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  • 08/05/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 out of 27 people found this review useful. 1 of 139

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Portland State is great for students who want to be in the middle of it all, and who want to meet many different types of people. Also for people that want to experience the campus feel but be right inside the urban society at the same time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep in mind that you actually need to take at least 15 credits to stay on track for graduation, but do not overload yourself either. Try to take one fun class every term. That way you can relax at least one class period a week, because sometimes there isn't time outside of your classes to relax.

    Bang for the buck

    College can be very expensive, but I think that with all the options Portland State has to offer that everyone can find their passion.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the atmosphere. Downtown Portland is such an excepting place, people of all ages and walks of life live here and fit in. My classes have multiple age groups and that creates a very unique learning experience.

    Am learning a lot

    When it comes to how much you learn I believe that it is up to you to take classes that are interesting and a little bit challenging, because the classes that are easy tend to get boring and not teach you as much.

  • 06/19/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 out of 20 people found this review useful. 2 of 139

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    adventurous, dedicated, passionate, those who believe in a cause, those who want to a school that focuses on education and does not revolve around its sports teams, those who like the city and those looking for new experiences.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you choose this school, don't overload yourself with courses in your first term. You will want to only take about 12 credits (that is full time) to give yourself time to get used to studying AND to be free to explore the city and campus.

    Bang for the buck

    While they aren't 100% streamlined in all processes, this school really tries to give you what you need, and tailor your education to your specific goals.

    Am enjoying being here

    Campus is diverse and has something for everyone. Tons of clubs and groups to join, music in the park and is in the heart of downtown so everything is within walking distance.

    Am learning a lot

    Depending on how much you apply yourself you can really learn a lot. You learn from everyone and about everything, very interesting approach to teaching here.

  • 10/02/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 12 people found this review useful. 3 of 139

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for commuter students, non traditional, and student that aren't into the party school atmosphere.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apartments in the city are expensive to plan ahead. The grocery stores are also expensive. Textbooks are expensive try to avoid the PSU Bookstore. Don't expect much school spirit at this school. Join a club or organization so that you don't fell disconnected.

    Bang for the buck

    I think the college is worth the money all though PSU doesn't offer as much financial aid as the bigger universities. Textbooks are really expensive too. Living in Portland also adds to the bill.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love Portland there is always something going on and there is something for everyone. PSU is a great school with excellent professors and provides a good education.

    Am learning a lot

    Small Classes are great and the professors seem over qualified which is great. Make sure to become involved in the school to get the full benefit of the learning enviroment.

  • 01/06/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 10 people found this review useful. 4 of 139

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I chose Portland mainly because of its music and art scene. Almost every band I like visits here at one time or another, and the city bleeds creativity. There are opportunities everywhere. However, the college is in no way steered toward a specific group of people. You can meet people of all sorts who attend here with one thing in common: they love Portland.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find out what sort of financial aid you can get in coming here. Be sure you have an idea on what sort of major you're interested in, because the prerequisite classes are extremely specific and need to get done with as soon as you can, so that all the other necessary classes are available to you. Register for the earliest possible orientation/registration day. As a freshman, its hard to get into many of the classes you'll need for your major requirements if you come late in the season.

    Bang for the buck

    For out-of-state students like me, the price for tuition is steep. However, financial aid programs like the WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange Program) make it possible for families with low-incomes. I highly recommend finding out what sort of financial aid you can get before getting your heart set on attending here if money may be a problem.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really like the college itself. The campus is beautiful. We're surrounded by trees and interesting buildings. The park blocks in the middle of campus is a great break from the streets, and excellent place to hang out. The location is really the main selling point for me. We are literally downtown. The campus is located in what's called the Fareless Square, which means we can hop on the MAX and get taken to almost any location downtown, the mall, and a short distance over the river for free. (After that, you can just buy a cheap ticket to get where you need to go, like the airport.) A large concert venue is a few minutes away, and you can hop on a bus to get to anywhere else in Portland. We also just got a brand new recreation and exercise facility which is stunningly modern and free for students!

    Am learning a lot

    Classes are varied, each student is required to enroll in what is called a Freshman Inquiry. Its kind of a homeroom class, of only about 20-30 students. These take care of a large number of general education credit requirements and are a great break from large lecture classes where you feel uncomfortable asking questions. There are 5 or so subjects to choose from, and all of them fulfill a large number of general education credit requirements.. (I'm in Sustainability!) Each FRINQ has a breakout Mentor Session, where the class is broken up even further to groups of 10 or twelve students with a mentor who gives us valuable info and helps us with any questions we have about the course. Starting off, as far as the rest of the courses go, the professors are dedicated to enriching us with information at comfortable speeds. As the classes get higher in number (205, 301, etc.) the pace speeds up considerably, but these classes were made with humans in mind, so it all is entirely manageable.

  • 06/09/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    7 out of 11 people found this review useful. 5 of 139

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Portland State University is a great place for all students. It is very diverse. People from all over the world come there to study and pursue their interests. People that want to be in a medical field, engineering, law, all fit here and many many others. It is an opportunity for all who wants to enjoy life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students, who really want to learn and be successful in life, need to work hard with a desire to improve in academic level and life principles. Only working hard will bring someone to a desired success. Working hard, a person has an opportunity to climb up the social level and have a good enjoyable life meeting wants as well as basic needs. It is a journey, but it worth it.

    Will enjoy being here

    I hope I will enjoy being here because my friends from school enjoyed it and advised me to go here. I hope to have a good time studying and enjoying myself while studying. It is going to be a great time that I will remember for the rest of my life growing academically, developing personality, and looking forward to promising future,

    Will learn a lot

    Portland State University is located right in the heart of the city. It has diverse place where people from different places can look for their studies and find their paths in life. It will provide a student with classes that he or she needs for a his or her career. It has varieties of study fields that will help a person to find his or her enjoyable path in life.

  • 09/16/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 6 of 139

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Active, studious, business oriented, social, ect...like I said before, this school has something for everyone. The only people who may not like it as well are those looking for a smaller school or one located in a college-town rather than the heart of downtown Portland. Otherwise, there is undoubtedly an aspect of this school for every type of student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Truly take advantage of all that Portland State has to offer. Whether it's their multitude of advisors, classes, or activities. There are so many wonderful things this school has to give its students, I urge everyone to take full advantage of every bit of it.

    Bang for the buck

    In comparison to many colleges, PSU is not terribly expensive. However, as a young college student I still feel the sting when tuition is due. That being said, the millions of opportunities offered at PSU, in my opinion, makes every cent worth it. Not only are the classes great, the events a blast, and the location unbeatable, Portland State has an unfounded number of connections to the surrounding businesses in the downtown area. This gives graduate as well as undergrads the priceless ability to move from school to career in a heartbeat.

    Am enjoying being here

    I attended a private school from kindergarden all the way through my senior year. My graduating class was 80 kids, out of our approximately 300 student high school. Basically my entire high school was the size of most graduating classes. When I started at Portland State with its 28,000 plus student body, I wasn't sure how I was going to adapt. That being said, I have fallen in love with this school. I have made so many friends and it is so easy to get involved in pretty much anything you are interested in. I transitioned smoothly from my tiny high school to Oregon's largest University and I wouldn't change a thing.

    Am learning a lot

    When you begin registering for classes the first thing you will notice is the unbelievably huge list of classes to choose from. There is literally something for everyone at this school. Not only that, there are multiple professors teaching the given class. That way, if you hear from your friend that Professor Man is a horribly boring lecturer but you had your heart set on taking Business Communications, have no fear, there are probably at least three other professors teaching that same class! All in all, I have learned a lot in my first year at PSU. The professors are truly devoted to their students succeeding and it shows in their passion for their job.

  • 01/31/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 7 of 139

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for open-minded students who wish to expand their knowledge, not just within their specific major but all-around.

    Tips for prospective students

    In your first year I suggest take advantage of all the things orientation provides and definitely check out Party in the Park. There you can get acquainted with the many clubs PSU has, and I'm sure you will find something that interests you.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is so large and offers so much, yet it is quite affordable and costs less than other schools in the Oregon. This school is money well spent.

    Am enjoying being here

    This school is so open and is home to such a diverse group of people from all over the world. The staff are very welcoming and the students are nice and enjoy being here as much as I do, and that creates such a pleasing environment for optimal learning.

    Am learning a lot

    This school offers a wide range of classes and with its University Studies program it is encouraged that you take advantage of that fact. This school not only wants you to expand your knowledge but your perspective as well.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 8 of 139

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never felt threatened on campus.

    Greek Life

    We have a few fraternities and sororities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Endless amounts!

    Great for these types of students

    Those who care about their impact on the world and those who care to make an impact on the world.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We start a little later in the year (last week of September) but there is always a week or two of campus wide celebrations before we come back to classes.

    Bang for the buck

    All colleges are expensive these days and the student body at PSU is trying to ensure it doesn't become an unbearable burden for it's graduating students.

    What to do for fun

    Anything- the University is located right in the downtown area and the public transportation is great.

    Food and Dining

    On campus there is a dinning hall and food court but off campus there is the rest of Portland full of food carts and great dinning opportunities.

    Dorm Life

    Many of our buildings are eco-friendly with renewable resources and materials.

    Academic Rigor

    Students are held accountable for themselves and are encouraged to push to their own degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to talk to your classmates and professors. They can all help you find out more about the school, programs, and benefits.

    In three sentences

    Portland State University is well integrated into the surrounding downtown community. The students, faculty, and staff are highly conciseness of their impact on the environment. There is always something new, progressive, and intriguing going on around campus!

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 9 of 139

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    city people, self-motivated students, those who like dorm life, students who don't mind large campuses with tons of people

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply very early! The application process takes a few weeks and the deadline for all scholarships is February 1st. Take the time to apply over winter break (or even November/December); even if you don't decide to go, it will save you a potential headache.

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state tuition is killer, especially if you miss the scholarship deadline. The oregon residents and WUE scholarship students all say it's much cheaper than the other oregon schools, so for them, I'm sure it's worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's a great atmosphere; certainly a change from my small town and (in comparison to PSU) small community college. It was overwhelming the first week, but easy to get into the groove of things.

    Am learning a lot

    I love all my professors here. Each of them has something unique to offer to the class that they teach-- and they always make themselves or their TA's available to you.

  • 12/21/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 10 of 139

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The school has a really great Science program. I am a General Biology major, and the university has a Master's Degree program. I am hoping to get my MS degree, and I might get it from Portland State University. I have also heard that it is a great college for people that are into the arts. A lot of music majors head to Portland State University. It's also good for people going into politics. Honestly, it is a bit of an all-around school. But like I said before, look into it before you commit.

    Tips for prospective students

    For potential incoming students, I would just say make sure the school is right for you. Make sure you are all right with the location, the environment you will be in, the types of programs the school has to offer, etc. It's the same with choosing any college, really. Just make sure you like the school, and make sure it has what you're looking for. It is a great college, and it can benefit you a lot. Also, make sure you have a good work ethic. Make sure you do all your work and get your GPA up early. It's very difficult to boost your GPA in later years, so make sure you do well from the start. That's not to say don't have fun. You should always have room for fun. It's a great place for new positive experiences, make sure to take the right opportunities.

    Bang for the buck

    Let's face it. College is going to be expensive no matter where you go. But for Oregon residents, Portland State University has a pretty decent tuition for a four-year university. Plus, there are a lot of options to lower tuition. For example, I chose not to live on campus, and that brings the price down a great deal. Being the great establishment it is, I believe that Portland State University is a really good deal for the price.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really like the Portland State University campus. It is very diverse and very open. Plus it's downtown, you have a lot of options when it comes to your breaks from class. You can find tons of places to hang out or get lunch. It's a great location for the school. It's also a great place to meet people. The school provides a lot of availability, mobility, and, in a sense, a lot of freedom. There is really only one big con for Portland State University. The campus is not smoke-free, and being in downtown, Portland, there are a lot of smokers on campus. It's quite a problem for me, but there isn't much I can do. Other than that, like I said before, the campus being downtown is really great. It provides a great atmosphere and people can just take the chance to explore the city and learn and experience new things. It's a great place to be.

