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Reviews 2030 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Junior

Administration: I have always attended this school as a commuter so I cannot speak to what in would be like to live in student housing. But Strictly as a student I feel the college is pretty liberal, there are plenty of policies but it seems if those can be navigated to serve both the students and the faculty to the best of their needs.

2 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity is average.. I mean its in oregon so its not like oregon is a mecca of diversity. But compared to most colleges (I went to pacific university my freshman year) it has more diversity than others.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I recently switched my major over to criminology and it so flexible. The political science major not so much. The classes offered do not have enough flexibility around working students

4 College Junior

Academics: I think the academics are fairly rigorous but not over the top. They are challenge and the professor are well educated.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: IT really been a struggle with financial aid. My award was reward was really low this year and when asking for alternative sources of money I wasn't helped a lot.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I see a lot of diversity at Portland State University which make me more comfortable to attend. Can't wait to start school this month.

3 College Junior

Transportation: This school is deep in the city of Portland, the largest city in Oregon. This makes personal transportation very tough sometimes. Parking passes are expensive and they still do not guarantee students a parking spot. Many times students end up double paying because they have to find a place to pay and park on the road after they have already purchased a parking pass. The public transportation is great though. It is very convenient and very close to campus.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Portland State is in a very urban area and has a very diverse student body. There are all different types of ethnicity, economic status, religion, and sexual orientation. There are new faces seen on campus every day. This school is in Oregon and has many white students though. Having a more diverse student body would be nice.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are so many different options for transportation as PSU is located in downtown Portland and the school offers discounts and helpful breakout sessions on transportation to and from school.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I don't live in student housing but, they just built all new dorms with wonderful amenities at affordable prices for students!

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: Portland State offers an amazing array of different majors which is the very reason I chose to attend this school.

2 College Senior

Parking: Parking on campus is not great. The campus is in the middle of downtown Portland and almost all off campus parking is enforced by the city. Although there is great public transportation that I would recommend to any new students.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: There is really no night life for students that is school affiliated. There are a couple bars near campus that are good for students that are 21+, but for the most part there is very little night life due to the school being a "commuter school."

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4 College Senior

Majors: I'm very happy with my program so far. I have a great advisor who has helped me through every step of the process. I have always wanted to get a degree in marketing and Portland State also offers a minor in Sustainability and a certificate in the athletic and outdoor industry!

5 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus staff, etc. treats us like the adults we are. There are, however, a bit of excessive rules for Freshman, such as having to attend the floor's 'programs' once a week, which I found weird. I understand they were trying to build community, but if you already have community or don't want to participate then I think it's really childish to be forced to go. As for underage drinking and drugs, it's serious if you're caught but most people aren't stupid about it.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: It really depends on who you are, I would think. It's Portland, so it rains. A lot. All the time. Classes have never been cancelled for me unless the professor is busy. They're not far from the dorms at all, the campus is really easy to understand after a few days depending on your sense of direction, and people will tell you where things are if you ask. People find unique places to hang out and there's a scene for everyone.

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Unless you're directly involved in the athletics programs, sports aren't something you'll readily hear about or run into. Sometimes the school tries to bribe you to come to sports events with a free T-shirt, but a lot of times people will go get the T-shirt and then leave right away. The Rec Center is really excellent, though.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: PSU is very community-based. I never felt so connected with the people around me. The school even sets up whole floors for freshmen in which they can choose to sign up for a "living-learning" floor where they live together and take the same freshman inquiry class. I think that's pretty cool and unique about PSU.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I was highly cautioned against taking on a double major, particularly in the two fields I chose - music and theater. To me, though, this made perfect sense - and still does - because I intend to pursue a career in musical theater. Juggling both programs has proven to be a challenge so far, and I will have quite a heavy course load if I intend to graduate on time. But every class I've taken so far I have thoroughly enjoyed, and the majority of my professors have been very helpful and understanding when it came to my "divided" attentions.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I haven't gotten any financial aid, but I know people who have. It all depends on how you can bend the rules and swing the ropes. I know people who need financial aid and haven't been able to get it, then there's me who could really use it, and then there's people who get it when they don't need it.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm currently working on a double major in music and theater. Both programs are very high quality at Portland State, but sometimes it shocks me how little they seem to work with each other. In addition, there are many "hidden requirements" for a music major that will take up a good deal of time and money. If you're passionate about music, though, a lot of these requirements are well worth the relative inconvenience when you consider the experience you get from them. All of the teachers I have had so far, in both departments, have been very friendly and definitely skilled in their fields. So while the college of the arts at PSU doesn't earn an A from me because few tools exist for double majors, each individual program definitely earns it a B+.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: PSU's Rec Center is amazing and offers really great Group X classes that people can go to. The school has extremely active environmental groups that keep spaces green and try to contribute to the recycled collection. The campus puts on popular and fun events.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drinking is socially acceptable, but abuse is discouraged. Except during special events, drinking is not usually seen on campus, though it is allowed. Portland State is not a party college. Smoking cigarettes is a somewhat common activity.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: The amount of scholarships available are not many, but the aid process is very easy and excellent counseling is available. It is easy to receive anything you are eligible for.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Almost all housing options give great access to your classes as well as parking and public transportation. Rooms tend to be comfortable and the university has several lounge areas with relaxed atmosphere. WiFi is abundant in the area.

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