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Reviews 2030 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I love being a math major. The requirements are so simple, just math. I am a bit concerned about the job prospects considering that the jobs awaiting me are mostly in finance, but I intend on going on to grad school.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I enjoy my classes and my adviser has been so helpful. She knows the classes in her subject well and takes the time to figure out where my interests are. There are a variety of class options and the workload is very reasonable.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I love the apartment I found but it was difficult to get one in the beginning. There are many places near campus however they get expensive. If you want to save on rent then it's worth paying the money for a bus pass and finding an apartment a ways off.

5 College Junior

Diversity: There are many, many multicultural groups represented on campus, and the school does a great job of recognizing, celebrating and encouraging diversity.

2 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Vikings athletic program is not that great. I personally never had any desire to attend any games, nor did my classmates.

5 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: No pressure to drink or use drugs from peers, and no usage visible on campus.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are some good options in terms of variety and cost around Portland State University. From Mexican to Lebanese, the options are good. The restaurants are all located within walking distance of campus, and prices range from 5-12$ average for a plate of food.

2 College Junior

Technology: All of the campus computer labs are usually great...except for the School of Business Administration Computer Lab. The computers in that lab never seem to work and people always seem to be working on a group project next to you.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: Nightlife is awesome for 21+. Plenty of bars on campus and the campus itself is pretty close to the downtown club scene.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Depends who you hang out with. I've only heard of people smoking on campus.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: PSU has great facilities. There are two gyms (the older Stott Center and the new rec center), many computer labs spread out on campus (from the Broadway Building to several in Cramer and Neuberger). The Miller Library is awesome and has two computer labs, book scanners, a coffee shop and many study rooms, including a family friend study room.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Situated just South of Downtown Portland, Portland State University has access to a plethora of transportation options. Mass transit is accessible smack dab in the middle of campus. Traditional transportation options are viable as well. Once on campus, getting around is fairly trivial as the entirety of campus is accessible by foot.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Academics at Portland State University are excellent. The curriculum is both relevant and engaging and the workload associated with the curriculum can be reasonably managed. The facilities available on campus are good and are even better, almost fantastic, within the engineering and computer science department.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The culture on campus is pretty laid back. However, within student housing the management and staff can be somewhat strict. Use common sense in student housing. Don't leave your door open at night and remember to lock your door.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are quite a few options for financial aid and if you're not looking, they're easy to miss. I suggest regularly checking for new scholarship opportunities and to snag as many as you can and/or need. Don't procrastinate, do all you can to find the money you need. Apart from that, the financial aid advisers are helpful and knowledgeable and really can help you out. Take advantage of all of the help you can get.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Portland State University is well rounded with regards to academics. Curriculum as a Freshman was both challenging and exciting. The alternative general education provided at the university is a welcome liberal change from the conservative regurgitation I was used to. Registring for classes was pretty much a fair experience and is probably the only gripe I have with the academics here. Apart from that, all is well.

5 College Junior

Administration: i have not noticed anything that affects student involvement and/or social activities

5 College Junior

Technology: i have never had a problem finding a computer to use.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: You have your average mix of college kids of all shapes and sizes. And there are the commuters so my class has many professionals or people going back to school mixed in with the full-time living in the dorm room kids. It is a culturally rich school with people from every continent in every shade of skin. There are athletes and academics, musicians and artists, tons of independent do-it-yourself-ers, cyclists, hikers, skiers, civic minded peeps. It's all here, Portland feels very international compared to other cities of it's size.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The school is in downtown Portland and you can definitely get involved in the community. You are not off in ivory towers somewhere disconnected to reality. It seems like you can get involved working in the real world with regard to your academic interests if you just apply yourself. There are always social events to check out and there are museums and public gardens, and citywide events within walking distance of the campus. Also Public transportation is amazing. You don't need a car to get the most out of studying in Portland at PSU.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Will I'm in the middle of my first class here. The curriculum was designed by a few of the Professors and has been taught over and over, getting fine tuned each time. The Grad students teach the class in pairs. One lectures and the other reads and grades student work. The both have office hours and seem genuinely interested in making sure the students understand the lectures and know what to study for the tests. It's very clear and seems super easy to succeed if you're at all motivated to do the work.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I don't personally see any drug scene at the school but I don't live on campus and I'm taking one night class. I don't feel qualified to talk about it because I am a commuter student. However, as I see it, it's a hard working population.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are a lot of options to eat at. From the restaurants to the food carts to what is actually served at the campus... there is something around for everyone. It is nice to see such a variety.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: The park blocks run through the middle of Portland State. They are about five straight city blocks that have huge trees, grass, benches and you can generally find students/faculty hanging out there. It's an amazing feature that I know a lot of intercity school don't have.

4 College Senior

Transportation: There are a number of ways to get to Portland State. It is a commutor school so trimet gives students term passes. There is the max and parking garages. The parking is a little difficult without a parking pass, and while it's possible I would recommend taking the bus or the max.


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