    Am learning a lot

    Portland State University has provided me with a lot of education this past fall term. I am a Biology Major and I'm currently enrolled in the Principles of Biology sequence. The lectures are adequate, my professor was really great, and the labs were really laid back and fun. It has been a great experience so far being in this sequence, and I'm looking forward to winter term. Portland State University also has a library that is usually open until 11 PM, and it would be wise to take advantage of that. Also, the computer labs can be really helpful. From what I have seen during my time at Portland State University, the college provides a great environment for learning. The campus might be a bit overwhelming at first, but it is very easy to get used to. And once you know where everything is, you have a great deal of resources at your fingertips. Portland State University provides a lot of opportunities to take learning to the next level, it's up to the student to take those opportunities.

  • 01/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 139

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    To those who can't stand the idea of taking a couple years of Prerequisite classes such as English, science and math, PSU is a wonderful option. The University Studies program does, however, stay with you through all four years of the experience from Freshman Inquiry through Senior Capstones. This program does create a sense of community and allows you to explore possible interests for those who are not sure what they want to major in. Also, for the city dwellers and those who live in a small town and want an opposite pace of life, Portland State University is possibly the only urban campus that I know of the weaves itself into the city.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take as many college transferring and AP classes as possible. To move up every year, one must take 15 classes a term. Full time student status at Portland State University is considered 12 credits. At the beginning of Freshman year, 12 credits are recommended. Transferring credits will ease the transition into the higher education process and save a lot of stress come registration time Sophomore year.

    Bang for the buck

    With a massive library, multiple computer labs (one that is nearly open 24/7), a free tutoring center and the UNST mentor program, Portland State University doesn't hesitate to make the higher education experience an easier process than it has to be. Help can found through multiple resources; academic, personal or otherwise. Not only this, Portland State University has such a massive selection of majors to choose from that it's not impossible to fulfill multiple interests while studying here.

    Am enjoying being here

    Portland State University prides itself for being an urban university that is in the heart of the largest city in Portland. There is always something to do on campus - whether it be a student organization activity or volunteer work. If campus life isn't suiting for you, though, the city of Portland surrounds you. The MAX, a light rail train that connects downtown Portland to the outskirts of the city, is free in the downtown area so there is no limit to what you can explore as soon as classes and campus activities end.

    Am learning a lot

    Portland State University is a rather large university - with the population being that of the largest university in the state of Oregon - it has to offer a lot. One might think that since the university offers many courses intended for a large variety of majors, that the rate of education and how the classes are ran may be compromised for the size. This couldn't be further from the truth at Portland State University. The professors are extremely well educated on their subject and, to my pleasant surprise, graduate students that teach lower level classes are well prepared and trained to manage their classes as well. If you go to classes and pay attention, you will learn more than you expected.

  • 03/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 12 of 139

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you felt out of place in high school and never felt like you fit in, everyone fits in, in Portland are interested in art, music and culture. Like being in a big city

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to have a lot of essays, Be open minded.

    Bang for the buck

    I think that all college is too expensive, Portland State is one of the cheapest colleges in Oregon, that is if you are in state, if you are out of state then your tuition will be much higher. I think that for the amount we pay to go here we don't get enough. For one professors never respond to your emails. Spring term is coming up and I was curious about some art classes so I sent some teachers emails, that was around three weeks ago and none of them ever got back to me. The email addresses that I sent them to, was provided by the Portland State website. Another thing is that they tell you to explore different career options, which means to try out different types of classes. Say you want to try a digital page design class and you are an anthropology major, you can't take that class unless you get instructor approval, which as I said before is very hard to get since the professors never respond. So yes, I think we pay way to much.

    Am enjoying being here

    I like being in downtown Portland, the campus is located right downtown so you're close to everything. I'm a sunshine girl, so the all the rain gets to me a bit, but for the most part it's bearable. I like the campus because it's downtown. I love Portland because it's so diverse, growing up I always felt out of place and different. In high school I was the nerdy art kid, but now I feel normal and appreciated for being into art and indie music. I feel like Portland is the place where all the artists, musicians, actors, and whatever else go.

    Am learning a lot

    I feel that in some of the classes I'm learning a lot and in others they are just a waste of time. A lot is to be said for the teacher, I've had a few teachers that are really inspiring and a few that put me to sleep. At Portland State students are required to take a freshman inquiry class, which is basically like your English-writing class. Everyone that I know thinks it's a complete waste of time and I agree. Also along with this class you are required to take a mentor class which is another waste of time all together. I know english and writing are very critically important, but honestly we don't learn or do a lot of it in these classes.

  • 11/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 13 of 139

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This place is great for everyone be it nerd, artist, hipster, jock or anywhere in between. There's a little bit of something for everyone here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be patient, but be diligent. Things move at a Portland pace here and there's a lot of students to get through. Do your best to stand out, but don't give up if your initial efforts aren't perfect.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a great place, the biggest trick is making sure that get what you want out of it. The issue I always see is people come here expecting the streets to be paved on gold and their destiny will be dropped in their lap. If you want your education to be worth something, you have to do the work that it calls for. With that being said, PSU has the tools needed to help students to achieve it, they just need to strive for it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I'm a student who lives on campus and thought that I'd never like it, but it turns out that it's really nice. It's never real loud around here and there's always something to do. I came from a small town where you had to drive everywhere to get to things to do. Here everything is with walking distance. The school itself has its own movie theater, game room and bowling alley. It has it's own pub that features Rogue Brewing Company's Portland State Ale, the Farmer's Market is in the cent of campus every Saturday and there are live concerts held on campus usually once a week featuring any type of music you could want.

    Am learning a lot

    Because the school calls for students to take university studies classes you end up having to take some classes that are completely outside of your major. For me I took Women's Studies and I'm really enjoying it. It's a class would have never tried otherwise but it has become my favorite. And it's little things like this that makes this school interesting.

  • 02/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 139

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    the things for fun here are roaming around downtown at night for a voodoo doughnut run. also, the school holds many fun events that you can attend where they give away free stuff! there is also omsi, oregon zoo, japanese gardens, and other sites that you can explore!

    Food and Dining

    okay, our main dining hall isn't the best, but it has it's day where it's just flat out delicious! you get tired of always having the same option, but don't worry they occasionally change it up. however, the options located around throughout campus are some of the bests, and there are many options!

    Dorm Life

    living in the dorms your first year, is highly recommended! it's a fun experience where you get to be away from home and meet many people. you are closer to campus as well, so in between classes you have your room to go back to sleep or relax instead of sitting in the lobbies of buildings where it's a bit tedious.

    Academic Rigor

    going to college is hard in itself. the classes are a bit difficult, but there is a lot of help for you as well. it's really up to you to succeed in your classes, you have to take the extra time to study, finish homework on time, and to relax!

    Tips for prospective students

    it can be expensive for out-of-state students, but it's definitely a school i would recommend to anyone. just make sure you save money and apply for scholarships it'll be a huge help! it's not your typical college either, it's an urban-feel campus.

    In three sentences

    i love this school, especially because it's located in the heart of portland. it's a university filled with so much diversity. it's also a beautiful campus that makes you feel safe almost 100% of the time.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 139

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They seem to always be on top of things and is really attendant to making sure all students and staff are aware of the current dilemma. E-mail alerts, phone calls and text messages to keep students up to date and aware. They have an office on campus and is relatively busy keeping things safe and smooth around PSU.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs that I can't even list them all- however I think it is possible to check them out at PSU website. Every fall there is a party in the park blocks where all the clubs have booths to advertise and recruit new students. It is very entertaining and interesting to see what may interest you. When there, you can play games to win prizes to kick off your experience at PSU with a POW . I remember a few that stood out to me right away when I went to the Party in the Park Blocks are the Student Associations, Dental Club, Rugby, Kick boxing and Environmental Club.

    Great for these types of students

    Business Majors, Pre-med such as nursing, optometry, dentistry, pharmacy, etc. (Portland State has connections with OHSU( Oregon Health and Science Uni.) therefore, having ties and networks are great for getting in there), there is a strong student body in environmental health, architecture, art and public health as well. As far as I know, there is almost a major for any person's interest at the regular college level. International students are always welcomed and encouraged- there are many Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and English international students. I think PSU is great for the dedicated student that is aware that you can get the same education almost anywhere as long as you do well and put in great effort in succeeding. Therefore, a student who is studious, is working, strong ties to the environment, and wants to save money.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Smith building is very helpful and when you find the right adviser- your academic career might just get brighter :) There are stories of a few haunted places but what college doesn't have them . PSU is fairly new so there is not much to worry there. Unless you only take night classes, you should be surrounded by plenty of other people and feel safe. Hmm...not quite sure of any unusual traditions or locations but there are rooftop gardens where you can chill and study.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition rate at PSU is affordable and If one wants to stay close to home or the city life then this could be the right place for you. PSU offers students an option to do co-enrollment where they can take a few classes at a community college while taking at least 6-8 at PSU and have shared financial aid so its cheaper that way. Also, if you play your cards right- the campus offers a lot more jobs than meets the eye to help support students. All in all, you are getting the bang for the buck if you add it all up.

    What to do for fun

    When the weather is nice, there are students all over the park blocks and just enjoying the day outside. The campus offers a rec center that one can take classes for fun or join clubs that vary from dragon boating to student associations. There is also a game room with pool tables and a bowling alley at the basement of one of the buildings. A perk about being downtown is that there is many things to do. Portland State is close to the town center which holds a variety of events, concerts, and festivals all year; it is close to very large shopping center ( Pioneer Square) and many of the top restaurants in the area; being downtown means being near the waterfront where you can jog, bike, or walk the dog in a stretch of trees and grassy areas yet still getting the breeze of the Willamette river; From spring time through Summer- one of Portland's most favored thing to do is visit the Saturday market; also don't forget a local tradition of First Tuesday and Last Thursday; last but not least they have the night life near by as well for those of age.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dorms are fairly good, however the cafeteria is mediocre. I would say try new things because they can surprise you for example the food carts around campus or one of the dining centers.

    Dorm Life

    I like that the dorms are located so close to campus and that they are renovating and building newer and nicer buildings. Being in a dorm really allows you to meet new people and explore different cultures as well as gives off a sense of independence and responsibility.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses here have a variety of range when it comes to academic rigor however the classes here are hard enough to challenge you yet allows you to immerse in the subject and absorb what you need to know. Overall, classes are pretty fun and engaging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the area and definitely take a campus tour as well as conduct one yourself to get the feel of the university. With PSU's location, look into your means of transportation because you may have to commute everyday.

    In three sentences

    Portland State University has a great campus that allows for a lot of diversity and growth. The overall experience that I've had at PSU is great because I have made a lot of new friends, gained knowledge, and pursue my future with a bright outlook. The students and faculty here are always willing to help and welcome any ideas.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 139

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are regular PSU patrol cars that survey the campus throughout the day. I formerly owned a cafe in the area and can say that while Portland is an overall safe city, there are many homeless people and disorderlies; especially in the late evening. I never see any of these issues on or near campus since security does such a great job.

    Bang for the buck

    Each class that I have taken at Portland State University has been challenging and rewarding. I have had many study partners within the school and with other local schools and I feel that the PSU curriculum is well rounded and intuitively organized. Again, for lower level courses it may help stretch student dollars to consider concurrent enrollment with Portland Community College as their courses and curriculum is compatible with PSU in many ways as the two schools work together.

    What to do for fun

    Washington State Park is very near to the PSU campus and is an amazing and expansive park. There are always different hiking groups that set times to go through the park; including a PSU-affiliated outdoor club. If you are new to town, this is a great way to meet new, fun people. We are also near many rivers that provide great opportunities for kayaking, inner-tubing, swimming, and the like. Portland is home to many die-hard bicycle enthusiasts; which could certainly provide some local fun. Mt. Hood is only a short drive and offers terrain for mountain biking in the summer and great snowboarding and/or skiing in the winter. Further, the city hosts a ton of different bands and music venues as artists seem to love the artistic attitude of this city. Here, you are never left sitting at home on a Friday night unless you want to be.

    Food and Dining

    Portland State University has a great food court that provides a variety of different menu options and convenience items at a fair price. Additionally, the city of Portland has terrific food and drinks for nearly any palate or food sensitivity. I prefer to eat organic and gluten-free foods and am never at a loss when finding something healthy and delicious to eat!

