Portland, OR
Tuition (in-state)
$22,863 ($7,653)
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Reviews 1494 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I grew up here, moved away for a while, and just had to come back. It's a wonderful place to live

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Great Place to go to school. You don't need a car, if you don't mind getting rained on. It is quite expensive, but all colleges are.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are a big part of the school's culture. School spirit is very high and the athletic facilities are great.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There is pretty good availability of off-campus housing. Although, cost can vary quite a bit and safety can be a concern depending on which area you are looking in.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus crime is pretty low. I generally feel safe walking around campus alone, there are always multiple people around.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity on campus is great. Everyone is accepting of all races, political believes, religion, etc. All students are accepted and not looked down upon for any reason

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4 College Junior

Computers: Printing documents at school is fairly easy. Most of the time there is a computer available in one of the labs.

4 College Junior

Weather: We have fairly mild weather in Portland. Most of the time it is raining, we get a few sunny days here and there, and we may have a week or so of snow in the winter. Overall the weather does not adversely affect my campus experience; most of the bad weather is in the form of rain, which does not bother most Oregonians (plus the buildings are close together so there is not much need to be in the rain for long)

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: There really is not much presence of a "drug scene" at Portland State.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is fairly affordable, the convenience of classes being so close is really nice, although the amenities are not the best (old, kind of run down)

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek students are not viewed any differently around campus than non-Greek students.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid process at Portland State University is a smooth and convenient process. I did not run into any issues and received the aid I needed in a timely manner.

4 College Freshman

Majors: There are a lot of different majors here and I find that refreshing. My first university had a restriction on majors and there wasn't a lot of different things to choose from. But here you can choose almost anything that you can think of.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I like the department that I'm in - Chemistry. It's a close-knit group of people that interact every week in one or another and that help each other through problems with classes, research, teaching, etc. There is a real sense of family here and I really appreciate that.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The closer you live to downtown, the more ridiculously expensive the place will be - with fewer parking options, older buildings, can be less safe depending on area... There are different districts around town, but the further out you go, the cheaper the housing will be (with better parking, newer buildings, a general feel of suburbia). It just depends on what you can afford as to where you'll live. Transportation isn't really an issue since there are the buses, the MAX lines, and the streetcar. I don't have a car and live about an hour away by public transport and it really is not bad. The only thing that sucks about public transport is that it can get expensive (but not as expensive as parking, gas, insurance, and time spent driving... because traffic can get ridiculous and parking is a nightmare closer to campus).

College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I don't live on campus so it's difficult for me to comment on a lot of topics that this covers.


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