Overall Niche Grade
- Party SceneB
- Campus FoodB-
- Student LifeB
Portland State University is ...
NCAA Division I-AA
Big Sky Conference
Portland State University Rankings
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High School GPA
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Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.129 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.127 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.126 responses
Most Popular Majors
- Liberal Arts and Humanities355Graduates
- Social Sciences289Graduates
- Criminal Justice and Safety Studies196Graduates
- Community Health and Preventive Medicine165Graduates
- Business Administration and Management163Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
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- of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.151 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.203 responses
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After Portland State University
- Very Good770
There are tons of things to do. Lots of craft breweries if you're of age. Lots of places for good coffee. I highly recommend spending a day in Powell's Books. You can often find used textbooks for sale here cheaper than at the campus bookstore. The music scene is pretty vibrant. Portland overall is a cultural hotspot. You can easily find great art, music, movies, and dance. The shopping is great too! There are large corporate shopping experiences to be found around Pioneer Square(Target, Macy's, etc.) as well as tons of boutiques. All tax free, of course! If you're into being active, there are always running, biking events going on(The city is very bike friendly). There's even dragonboat racing on the river. You can always find yoga, pilates, or spin classes too.
- College Sophomore
- Dec 24 2013
Portland sports a huge variety of off-campus housing. Not only are most of the options close to campus, but they the prices are fairly cheap, compared to other established college housing in the area. I would highly suggest that your car be left at home with your parents because the Tri-Met Streetcar and MAX, Portland's transportation options, are more than necessary to get around in this city. Some of the off-campus housing options support their own transportation to PSU and it's totally free. The off-campus housing that I am currently living in has wonderful staff and understanding landlords so I am very pleased!
- College Sophomore
- Oct 2 2013
I have found that PSU has many instructors who are either adjunct or teaching a couple of different subjects at the same time. This leads to what I have termed "double classes". These instructors are apt to give assignments that require their students to learn and/or exemplify mastery of multiple subjects. For example, I have had a class that was supposed to teach about conflict resolution, but since the instructor had taught Academic Paper Writing for most of his/her career, my papers went through a 3- to 4-step critiquing process before they were finally accepted and graded, with little regard to their subject matter. Another instructor I had was a research analyst for a living, and much of the class lecture time was spent on research techniques and data analysis instead of what the class was actually about. However, all of the instructors I have had so far seem very knowledgeable, and very available. One instructor I had even called me from her personal cell to let me know that a class meeting had been cancelled so that I wouldn't have to travel all the way to campus for nothing!
- College Junior
- Oct 22 2012