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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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.

5 College Freshman

Weather: I personally love the weather... It's mild all year round - not too cold, not too hot! It rains a lot here, so having the appropriate weather gear is important, but it's nothing that you can't handle... Honestly, the rain just makes you stay inside more and study/work.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I have had an okay experience with classes here. I might be a bit biased because I loved my first university, but I enjoy the department that I'm associated with. The professors are always willing to help but they also challenge you to really learn and push yourself.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many different types of food available... All you have to do is be open to trying new things and just jump in. This city is a food city.

College Freshman

Athletics: I'm not really involved in anything like this on campus, so I'm not able to really give a good description of what it's like here.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Campus is right downtown, so there is a lot going on all the time. I don't know about parties in apartments or rooms or anything, but there are clubs and bars everywhere downtown!

5 College Freshman

Diversity: I love how diverse my friends are and how many different people I meet on a daily basis!

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I haven't observed anything crazy happening on campus and I don't partake in drinking or drugs and I have a great group of friends who have the same lifestyle.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: The aid that is given is not enough.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus safety is alright... There are attacks that occur, but the campus is in the middle of downtown, so some shenanigans are to be expected - people just need to think things through and travel with friends. As for the health services here, they are atrocious. I have never seen such a horrible program at a university before, especially a school where students are required to pay extremely high health fees every term and then get poor service in return... Not to mention that the insurance offered, for the cost, is a joke (there is no eye and dental only if you go to their dental services). You're only allowed to get counseling at the school if it's an emergency, and same day appointments for anything aren't given unless you're in immense pain. It's a complete joke.


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