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Reviews 1752 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The word "hipster" comes to mind, but not everyone I have encountered has fit that description. For the most part, there's a lot of diversity and everyone is nice enough.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I haven't dined in the student dining halls but the surrounding restaurants are nice.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live in a surrounding city and the area is very nice and the commute isn't bad. However, if I was living in the same city as the school, it'd be really expensive which is why I don't do it. I wish there were more realistic and affordable options available close to campus, and/or I wish graduate student housing was available so I could be on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I can't say I've experienced much of these things yet but it seems like there's plenty to do.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There's a lot of diversity and it seems like there's a lot of academic clubs and social events always happening.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: I love Portland! So many restaurants and interesting things happening.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The permit costs are pretty reasonable for me. Ticketing and fines are problematic, which is why I bought the permit. Unless you live on campus, you need a vehicle. Availability and convenience of parking spaces vary on the day and time, but aren't horrible.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: Hipster. College educated. Downtown at its finest.

4 College Junior

Academics: Oregon public system strives for equality amongst all the schools.

4 College Junior

Academics: Everything you can think of to study is there.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: My grades got off to a bad start, otherwise I'm sure it would be a smooth process.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Cheap for in state. Close to home. What else can I say.

3 College Junior

Weather: Portland has a lot of rain. If you hate rain. You'll hate here. The summers are beautiful however.

3 College Junior

Parking: The costs are a tad expensive to encourage walking and public transit.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Portland food scene is amazing. Food carts with all types of fares. Quality restaurants. Vegan options. Paleo options. Any option and type of food you can think of can be had.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Although a liberal school, no one is intolerant of conservatives.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: It's in downtown Portland. Awesome spots all around.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There have been a few burglaries recently on campus that have made the local news and emergency response systems.

4 College Junior

Weather: Portland's weather is mild and temperate: summers are warm and dry, and winter is wet and mild. Being located in the Pacific Northwest, overcast skies and rain are frequent from late fall to mid spring. This weather is not to everyone's taste, but it rarely interferes with the campus's functionality or people's accessibility.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Portland State University is near many restaurants, cafes, and food carts that are low-priced and easily accessible. Dining options are diverse and feature many different cultures - including Latin American, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Mediterranean. Most restaurants feature vegetarian/vegan options, and use local organic products.The food carts near and on campus are low priced and produce high quality food.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Transportation at Portland State is easily accessible and diverse. Trimet bus lines, the Portland Street Car, and the Max Train run through the campus, allowing students to easily travel to the campus from all over the city, and vice versa. Students can by Trimet passes for each term, which work for each of these types of transportation. Because of this, cars are not necessary on campus, although there are many options for garage and street parking. Transportation costs per term are generally between $100 and $300, which are relatively manageable costs.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Portland State University is a very progressive school in terms of diversity.The presence, acceptance, and celebration of racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual diversity is extremely important to Portland State University. While the majority of students are Caucasian, many different ethnicities are present on campus, and the campus is home to many international students. Students can join cultural, ethnic, and religious groups on campus. Academic courses - such as those in the University Studies Program - explore numerous cultures and beliefs from around the world, and students are encouraged to take these courses.

5 College Junior

Local Area: Portland State University is in the middle of downtown Portland, near numerous restaurants, shops, the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Historical Society, the Pioneer Place Mall, and Pioneer Courthouse Square. As a large urban university, the campus is bustling with students of many different cultures and ethnicities who bring unique perspectives to the campus. At the beginning of each term, a "Party in the Park" takes place in which students and can learn more about and join cultural, academic, and extracurricular groups and clubs. The campus's atmosphere is welcoming and friendly, with cultural diversity and environmental sustainability as two of its most important norms.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Portland State University does not descriminate any race nor intolerate anyone with different skin color. Greek students are viewed as ordinary students at PSU. They get treated the same way as other students at PSU. Everyone learn and does the same things. No students are better than others nor no one is specially favored. As from what i see, Greek life does not affect the social atomosphere of campus. Based on the average percentage of students living on campus, a lot of Greek students choose to live on dorms than apartments or complexes. PSU campus is a safe environment for everyone not just Greek but others.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This is my first year of college as a freshman. I finished my first term just two weeks ago. I wasn't so bad after all. I had a really good experience with the campus environment. It was quite a struggle to transition from high school to college environment. Both teaches almost the same materials and concepts except college courses go faster. My school is really unique in a way that i can feel safe and be myself at all time. There are a lot helpful students and professors there. If i could do it all over again, i would choose to go to my school because it's near home, it has good courses and amazing professors, there are a lot of helpful advisers, the environment is satisfying, and it's surrounded by convienient restaurants.

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