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in PSU dorms. They seem nice and are right on campus. The city of Portland offers a range of different housing to meet nearly any need. The PSU campus is downtown and conveniently located to parks and recreation, banking, groceries, some of the countries best restaurant and cafes, along with a treasure trove of other shops and galleries.

    Academic Rigor

    All upper level courses at Portland State University are fairly challenging and require a serious commitment to be successful. Teachers provide extensive practice and resources for all materials covered. While this sets a student up to be successful, it is ultimately up to the student to strive for high marks.

    Tips for prospective students

    While this school provides a terrific education, central location in Portland, and very flexible scheduling, tuition is a bit pricey for out of state residents. For those with a specific college budget, it may be worthwhile to look into the concurrent enrollment that Portland State University offers with Portland Community College. Students can attend both schools and take lower level courses through the community college at a fraction of the cost; guaranteeing enrollment into higher level courses, once prepared.

    In three sentences

    Portland State University is a high quality education that provides both flexibility to the busy student and abundant resources for success, through their many outstanding teachers, helpful graduate students, and various other bodies. The student body is very large and always eager to help and interact through study groups and social gatherings. Last and certainly not least, PSU has a terrific administration as I feel that my financial aid and registration continually runs smoothly and questions are answered both promptly and accurately.

  • 12/05/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 139

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    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive, period. But compared to the larger universities, UO and OSU, it's less costly.

    Am enjoying being here

    The environment is great and it's close to home. But the transportation can get a bit tiring.

    Am learning a lot

    PSU has a lot of classes to choose from and they correlate with what your major is. There are advisers to help you with your major as well as answering any questions you have on school or specific classes.

  • 02/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 139

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    Great for these types of students

    A diverse range of students. PSU has a very broad group of students that attend. There really isn't an ideal student for this college, everyone can fit in.

    Tips for prospective students

    The bookstore is not part of the college. If at all possible buy your books elsewhere. Also, check with the teacher if you can use earlier editions, they are usually much cheaper but work just as well. Definitely check with a friend, other students, or websites on different teachers. Some teachers may work out great for you, others will not, to make sure you get the most out of your learning experience this will be important. Form a study group, or join one, they really will benefit you. If you know the subject material and don't think you need a study group you are still missing out. You benefit from being able to explain things to others so that you better understand it yourself.

    Bang for the buck

    There are lots of extracurricular activities and clubs you can get into as well as the education being worth it. Even though some of the options they force students into paying, the best way to get the most out of your money is to use the resources available to you.

    Am enjoying being here

    My experience here has been very positive so far. The administration side of things is usually very clear and easy to work through. The school side of things, you may want to check a website or with a friend to make sure you get the best instructor for your learning style. There is a diverse range of instructors for classes and it is important to find an instructor who will best fit you.

    Am learning a lot

    Taking classes at PSU has helped me learn a lot, not only in my career field but also in other areas that I may have normally overlooked. There are courses that are required for your graduation that must be unrelated to your major. It really helps open the door to learn a great deal more and you are even able to apply something you wouldn't normally think about to your career. The teachers are well informed and able to answer questions either in class or outside of class.

  • 03/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 139

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is good for students who want to learn and not party every day.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to PSU if you want to move up rank in society

    Bang for the buck

    The school has an accredited business school which is very impressive. The business school is much more affordable to attend than major schools with the same accreditation.

    Am enjoying being here

    This school location is great. I like how professional the campus is.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers here only try to help you learn. They do the best they can to plant a seed of knowledge in you so you can know what to study further after you graduate.

  • 04/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 139

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is perfect for Portland-lovers. Great for those who like big schools in a big city. PSU is great for anyone interested in one of their graduate programs--no matter if you plan to pursue a Bachelor's at PSU or not.

    Tips for prospective students

    PSU has so many different majors (and minors). Read through all the options before you decide because you may find a major/minor that is perfect for you that you didn't know was available.

    Bang for the buck

    As far as general ed requirements go, a community college would be cheaper, but PSU is a great school for graduate studies.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love Portland, so I love the school's location. You have to like the urban, downtown feel of Portland to enjoy this school though.

  • 06/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 139

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    Great for these types of students

    Commuters, non-traditional/working students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come here if you're a commuter who needs a sense of support from the school. It's really hard to be an active student at this school when you are far away.

    Bang for the buck

    This school has had a double in tuition costs in the past ten years. The school has spent a lot in recent years in developing student exercising facilities and freshman dormitories to attract students to the campus. It's not a good price. I recommend getting as many credits from community colleges and AP courses as you can, then transferring. But remember, of your 180 credits, you must have about 145 from PSU and you have to take like 45 of your last credits at PSU.

    Am enjoying being here

    I didn't enjoy the student climate, simply because I was a commuter and it was really hard to stay involved in campus activities. This is the case for many students at PSU and there effort to involve students in activities reflects this.

    Am learning a lot

    Portland State University is great if you're a commuter, seeking to get in school and get out with a degree. However, within my one year experience of the school, I found that it was vastly overpriced for the quality of educators. Although, it is possible to get more out of the school by doing the following: select classes that are smaller, higher level, and check out your professors on ratemyprofessor.com. It tends to be very accurate and has been spot on about the professors I had. It's not the school to go to for the traditional college experience, but I wouldn't rule it out as a valid and useful institution.

  • 07/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 139

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    Great for these types of students

    Portland State is great for all different types of students. We have a strong, diverse, and driven student body here at PSU. If you are the type of person who likes to have options, who likes to get involved, or who wants a good education, then PSU is the place for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a future student here, don't be scared. You should be excited because you're about to be apart of one of the most urban and outreaching colleges there is. Don't wait until the day of classes to try and find them...I advise you to take a map and walk the route of your classes a couple times before school starts. The university is built within the city as opposed to separate from it, so you can get lost easily. One last tip I have is to take this chance at PSU to broaden your horizons. PSU is a diverse campus with loads of people interested in similar and different things. There are many people of all ages who offer different wisdom. You can learn a lot here just from the people you meet and the activities you're apart of; so get involved because it will only benefit you.

    Bang for the buck

    No matter what college a student attends, money will always be a concern. While being here at Portland State, I have never felt as though I wasn't going to be able to find a way to pay for my tuition. With financial aid and the massive amounts of scholarships that are offered, not attending because of money issues isn't a problem. Each and every class is full of information, and the professors are more than willing to give you the assistance you need. I would say that I'm paying a little amount compared to the amount of schooling and attention I am receiving.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the environment that PSU provides. Not only is this a successful college, but it's a major part of the Portland community. I love knowing that I can be apart of the city while working towards my degree.

    Academic Rigor

    Being here at Portland State isn't just about learning academics, it's about learning how to cope in different environments. I feel like while attending PSU I can learn more about myself and how I can improve on my skills when it comes to being out on my own. Along with the personal learning, I can say that the professors here are very good at what they do. I haven't had one class where I felt like I wasn't learning anything.

  • 08/20/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 139

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    Did enjoy being here

    Great location. Easy to get out to happy hour or museums after class. Lots to do and see in Portland.

    Did learn a lot

    Learned a ton in the condensed summer organic chemistry series. This was a great way to get this health professions prerequisite done with minimal pain. The course was fast without being confusing.

  • 02/09/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 24 of 139

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    Campus Safety

    herd it is a fairly safe campus for a large city college.

    Greek Life

    good.

    Clubs and Activities

    good.

    Great for these types of students

    who are athletic.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    i saw where the student recreation center is new and looks very nice.

    Bang for the buck

    this college is about average when it comes to current costs but above average in educating its students.

    What to do for fun

    exercise at a gym. i also enjoy reading.

    Food and Dining

    i would not personally know but from what i saw online it looked good.

    Dorm Life

    i know nothing about this subject.

    Academic Rigor

    the college pushing a student to achieve their most.

    Tips for prospective students

    call and talk with an admission advisor about which psu program best fits your needs.

    In three sentences

    this is a very good college. it has a great distant learning program for criminology & criminal justice.

  • 03/29/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 139

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    Campus Safety

    good security.

    Greek Life

    Didn't see any.

    Great for these types of students

    All types

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Anything goes as far as dress and appearance, anything...

    What to do for fun

    Downtown has a lot to offer, from eating good food and drinking good beer and wine, to shopping and exploring.

    Food and Dining

    Dinning Hall is OK. However, there are a lot of food carts nearby.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging, however, most instructors understand that students have lives outside of school, such a family and/or work obligations.

    Tips for prospective students

    A lot of students drop courses during the first or second week, so if a class is full, show up anyways with the correct form. Try not to get discouraged with the university requirements such as senior capstones. The courses can be rewarding.

    In three sentences

    Adequate resources, such as computer labs, with some very dedicated and knowledgeable professors. Strives to promote community involvement, often related to one's major. Does not have the best administrative staff and lacks in funding for various Art's programs.

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 139

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    Campus Safety

    I was being stocked one term and they took it very seriously. It's a very safe/secure campus. There are phones you can pick up throughout the campus and it is very regularly patrolled by campus security and police. PSU takes all physical and sexual threats seriously.

    Great for these types of students

    Self-directed, commuters, hippies, semi-intelligent, liberal, okay with online learning

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Mezanine is pretty neat when you see it for the first time.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition has raised amazingly high since I started going to PSU in 2003 and managed to get two bachelors degrees. Students are nickeled and dimed for miscellaneous fees, student rec fees, and stuff that has to do with PSU's constant expansion. We don't see what the fees actually go to. If I could get some of the fee money back, I would be happy.

    What to do for fun

    You can listen to a loud ranting in the park blocks of the political or religious persuasion. Then there is the party in the blocks with all kinds of musicians. Saturday/Sunday Farmers Market sets up with fruits, veggies, and homemade goods. Student groups/fraternities/sororities have mixers and recruitment. There is always a pajama breakfast some time in the year. Not to mention vendors selling stuff. I belong to Philosophy Club and I also like to go to the Mittlemen Gallery when there is a showing.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good quality since PSU is right there in the park blocks, you aren't confined to eating food in the student union. Otherwise, the student union is always going through dining changes with vegan/vegetarian food being offered in the Food for Thought Cafe. In the student dining, there is Sbarro, New York Bagels, a Wok, Burger grill, and food to grab and go. Occasionally, the pastries and danishes that are sold with the Starbucks Espresso coffee are stale, but for the most part the food quality and choices appeal to breakfast, lunch, and dinner needs of the students. If you get sick of these there are a bunch of food carts on SW 4th avenue and a few right there in the park blocks.

    Dorm Life

    I never stayed in the dorms, but I had many friends who did and they rated their overall quality as average with some housing problems. They mostly were talking about fixing stuff and quality.

    Academic Rigor

    More or less this depends on what you make of it, what kinds of classes you choose, what academic subjects your take, etc. Psychology classes taught at the 200-300 level are more challenging than Psychology 400-500 classes, so that you are more than amply prepared for the advanced/intermediate level.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find out what the expected workload and format is upfront based on what the professor says in the syllabus and how consistent he/she follows the syllabus the first week of class. Also, go to the department the class is being taught in and ask random students if they have had your professor and/or if they know about the professor's reputation.

    In three sentences

    Frustratingly, yet satisfyingly consistent. Many of the professors are incredibly devoted to helping students succeed. Yet, as much as this is true about half want to cause conformity and droneness in their students. Progressively liberal & naiively passive.

  • 08/19/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 139

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is compacted into an area of downtown Portland so to get from one area to another does not require straying far from campus. The area is well lit as well. The only concern is that there are a lot of homeless folks near and occasionally on-campus that can make a person uncomfortable, however there are rarely, if any, dangerous or concerning incidents involving students.

    Greek Life

    A few fraternities and sororities, this is however not a major part of campus life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of clubs and events on campus, especially during the spring and early fall. A farmers market is held on the weekends in the middle of campus starting in March until mid-November.

    Bang for the buck

    Living in Portland is most of the bang for the buck. The school itself could have a bit more bang.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Portland offers something for everyone. There is shopping, a museum of science, clubs and bars (for those students of age), plenty of parks, a zoo, and several professional sports teams. Outside of the city abounds plenty of outdoor opportunities, with Mt. Hood an hour or so to the east and the Oregon cost several hours west. The walk-ability and great transportation of the Portland Metropolitan area makes many areas very accessible to students without vehicles.

