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Reviews 1813 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

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.

College Freshman

Scholarships: PSU does not consider me eligible for scholarships, despite a heavy need for financing my education.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing is fine. I wouldn't say it is anything spectacular, but I have seen worse. It sucks that you have to keep all university furniture in the dorm, as I have never once used my desk or the poor quality mini-fridge and microwave. Depending on the building you live in, there is either no interaction with floormates, or tons. I feel like I am paying more than the room is worth, but PSU operates more as a business than a school, so you cannot expect much. The RA's are mostly friendly, although there are a few that are not. Applying for housing is simple, but the housing office is pretty good at screwing some students over. They claim to be "first come, first serve" for students room selection, however, this was far from true.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live at home, so I do not know the rates or availability available in off-campus housing.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Being centrally located in downtown Portland, PSU has a variety of options in places to eat which is great.

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4 College Junior

Administration: I think PSU has done a great job in informing and enforcing the rules, academically and socially.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Since there is a vast age range at PSU the party scene varies, as well as what people prefer doing on their friday and saturday nights.

College Junior

Scholarships: This year I did not apply for financial aid, but will be applying for the next academic year.

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College Junior

Campus Food: Since I live at home, I often pack my own lunch or eat at the food carts.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Though I do not stay on campus, majority of my friends do. I have had the opportunity to visit the dorms, and they are really nice. They are accessible, spacious, safe and the bet thing of all is they have secluded places to study on each floor.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't live on campus so I am not involved in the party scene.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Don't call the financial aid office, they'll talk in circles. Just wait in lines and consult in person.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are a wide variety of options on campus; some of the food carts are hit and miss though.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't really explored the options to get off campus housing, but I would have to say that Portland State University offers a great and wide selection of off-campus housing options.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of options to choose from, but it is so expensive! I wish we had more student discounts and more cheaper options to find food instead of relying on McDonalds or Joe's Burgers.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I would have to say that there is some occasions in which there was some underage drinking going on in the dorms, but I am very pleased by how the school administration is with hearing the students voices and listening to their demands whenever they are protests.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I would have to say that one should get up early and save up some time to apply for scholarships since then time runs out and you will be left looking for other means for financial aid. The financial aid office was able to give me options and now I know what to do in-case I need some help with my money for school.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The best parties are usually the ones that are going on in the city as well there are plenty of parties that are held by the University however, one has to be 21 and older to enter so it is a little hard for those that are underage to have a night life per se.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I would have to say that I have gotten sick a couple of times because of the food that I have eaten at Victor's since sometimes their meat (especially their chicken) can be under-cooked. There are very any thing that is appetizing for me so I stick to mostly getting pizza or hamburgers. Smith is alright, but it gets tiring after a while. I would want more Chinese food options since it is one of my favorite things to eat.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It is nice living on campus since the buildings are close to classes and there is plenty to do within the dorm communities, but the problem is that I have been set up with two bad room-mates and solving the issue with them is very difficult as there so many hoops that one has to go through. As well, the options to house pets are very limited which makes me sad. I like their meal plans as it suits my living needs. The housing process is easy although I wish they could give us more space to be creative within the dorm.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: What is greek life at PSU?

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The Rec building is pretty great

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