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Reviews 1751 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Junior

Local Area: Big city with lots to do, many different kinds of people, and a very welcoming and exciting atmosphere.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Since PSU is in downtown Portland & it's a commuter school, the only available modes of transportation (other than bikes, etc.) are public transportation & car. Trimet, the public transit system, is the most cost-effective method, although the cost of a student-discounted pass just rose recently. Driving is also useful, but the cost for a parking permit is more expensive than a Trimet pass for a full-time student & it might take just as much time to get through traffic in the downtown area.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: PSU's campus is relatively safe & there are blue light phones. It is a big campus & the buildings are spread out over the city so it's relatively open to the public. This makes it difficult to distinguish between students & non-students.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Its very rainy. However, I personally love the rain. Its not too cold, but I can't exaggerate how much it rains here.

2 College Freshman

Administration: The campus is only strict on things that break the law, such as underage drinking, drug abuse etc.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorm I live in are very nice (Its the broadway). However, the dorm community can be a problem. I guess it just depends on which floor theme one chooses.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have a passive aggressive roommate but hey she is graduating soon! And I pay a decent amount of rent to have my own bedroom. It's about a ten minute walk to campus and I can take the streetcar if I want to.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: We have trimet buses, the max, and the streetcar( which is free for students) and they are all very close if not directly on campus. Most of my classes are within walking distance as well.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People are to themselves. I like that everyone has their own flavor. I guess overall it's a hipster thrift store kind of style.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Awful for students under 21. There are a couple of dance clubs that a lot of highschool-ers and sometimes middle school-ers go to. They aren't very fun. I think I could choose to be very active in the nightlife at PSU (as a 20 year old). It would take some effort. I would have to become good friends with students in the partying sorority and fraternity but even then this school is nothing like OSU or U of O who had tons of parties, themed parties, costume parties Thursday Friday and Saturday night. Most students that have a nightlife go to the bars and the younger ones like myself every once in a while might find a party to attend. "I'm going to Corvallis this weekend" or "I'm staying in Eugene this weekend" most definitely means "I'm going to go socialize, have sex, drink, meet friends, or visit someone and party." It hardly ever means anything else.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: My first year away from my parents, I always had food available to me. What wasn't so nice was what I had to buy into in order to live on campus as a freshmen. I HAD to buy a meal plan in the school's cafeteria. It wouldn't have been so terrible with the food and service wasn't as bad. The bagels were always stale and rock hard, the food lacked flavor, looked as though it was expired or old, and the food from the grill was usually greasy. This year I live in an apartment near campus and I don't understand why I no longer receive the aid I did before. I was given aid and after I registered for my classes they had to ask for very large amount of it back. Apparently they had done some processing late. I have to pay less to attend Portland State because my father is a professor there. What I didn't understand was why I couldn't receive nearly as much aid because of it. They told me that because I paid less I receive less help. It kind of takes away the whole discount going to college idea and I'm wishing I had gone somewhere else.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Portland State University offers many great options for majors and career paths. The professors care about the students learning and they offer as much as they could. For extra help there are office hours in which they are willing to give up some of their own time to help students in need.

2 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm attending my first year at PSU and just taking my prerequisite courses. I have not yet applied for the program.

2 College Sophomore

Majors: I guess I could say I'm happy with the career path I chose.(pre-optometry) also majoring in biology. This year is my first year in Portland state University and taking the classes required for this field I could see it's going to be a long journey but I'm willing and very excited.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received a decent amount of financial aid, but I had a hard time providing for books and paying for the rest of my tuition which wasn't covered. To this time, i have no job, so providing myself with the materials needed for class can be very difficult. This past term, I bought the materials that were very important for class, but I didn't buy the textbooks that were needed. Instead I had to check out the textbook from the library to study.

3 College Senior

Transportation: You can't drive to school unless you want to spend a ton on parking and try your luck at finding a spot. Public transportation is the way to go. It is much cheaper and widely available.

4 College Senior

Majors: There are a lot of different options for majors. I picked one that really works for me. I am planning on going to graduate school next year after I graduate and that is a lengthy process. With the economy how it is you can get in no matter who you are.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Most people here are from Portland and are pretty artistic and outdoor lovers. Everyone is really average college students with many coming from neighboring communities living outside of the city and traveling to school daily.

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3 College Senior

Campus Food: I am an evening student so have only eaten at places that are available at night, usually that is Yumm or Subway. I pack my meals with me most of the time to avoid spending too much on food.

3 College Junior

Administration: The campus is part of Downtown Portland, as such the actual campus isn't really supervised by any security I've seen other than regular police officers on their normal beat.

2 College Junior

Party Scene: Downtown settles down very quickly around 8 PM. For fun it is best to travel north up into the Pearl District, around the PGE Park, or just use yelp to find something cool to do. SE is much more interesting as well.

4 College Junior

Weather: It rains in Portland, but it never rains too hard to be an issue or bring an umbrella. If it rains hard it is easy to wait it out during class while it settles down.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The surrounding apartments around PSU are pretty expensive

3 College Senior

Scholarships: There is a definite lack of communication within the financial aid process. It is up to the student to regularly make sure all necessary documents are received by the office. They will not notify you that they are missing documents.

3 College Senior

Campus Quality: There are many events for students to participate in and interact with other students. There is an excellent student recreation center. Unfortunately walking around campus one has to walk through clouds of smoke from smokers, but I believe the university is working on changing that.


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