    Food and Dining

    There is only one major dining hall on campus which is operated by the company Armark. The food is not great and the meal plans are not very flexible. However unlike other universities, the meal plans provide meal on a weekly basis instead of quarterly, so students will be well fed. The location of campus downtown does provide students many more meal options at a cheaper price and better quality.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice and cater not just to first and second year students but families and non-traditional students as well. The Resident Advisors are great people who make an effort to welcome all new residents and make each floor active and cohesive by planning various events and keeping all residents up to date on campus happenings and policies. The dorms themselves are very nice with several newer facilities. Rooms often have private bathrooms and kitchens/kitchenettes. The only downside for first-year students is that it is required that if you live on campus you do so for the whole year and you get a meal plan, which is not the cheapest option and is not very flexible for students.

    Academic Rigor

    Due to the number of students class size is large unless you are in upper-division courses. Because of this many classes are based on only tests and possibly a paper, that are not very rigorous. Though there is a four-year University Studies requirement, these classes at times are reminiscent of high school classes with professors and mentors aiding you along the way, and doing course work that is many times not very challenging. Upper-division courses however, are better in their expectations and requirements, but it depends on a professor by professor basis.

    Tips for prospective students

    Located in the heart of downtown Portland, if you do not like cities or being in densely populated areas, this campus is probably not for you. If you are looking to quickly, and cost effectively, get through your courses do not expect to going here. There is a rigorous four-year university requirement program that asks you to take course after course from their University Studies department, many of which are not absolutely necessary. Open up your mind and heart here. This university caters to many foreign students, who make up a large portion of the student population. Furthermore, professors, courses, student groups, and students across campus promote and encourage thinking outside of the box, being active in creating change in our communities, and going against the status quo.

    In three sentences

    A large and diverse school in the heart of a great city in the Pacific Northwest. Offers a broad range of classes, opportunities to get involved on campus and in the community, and is committed to creating students who are active and aware in their communities. Some of the academic programs are not the greatest and need revision, but Portland State University is a world-class university.

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 139

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    Campus Safety

    Overall, really safe.

    Greek Life

    Basically no Greek life. Go to a typical college town for this.

    Clubs and Activities

    Quite a few surprisingly, even women's rugby.

    Great for these types of students

    Portland and PSU are great for, well, hipsters. Anything sort of unique and different you will find in this city.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    ...In all honesty Portland in gerneral is unusual, so it is difficult to pinpoint one specific thing.

    Bang for the buck

    So many places near campus offer student discounts, but one of my favorites is the happy hour at Pizzacato. From 2-8pm everyday you can get any slice of pizza and any pint of beer. Perfect way to end the day.

    What to do for fun

    If you're of age, there are some great bars and happy hours nearby, as well as general restaurants. I'm also a fan of walking around Powell's Bookstore, spending time at the waterfront and the many events held there, and shopping at all the unique shops.

    Food and Dining

    AMAZING. The BEST aspect of living in this city.

    Dorm Life

    Good dorms overall, but why pay to live in a dorm when there are so many apartments in downtown Portland and surrounding areas?

    Academic Rigor

    For me personally PSU is average when it comes to academic rigor due to the fact that PSU prides itself more on the growth of the student versus a perfect GPA and transcript.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you are not looking for the typical college feel. Also, I would advise that you really set yourself up as far as your major and degree go, i.e. make sure you're not taking classes that are not needed as many people tend to forget this.

    In three sentences

    PSU has a great staff lined up, and overall it is a good learning environment. However, PSU is very much a commuter school and this is not the best option for many students looking for the typical college life. That being said, PSU offers some of the most diverse fields of study.

  • 10/09/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 139

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    What to do for fun

    Go around town.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study a lot.

    In three sentences

    My uncle went to Portland State University, and he liked it a lot. He said it was close to home, so he could concentrate on work and school at the same time. I am planning on going here because it is close to home as well.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 139

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    Food and Dining

    The food at PSU is real good. You will have so many choices to go from, either with Asian food, Mexican food, Indian food. At PSU you will never get hungry, since food is all around you.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live at a dorm, for I live at home. But with understanding from my friends living at the dorms in PSU is really cool!

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at PSU is ok. It is the first college I attend to so far. But this college does give me a glimpse of what college life is all about.

  • 11/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 139

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    What to do for fun

    EVERYTHING! Just hoop on the streetcar, buy a max ticket or anything and go somewhere. There is shopping, walking, movie theaters, bowling, arcades, powell's, hiking trails, the rec center. There are loads of thins to do here even without spending money.

    Food and Dining

    The main cafeteria, Victors, has its good days, but a lot of bad. The taco salad days are really good and when they have curly fries it's as if the food heavens have opened and blessed Victors with its good food blessing. Also Victors is all you can eat, so you can have lots of seconds. There is always the grill, salad bar, waffle and sandwich station (besides breakfast) open too so hamburgers are always an option if you don't like some of the strange dishes Victors has concocted. There are also tons of restaurants located around campus as well as other Portland State dining that you can spend dining dollars on.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is so expensive, but I've heard that the first year is always the most expensive. I really enjoy living in the dorms, it's how I've made friends. Also living in the dorms connects you to campus more than commuting does.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are awesome and I've already learned so much and it's just the end of the 6th week. The workload isn't as bad as movies ad TV shows make it out to be. As long as you keep up on your work than you should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the gym, streetcar, and other student resources, also if you have any struggles with anything don't be afraid to email your student mentor or talk to your teacher during office hours. Living on campus would also be something I recommend for the first year at least, that first term is when you are going to make your core group of friends and chances are they will live on the same floor as you, it's hard to make friends with people in your classes because a lot of people do commute from the surrounding areas and most people don't hang out after class to make friends.

    In three sentences

    Portland State is an urban campus located in the middle of downtown Portland; it's mixed in with the city so you really feel like you are a part of it. The professors I've had so far have been really mellow, but have still taught me so much. It's not your typical college experience of frat houses and such, but if you don't know that going in that's kind of your own fault.

  • 05/09/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you want a school that is in a great area and with beautiful surroundings.

  • 07/19/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    While I've yet to visit this school, several of my friends who have, and whose opinions I trust greatly, say that they have a great campus that is very beautiful and have very attractive academics. ;) That being said I can't wait to attend :)

  • 07/22/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students that are okay with large classes.

    Will enjoy being here

    I think that the campus is very beautiful.

  • 08/09/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    PSU is very urban. Be prepared to walk everywhere you go. The streetcar is great, and free for most of the area it runs through.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not forget to take into account fees like transportation fees, textbook fees, backpack, calculator or scantron fees. Apply for as many scholarships as you can. Scholarships are how I could afford to attend a class at PSU!

    Bang for the buck

    Portland State is a great university from what I can tell, but if you live on the dorm, you are paying double than if you live at home with your parents, and the classes are about $20 per credit than a community college.

    Did enjoy being here

    The class I took was a night class and was four hours long. Make sure it is worth it to you to stay until the class is over. I did, but students that did not had a harder time with the quizzes.

    Did learn a lot

    I have only taken one class at this university, but I learned a lot in that class. It was BA 101 with Hirons.

  • 10/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students looking to expand their knowledge of many different types of things, diversity.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your applications and materials in early, otherwise you could have to deal with the rush of applications around the due date. Also, GO TO YOUR professors' office hours. They are really important and are a great way to get to know your professors and how they like to do things.

    Bang for the buck

    It really is worth the tuition and fees. They are really easy to work with when dealing with scholarships and loans.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is amazing being right in the heart of the city. The school has a lot to offer too!

    Am learning a lot

    My professor's are amazing at what they do. They know the way to get their students to learn and they are all very easy to work with for questions about the material.

  • 11/03/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Uh, the dorms are expensive... I haven't taken a look at the INSIDE of them yet, but this university costs just as much as another out-of-state university that I was considering. (I am an Oregon resident.)

    Will enjoy being here

    I love Portland, so I'll be happy to be staying in a dorm there.

    Will learn a lot

    I'm excited to start my first semester here at this college. I've heard a lot about their criminal-justice programs, and I don't think I will be disappointed.

  • 12/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I am a challenge student, meaning I am getting 20 credits for taking two high school courses. Portland State also accepts Clackamas Community College credits I am receiving from other advanced classes. Thank you, PSU, for making my education more affordable! I would rate higher, but I believe education should be free.

  • 12/08/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is withIn free max transit system. Pretty much no cost for going to stores. You can live in your parents house if you live close to Portland. And use max as transportation. It's a way to save money, but you wouldnt exprience real college life.

  • 01/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Business students

    Tips for prospective students

    the new doom is just awesome. You guys should have one. The price is very economical

    Bang for the buck

    so so

    Am enjoying being here

    It's right in downtown Portland. So convenient to use public transportation.

    Am learning a lot

    The studying environment here is very professional. It has high-qualified instructors and a creative classroom air, which supports me to learn alot

  • 01/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You have all of downtown Portland.

    Academic Rigor

    Good

    In three sentences

    Small classrooms and good teachers.

  • 01/15/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    liberal, free-spirited

    Bang for the buck

    Worth it for the location

    What to do for fun

    Portland is an amazing city! There is so much to do: Blazers games, Timbers games, water front, just downtown in general! The beach, mountain, gorge, and desert are also all short drives away

    Food and Dining

    Downtown Portland has many dining oportunities.

    Dorm Life

    Not many options

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for financial aid early!

    In three sentences

    It is not a typical college campus. However the location is awesome, Portland is a beautiful city. It also seems like a good school.

  • 01/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    also, lots of great student organizations.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are lots of activities that one can get involved in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    i am not aware of any.

    Bang for the buck

    work hard and it will pay off.

    What to do for fun

    being in the city you allways have something to do. also, portland is very close to both the mountain and the ocean. therefore, you can discover new things to do.

    Food and Dining

    you can find a large variety of food here. there are really great places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    new apartements are build close to campus. keep in mind that is an urban area, not a campus out in the country.

    Tips for prospective students

    with psu you have large access to different organizations that recruit in campus. talk with an adviser and will show you the path to achieve you goals. my tip is to stay motivated.

    In three sentences

    psu is a great college. it is located in a very friendly urban area and the people here are special. psu cares about its students and each year younger faculty is hired. also, the tenure has real world experience and this adds spice to the course work. i love this college.

  • 01/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus is mixed with downtown buildings, so campus security is a challenge.

    Great for these types of students

    liberals. artistic. the wacky and weird kind

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a saying here in portland, that is keep portland weird so expect to see a lot of unusual events to take place

    What to do for fun

    there is lots to do here in portland. it is a small city so if you enjoy nature, you get the best of both worlds. there is mount hood nearby where you can go skiing/snowboarding. there are also night clubs for those under 21. portland offers many activities! to name a few there is glow in the dark mini golf, nickle arcades, kayaking, cosmic bowling, movie theaters, malls and much much more!

    Tips for prospective students

    look at a school map in order to find classes, before school starts. learn how to get around using public transportation. portland is excellent in this sense. the light rail is free anywhere downtown.

    In three sentences

    the campus is mixed in with other downtown buildings which makes it difficult to find classes and is very confusing to get around. liberals are strongly welcomed here, so beware if you are not one. offers great diverse learning in the university studies program.

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    if you love the city, you will love portland state university

    What to do for fun

    there is always something fun to do in portland. filled with many restaurants, cafes, theatre's etc., there is always something to do in portland. portland state university also offers a wide range of student organizations and events that any student will be able to benefit from.

    Food and Dining

    while there are some decent meals, many i find are not very well cooked. however, they do offer a wide range of food options.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is a great way to make connections with people. it is great for first year students and i highly recommend it.

    Academic Rigor

    depending on your degree, classes will be positively challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you live off campus and are not from the portland area, make sure you are willing to make some decisions about time management because juggling class and trying to get there on time due to traffic can be difficult.

    In three sentences

    portland state is a very busy campus. it is a face paced, inner city campus with many things to offer. there is always activities or organizations to be apart of at portland state university

  • 02/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the psu campus is located downtown, near hospitals, and a fire station. around campus, i see alarms set up in case anyone is in danger on campus. since portland is a big city, my friends and i tend to go out in a group together. you can never be too safe.

