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

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I met my current roommates while living in on campus housing, but there was no help from PSU to find off campus housing.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation is great! But personally driving around is a hassle

4 College Junior

Diversity: PSU has so many diverse people and support for everyone.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I don't think many students pay attention to the sports at PSU

4 College Junior

Scholarships: They are very quick with the process, when I did have an issue they fixed it up really fast

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Lot of labs around campus and wifi printing (up to 500 B&W prints in your quota per term). But if you're trying to find a spot in the library, it's usually packed. The PCs are old and slow, but there are a couple (VERY FEW) Macs on campus which are almost always taken. Laptops are available for rent at 3hr blocks at the library as well.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Don't really have a large selection. Noticed that most students major in health sciences (pre-med, pre-dental, etc) or engineering. Not many options for liberal arts.

College Sophomore

Majors: There are really no application processes for different programs. The only ones I know of are for the Business School and the Music Program.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of cheap apartment options a little away from the actual campus, but no one has a problem with commuting because public transportation is quite convenient. The city is obviously a bit more expensive, but not to bad compared to larger cities like Seattle, or Boston.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Portland has a very unique vibe. It's very natural and the people are all for Organic goods and biking. The campus is on the edge of the city, yet it is decorated with a lot of trees and green space. However, the city is not too large. It's pretty safe, albeit a large population of homeless wander the city, but I am a 20 year female. I've walked the city alone at night multiple times with no problem (but then again, I am told I am recklessly brave, or simply ignorant). There are not very many things to do if you are under 21. The usual things like movies, bowling and shopping are about it. On the plus side, Portland has an excellent food culture and you never run out of new, delicious and unique places to try from breakfast, to fine dining or local bakeries and coffee shops.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of Food Trucks in the area - gives students a lot of cheap yet delicious options for lunch, though many close down for the evening. Still, Portland is a small city with easy public transportation. There are still good options for dinner in the city and even more if you head towards the near suburbs by MAX (light rail) or bus.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never had an issue with health or safety. i feel safe.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: The business school has a high national rating, that is the only concern i have.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Oregon has a very high tolerance for marijuana. Therefor the enforcement of it, is low.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The dorms are expensive and small but relatively clean and easy to get around to

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4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: People get busted for things all the time when they shouldn't

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4 College Senior

Athletics: The clubs are easy to join. The teams are hard to join but worth it. Volleyball was fun.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I had a really easy time taking care of getting financial aid here. I also like that they give you the leftover funds after tuition is covered, to let you buy your books, so you can get the money quicker. Other schools hold on to the money to deduct book costs from it, and don't give over the remainder until a week or two in to the term.

3 College Junior

Computers: There's an extreme shortage of outlets for laptop power in most classrooms.

5 College Junior

Transportation: The mass transit system in Portland is fantastic, and connections to almost anywhere are very dense around campus.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Since the school is right in the middle of downtown Portland, any off-campus housing less than a 20 minute drive from campus has astronomical rent.

5 College Junior

Academics: The Computer Science department is intense, but a great program. They work a lot with tech companies in the area, most CS majors are working in the industry by the beginning of their senior year.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: As far as I can tell, they do a great job following up on any incident reports, and are very good about sending out alert notifications to students if there's someone dangerous present on campus.

5 College Junior

Diversity: They have student groups and offices to support and include about any kind of demographic subcategory you can think of.

College Junior

Campus Strictness: I'm only on campus during classes, so I have little interaction with most of these policies.


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