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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.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Being a Graphic Design major is amazing at PSU. We have a club called "Friends of Graphic Design" that's a great place for resources (there's a Facebook group), and new internships, jobs, and volunteer opportunities are posted on the Graphic Design PSU website. Kate Bingham Burt is a great mentor, and all my professors so far in studio art classes have been amazing and inspirational. I'm happy to be at a place where I can meet so many types of people and ages in any given class, but we all are passionate about art. It may not be a 5 star MCAD, but hey, for what it's worth, I love the art program here. I heard about the graphic design program at PSU from a writer who lives in LA (and writes for better homes and gardens and Yahoo!). And she was right--it's really good. Oh--forgot to mention that there are always visiting graphic designers and arts that put on workshops every month or every other month! And we have a series called "Show & Tell" where famous graphic designers and/or illustrators talk to PSU about their journey/tips/etc. (You can find all the events listed on the PSU graphic design's website). I just feel like we have a ton of stuff going on compared with most public university design programs. And Portland is a great place that fosters creativity and community. :)

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It is very rare to see someone using a drug or drinking while on campus. If someone were it is generally expected that they be able to conduct themselves properly.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Sometimes I feel you have to travel a little ways to get the best food, because many chains have set up on and next to campus. Thank goodness I know where to find some gems, like real espresso.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Many students at PSU are older, already having established adult lives off campus. This means that incoming students are expected by their peers to act as adults

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I frequently see adds in campus buildings looking to rent a room, apartment, etc. There is an office located on campus to help students find housing also. Just campus is downtown and the best/most affordable housing is across the river.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: It is a very openly diverse campus, very gender identity aware

3 College Sophomore

Weather: it just rains sometimes, nice when the sun is out though

4 College Senior

Academics: We don't get a lot of visibility because our department is small but it is a close knit group and everyone knows each other and we've all had all the professors.

4 College Senior

Technology: Good computers. Usually the library computer labs are very full but the labs in some of the other buildings usually have space.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I have lived in many locations in the city, always off campus. Housing close to school is very expensive and housing gets cheaper as you get further out but the public transportation is pretty good.

4 College Senior

Local Area: I have lived hear many years and did not move to Portland to go to PSU.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I don't live in student housing.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: It's an urban campus so it's easy to see where the safety concerns come from. Sexual assault and theft are the top two concerns.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Mostly a bar scene. Again, many students are older so they just get together at pubs and stuff. Lots of clubs, (including underage), in Portland right on the MAX line. Hardest thing about clubs is finding a PSU student who also wants to go clubbing. One of the Greek houses throws a party almost every weekend. Not the most attractive bunch, I went to one of their parties my freshman year, it was a bit overrated.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: I've never had too bad of an experience, though there are a few documents that are a hassle to get. Always received reimbursement on time.

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