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Reviews 1834 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Junior

Party Scene: There are no parties and the party scene is unlikely to affect your experience

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live in off-campus housing but the off-campus housing is dominated by one company. It's not priced significantly under the average cost of other apartments in the area either. But there are some fantastic people and the landlords tend to be alright.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The prices aren't great for students but there is a lot of variety and the food carts are close by

College Junior

Administration: I'm not familiar enough with the administration policies or strictness to give a good rating.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I mostly navigated the process myself but if there is any confusion, it is best to make an appointment with the financial aid office

3 College Junior

Campus Food: While there's a good amount of variety in types of food, quality is lacking. The only place on campus that has well priced and quality food is Green Roots Cafe.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food at our dining hall (Victors) is pretty terrible and often really limited. As someone who works, I barely can even get one meal in a day which is really disappointing considering I'm forced to pay for it as a freshman student.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Very clean, feels like an apartment building. More space in the sleeping room area would be nice, but it's a dorm, so it's understandable. The social life here is kind of lacking, and that's probably because house parties aren't really possible in downtown Portland; but most of the people here find their spot and group of friends pretty quickly and seem content--really minimal drama. All of my issues involving people have actually been rooted in the RA's, which are kind of a pain. The biggest downside though, is the expense. Housing costs are ridiculous and a required meal plan for freshman students only adds salt to the wound. Getting financial aid is hard enough, without even considering housing. I will say that it is insanely convenient to live so close to downtown; shopping is a breeze, getting a job is a little easier with so many shops, and there's usually something to do. There's a bit of good and a bit of bad; all in all, it's survivable.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Most housing is at least two miles away from campus.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of options because campus is in the middle of downtown.

2 College Student

Party Scene: Not much of a party scene, there are no houses near campus.

3 College Student

Administration: The school as a whole isn't too strict, but the RA's in the dorms are.

3 College Student

Scholarships: Financial aid is difficult to receive and i didn't receive enough.

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3 College Student

Campus Food: Not a lot of variety, lacks in nutrition. The dining hall is really bad.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great, my dorm is more like a loft apartment. It has a private bathroom, a small kitchen and a spacious living area.

College Junior

Athletics: I don't pay attention to the athletics department.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's downtown so it can be expensive, but there are good options.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I don't really dine off-campus.

3 College Junior

Administration: I don't really pay attention.

College Junior

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid.

College Junior

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options for off campus buildings, however, they fill up FAST. They are not super convenient to get to campus, but it is better than a 40 minute commute from Hillsboro or Clackamas.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The nice thing about Portland is all of its' food carts. Whether I want Thai, Turkish, Mexican or German food, I can get it within a mile of campus. The only thing that sucks is the portions are either tiny and expensive, or ginormous and expensive. The restaurants (non-chain) in the area are pretty good, but spendy. There are also a lot of chains around (McDonalds, Starbucks, Hot Lips, Buffalo Wild Wings, Pizza Schmizza, etc.)

1 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene at this school is ridiculously dull. The idea of a good time is either drinking and hanging out in the dorms, or getting high and hanging out in the dorms. It is so incredibly pathetic that it got me to quit drinking.

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2 College Freshman

Administration: PSU Administration operates the school more as a business than an academic institution. They do not care so much about implementing the rules for the sake of the students, but for their own reputation.


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