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Reviews 2030 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I love my professors, but I could have better quality art education somewhere else. But I am happy at PSU and definately NOT leaving.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Food carts offer the most diversity in food. A lot of them are really good even though it scares you that they make it from a cart. Most of the ones on campus are really good, but the ones off campus aren't as good. Food around campus is mostly fast food and that's lame. You can take the streetcar to the pearl district in about 5 minutes and have a bunch of good food (prasad, deschutes, etc) but expect to spend more money there--unless you go to little big burger in the pearl which is cheaper.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've been to this school for 4 weeks now, as a transfer student, and I've met so many people, and I've made at least 2 friends that I hang out with (A LOT) outside of school, and at least 17 people (i counted) in my classes that I talk with and joke with all the time (I'm going to ask a few of them if they want to hang out soon). Take note: I don't even live on campus! I commute to school. So this is great--! My old university (university of portland), I only made 3 friends the entire semester there, and I only talked to a few people during my classes. SO basically PSU is way more accepting and friendly towards all types of people than your generic stupid private school. My social life has expanded so much more

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Computer labs get busy sometimes but you can always wait for one to be open.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are all types of guys and girls for anyone really. I also like how there's no one type of person overwhelming the rest. It's literally the same percentages across the board.... equal amount of every type of person I'd say. This makes it great for anyone looking to date.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I never see drugs and that's great to me. I also never really hear people talk about drugs... except for the occasional pot conversation but that's normal to hear.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Not sure. I only see police when there's some people who need to be talked to or something.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: I love Portland... it's a small city, but offers that laid-back feel that most cities don't offer (except for Honolulu). I'm glad I came to school here. You have all these things going on downtown, they have so many indie and punk shows (google this online and use the website), great food for all types of eaters, pretty trees everywhere, weather is temperate, Forest Park (miles of hiking and biking trails) is right next to downtown Portland (it makes you feel like you're in the wilderness but technically you're still in Portland--what??). I could go on and on about this city. I'd much rather live here than Seattle. Portland is much more accepting of all types of people and much more laid back and friendlier than Seattle.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: You can't complain when you have access to bike transportation, bus transportation, street car transportation (this is completely free if you have your student ID), and the bolt bus leaves from downtown and goes to seattle (or vancouver) for pretty cheap if you book way in advanced. You don't need a car. I have a car because it's faster for me to drive to school than take the bus...so yeah. Parking is no biggie as long as you show up to the parking structure 30-45 minutes before your class starts (depending on what time it is). My old college had way worse parking situations so I'm stoked at PSU even though many might complain...I already have parking hunting experience under my belt.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Everyone says hawthorne has the best bars...it's only a few minutes away by bus.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I think it's pretty diverse on all levels except political affiliation and religious background. I feel like being religious is more of the minority, but many people still accept you. I'm catholic and I've made tons of friends of all beliefs, so it's all fine by me. I'm pretty sure you're also a minority if you fall more on the "less government involvement" side of the spectrum.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: This winter has been not very rainy at all cause we have been having a drought, so I love the weather that's been happening since I moved here in August. It's all mixed up, with sun, a little rain, and clouds...I love the variety. And it's not that cold. It's January right now and the high is upper forties and lower 50s. Perfect amount of coldness to me (I'm from Hawaii and California). It snows probably once a year or nothing. It snowed in November last year just for a day...I think it was 1 inch. Buses still run and everything goes pretty okay, but Portland people freak out about the snow.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I have a neutral rating because I know nothing about greek life, and honestly there are probably only 50 people in it because I never see them. I do know they have a few houses on one side of campus but it never looks like anything is going on, and I only know about greek life cause I saw they had a few booths on campus on time. So yeah, if you like greek life a TON you might not wanna come here because it's not big (and overwhelming) like it is at University of Oregon (and gosh I'm so happy I don't go to UO personally).

4 College Sophomore

Administration: I don't really understand this question cause I don't live on campus. But everything is okay to me.

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