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Reviews 1797 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Portland State University has some of the most expensive campus housing costs on the West Coast. With that being noted the facilities and housing communities are fairly nice and updated.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather in Portland, and for most of Oregon, is usually one of overcast and rain. The weather never really effects my experience as a student, but at times can be inconvenient on the walk to class.

College Junior

Athletics: I have no idea. I think it is kinda a small interest area, but there are sports available.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There is a variety of economic, political, religions and sexual orientation backgrounds but it is somewhere in the middle. For a city it is not racially diverse, but compared to a lot of college campus' it is moderately diverse.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Great professors, curriculum, registration and all.

Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Wouldn't know. I attended an extended campus program

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: It seems most students are over 21. A lot of hipsters and pretentious people. Lots of Liberal arts majors. The campus is cool though.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Portland State is located in the most eccentric and beautiful city in this nation, Portland! It has it all; diversity, awareness, food, attractions, culture and opportunities!

5 College Freshman

Majors: Though I'm only a freshman, I already love and enjoy The Hatfield School of government! The building, the school, the professors, the courses and my peers! Most of the program's professors have experience in their fields, which makes our learning easier and more interesting.

4 College Freshman

Majors: With a Political Science and Communications major I am more than likely to intern at one of the many law offices Portland has to offer. Most likely I will have a paid internship, since that appears to be the norm in these internships. My responsibilities will hopefully consist of briefing and assisting the attorney, and hopefully gain experience for law school.

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.

College Freshman

Athletics: I am not in any sports. However, I have taken classes at the athletic building, and the building is quite nice and very based on athletes and their needs.

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.


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