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Reviews 2030 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Administration: I haven't really encountered that much strictness but there's a lot of cops and security officers making sure people park in the right spots/paid for tickets/parking.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I felt like I went into college kind of lost and it took a lot of time and effort to navigate through everything. I'm actually transferring from PSU to another school in Oregon.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I'm still working on my program and I plan on being in the dental field. I'm concerned about financial aide as well as the classes I have to take to get towards my degree.

4 College Senior

Weather: Sunny or Rainy, who cares.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Better to live and pay on your own. Could be better funded.

3 College Senior

Local Area: Boring, area is a dump of wasted bums, and degenerates.

3 College Senior

Majors: Just getting degree to finish.

3 College Senior

Majors: Had to jump to many advisors for major. Could have known about www.ratemyprofessor.com before taking classes.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: No big deal to live on campus.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: The Greek scene is weak. Used to be the best, know lame.

4 College Senior

Technology: Great for wifi. Area coverage is large.

3 College Senior

Administration: Policies and academic's have strict guidelines.

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.

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.

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