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4 College Junior

Campus Food: Being an urban university the line between on and off campus can be blurry. Because of this there is a wide variety of dining options with proximity to campus, including Portland's famous food carts, many ethnic and health options, traditional American favorites, and several coffee houses

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Portland State has a very diverse student body with very few true freshman. If you are enrolling straight out of high school you'll do just fine, but if you're transferring or returning to school after some time off you'll fit right in. Wide range of ages and personalities, so bound to be someone for everyone

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Tri-Met. Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them. In Portland, we have one of the best public transportation systems in the country. However, that is not saying much. You'll have many options to get around, but due to tri-met's for profit standing, ticket prices are going up and fewer busses and trains are on route. It is still much larger than your average U.S. city which makes this grade higher than what one might expect. Also, the city is very bike friendly which gives you that option to get around as well.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: It All Depends on What You're Interested in. Portland state is fantastic in academics for a lot of reasons, and terrible in other aspects. For my field, philosophy, it is fantastic because we have incredibly intelligent staff and no graduate students so they dedicate all their time to you. There are many other fields like this at PSU. We also have very large programs for education, business, and engineering. Many of them are not typical programs though, for instance we have many people graduating with focuses in non-profit management and community building. The terrible aspects is the University Studies program, while great in it's concept, it is terrible in its execution. Though there have been rumors about it being revamped, it is not in good condition, though you can make the best of the situation by picking more challenging and different topics.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Big Beer City; Clear Campus. PSU is located in the center of downtown Portland, a city where there are more microbreweries per capita than anyplace else in the U.S.A. That being said, in terms of alcoholism and drugs on campus, it's not big deal. Clean, easy to avoid. But however the drinking scene is very relaxed surrounding campus and most people have a relaxed attitude. You will get invited to go out to bars, but most people won't give a second thought if you just order a soda.

5 College Senior

Technology: All Options, and Numerous Availability – Portland State has quite a few computer labs, as well as three levels in the library filled with them. And, they have Mac's, which makes it easier on those who have a macbook.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Some Places Won't Rent to Students – The closer you are to campus, the more expensive or outrageous the requests are. Some places will not rent to a student if they are going full time. Some places are restricted income housing, but the rent is $1000 a month. It takes some searching but there are diamonds in the rough.

4 College Senior

Academics: Above Average Experience – From my experience, I have always had a good relationship with my instructors. They have all been extremely helpful and available to me when I had questions or needed additional instruction. The diversity in the discussions has always been top notch, everyone has his/her thoughts and I have found everyone respects each other.

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4 College Senior

Transportation: The MAX is an awesome resource for local travel, Portland is set up nicely for bike riding, and Zip Cars are all over Portland for those days you just need a vehicle to run around.

4 College Senior

Local Area: Experience the Culture and Diversity – Portland is awake and such a wonderful culture to experience. Portland State University is right in the heart of downtown Portland. The river front is only miles away, as well as shopping, food, and the flavor of the city. Additionally, Washington State is just a short drive over the bridge. Portland is centered close to the mountains for skiing, the coast for beachcoming, and varies smaller cities if you want to get out of the big town feeling.

3 College Senior

Weather: Hope You Enjoy the Rain – The weather in the Willamette Valley is generally rainy and cold. However, classes don't get cancelled from rain. It snows here but not enough to cancel classes on a regular basis. If anything they are delayed a few hours. Just bring an umbrella.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Diversity on Campus – On campus, people can see many diverse students in sexual orientation, gender choice, ethnicity, and religious believes. Most of graduate schools have many international students and teachers. American students have a chance to understand other perspectives from different culture.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Unconscious White Privillages – PSU is well know for diversity and it is true most of campus. However, my degree, studio art/fine art are white dominants degree and field. In the Program, I am the only one colored and non-American student in my year of study. When I complained people's less tendency and understanding of my ethnicity and racial characteristic, some people says that " But you choose to come her in America, right?" I choose to study in America, but it does not mean that I love white perspective. I thought PSU has more cultural interaction, people have curiosity for different countries and life. But graduate students are not from PSU, from different states. So, they are not understandable for the people from different national origin.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Being a student and living in Portland is not possible. Rents are too high and there isn't enough housing period. Out in the suburbs it's easier, but you are going to be commuting.

3 College Senior

Administration: There Are Enforcement? While there is campus security, there is rarely any kind of cohesive standard.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: OK and Thoughtful – There is a student run coffee shop downstairs, but not many people know that. They serve vegan food and coffee. I hope they open during break. PSU locate in downtown, so I don't use cafeteria so often, but most of vendors are very nice and helpful. They also consider our health too, providing healthy choice as well.

3 College Senior

Weather: Hey, it's Portland. It's known for 9+ months of rain. Outside the window, as I type this, it is cool, wet, occasional showers... Oh, yeah. It's also the middle of July.
If you don't like the rain, I hear Arizona State is accepting.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Straight Single Girls Look Elsewhere – Portland is famous for its gay-friendly attitude. Many of my friends are part of the LGBTQ community. Maybe it's just my group of friends, but all the boys I've ever crushed on have turned out to be gay or act completely asexual. I will say there are some pretty nice young men on campus though so maybe others have had better luck.

For boys, you will meet many types of girls on PSU's campus. From the typical cheerleader type to the quirky girl who reads zines, you will never run out of new personalities to get to know.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs Are Around but Not a Problem – There are some drug problems that mainly concern bums on campus that should not be there, however the campus police is pretty good about getting them off campus. A lot of people smoke as well and many drink as well, but if you politely decline a cigarette or a drink they won't make a big deal out of it.

3 College Junior

Parking: The local transportation company, TriMet has multiple forms of transportation services available to students. We have the Portland Streetcar, MAX rail trains, and multiple bus lines that connect to campus. PSU also offers discount term passes for TriMet's service. Most people I know on campus do not drive cars. They say that parking costs are terrible and bound to go up each year due to TriMet service cuts and it's hard to find parking spots around campus.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Transportation to Psu is great. The max runs early and late in the evening. The green line from and to the lod center is free and all the busses in Portland run in and out of the downtown center. PSU also provides discounted fare for the tri-met. I find it very useful.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Gals and Guys – The girls and guys here at Portland state are all different and unique. You won't find the preppy ones here, thats for sure.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Many Backgrounds – I have never seen a place, city, let alone a college with an insane amount of diversity as here.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are about 11 different dormitory buildings to choose from and each one is unique, you just have to find the one that you like best.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: So transportation is easy and pretty awesome on campus because it's located in downtown Portland and there are max lines and bus lines constanstly going through.

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