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Reviews 2077 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Portland is a growing city and it's crime is ramping up. It's an urban campus directly downtown and that could bother a lot of people not used to that. PSU has campus patrol, safety buttons, etc and is currently implementing other methods of security. We have all kinds of campus alerts you can subscribe to and such. They are always looking for new ways to help and increase students personal safety. We get emails about it.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I mostly lived off campus but very close by. Their housing sitch is a little weird but they own buildings near campus and rent out the small spaces. That is considered campus housing. There are some good buildings to get into and some not so good ones. It's a small city, so, living off campus can be good and some times just as expensive in the end. It's best to look into all your options here.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: This school is great and I love the diverse people, passionate and caring teachers, green urban campus, mixed with old and new architecture. I love it so much I almost wish I hadn't gone to a CC to save money my first two years. I think I would've really loved the full PSU experience.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The programs and facilities are there for those interested but are not an over-powering or over-funded part of campus life. This campus is good for most traditional students and for those who want sports to play an active part of their experience but I don't think a student with a passion for sports would find this school anywhere near up to par. Being in an urban campus means we share a lot of our experiences as students with the city. So, there are popular sports teams nearby that could quench that hometown thirst. Eg. Timbers, Winterhawks, Seahawks, a lot of hawks.

4 College Junior

Academics: The registration process is pretty easy and for the most part there's a pretty good variety of class selections.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: For the most part, I have had great professors and TAs, however I have had a professor of two where the whole class has questioned how they are still teaching because it's not the greatest experience. The class sizes aren't too bad for the most part.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I don't really have much of an experience with this portion of the school

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on campus, but I e always attending class during day hours. I have a night class next term, so we will see if it changes my opinion at all...

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Considering that it's in the heart of the city, there's a wait list for housing and if you don't get in, it leaves you incredibly expensive alternative options, which makes it hard to accomplish

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I haven't had much of an experience with the Greek life on campus

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love the location and campus & love that I have met such a diverse group of individuals while attending PSU. and I have had some amazing professors- really passionate and care about the students success.

My only complaint would be the schools probation/warning process. Life happens, and unfortunately if you run into a life event that conflicts with even ONE term of school, you go through hell and back to "prove" to the board that it was a one time event. I completely understand and support the process for students who repeatedly show lack of success, but for a one time event that interfered with a students performance in a term, I think it should be a tad bit more lenient.

4 College Junior

Athletics: School spirit is good. You always see something out there supporting the athletes

5 College Junior

Academics: The academic system is very esteemed and respectable. The curriculums follows an intensive pace but is never overwhelming. Professors are always eager to help students excel in the classroom. There are often workshops, study sessions, tutoring, and other extracurricular academic opportunities to help students perform at their best.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Professors at this school are brilliant. They exude intelligence and experience in their particular fields. They are also very approachable and friendly when one is in need of both in-class and out-of-class assistance. Class sizes are a pleasant 10-50 participant range.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Career prospects are highly regarded and seemingly profuse at Portland State University. There are constantly email notifications that circulate as well as posted bulletins all over campus of internships, job opportunities, workshops, etc.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never felt any doubts about our campus security. Campus police are continuously patrolling the area.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are signs and posters all over campus about what to do if this ever happens to a student or someone they know.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: All the teachers are ready to help the students

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My dorm is great but my lights flicker and two of the three stove tops are not working

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I cannot comment since I don't have an encounter with a Greek.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I participate in a club sport (dodgeball) and it is one of my favorite things to do during the week!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school itself is great and has many resources for first generation students. Need more clarification on financial aid since I was screwed over because of it.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Portland State University is very welcoming and embracing. Not only is it a diverse campus, but student-held diversity celebrations and events are always occurring. The campus goes above and beyond in their humanitarian efforts by constantly promoting volunteer opportunities, keeping a food donation and used clothing on-campus department open, and giving away free produce on the second Monday of every month.

4 College Junior

Athletics: University sports are highly regarded and garner much student spirit. Recreational sports through the school gym and outdoor trips through the outdoor program are also very popular.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus. The only time where that might not be true is late at night, since where I live is right in downtown, but I think that can apply to any school in a busy city like Portland. However there are many places to go to for support and prevention that are very easily accessible. I especially feel safe in my dorm building because you need an I.D. to enter the building and to also access the elevator to the residential floors.

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