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Reviews 1753 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Not a big fan of the food that surrounds the campus, but a few places I've tried were okay.

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2 College Senior

Scholarships: It's completely unfair that when you are still dependent on your parents because your own salary is tedious then you are not eligible for financial aid, when there are plenty of pot-smoking students who drain all of the money they earn from financial aid on everything other than education.

It's completely unfair that the only option I have to pay for college is by using federal student loans or paying out of pocket.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus but have visited fellow classmates and like what I saw.

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4 College Senior

Party Scene: Haven't had the chance to partake at the party scene in PSU but I heard only positive remarks.

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4 College Senior

Local Area: The campus is located at the heart of busy, lively downtown Portland, Oregon so it's always interesting, always new and nice. There's plenty of green around, but not enough parks. The campus has it's own park block which is nice to relax in after sitting in lecture all day. Food is affordable, and museums are interesting to visit.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: The university is located in a busy part of downtown Portland, Oregon. Personally, I feel moderately safe, I carry a pepper spray can and taser flashlight because you just never know. I also have to commute on public transportation (MAX, streetcar) and feel relatively safe, but there are always those weird times that you just never know. Overall, the campus does have very friendly officers/security personnel so you do feel relatively safer than you normally would in downtown Portland, OR.

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4 College Senior

Administration: This university is very large and urban, located in the city center, downtown area of Portland, Oregon. It is very modern, spacey and at the same time compact. Most students and locals are extremely friendly, which is nice considering your stress level in classes when you want get the best grades possible. Overall, great school, great experience.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: very helpful and large clean rooms

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Mostly hipster still live there

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There is much variety in the places to order food from. The cheapest way to eat is of course to prepare food from home. However, there are many places that are at a convenient distance from campus that offer good food at decent prices.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I live at home, but I've heard that when it comes to off-campus housing, rent is very high.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I am a commuter student, and live at home. However, PSU has built some nice looking dorms/apartments for students.

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3 College Senior

Party Scene: Because I commute, work part-time and got to school full-time, parties are not on my radar. I have no idea what the part scene looks like.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: It is possible to go to PSU and remain debt-free if you live at home and work part-time. However, this may also put you at a disadvantage. The best decision is to remain debt-free and take only grants and forget about the loans because they will come back to bite you later on in life. For the first two years I received sizeable grants that helped discount my tuition. This was because my parent was collecting unemployment. However, if your parent(s) don't make a lot, but have sizable assets don't expect to get any aid.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Despite being in the middle of downtown, PSU seems to be fairly safe. The campus safety officers usually patrol the area and are helpful if you need their help. I feel pretty safe on campus which I think is partly due to the fact that there are a lot of people around campus during the normal hours of the day. PSU does have emergency stations around campus where you can press a button to call for the campus safety officers to come and assist you.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: The only thing I've seen/heard about Greek life is when they have a table set-up on campus either doing fundraising or trying to recruit. I'm too busy to notice or care. Personally, I haven't met anyone who is part of Greek life in my classes. However, I think Greek life plays a small part on campus life.

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3 College Senior

Athletics: PSU is more of a commuter school. I have never attended any of the games and I could care less if they win or lose. There is fan support, the facilities are nice, but it's not like the fan support of U of O or OSU.

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3 College Senior

Administration: PSU seems to be rather lenient toward liberal agenda. Considering PSU is located on the left coast it isn't much of a surprise. However, if you are a conservative and want to say start a Pro-life club, oddly it is challenging for a school that considers itself tolerant (I don't think they really understand what tolerant really means). At the same time, the atmosphere around campus seems to be one of acceptance and anything goes (literally).

4 College Senior

Majors: I didn't have any trouble getting into my major. There was no special application process which is both good and bad. I don't even know what is the most important criteria for admission. I think anybody with a GPA above 2.5 would be accepted into Portland State.

4 College Senior

Majors: In my program, it is pretty much left up to the student to create his/her own opportunities and figure out what classes to take. I have enjoyed the classes offered and the workload is average. One unique aspect about Portland State University is that it is only 10-15 minutes away from Oregon's teaching hospital: OHSU. For enterprising students who are more interested in studying human biology, volunteer opportunities as well as seminars provide ways for students to meet perhaps their future professors.

4 College Senior

Local Area: Portland State University is near many artistic venues which are within walking distance or easily accessible through mass transportation. Additionally, Portland has an excellent Parks systems. If you like being active, Nike has a running club which meets regularly a few blocks from PSU and they run through downtown Portland.

4 College Senior

Administration: PSU Administration seems to care deeply about students' interest and put in their best effort to provide everything a student needs.

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5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: People are very accepting of each other and range from all types of cultures and ideology.

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2 College Junior

Athletics: Most students at this school are more focused in the arts. The athletic teams are not the best and no one seems to care to watch.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Everything is excellent. With the amount of homeless people around and gangs, you do not always feel safe walking home at night. Cost of living is very high. It feels impossible finding parking spots at times and they all require you to pay. For a student this becomes very expensive.

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