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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.

4 College Senior

Technology: Students of Portland State University should have no problem when in need of a computer. Both the library and Neuberger Hall have computers with internet and printer access for the general student body. They are only crowded late in the day or during finals. In a pinch, unoccupied classrooms are open and almost always have a computer. Science-majors will also have access computers during labs. For students who bring their laptops, many classes have power sockets and the school has good wifi, as do several cafes in the nearby Portland area (ask around).

5 College Senior

Local Area: Downtown Portland has an abundance of shopping, dining, and cultural and recreational events, museums and galleries.

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: Expensive!!! I do not live on campus because of the cost factor.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Very eclectic and diverse student population. I am an older returning student so I do not fit into the majority student population.

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4 College Student

Academics: I came to Portland State University because it has a very good engineering program. In addition, they have the most friendly and helpful faculty that always be there to help me with what I need. The school has a diversities of different races which is awesome because I wanted to meet and make friends with different people around the world.

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4 College Junior

Majors: There were plenty of classes available, academic advisers were very helpful in showing me how to select the best courses. The teachers were also very helpful in assisting me in finding resources. The on-campus tutors were extremely helpful when studying became difficult.

3 College Junior

Technology: Finding a computer is sometimes a challenge but there are enough computer labs that you can usually find one that is vacant. The computers can be pretty slow to cold boot but once they are on they run reasonably well.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus police are visible, blue light phones are available, student health and safety offices are easily accessible and students generally feel safe on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Portland has a wide variety of restaurants and dining, especially near campus because of its location within the city. Everything it a walk away and although you'll find high class dining with high prices, you can also find those random hole in the walls that serve quality food for great prices. You can find all types of food near campus, and a lot of places give student discounts.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports at Portland State is not a huge thing because of it being a commuter school. Athletic events are fun, but aren't ever crowded except for homecoming games. IM sports are a huge thing though and it a really fun experience on campus. Sport clubs are also very intense and is offered to students with any amount of experience in certain sports.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: The computer labs are always crowded and often find myself having to travel to several buildings before I find an open computer to work on. Also, the internet connection/wifi for Portland State often shuts downs, especially during times of dead and finals week.

4 College Freshman

Technology: The computers at PSU are great. Usually crowded but everyone gets a turn to use them. Or if you have your own computer you can always use WiFI.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's seen a bit but not much but then again it all depends on the type of person you want to be and become. It also depends the group of friends you have.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dinning at PSU is one of the best. There are a variety of options to choose from and all taste great.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The students and faculty at PSU are very friendly people. People here are usually friendly and are looking to become friends with new people that they meet.

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