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Reviews 61 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The biggest problem at PNCA seems to be bicycle theft and theft of materials/artwork. Occasionally a computer or keyboard will disappear, and generally it's advised not to leave your stuff alone in a room. It's a pretty tightly knit community, so regarding people and buildings it's a pretty secure place to be.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I haven't started classes that are specifically for my major but there are plenty of resources and events to help me get affiliated with the classrooms and the kind of work they do.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Weird people are accepted with open arms. I haven't met a single racist soul. It's not very diverse racially but it is in other ways.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Eveyrone's nice. Diverse people. Plenty of cheap restaurants along with really expensive ones. Overall, Portland isn't a city that's too expensive to live in. You have to go out of your way to find fun things to do if you're under 21.

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4 College Junior

Academics: There are several majors that don't really exist at other schools. They are always adding new courses and sections.

3 College Junior

Weather: It's Portland. It rains. This is not a problem for me. Some people might be offended by condensation.

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2 College Junior

Academics: Most Academic classes exist as a way for the school to be accredited. There are a few good ones though. I'd recommend getting most of this done at another school and then transfering.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most affordable housing is miles from campus. But it's out there...

1 College Junior

Campus Food: There is one coffee stand. Other than that, vending machines. There are few affordable restaurants in the neighborhood.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: It's a very small school and definitely feels more like a workplace than a hangout. That said, the library is amazing, especially for how small it is. I spend most of my time in there. I don't know about any traditions. There are no dedicated green spaces but there are a lot of parks nearby. I do wish that there were more athletic options; since the campus is so small I don't expect any teams but access to the gym across the street would be great. Access to PSU's rec center would be even better.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't get enough financial aid to cover all my tuition. Trying to get more has been a dreadful experience, resulting in having my ability to borrow equipment, take out books from the library, and print off the computers taken away. It's been restored, but I might be forced to take a semester off because of it. Karmin, in financial aid, has consistently given a bad attitude to students needing help. very poor.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: mostly good, but the campus is rather small, the dorms far from the school, and little dining on campus. The school did buy a new building, so that may change soon!

2 College Sophomore

Weather: The summers and fall here are really beautiful, but it rains A LOT from like October - May. I would not recommend moving to Portland if you do not like the rain or the cold.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received a foundations year scholarship for being a transfer student and some kind of admission's scholarship that everyone receives when getting accepted. Other than that the people in financial aid are pretty helpful in finding you scholarships and work study to help you out.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus is very laid back, there isn't much that you can get in trouble for

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a shuttle that runs from the apartment complex that the school rents out to students. It's free and runs according to when classes start/ end. Other than that it's not a bad walk or the street car and max are there which is also and so really convenient. Portland has awesome public transit and its easy to bike everywhere.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: The security guys are the best, and they get the job done.

1 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: About half of the students at school are ridiculous with their drug activity, but I wouldn't expect it any different from any other college, especially an art school. None of them do it on campus, but it's pretty noticeable, and desperate.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There is no "Campus Dining" at PNCA, but there is a Safeway not even a quarter of a mile up the road, a chipotle that is pretty popular with most of the students, and right next door to the school is the Dailey Café, which gives students a %10 discount on any order.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Portland is progressive, young, educated, enlightened, inexpensive, and fun. It's easy to meet new people. Strangers talk to each other. We have an annual naked bike ride. We have our own tv series, which may or may not reflect the true atmosphere here. This city is safe. Yes it rains. Sometimes that sucks. Usually it's bearable. And it makes the city greener.

3 College Junior

Majors: We have several majors that exist nowhere else. I am an Intermedia major, which means my work uses more than one media. We have lots of hands-on internship opportunities. I myself have never been an intern, and probably will never be, unless I come into some money so that I can quit my part time job.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: This school is challenging but rewarding. If I could do things differently, I would have saved a lot more money so that I didn't have to work through school. PNCA is a lifestyle and a commitment, not a hobby. Also, I wish I'd gotten more academic credits out of the way, like math and science, at a community college. Those courses are valuable here, but I'd rather spend my time here in the studio.

3 College Junior

Diversity: PNCA's population is predominately white, but very accepting to racial, sexual, and other minorities. Portland is known to be a very progressive city, but unfortunately is also a very white city. Everyone is accepted, but they might be under-represented.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Not Much on Campus, but So Close to So Much – There really isn't much on campus for dining (a small coffee shop), but there are so many choices around campus that it's easy to find what you want. A full size grocery store is across the street too.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Starting This Fall, but So Far It's Awesome! PNCA is willing to work with you every step of the way, and the staff really seems to care about their students! There's lots to see and do around campus as well!

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