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Reviews 61 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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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1 College Freshman

Parking: Too costly better off taking the street car or a bike or getting a ride.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: Very high tech has all the programs an art student would need. Not fond of Macs though but that is personal.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Overall a bit of a hassle, however once everything is sorted out financial aid runs pretty smoothly. Just have to get past the paperwork.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Right now the only housing option PNCA has is an apartment complex that is a 20-minute walk from campus. There is a shuttle that runs from the Goose to PNCA, but it seats less than 10 people, so sometimes you have to fight for a seat or walk instead. The apartments aren't bad- spacious enough, with a kitchen, bathroom, and dishwasher included. The lighting is pretty bad, though, so be prepared to bring some of your own if you want to see at night. The school provides a bed and desk for each student along with a dining table, four chairs, and a living room couch. Sometimes this works out better than others, seeing as to how when I moved in, there was a pretty bad bed bug infestation coming from the couch they had provided. All fine, as exterminations were provided, but it still took the better part of a year to get rid of (and living out of bags for months is not always the greatest thing). The bed bug problem, which had cropped up in a lot of other apartments too, seems to have been cleared up since I left. However, it is an older building in a city with a lot of college students circulating around the rooms, so it's good to ask the owners if you're thinking of moving in. PNCA's apartments aren't the cheapest, either, so I would recommend finding a different place if you want to save a little money. It is a good place to build a network of friends and keep in the social circle though (and also meet students from other schools), so if you like the people then it could be a good fit for you.

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