    Greek Life

    i actually don't know much about greek life. however, my roommate is in a sorority, and they are constantly going out and doing things together.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many clubs and activities at psu. to name just one, there is a club for latin speakers, since there is a latin class at psu. if there aren't clubs on campus that suit your personal interests you can always create your own. i know somebody who is in the process of creating a photography club.

    Great for these types of students

    portland state university is great for students who like a big city, and the outdoors. it's also great for individuals who are environmentally aware, since psu is a green college.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there are practice rooms on the third floor of cramer hall. that's unusual because cramer hall is a building known for music. there is also a harpsichord in the practice rooms.

    Bang for the buck

    to get the most out of your money, i personally recommend doing things on campus. chances are, campus activities are free. my roommate and i went rock-climbing for the first time at the recreational center for free. it was one of the best things i've done on campus, and the folks at the rec center are really helpful, especially for the first time rock climber.

    What to do for fun

    there is so much to do in portland, and at portland state university. there are a lot of clubs and activities on campus that one can take a part in. there are also a lot of things to do in portland. i recommend powell's for a low key weekend.

    Food and Dining

    to be honest, the food here is terrible. i would personally have a small dining plan and have my own food in my dorm.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is different for everyone. i love it because i have a great roommate and people on my floor are friendly. don't be afraid to be social.

    Academic Rigor

    school isn't to difficult. there are times when it's overwhelming, but as long as you time manage, and get your work done on time, it won't be difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved in school. join a sport, club, and do volunteer work. it also helps you to get work done before the weekend. constantly look for scholarships, and save your money! if you need help, don't be afraid to ask, because it's better to get a problem fixed before it gets worse.

    In three sentences

    portland state university is a great school. if you need help with anything, there are great resources available on campus. plus, there are a lot of clubs and activities on campus that you can check out.

  • 03/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are guards but not everywhere.

    Greek Life

    there is a lot on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    get involved on one or more students associations

    Great for these types of students

    anyone willing to deal with it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the computer lab at the 4th floor, and the gym at the peter stott center.

    Bang for the buck

    i don't know, sometimes you get it, and sometimes you don't

    What to do for fun

    hang out with friends

    Food and Dining

    i is not as healthy as the school promotes sustainability.

    Dorm Life

    sorry i don't leave on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    there are really good teachers and there are really awful teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    talk to advisers as much as possible, and get involved in the school as much as possible.

    In three sentences

    it is huge. it highly promotes sustainability. the classes are way too big.

  • 03/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus safety is some of the best i have seen. i see them walking around everywhere i go, as well as updates via emails.

    Clubs and Activities

    although i am not in any clubs right now, i do know there are over 200 clubs to choose from, and there is always a club fair at the beginning of the year.

    Food and Dining

    portland state university has an awesome dining hall, along with many restaurants all around the area including subway and starbucks.

    Dorm Life

    i do not live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    all my classes have required multiple essays as well as outside work.

    Tips for prospective students

    go to class and do your homework! meet with an adviser if you have any questions. they can help you and direct you in the right way.

    In three sentences

    portland state university was the only college to have the major that i wanted: family and child studies. portland state university has a diverse community of classes, students, and professors. portland state university is in an amazing location with lots of amenities.

  • 03/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    safety is number one just look around there is a call button for your emergency or flat tire or anything else that happens.

    Greek Life

    study hard!

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many clubs be careful you don't spread your self to thin.

    Great for these types of students

    there is something for the theater buffs, the campus theater and performance group is local and has many attending. to the students that just need to relax there are several pools depending what you want to do.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    because many of the students here are from all over the world there is something for everyone to enjoy.

    What to do for fun

    pus has many on campus activities. the advantage about of this school is its in the middle of downtown portland and the trolley and max trains are there to help you get to that favorite nightclub or theater.

    Food and Dining

    the food here is one of the most balanced meals i have seen at a school. it has your junk food as well as your healthy foods all at good prices. so choose wisely everything is yummy.

    Dorm Life

    i have not stayed in any of the dorms but the unique buildings make the campus beautiful.

    Academic Rigor

    the work load is demanding so stay on top of what your assignments are and you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    any college campus can be over whelming. stop and take a breath and ask the first person you see for help, most people are willing to help you and direct you into the correct direction.

    In three sentences

    this is a great school, it is very diverse and cultural. it has many people that are willing to help you make the experience at psu a great one.

  • 03/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    reports of any 'incidents' are required by law to be sent to students. these have been few and far between and the campus is a tight area with few dark areas even at night. they make and effort to put safety alarms in the most questionable areas.

    Food and Dining

    portland is known for the best food. period. located downtown of this beautiful city, portland state university is not far from fantastic food cart fare, cheap eats and restaurants that keep your mouth a-watering. on-campus food lacks slightly in this area, as in it's a better bet to explore outside the cafeteria. a notable mention is the economic food-for-thought café.

    Dorm Life

    having not lived in the dorms on campus, i cannot say how the living arrangements are, but i will give them an average rating for the location directly on campus in downtown portland and apparent cleanliness inside and out.

    Academic Rigor

    all dependent on class load and degree objective, the classes maintain a high sense of standard and a good work load as class level increases. it should be notes, students get what they put into the class; if you do the minimum reading and work, minimum knowledge will be gained. a class may not seem 'challenging' so make it worth your while with a little extra work.

    Tips for prospective students

    utilizing the cities excellent public transit is a must, especially for commuting students. this knowledge makes is easier and more pleasurable going to and fro campus. once on campus, there are many utilities to maximize academic success; private study rooms, study groups per class, tutors and single-credit help classes specific for each class may be available. do not hesitate to search and ask for help.

  • 03/17/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    I give it three stars.

    Greek Life

    I am not part of that.

    Clubs and Activities

    One star.

    Great for these types of students

    Very diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football is great!

    Bang for the buck

    I give it two stars.

    What to do for fun

    Portland has a great nightlife.

    Food and Dining

    Food is ok.

    Dorm Life

    I am not part of it.

    Academic Rigor

    You need to work hard. I give it three stars.

    Tips for prospective students

    Put nose to grindstone.

    In three sentences

    Portland State is close to my work. it is in the middles of downtown Portland. However, sometimes, the college loses track of your paperwork.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If the weather is nice, the Park Blocks are a great place to take a walk, eat lunch, or chat with your friends. The Portland Art Museum is also nearby, and PSU's campus is on the MAX line if you feel like going further and exploring Pioneer Square, which has many great restaurants nearby and usually has some sort of event going on. The rec centre facilities are great and I'd definitely recommend signing up for a few PE classes, which range from swimming, soccer, and weight lifting to tango, hip hop, and swing classes.

    Food and Dining

    I've only eaten in the dining hall a few times, and that food is alright, but there are many places around campus to eat besides the dining hall. If you live in dorms as a Freshman, you are required to purchase a meal plan, so keep that in mind. For those who don't want to eat there, many restaurants and food carts are nearby or within campus buildings. You get not only chain places like Subway, Chipotle, McDonalds, and Starbucks, but authentic Thai food, cafés, and a lot more if you just take a moment to look around.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms myself because I can't afford the expense, but from what I've of other's dorms they are in okay condition. Some are right on campus, others are further away.

    Academic Rigor

    I'd say this is right in the middle-- some classes required a lot of effort, others not so much. There's still a lot of the busy work present in university that one might expect more in K-12 education, though this depends on the course/professor and other classes definitely have a lot of thought provoking, educational work that is worthwhile.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always ask around or look at reviews online before choosing a certain class or professor-- some professors are wonderful and go great with everyone, others repeatedly get bad reviews, so you'll want to shop around in order to get the best experience. If you schedule classes close together, be sure you have time to get from building to building or risk being late. When it comes to class descriptions, you don't always get exactly what you're expecting, so that is another thing to research, as different professors focus on different things within the same course.

    In three sentences

    A varied university experience with small to medium class sizes, but a larger overall population. Great location for those who love larger cities, though getting from building to building can be a pain if your classes are on opposite ends of campus. Some facilities have been updated or renovated, but others could use some work.

  • 03/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Head to the student recreation center to join an exercise class that interests you. There are clubs on campus that have daily activities, like the running club. Portland also has a great music culture; head north to Couch street and check out the bars and music talent.

    Food and Dining

    If you walk a couple of blocks north to fourth avenue, you will see a myriad of food cards that serve delicious foods from around the world. Also, there are more than enough eateries around campus to satisfy ones hunger on a student's budget.

    Dorm Life

    I lived outside of campus, but I had a friend who lived in a dorm. There were plenty of student activities to keep her out of her dorm from music concerts in the park blocks, free lectures, and career days.

    Academic Rigor

    I have chosen by degree in speech and hearing sciences. Classes were challenging, but with hard work, I was able to succeed with flying colors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a little cash just in case you get hungry; there are wonderful food carts on the park block that runs in the middle of campus. Don't be afraid if you are a returning student. Many students here are returning students and the atmosphere is welcoming.

    In three sentences

    Portland State University is an awesome school! You can have all of your administrative needs met on the first floor of Neuberger Hall. Classes are challenging, and the professors genuinely care about your success.

  • 03/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The school has the security system, but it is not enough because the school is in the downtown. Many homeless people walk around the school.

    Greek Life

    I do not know about Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    I do not join any clubs because I do not have enough time to have it. Many students announce in my classes and perform. They do great their clubs activities and help others a lot.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school is in the downtown. Sometimes, I hear a lot of noise because people campaign when they have an issue such as Occupy the Portland. Sometimes, I hear an ambulance's, a police car's, or a fire truck's siren.

    What to do for fun

    The Portland State University music department offers many free concerts or discount for students. If I have a time, I go to the concerto. Also, I enjoy swimming or exercising at the school gym because it is free for the students.

    Food and Dining

    I usually pack my lunch because I do not want to buy fast food or non-organic food. I watch many documents for food that is why I choose the organic or health food. I sometimes buy food at the school cafe, but the choice is not a lot.

    Dorm Life

    I do not have dorm life experience because I live in off-campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I enjoy studying because I learn a lot. Also, I can do double major and one minor. If I have more time and money, I want to study as many as I can.

    Tips for prospective students

    The Portland State University is in the Portland downtown. The tranportation system is great to commute to the school from my home.

    In three sentences

    The Portland State University allows students to have double or more majors as many as possible. The school serves many subjects and programs. The school cares students' health.

  • 03/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    The weird person who feels they would not fit in at any other college. Understanding and tolerance levels of people are high in Portland.

    What to do for fun

    Since it is in the middle of the city there is plenty to do. You are only minutes away from multiple shopping malls, food, and movies.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for cheap tuition while living in a city setting than Portland State University is the school for you.

    In three sentences

    The quality of professors is high. The only thing I would change about the school is maintenance of the facilities.

  • 04/07/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    The city of Portland is at your fingertips!

    Food and Dining

    Lots of great eating options on campus. I believe my tour guide said there were something like eight Starbucks on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm I visited was amazing. Very comfortable - definitely not like your traditional college dorm. It also places you within minutes of the city and everything on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Not so sure about this area, but they do have a very unique freshman academic program, as well as a very good honors program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit the campus before making a decision.

    In three sentences

    PSU is a very lively campus. It's literally a part of the city itself, not a closed-off campus like other schools. If you want to be in the middle of all the action, this is the perfect place to be.

  • 04/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    adequate

    Greek Life

    small

    Clubs and Activities

    anything you can think of.

    Great for these types of students

    artsy, open minded people

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a meditation room.

    Bang for the buck

    Affordable.

    What to do for fun

    Surrounded by the city. Filled with many restaurants, bars, clubs, nature, etc. There is always a new place to discover.

    Food and Dining

    campus food is good but campus is surrounded by the cities restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    based off of word of mouth

    Academic Rigor

    easy and extremely difficult courses

    Tips for prospective students

    Form study groups. They bring connections and a better college experience. They also save your life in classes!

    In three sentences

    Portland State University is a commuter school. This university has a large diversity of people with an even more diverse range of majors. Being involved is easy to do.

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Being in the heart of the city you really cannot run out of fun things to do since you are able to take the free public transportation around the city.

    Food and Dining

    Very affordable dining options on campus as well as off campus. Portland is known for the diversity and popularity of the restaurants so there is definitely something to fit everyones tastes.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is a great opportunity to be involved in the school even more. It is a great experience for anyone who would like to get the most of of their educational experience. There are many different room options available including family housing.

