-of-state is almost three times as expensive. However, the campus and everything that deals with PSU are great. Couldn't ask for a better school.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transportation in and out of PSU from Vancouver (just over the bridge) can be tricky. As a student, we have plenty of options of getting to campus. MAX is a cheap way of getting to campus with the only sacrifice of time. Driving to campus is a nightmare with traffic and parking. However, once though the traffic parking isn't bad to find it is just expensive.


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