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Reviews 1763 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

5 College Senior

Local Area: There are numerous nightclubs and bars in the area, many nearby bike trails, hiking places, and museums.

4 College Junior

Diversity: PSU has an impressive ethnic diversity, and it's wonderful to experience the learning process with them. Everywhere you go you meet and see people from all types of places, and almost every language can be heard at any given time. As a language and culture student this impresses me very much, and makes me smile.

4 College Junior

Transportation: As expected, because PSU is in downtown Portland, parking is quite expensive. If a student can manage the public transportation into their schedules it's an excellent option. Portland's public transportation is quite good, and PSU offers a student rate bus pass that's good on the bus, train, and streetcar. But if you have to commute a long way or otherwise don't wish to use the public transportation, the parking can be tricky and expensive. However, I've rarely had times where there's been absolutely no parking in one of the garages (keeping in mind that I haven't yet had a class at 8 in the morning, when I imagine it might be worse). Also, the parking enforcement is very strict, so be sure you're parking in the right areas and adhere to your time limits closely! The fines can be steep depending on where you've caused the infraction.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Initially it was very smooth and understandable, but recently I had a question for them that they sent me on a wild goose chase to other departments find the answer to. In the end I needed to come back to them and the answer was actually very simple. It seems like at times (depending on who's working at the desk that day) if your question is a bit complicated you might get brushed off. I'm hoping this was just an isolated incident though, because other times have been very good experiences. They could also perhaps do a bit better at anticipating students' questions. We don't always know exactly what we need, and having someone *tell* us what we might be interested in knowing would be extremely helpful. Lastly, if you don't have the time to stand in the Financial Aid line for a good half an hour at times, you may have trouble ever talking to anyone. There are only ever two people at the desk with two dozen people waiting in line all the time. As for general response time for e-mail inquiries goes, it's about average, I suppose -- a couple of days sometimes, but I expect they receive quite a load of e-mails each day so that's expected.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Lots of transportation into downtown Portland, but if you choose to drive, both traffic and parking are atrocious.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: During the day and early evening, this campus is very safe because of all of the student and pedestrian traffic. However, there have been a number of sexual assaults late at night because this is an urban campus. However, there are emergency phones posted and an escort security service.

1 College Senior

Administration: No one lives on campus, so you do whatever you want in your own apartment :)

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Being a Freshman in the Broadway housing, I feel like it is a little too expensive. I have to pay more for my housing than I do for classes. The housing is right on campus and is a short walk to most classes. There is a stove top in Broadway, but not in Ondine. Ondine is cheaper but does not have a kitchen of any kind

5 College Freshman

Academics: At Portland State university the School of Business tries very hard to help you succeed. They want you to be well rounded as well as very knowledgeable. Overall Portland State has wonderful academics

5 College Freshman

Academics: Portland State university is very underrated. I think that the curriculum is challenging. The university strives to challenge but at the same time there are very many resources for student help. There are many professors that are thereto make sure the students are successful

4 College Freshman

Athletics: We have great athletics here. The athletes are very friendly as well as the coaches. The athletic program tries to get students involved and try to increase student pride

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The people were very helpful but I think that the lines and the wait were the biggest hassle

3 College Freshman

Athletics: They have a lot of interactive events with the students to support our sports teams and it is sort of enjoyable.

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