    Academic Rigor

    It is challenging since it is a university however there are many resources available for anyone at any given time to help them with either tutoring, computer lab or essay writing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in clubs, groups, or events in order to enrich your educational experience and network since PSU is in the heart of Portland.

    In three sentences

    A very diverse school with many different activities and events to fit the interests of just about everyone. It is conveniently located in downtown Portland which gives it a great connection to the surrounding city. It is a great school for anyone.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    PSU is just a short jaunt away from all sorts of entertainment. Close by is Pioneer Square Mall and the downtown Portland shopping area. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is just across the river, and a handful of hiking areas and parks are within a mile or two of the university, including Marquam Nature Area and the Portland Japanese Gardens.

    Food and Dining

    There are numerous options on campus to catch a meal or snack. From on-campus convenience stores to a plethora of diverse food carts, along with a couple of cafeterias and plenty of nearby restaurants, you'll always have an nearby.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is ok here. Compared to living off-campus, it is a little pricey, but you get the dorm experience. There are numerous dorms to suit your preference, including family housing for non-traditional students and First Year Experience for new freshmen.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes past the 100 level are adequately challenging. This is an area where the adage, You get what you give is certainly true. Put your all into your schoolwork, and you'll be rewarded by a great academic experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    My biggest tip to prospective students is to come check the campus out before you start here. Not only will you get to see the campus, but you will get an idea of if you want to live on-campus or off.

    In three sentences

    Portland State University is a great mix of traditional and nontraditional students. Situated in lovely downtown Portland on the Park Blocks, PSU has a campus that varies both historic and new buildings. The University Studies program encourages community involvement and socially responsible learning.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for vegans and alternative health plans, LGBTQ youth, Applied Linguistics students.

    What to do for fun

    Since Portland State is right in the middle of downtown Portland, there are many places nearby for fun. For example, in the afternoon one can walk just a few blocks from Neuberger to find the Chit Chat Cafe, which features sandwiches, teas, bentos, and all sorts of other things. It has a nice, open atmosphere with games and books for people to read. The music scene is also pretty big in Portland as well, and if one were to check out the Portland Mercury, there are bound to be a ton of lists of different bands in town. Portland State also has a library nearby for any bookworms, and for all of ones purchasing needs, Powells, the largest bookstore in the world, is just a streetcar ride away.

    Food and Dining

    This is where things get interesting - PSU's food and dining is really incredible if you know where to look! There's the main cafeteria in Smith, which offers a lot of different food types - from Italian to Chinese to regular old bagels. However, it is not going to be the cup of tea for a student that may have alternative diets. That's why there is another cafe in the basement of Smith called the 'Food for Thought' cafe that is almost entirely student run and is chock full of vegan and gluten-free options. The menu is always changing, so be sure to check it out daily!

    Dorm Life

    Portland State is right in the middle of downtown Portland, which means there's all kinds of amazing things to check out around the area! The park blocks are nearby which are simply beautiful during any season. The dorms are cozy and warm.

    Academic Rigor

    Portland State offers a rigorous course load, but not so much as to overwhelm anyone. It may seem like a lot at first, but the more one works at it, the easier it will get.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to talk to your professors! As stated above, the professors are very understanding, and the only way for them to know what you're struggling with is to talk to them! It may be tough to break out of your shell, but it's certainly worth it in the end.

    In three sentences

    Portland State University is a well-rounded college with many exciting opportunities for 2-year and 4-year students alike. Its linguistics programs are top notch, and so are its staff! The staff at Portland State University is one of the most friendly and understanding groups of professors around, which makes their classes just that much more meaningful to a student in the long run.

  • 05/26/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Didn't participate in clubs so my rating is an attempt to be neutral.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I highly recommend the Cheerful Tortoise if it's still there. Great place for pancakes!

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state tuition is very high but I think it's a good school.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food on campus is subpar but plentiful and good for breakfast.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are varied in what they offer and their quality. Do your research when choosing a dorm, otherwise you may not choose the best location.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the classes you take and your interests. Just carefully measure your study time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan your time carefully. Make good use of the library. Always take at least one interesting course each term. Talk to your adviser regularly!

    In three sentences

    Centrally located near public transportation, buildings are a bit scattered but all within walking distance of each other, and the courses are interesting. The programs at PSU require you take courses outside your major which is a great way to expand your horizons over all 4 years of study! Love the greenery around the city, it really brightens your day.

  • 05/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The university is located in the heart of the city so there is many options for fun. Clubs, bars, restaurants, ect...

    Food and Dining

    Many options around and on campus.

    Dorm Life

    It seems to fit for the student life, but expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the instructors can be quite challenging in already tough courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you understand the university studies.

    In three sentences

    Portland State University is a college where many types from around the world attend. The university has a wide range of highly accredited instructors to asses you knowledge and further you along in your major. Overall Portland State University is a place to be if you want to enjoy a welcome challenge and city life.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There have been a few disturbances, but overall despite the fact that Portland State is located downtown I feel very safe.

    Great for these types of students

    Alternative- older, returning students, commuters.

    Bang for the buck

    Public education is going up, but it is still a lot cheaper than a private school, and I feel as if I am receiving just as good of an education.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is right in the heart of Portland, and almost everything is accessible via public transit. In the city you can go out dancing, eat at a variety of restaurants, find a great concert, or enjoy the beautiful water front. Portland is also close to the Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood for those who love the great outdoors and all it has to offer.

    Food and Dining

    There is only one real dining hall, Victors. The food starts out okay but by the end of your freshman year you will never want to step foot in there again. The only other place to grab food through the school is Smith Memorial Student Union. Here the dining choices are set up like a food court where a variety of food is offered. The food in Smith is certainly preferable to Victor's, but it can get expensive.

    Dorm Life

    I highly recommend staying in the dorms for one or two years during your studies at Portland State. It makes the very large campus feel a lot smaller and creates community between residents. However, campus housing can be pretty expensive, so if you're on a budget this probably isn't your best option.

    Academic Rigor

    I constantly feel challenged academically at Portland State. For those wishing to make the most out of their academic pursuits I highly recommend the University Honors Program. The program focuses on preparing students for graduate school and the end-product of this program is a thesis written by the student in their senior year.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take classes that sound interesting to you; don't settle on just one. There are very few programs that can be completed in Junior and Senior years so take the time to explore and decide around sophomore year what you want to major in.

    In three sentences

    Portland State is a wonderful school if you are unsure about what you want to study because there are so many options. The professors are generally very helpful and are well invested in helping their students succeed. Portland State also has a prime location because it is right in the heart of downtown.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    older students

    Bang for the buck

    inexpensive and lots of opportunities for motivated students, of which there are few

    What to do for fun

    enjoy the vibrant art and music scenes in Portland

    Food and Dining

    horrible fast food and vending machines are available on campus--visit nearby food carts if you need something edible

    Dorm Life

    no dorms, this is mainly a commuter school

    Academic Rigor

    very easy classes, your classmates will be woefully underprepared.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live far from campus

    In three sentences

    easy to excel in classes, difficult to find challenging curricula

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Urban campus

    What to do for fun

    Lay in the grass in the park block, sports and many diverse activities

    Food and Dining

    There are restaurant all around the campus. You can find everything

    Academic Rigor

    In general is easy to learn

    Tips for prospective students

    Find as much resources has you can, and have fun!

    In three sentences

    Nice environment with many resources; however it could improve in many aspect, and I will be involve in this improvement.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the keep it on the safe side forsure... Much Love

    Greek Life

    in living color.... and i am not talking about the Greeks... People like myself transcend the New World Order

    Clubs and Activities

    what ever your about you shall find it.

    Great for these types of students

    innovators of the fresh new Loving World.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    5th and Washington, Downtown Portland Or,,, 11:11 Gallery

    Bang for the buck

    Starving Artist

    What to do for fun

    Monday Fun day... Epic Dodge ball and Park activities... Just go out side, and what ever you are about, you will find it...

    Food and Dining

    FOOD KARTS...

    Dorm Life

    its alright, more focus on my studies, in my life right now. High school Graduate, K.Anthony, would have been different....lol

    Academic Rigor

    Not just book smart, but street smart as well, discovering the theories that will help balance the world. Daulism

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn the environment, no matter what you may major in. Healthy, try and become more of it, as the days pass. Live and Learn...

    In three sentences

    Portland, Oregon where the skies are gray, but we all have that view of the silver lining . Focused on my Lif3... with all that comes with it. Live Lif3, Love Lif3, Progress

  • 08/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    If there's anything going on, there's an email alert, stat. seems like folks actually look out for each other.

    Greek Life

    ? Don't know much about it here or elsewhere, and I'm fine with that.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Heard of keep Portland Weird? PSU seems to be a great place for spontaneous tweet-ups. I've seen singing, pillow fights, water-balloon fights, and the spontaneous gymnastics/acrobatics flash mob in the square. Keeps you on your toes, and always a welcome study break.

    Bang for the buck

    I am quite impressed. For a state school, this is a fantastic campus, with great people. Once you've been a resident, the tuition is super stellar. Worth waiting a year or two working in Portland for residency.

    What to do for fun

    Hit the ASRC to learn how to rock climb. Oh, and then apply those skills on an outdoor organized bouldering excursion in the gorge!

    Food and Dining

    The food court is fantastic. Some normal college student foods, and then there's all the delicious healthy food!

    Dorm Life

    Couldn't say, I'm a non-traditional student. Have heard good things from classmates.

    Tips for prospective students

    Volunteer. There are so many people from so many countries to meet!

    In three sentences

    PSU has very green spaces and a very green campus. Somehow it seems fun that it rains 2/3s of the year! There's always a lot going on, yet plenty of quiet spots to study when its time to hit the books.

  • 09/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Escorts are available 24-7 for those who walk home at night or during the day. Campus safety in the city is a real concern, however here at Portland State University you are provided with both campus and city security in times of protest and other upsets.

    Great for these types of students

    International Students, Commuting Students and Co-enrolled students!

    What to do for fun

    Concerts, farmers markets, museums, breweries, festivals, dining and so much more!

    Food and Dining

    Welcome to the famous food of rose city! Portland State University not only provides an optional food plan for students but an array of international cuisine on and off campus. Here in portland you are provided with supermarkets in walking distance where you may find yourself but famous food carts and delicious restaurant style dinning. Not to mention we are home to the most local breweries per capita in the world.

    Dorm Life

    Portland State University offers living arrangements both in single, double and studio dorms. These building are located throughout the campus and provide safety as well as close location to classes and local entertainment. For the past two years I have lived in a studio dorm on the north side of campus where I am provided with internet, electricity, a full working kitchen, mail box, shared washer and dryer, private bathroom and phone all in one bill. Residential advisors have been helpful and knowledgeable in my own experience, located on each floor. If needing maintenance simply fill out a form and you will be helped by Portland faculty quickly and efficiently.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically Portland State University is known for high markings in fields such as education and environmental sciences. For prospective students note that Portland State University provides classes both online and on the weekend. In addition you can co-enroll with a number of community colleges and apply for early graduate studies if you choose. With increasing enrollment each year Portland State University still maintains the upper hand of smaller class sizes and accredited educators. Grants and scholarships are given each year and for honors students, there is the opportunity to enroll in a rigorous honors college.

    Tips for prospective students

    While Portland State University offers both walking and online tours, I recommend contacting advisors and strolling the campus on your own time before your enrollment. The University is nestled in southwest portland, sharing park space with a weekly farmers market while located blocks away from both the Portland Art Museum. To new students, our university provides memberships and discounts to countless portland outtings including the zoo, parks, sports and restuarants-use these as an opportunity to know our rose city! With this being said, don't forget to participate in our campus activities which include everything from an honors college to athletics and free gym open everyday to enrolled students. Be proud to be a viking and share your experience with fellow scholars here at Portland State University! There is an opportunity for all of us here.

    In three sentences

    An urban university setting providing imperative career knowledge side by side real world experiences. Portland State University is home to both the traditional student as well as commuting and international scholars. Located in one of the Northwests food capitals, Portland provides a wide array of both entertainment and transportation for these city bound students.

