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Reviews 65 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Pacific Northwest College of Art has a great variety of classes. Depending on your major, you have a lot of classes to choose from and it's likely that you will have to take all of the classes that are provided for your major throughout your 4 years. The classes are very interesting too, and the professors know so much about their topics. They truly love what they teach, and that inspires me to learn so much more. All my classes that I've taken have been small. It's a small school, so there's only about 10 kids per class. I like the small classes because the students can really engage with each other better, and help one another out. The style of the classes is usually Socratic,where the students and the professors engages with one another and ask many questions and learn from one another. Most of my studio classes are mainly individual taught, and the professors help each student find their own unique style. It was very different from how I was taught in high school, but these teaching styles have really helped me succeed. I didn't do well in high school for the lack of teacher engagement, but now I feel so privledged to have professors that truly want to see you succeed.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I just completed my first year at Pacific Northwest College of Art, so I don't know very much about the alumni network. But I do know that the school is very vocal when it comes to job and internship prospects. They have many workshops at the school that teach you how to put your name out there in the art world, and how to get a really great job from that. I've even learned how to become my own entrepreneur through those workshops, and I'm so grateful that my school has them. There's a dedicated classroom in the school that announces internships, job applications, and has an attendant that works around the clock to help you. The school emails you whenever there's an alumni coming back to discuss jobs, or a lecture from an employer, or a lecture for your own enjoyment. I've been to many throughout my school year, and all of them have been helpful!

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The safety at my school is very important. PNCA rests in the heart of the city, so there are a lot of precautions when it comes to safety. There's security at the entrance of the school, and if it gets late at night the security will escort you back your place when needed. I definitely carry pepper spray with me everywhere when I go to school. The dorms are 5 blocks away from the school and it's situated on a park, so walking on the park at night alone is not the best idea. There's a lot of unpredictable homeless people around the area, so it's necessary to have help on speed dial. But the school takes safety as top priority.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing at Pacific Northwest College of Art is okay. The price is way too much though. It's understandable with the value of the environment and how much you get amenity-wise, but it's difficult to live there without having a job on the side to cover the extra cost. And being an art student, it's really difficult to keep that dorm paint free. I remember spilling ink a few times on the floor and having to pay for the damage. I love the amenities in the dorm, they have a working washer and dryer, bathtub, kitchen, and a large closet. Plus it's only 5 blocks from the school! I know I'll be spending my four years in the dorm because of the convenience. If I were to move out, the most affordable living would be at least 45 minutes out of the way. The process of getting a dorm was rather difficult because they had just updated their new website, so it was definitely difficult at first. Especially with the financial aid. But everything worked out fine! I love the dorms, I just wish they were a little bit more affordable for me.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The parties are all for someone 21+, which I am not.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Some programs are more lenient and easier to handle than others.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Portland is overwhelmingly white, but the school is a little more diverse.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Most students seem to be 21+ so while alcohol is abundant it's legally obtained.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have several security guards on campus that work to keep the campus safe. We also have a psychiatrist and various staff members to go to for help.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school and staff often advertise various internships and residencies for the students along with various side jobs for the students in their fields. Over all the professors do what they can to help students succeed.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: All the professors are very excited about their topics and are willing to do anything they can to help their students succeed.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing at PNCA is really great and spacious. We had our own kitchen and bathrooms and our own washers and dryers in each dorm room. Many dorm rooms were more like shared apartments. The only complaint I had was that the prices for the dorms are exceedingly high and impossible for one student to pay for. I shared a studio apartment with another roommate and still paid around $1,300 a month. I had to pull an extra loan to pay for it.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I feel that my school is unique because it allows it's students to explore and find themselves. I love how many classes I have been allowed to take and how much I have learned since attending. The only downside that I have encountered is that some times there isn't enough equipment available for our projects and it is difficult to find scholarships.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have security guards and staff that are there for anything you need!

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: way too expensive and not enough housing for students. Only enough housing for freshmen really. also one of the most expensive student housing in the country.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The admissions office is awesome and very helpful!

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are security guards always on duty.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There's always uncertainty for an art student, but there are quite a few galleries and studios around the school itself so it feels less dreary.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I really enjoy how my art skills are challenged and how my perspective is broadened! I also love how diverse the classes are.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The apartments are spectacular, but it's very expensive. The wifi is also very poor which is unfortunate since we're paying so much to live in mandatory housing options.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far my experience has been very different from what I've previously experienced at my high school. Since this is an art school, I don't feel the pressure of studying for standardized tests. I also have a lot more freedom in my assignments and I appreciate that a lot. I believe that PNCA has a good start so far, but there are some nitpicky things that I'm uncertain about.

For one, there seems to be some miscommunications between the administration board and the students. I am not personally affected by this but I can feel the tension between the faculty and the board of trustees.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the size and the way the curriculum is all planned out.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Good environment to support discussion.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I believe the campus is very safe. I have attended school at PNCA for 4 years and have never seen any problems except for a few thefts on campus. I think there are surveillance cameras everywhere and security staff. Also, the community at PNCA is pretty tight knit and anyone would step up to help if any issues were to arise. They get an A+.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: You get a different feel than other schools. I personally like how small it is would be overwhelming if it had more people.

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