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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: There are some excellent housing options, and then some very "affordable" rooms with bare necessities.

4 College Junior

Local Area: If you're into the club or shopping scene Portland has a bit to offer, but other than that it's a little lacking in nighttime entertainment. There are a few good bars, but if you want something besides drinks you're going to have to do some searching.

College Junior

Administration: I haven't had any personal experience with campus security.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity in race & ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation. It is a highly liberal school, which I find to be conducive to a very accepting and open atmosphere for all.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I was a bit surprised at how few people use any drugs here, at least that I've found. There is plenty of alcohol and parties around campus, but even marijuana use is limited.

4 College Junior

Technology: There arelenty of open computers around campus, with one large computer lab in the Broadway building and one in the library. The network is excellent and they are even upgrading the WiFi connections soon.

4 College Junior

Academics: At least in my experience it's not too bad. The professors seem to know what they're teaching and have a lot of enthusiasm in their subjects, and are open to helping students succeed. The workload varies depending on what classes you are taking, but that is to be expected at any school.

3 College Junior

Weather: Portland is well known for its gloomy weather: clouds and rain.

When it's nice out, though, it is gorgeous.

2 College Junior

Athletics: Most people consider the athletics department a joke. I can't think of any one sport which has had notable success. It is worth mentioning that PSU did have two former Vikings in the most recent Super Bowl. While we may not be reknowned, we must be doing something right.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is pretty limited. Expect to pick from the same 20 places, with the foods carts being the only reliable options in terms of quality. In general, everything closes early with the exception of Joe's Burgers which closes at 2am and Subway which is 24 hours. While it's all pretty affordable, the same routine can get old.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Portland has a reputation for outstanding public transportation. PSU will work with you to make sure that your needs are met too. All students can ride the streetcar for free and the train at a discounted price. There's even a bike hub to assist students who are interested in alternative methods of transportation.

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2 College Junior

Weather: Expect clouds all the time! Moving from sunny Los Angeles, I've really had to adjust to the gloomy weather here. Portland has a reputation for rain, but locals will tell you the rain is just mist or that it isn't that bad to begin with. Look out for S.A.D.--Seasonal Affective Disorder. I don't think it affects many students, but they wouldn't give it a name if it didn't exist. Every once in a while it snows too. When that happens, the school, as with the rest of the city, shuts down so you can expect at least one day off.

4 College Junior

Diversity: The student body at PSU is incredibly diverse, with students from all walks of life. There is just a sprinkling of international students, not as many as you'd find at other schools. The LGBTQ resources are outstanding; the school is very progressive on issues that face groups related to that. In general, PSU is very liberal, but with that, the curriculum teaches students to be open-minded and accepting of lifestyles different from their own. However, it is still important to note that the overwhelming majority of students here are white and many commute from cities surrounding Portland. When it comes to ethnic diversity, PSU is lacking.

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4 College Junior

Majors: PSU offers more majors than many other schools. I feel so fortunate that I can study international development here, as other universities do not offer that major.

4 College Junior

Majors: Applying was incredibly easy! I applied as a communication studies major since I had already taken a sufficient amount of communications courses at my community college and was accepted. After acceptance and prior to enrollment, I added international development studies as a dual major and had no trouble doing that, despite not having any international studies credits at the time.

3 College Junior

Administration: I'm not familiar with most of the school's stance on strictness. I can recall one student union protest last term but aside from that, I can not cite any incident which gives me insight in this area.

2 College Junior

Party Scene: As aforementioned, PSU isn't a party school. If one is interested in parties on campus, he or she needs to know people or have friends with connections because parties aren't really broadcasted. I'm more interested in bars myself, but the local bars are pretty pathetic so I have to take public transportation to get some place nice. Underage students are limited to college parties, as there isn't any underage nightlife here (everything closes early--even Starbucks) and students who are of age will probably have to take the train or bus to situate themselves at a decent spot.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I am not familiar with policy enforcement but it seems as if half of the people I have met at school get away with their recreational drug use, including two of my roommates here at University Pointe. Apparently, you can get away with a lot in this apartment complex. My roommates have encouraged me to "party" with them, but I'm not interested in that lifestyle and I think individuals like me will find that peer pressure is insignificant. I'm sure it helps that PSU isn't a "party school."

4 College Junior

Technology: There seems to be a proficient amount of lab space offered, which leads me to believe the computers are efficient, but I don't utilize it very often since I have my own laptop. Every student is given 500 pages to print per term but I find that I am usually pushing that limit, printing out all of the assigned reading and what not.

3 College Junior

Academics: Portland State has a select few outstanding programs (social work, urban planning, and business) but the school as a whole isn't on par with top universities which have more challenging curriculum. The university can easily be compared to a community college. The small classrooms and accessibility with the professors is nice but I still wonder if I will be prepared to compete with graduates from other esteemed schools.

As far as internships and job opportunities, there are a lot of options provided but the job fairs in general aren't particularly desirable.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is so minimal that I didn't even know it existed until recently. The fraternities and sororities have neither a positive nor a negative reputation; their reputation is simply non-existent.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe at Portland State University.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Many people exercise a lot in the Rec Center.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: There are many resources to help students.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: The are very easy to work with and do assignments.

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