  • 10/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Officers will walk you to your car if you want

    Greek Life

    Yes! Phi Sigma Sigma, Alpha Chi Omega, Phi Delta Theta, Kappa Sigma, just to name a few

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek Life

    Great for these types of students

    Hipsters

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Women's resource center si fantastic

    Bang for the buck

    Not too expensive if you are a resident

    What to do for fun

    Bowling in the basement

    Food and Dining

    Dining in Vicktor's is OK.

    Dorm Life

    A lot of fun, but expensive!

    Academic Rigor

    Visit the library frequently!

    Tips for prospective students

    Live off campus, it's cheaper.

    In three sentences

    Sustainability is very important here. Definitely a commuter school. Greek life on campus is great.

  • 10/09/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Do your work, and pay attention

    In three sentences

    it is very good. I like everything about it. Nothing at all wrong

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are various activities the first week of school. Many clubs that you can join that relate to your major and some that don't. One great thing is to come show some school spirit and support the sport teams. Go Vikings!

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a monthly trimet pass because driving down to school is such a hassle. Be prepared for class and stay on top of the coursework and you will be fine.

    In three sentences

    Great school with students who are dedicated to learn. The academic rigor is what you should expect hard but manageable. Lots of great activities to be apart of and great way to meet new people/friends.

  • 10/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything! Portland's a great city!

    Food and Dining

    There are usually a good amount of options, but the most impressive feature of the dining hall is their dedication to having vegan and vegetarian options at all meals.

    Dorm Life

    Great sense of community on your floor. Games, study groups, parties and everything else you would expect from a college dorm experience are ample.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor varies greatly depending on which major you are pursuing and how many credits you choose to take, but overall I feel that everyone who comes here will get both a unique and incredibly useful education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring with you as many good studying habits as you can learn, but if you feel that you are lacking in any way, you can visit any number of the studying and tutoring resources that are provided at the university.

    In three sentences

    Portland State University has exposed me to a variety of different cultures and backgrounds that I can honestly say I would not have had the pleasure to encounter in many other institutions. Situated in central Portland, the university is surrounded by ample resources, restaurants, food carts, and opportunities for activities. The teachers and staff at PSU are great, all of them wanting for every student to succeed.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Including location and compared to other universities, PSU is a very safe campus in oregon.

    What to do for fun

    Enjoy campus! There is so much to do, even without spending money, or partying and such. There is clubs, athletics, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Food is delicious and quite healthy for you. it doesn't taste like typical cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are very nice, however, make sure you get on a floor that you'll for sure enjoy.

    Academic Rigor

    This school's academic rigor very much follows this statement: what you get out of your classes is what you put into it. If you want to enjoy your classes, you will.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to people! Get involved in campus!

    In three sentences

    It has a wonderful campus and everyone is very accepting and nice. The professors are interesting and interactive during lecture classes rather then just standing and writing on a whiteboard or using a powerpoint and talking. The students are very diverse, and its difficult to feel out of place because there is always someone who shares interests as you.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Its really safe here. The Broadway dorm has a card key door that is locked almost all the time, a card key activated elevator, and the doors cannot be unlocked other than with the specific room keys and they do not remain unlocked. At night if a student feels not safe getting back to their dorm as long as they're within a mile of campus the campus safety people will come escort them back to their dorms.

    Bang for the buck

    Its really really expensive...And its cheaper to take pretty much the same classes at PCC. A lot of PSU freshmen i know are switching to PCC and staying in the dorms next term.

    What to do for fun

    During Viking week there are a lot of activities to do that are a lot of fun, and students can go ride the Max trains to a mall and hang out. The RA's in the dorms has activities they're required to do weekly that can be a lot of fun.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plan students are forced to get if they live in the dorm is kinda nice in the long run, The cafeteria, Victor's, is actually has really good food. Being in downtown Portland there are places to eat everywhere are they're all really really good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are beautiful and being a freshman I've only ever seen Broadway and Ondine but I'd much rather live in Ondine than Broadway. The Ondine building is much friendlier, however Broadway has a wonderful kitchenette.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the classes you take but it really depends on your desire to do the homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its very very expensive and the financial aid department is lacking intelligence sometimes. It is also significantly cheaper going to PCC, and PCC students can live in PSU dorms.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and the people are for the most part really friendly. The location of the college is convenient and downtown Portland is beautiful. The teachers are really helpful and nice.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Full time employed and parents that cannot accomplish an on campus life.

    What to do for fun

    Staying home with my family while being able to pursue my Bachelors degree and work full time.

    Food and Dining

    Will not be planning to eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Do not use a dorm, am a purely online extended campus student.

    Academic Rigor

    Looks to be of a great academic rigor at this point. The counselors have been very helpful thus far in guiding me to pursue my goals.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research, anything can be done if you put your mind to it.

    In three sentences

    I am eager to start my first quarter here at PSU. I will be an extended campus student and I hope for the experience to fulfill my dreams at the same time as keeping me able to partake in studies at home.

  • 11/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is extremely safe, but then again so is most of Portland!

    Greek Life

    None really.

    Great for these types of students

    EVERYONE! PSU caters to almost any kind of undergraduate student!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The park blocks are a favorite. They're really a great place to meet people and to get a quick bite to eat, conveniently right next to most classes.

    Bang for the buck

    If you like living in a city and going to school in a very metropolitan area, you'll love PSU. The school is filled with invested professors and extremely diverse students that come from all different backgrounds.

    What to do for fun

    Ton's of events are held weekly by PSU, and student run events are constantly taking place as well. On top of that, being nestled in downtown Portland, PSU provides a wide array of nightlight activities as well as an awesome national park within city limits.

    Food and Dining

    THE FOOD HERE IS AMAZING! So many food carts that are easily walked to, here in Portland the food couldn't be better.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty cool, definitely a great experience and a chance to branch out and meet people in your age group.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on how you choose to challenge yourself, PSU can really test your ability to perform academically. I thoroughly enjoy the curriculum framework and was thrilled with how engaging the courses are.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you waive out of the health insurance before the deadline if you already have a plan, they do allow appeals but it isn't likely to go through. Also, don't be shy; the students here are more than friendly and willing to help you in any way possible, as are the staff.

    In three sentences

    Portland State University provides an excellent academic atmosphere, nestled snuggly in the heart of downtown Portland, OR. Their professors are dedicated to helping students learn, and the resources available to students are second-to-none at making things easier for both and old students. As a student, I feel completely satisfied with the my college experience so far here at Portland State University thanks to the excellent staff, and especially to the ease of registration and wide variety of offered courses.

  • 11/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Well priced. I moved from CA and tuition is similar. It takes a year to get residency so you will be paying through the nose if you decide to not wait (3x as much!!).

    What to do for fun

    Free movies, dances and food. Close-in to downtown, too much to list. Check out all of the available clubs to sign up for.

    Food and Dining

    Under the Smith building there is a food court!

    Academic Rigor

    Good stuff.

    Tips for prospective students

    Rain gear to get to and from. Look for the FLEX pass if you ride the bus/max!!! Summit is a library resource where you can check out text books instead of buying them. There is a lot to offer and help you, you just have to look! Also, transfer students, if you take more than 8 units (2 classes), your credit will not count towards your residency (see Bang for Buck).

    In three sentences

    On beautiful grounds the rain does fall. Many-an-opportunity await amongst the halls. Questions answered to you all.

  • 12/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    None

    Great for these types of students

    Liberal minded students, exchange students, students who enjoy the outdoors and are forward thinking.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Portland State has very liberal attitudes which at times can be very annoying and disrespectful, be cautious.

    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive

    What to do for fun

    Portland, Oregon is surrounded by great things to do. If you can't find one when you get here, you do not belong.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit before you just decide to go. The campus is right downtown, which is great, but not for everyone.

    In three sentences

    Portland State is a great school with great students and even better professors. It offers students a diverse outlook and serves as a wonderful stepping stone into life.

  • 12/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    As a commuter school in an urban area, expect some issues now and then. but the campus safety office is informative and the system is quick to draw attention to conflicts. Pay attention to and register for campus alerts.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of ways to get involved. It's a big campus so there will most likely be a club to meet your interests. It's actually a good idea to get involved so that you don't feel lost in a such a large and diverse system.

    Bang for the buck

    There have been price hikes in tuition for the past years, but still definitely worth it compared to private schools around the area.

    What to do for fun

    Portland is all about entertainment. The Portland Art Museum, Saturday Market and Last Thursday are only some of the things that stand out as being Portland. Plus being in the center of the city makes, clubs, shopping areas (Pioneer Square!), restaurants, etc. so accessible.

    Food and Dining

    Campus food is okay but can get tedious after a while. Design you cuisine once in a while to break the boredom, and explore the restaurants (there are many) around the area. There's also lots to learn in term of culture. We�¢����re also proud of our food carts. Be sure to visit Voodoo Donuts, St. Cupcake and local coffee shops.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms so I can't say for sure what the experience is like. But from what people living the dorms say, there are a lot of activities on campus so you don't have to travel far to be entertained. People are friendly and you'll eventually form close bonds with your roommate and neighbors.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are very decent in terms of rigor. It mostly comes down to what classes you choose. Some classes can be easy, and some can be very challenging and force you to step out of your comfort zone. PSU provides a good education at a low cost and you can challenge yourself by taking advanced level classes or apply for the Honors Program. Do some research for classes, instructors and expectations beforehand and adjust your effort level so that you don't get caught by surprise.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to explore your interests & participate in clubs or extracurricular activities so you don't get lost on such a big campus. Get your financial aid issues, deadlines, et cetera in order and on time because the Financial Aid Office is mostly overwhelmed at the beginning and end of an academic term. Students come from all walks of life, in various age ranges and have different reasons for being in school. The experience sometimes can be eye-opening.

    In three sentences

    PSU is the great campus because of its relaxed urban atmosphere. It's vibrant, but not too exhausting; diverse, but unique. It is perfect in that even though it's a big university, it still has a distinctive flavor and you can make this experience your experience.

  • 12/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's relatively safe if you lead a quiet lifestyle.

    Great for these types of students

    This place is great because it caters to a wide variety of diverse groups, whether you are a foreign exchange student or gay.

    Bang for the buck

    I enjoy the food carts. They are relatively inexpensive when you're on the go and their food is pretty good.

    What to do for fun

    Because PSU is located in downtown Portland, there are many shopping centers, museums, and restaurants to visit. The city is bike-friendly so there are many opportunities to explore around the metro area.

    Food and Dining

    They have several places that a student can go to eat and study. The food and the prices are not too bad if one spends their money frugally.

    Dorm Life

    At this time, I do not reside there.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very different from going to a junior college. There is more homework, I enjoy the critical thinking challenges, and I receive personal satisfaction for the work I've done. If I feel that I need more work in a certain area, my professors are happy to oblige me by giving me more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to class regularly, study hard, and do the best that you can.

    In three sentences

    It is a wonderful University. The professors are great and they have the best foreign language program.

  • 12/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Explore downtown, eat, drink, ride a bike, walk...there's a lot to do downtown Portland.

    Food and Dining

    There is a great variety of food around, most of which is delicious.

    Dorm Life

    I have no idea about dorm life, I live off campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a way to get around that isn't driving - driving is a pain in downtown.

    In three sentences

    Great campus with lots of resources; friendly and knowledgable staff and teachers.

  • 12/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for a place that accepts and honors diversity.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say not to be intimidated by a big university, like PSU. They offer a thorough orientation and advising sessions for new and transferring students and do whatever it takes to help their students succeed.

    In three sentences

    What I really like about Portland State is the fact that they encourage diversity. They offer a great variety of both online and face to face classes. They even have a Salem campus, which is great becuase that's where I live!

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Pioneer Place, high-end retail stores, and clubs are just around the corner. Public transit is a better option if you don't want the hassle of finding a parking space.

    Food and Dining

    There's a host of fast food, restaurants, and coffee shops around campus. What more can you expect from the heart of Portland? And if you're ever bored, hop on a Max Train and go to Pioneer Square. Shop till you drop.

    Dorm Life

    Choose a roommate who thinks and acts like you. Often times, the experience in your dorm affects your learning experience. If your roommate is studying... most likely, so are you.

