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Reviews 1763 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: PSU campus and classes are great. However I spend a lot of time with a cohort in another part of oregon which is mostly good except when the cohort doesn't get along.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've loved attending online. The layout and the professors are absolutely amazing!

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The campus has a welcoming atmosphere and the professors and staff there are always willing to help students.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My school was too small

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I truly love this university. I have developed great relationships with professors, I enjoy my classes, and I have gotten involved in opportunities on campus that are really going to help me when I start applying for grad school. Portland State has a majority of transfer and nontraditional students (myself included) so there is a lot of diversity which is a lot nicer than I was expecting it to be. I'm so thankful I chose to attend PSU for my bachelor's degree

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My experience with Portland State University has been much better than I thought it would be. At first, I was a little disappointed that I was not attending a "better", higher ranked university. But these old doubts have completely fated to black. The staff goes to great lengths to ensure that you don't feel like you are all alone in a big city and the school provides a fantastic support system and accepting campus community. You would be hard pressed to find a college campus with more progressive minded students than that of PSU. The school can either provide a student with a fun, easy going college experience with many opportunities to grow or it can be a very academically challenging institution. That matter is entirely up to the path chosen by a particular student. PSU is a very good college that I enjoy and look forward to spending some of my most important years here.

The only negative thing about PSU, in my opinion, is the VERY high number of transfer students on campus. The average age of a PSU student is 26. As someone who came to PSU at the ripe age of 18, it was kinda strange to have to intermix with so many people older than me. It can sort of detract from the overall, movie typical college experience. All my friends go to universities where the average age of a undergrad is 19 or 20. The only 26 year olds they ever see are grad students. At PSU, you might have 15 people over 25 in your PSYCH 204 class as a freshmen. I wish the university did more to recruit high school kids from the area because PSU has nearly 30,000 students and only about 1,500 of those people are first time, 17 and 18 year old freshmen. Things can be a little lonely because of this, but I wouldn't change my college of choice.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Portland State is an urban school that is nestled in the city of Portland, Oregon. The school focuses on creating well rounded students and works closely with the surrounding community to ensure that their students are able to obtain the experience necessary for their intended career.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: PSU has a great number of majors to choose from, and is a wonderful campus. However, it's not very friendly for transportation (and tuition!) from those from across the river.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: PSU has a great, unique atmosphere that I enjoy.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Challenging courses, mixed profs, exciting city

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: It's very connected to the city and all of the professors I've met are enthusiastic and helpful.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The word I would use to sum up my first year of college would be; enlightening. I went into Southwestern Oregon Community College with high hopes, and an open mind. I would have to say that the best term I experienced there was my first term because that's when I met the person I would never forget, earned a place on the dance/cheer team, and met the professor who changed my life. When I first met my roommate I was sure we were going to be best friends and do everything together. I was excited because I've never had a sister, and being bestfriends with my college roommate seemed like the best replacement. Although we had a few good times, our relationship began to unravel quickly. Let's just say we had creative differences in the way we chose to live our lives. I'll never forget her because she taught me a valuable lesson. She taught me that everything isn't what it seems, and for that I am forever grateful. Being a college cheerleader has been a lifelong dream of mine, and when I earned a spot on the team I was overwhelmed with how far I've come in reaching my goal. That season had it's ups and downs, as any team would, but I pulled through with my team to make it to the end. I someday aspire to cheer for professional sports, and earning this chance at a community college is a wonderful stepping stone for my future career. One of the first classes I attended was humanities class. It opened my eyes to religion. I was raised to believe in one religion, and that there were a set of rule that I needed to live my life by. My professor showed me many religions, in the three terms I took her class, that believe differently than I was taught, but they aren't necessarily right or wrong. Through her teaching I learned to live life through my eyes. Looking back on my first year of college, I dont regret anything, and would choose this school all over again because if I didn't attend this school I wouldn't have the experience I do, and for that I am forever grateful.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: DOwntown is expensive, prefer to carry my food.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Food is fine...expensive some times!

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living near campus is ok. Kind of expensive

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most off-campus housing is over priced and not worth it unless you are living with your parents.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The "party scene" is there for those who wish to find it, however no parties on or off-campus will be very large. Because we don't have a large greek life most parties are just small get togethers with friends in dorms or houses.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-Campus dinning is really great because we are located in a big city. However it can sometimes be pricey so you have to be careful. But generally you can find good, cheap food.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I have never had a problem with administration, though I feel there parking ticket fees are too high.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I chose this school because it was marketed as affordable and that seems to be the exact opposite. I have gotten little to no scholarship through the school. Anytime I try and have a one on one meeting with financial aid it feels like they are rushing to get to the next person. I have had no guidance or help with applying for scholarships, or looking for them even when I have reached out.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The local food and food carts around campus are amazing, however anything through the school is awful. Having a meal plan freshman year is a waste of money as you are rarely able to eat what you pay for. Not to mention that if you go with a dinning dollar option everything is unhealthy and extremely over priced. There are very limited options when it comes to being able to spend your dinning dollars around campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing is spacious compared to other dorms, however it is pricey and there is a sever lack of community.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Overall, off-campus housing is really nice, but expensive.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you want to party, you'll find it if you look.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Portland is one of the best food capitals on the west coast. I'm always trying new and great restaurants!

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