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Portland, OR
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23,397
Tuition (in-state)
$22,863 ($7,653)
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Average
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Reviews 1510 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have not found very many financial aid options from the financial aid office. They have not been very helpful so far.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I honestly dont know much about the greek life on campus. It is elitist, and their events are not talked about much around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Portland has many apartments, and they are easy to find. But, it is also hard to search for the right price on an apartment. If you want an apartment close to school, you will have to pay a pretty penny. But, the up-side is that Portland has wonderful public transit, so if you want to live outside the city limits you can. It is easier to find apartments for the right price the farther away from downtown you get.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Too Expensive for What You Get – The prices of apartments near PSU are very spendy for what you get. A studio apartment, with hardly any storage and virtually no parking, can be a little under $1000 a month, if you want to be within walking distance of campus. Its also hard for someone with animals or a family to find housing near campus that is affordable.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I Love Going to School in Portland – I love being downtown for school where I'm by all the great shops and restaurants of Portland. PSU is right by the riverfront and public transportation can quickly take you to any section of Portland. The people are really friendly and it's a great place to be--no matter the weather.

3 College Freshman

Weather: A Rainy City With Occasional Sunshine – Portland is known for its rainy weather. Students definitely need to be prepared for possible rain every day. It rains more in the winter time, but late spring/summer has some lovely sunshine.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Biking Is Best – There are tons of bike corrals all over campus, and there is even a secure bike garage close to the main buildings. Lightrail also has bike hooks, and bike lanes all over the city make it easy and safe to get to campus.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I prefer the daytime activities that Portland has to offer, like dropping by Powell's City of Books or hiking at Forest Park. I don't know much about the club or bar scene here.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Between student groups and campus resource centers, Portland State makes a marked effort to include people of a variety of backgrounds. There are events for queer and trans awareness, gender safe places to hang out and study in the Women's Resource Center, and lots of fun events to get together and explore diverse cultures, such as International Coffee Hour and Japan Night. Portland State is the place to come and be part of a diverse culture that emphasises inclusion and awareness.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Take Your Pick – The area around Portland State University campus is loaded with different spots to grab a bite to eat. There is variety, with a good mix of fast food, charming small ethnic restaurants, and the ever popular food carts, where you can try out something new and interesting or have a familiar favorite while hanging out with friends. And Portland wouldn't be complete without a spattering of coffee shops, from local shops to well-known chains, you can find any atmosphere to enjoy with your daily caffeine.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not Vary – Hardly any I noticed. You don't do anything too stupid you're fine. Helpful when you need them to be as well.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Pretty Good – Depends on what you are looking for. I found it more than adequate. I applied late and still got in. PSU has more students than housing but that isn't usually a concern. Many like to live off campus but I don't. Proximity to your classes is great as well as to a supermarket, Safeway, just a mile away for groceries. I really like Ondine for new students and Montgomery for older students who are trying to save money. If that isn't your concern than up the ante and get something like Epler dorm for a great location.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Portland is a great town even for those that like a small town feel. Depending on where you are it can be like a city or town atmosphere. Portland is very laid back and accepting of all cultures and ways of life. It has a vast sports community, lots of bars and clubs, local and diverse vendors, and an active vegetarian community if that is your thing. Portland is also very close to the beach, ski resorts, and other attractions if you have a car. If you don't like I do you can bike or like me walk. If you're at the college you will have no problem getting around on public transportation... and the best part is downtown it is free!

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Good Food Good Time – The places around campus are good. I guess you get kind of tired of eating at dining halls, but when you need something to eat between classes, you can't complain. NC State dining hall food is not all that bad, it just gets old sometimes. I suggest not buying a huge meal plan after freshman year.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Accessible and Very Usable – I've never had an issue at North Lake when I've needed to use a computer there. It's not state of the art and will not blow you away.

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