    Academic Rigor

    It's vital to choose a good instructor for your course. It enhances the learning experience when you've got a good motivator who happens to be your teacher. Check RateMyProfessors.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you pack your belongings for PSU, be sure to bring warm clothing for the fall and winter seasons. We've got plenty of rain, beginning from the fall and extending into spring.

    In three sentences

    PSU is located in the heart of downtown Portland. It's comprised of several buildings on campus, each corresponds to an academic department. Public transportation is more than adequate via the Portland Streetcars or Max Trains.

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The PSU alert system is fantastic and will keep you up to date. Because of the urban campus, occasionally there are issues with safety, but they are always promptly resolved.

    Clubs and Activities

    It seems there's a club for just about everybody at PSU!

    Great for these types of students

    PSU is best for returning/nontraditional students looking to network and get their career off the ground.

    Bang for the buck

    PSU is a great way to get a good career-focused education at a state school price.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of activities on campus, plus some great facilities. There is a movie theater on campus that is free to students, and the basement of the student union has a bowling alley and pool tables.

    Food and Dining

    While the food & dining services provided by PSU aren't the best, look for all the great options in and around campus! Being downtown has its advantages, from food carts to fine dining. Whatever strikes your fancy, it'll be within 5 minutes of campus.

    Dorm Life

    It's no secret that dorm life at PSU is next to non-existant. The majority of students live off-campus, and the student housing is spread out all over campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor will depend on what program you're in. Many programs have become very competitive as the student body grows, so be prepared to put your best foot forward.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely take advantage of all campus tours and orientation sessions. The campus is very large and navigating to your classes, housing, and the surrounding areas can be overwhelming! Make sure to always make appointments with the advising staff specific to your major or college, not the general advising staff.

    In three sentences

    Portland State University is a great college if you want to jumpstart your career. Because the college is in an urban center, it attracts a diverse student body as well as a diverse faculty - be prepared to network! If you are just coming out of high school and are looking for the quintessential college experience, Portland State University may not be for you.

  • 01/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    City police and campus police to make you feel a 100% safe

    Greek Life

    Very of them. but they are very close

    Clubs and Activities

    several different clubs and activities are different ones happening though

    Great for these types of students

    Different cultures make for interesting topics

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Most diverse school, in the middle of a city, and it doesn't feel like a school once you step out side the class room.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are serious about your education, then this is a place to be!!

    What to do for fun

    The school is in middle of downtown. So a lot outside school activities. school related activities are sports, shows, bands, and a lot more.

    Food and Dining

    I depends on what you are paying

    Dorm Life

    Great! you get to meet new people every day

    Academic Rigor

    Best professors and students

    Tips for prospective students

    This is the college that is made for education

    In three sentences

    It's a great school where Professors are inspiring students to pursuit what they love!

  • 02/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The Saturday Market in the park blocks is full of organic foods and other homemade items. Viking week at the beginning of fall term is very exciting. The school hosts and advertises many events near campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register as soon as possible especially if you're going into the Theater and Film programs.

    In three sentences

    PSU has a beautiful campus and fun teachers. The offices and councilors are easy to talk to. The dorms are also very nice.

  • 02/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have a night class that get's out at 9:30. I have never felt threatened however, since the campus is so active at night! There are always people walking around, the library is open and filled with students, the rec center still has classes going, and best of all, campus security and Portland police are constantly patrolling so I see them often. Over all? Extremely safe!

    Greek Life

    PSU has some greek life, but none of the out of control behavior you see so often splattered across TV. They are much more welcoming as well!

    Clubs and Activities

    PSU has a ton of sports clubs, (and I already mentioned the fancy rec center. Take the free Zumba class, it's an hour of some hardcore fun!) an a multitude of activities and deals for students. Most of the majors have club's as well, alongside your normal fun clubs!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for art, science, film, English and Japanese majors!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well we kicked off the year by getting some local drag queens to do a Disney Dress up runway show (alongside a whole slew of other welcome activities.)

    Bang for the buck

    PSU has amazing professors, a huge library with lot's of resources, ton's of food and fun options, a huge rec center with free classes and ton's more!

    What to do for fun

    PSU is located downtown. The waterfront is close, and so are a multitude of bars and clubs. Wacky and fun stores like Voodoo Doughnuts and Powell's city of books are within easy distance, and PSU itself offers lot's of on campus activities to keep you busy!

    Food and Dining

    There are a ton of dining options. From the cheap and tasty foodcarts, to the multitude of places like Subway and other fast food restaurants, to more sit down bars, pubs, diners and grills, to convenience stores, there are almost to many choices. Deciding what to eat can almost become a problem!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are spacious and lovely! Odine even has a giant TV on the first floor!

    Academic Rigor

    PSU pushes you hard, and expects you to do a lot. It's a challenge, but you learn more than you'd think possible, and will come out of it ahead of other graduates and students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always talk with an adviser right out of the gate! Get to know your Professors,and if you have any issues, go to them! Also do wait to cross the road instead of just running through whenever, a lot of cars go whizzing through the campus!

    In three sentences

    PSU is a fun and driven college. With a numerous amount of majors, classes, and professors who challenge and work with you, it is a perfect place to learn.

  • 02/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We seldom have any criminal activities aside from the few warnings we receive. But we are prone to crime just like other colleges and universities and the campus police do a good job of regulating and watching out for any suspicious or criminal activities.

    Great for these types of students

    If you liberal or meeting new people, this would be the place for you! Other colleges can't get more diverse than this school and students who embrace diversity and their community will maximize their experience here.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, the whole park block is available to the students. The students can walk, jog, or just simply enjoy and take in the beauty and the grace of the park blocks. There are also pool tables and a bowling alley in the bottom floor of the Smith building which adds a nice touch to rainy days!

    Food and Dining

    The campus is home to an array of cultural foods that range from Mediterranean to Chinese. They are often around six dollars, so the price is decent and the food is absolutely delicious in all aspects.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are decent with rooms that one could say are humble. They are very close to campus and when its not rainy, display a nice view.

    Academic Rigor

    Portland State is unique in that it requires its students to finish a university pathway or honors in order to graduate. These pathways essentially clusters of classes that help make the student more well rounded. Aside from the requirements, the school also offers many majors with a variety of levels.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared for the rain and don't be afraid to get a little wet. This is a very liberal school in a sense that it's in downtown Portland and its very diverse! Be prepared to embrace diversity.

    In three sentences

    Portland State University is an excellent diverse school that offers a chance for people to freshly think and become for eco-friendly. My rating out of five would be 4.5. Ultimately, I would praise its tranquil community and the peace this school offers along with the regular components of any other colleges or university.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While there have been incidents and there are always risks in the city, campus safety is always quick to respond to dangers and to advise the student population when specific cautions are warranted.

    Greek Life

    Minimal

    Clubs and Activities

    I have only joined one club so far, but there appear to be a lot of choices for a variety of affiliations.

    Great for these types of students

    Serious students only. This is not a party school. I am sure that there are parties to be had, but so many of the students here mean business that they lend a definite sense of intense focus to the population.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Smith Hall has an underground bowling alley and everyone should try hanging out at the Cheerful Tortoise at least once.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe I am getting an excellent education for my money.

    What to do for fun

    Night clubs? Kayaking? Biking? Shopping? Skiing? You name it, you can do it.

    Food and Dining

    There's good and not as good. The brand name kiosks in Smith Hall offer delicious brand name food. The in-house Chinese food vendor offers less flavorful and slightly disappointing fare.

    Dorm Life

    I can't speak for dorm life as I live far off campus

    Academic Rigor

    Entirely dependent upon your field of study. I feel that my teachers are offering me a challenge and holding me responsible for my own success. At the same time, the school offers academic support and all teachers ensure that students know they are available to offer whatever assistance may be needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    You have so many choices for places to live and things to do. It's a wonderful microcosm in the heart of downtown Portland. In turn, the school itself offers all the support you could hope for to stay on track for academic success.

    In three sentences

    Portland State has grown so much in the past 15 years that it is like a whole new school. The academic programs and amenities offered to students are expanded and improved and now allow the school to compete with other major universities. I am happy and proud to be a student here.

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is always campus safety available, they are quick to issue warnings if needed.

    Greek Life

    There are some fraternities and sororities but only a handful.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs: Sports; Soccer, Tennis, Ping Pong, Basket Ball etc. Cultural: Vietnamese, Korean, Indian etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, studious, laid back environmentally cautious, anyone who is trying to get a good education without paying for a private university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    For the 21+ the Cheerful Tortoise is the popular hang out spot, that or the Rogue. Also the Park Blocks are always lively and some people set up music from time to time.

    Bang for the buck

    The state tuition is rising, but it is everywhere else. The education and experience I am getting compared to some of my friends in various other colleges are just the same or even better in many aspects and I am paying significantly less than them. Being in the School of Business adds to this due to their high reputation.

    What to do for fun

    There are constant events going on. The park blocks have a nice scenery for people to hang out. Anything outdoors, walking around downtown, biking, running; many people form groups to go out and do outdoor activities like hiking.

    Food and Dining

    Being in downtown, the food is amazing and everyone is surrounded by an amazing variety of cuisines. There are sit down restaurants few miles around and food carts in popular spots. There are many places that cater to a college student budget as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is what you make it. Your roommate can just be another person in the room at all times and the floor you live on can just be a number you press on an elevator. Socialize and get comfortable with your peers because Portland State isn't much of a Greek life campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The University Studies classes require definite work but are not daunting classes meant to make you fail, they are easy. The rest of the academic rigor is based on the major of choice. Writing is one thing that is taken seriously here at PSU, given that there is an open writing center to help out all students whenever possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    You can come to Portland State University and learn a lot from the professors, and go home with a good grade. Don't do that; make sure you network, get involved, and enjoy your time while attending PSU. This isn't a college town campus, it is in downtown Portland, enjoy the urban atmosphere that mixes well with being surrounded by driven students.

    In three sentences

    Portland State University is a very academically focused and diverse college campus. The professors are well experienced and the class sizes are not overwhelmed. The school does need more spirit and pride.

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    game room, student run activities, explore downtown portland.

    Food and Dining

    Food carts on the streets are great.

    Tips for prospective students

    make friends.

    In three sentences

    Nice city school with a lot of diversity. Plenty of student groups and commuting options. Not too many alternative schedules for courses.

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Lots of stuff! There's the coast, lots of places to try new food, hiking and the zoo!

    In three sentences

    Very fun and diverse. Helpful and friendly staff. Wonderful learning environment.

  • 03/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Bowling in PSU's private bowling alley.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's downtown in a busy city. Lots of traffic and walking on this big campus.

    In three sentences

    Great location. Easy access. Great teachers.

  • 03/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun, check out the many local events that take place in Portland.

    Food and Dining

    In addition to campus dining, many local restaurants are within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    A new dorm was opened this year.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are fairly rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest visiting the campus and sitting in on some classes to see if you like the atmosphere.

    In three sentences

    Portland State has many programs of study and is located in the heart of Portland. It attracts a large international population in addition to many local students. I would recommend Portland State University.

  • 03/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Portland has everything! It is so close to the mountains and the beach! You could ski in the morning and be to the beach surfing by the afternoon!

    Food and Dining

    Great food on and around campus! Portland, OR is known for its food carts!

    Academic Rigor

    Portland State operates on terms (Fall, Winter, and Spring with Summer being optional) this breaks you classes down into 10 week sessions. As for difficulty it always depends on the class, the professor, and how invested you are in your learning. What you get out of your classes depends on how much you put into your classes!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! Although Portland State does have a rolling admissions deadline if you do end up putting it off until the last minute.

    In three sentences

    The motto of Portland, OR is Keep Portland Weird! So of course Portland State University is no exception. Located in the heart of downtown it is an urban campus but is seated on the beautiful Portland Park Blocks.

  • 04/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are a couple blue alert buttons and phone stations on campus which alert campus security. There is a text and e-mail service which alerts students who sign up for it about any security threats that happen on campus. I have not heard of very many incidents of violence on campus. They also have a number you can call if you want an after hours escort to your car. Portland is a very safe city and though campus is right down town it does not feel unsafe walking around campus at night.

    Greek Life

    There are several fraternal houses, I think there are two female houses and two male houses and one co-ed house. They do a lot of bake sales and sometimes host events but they are not the kind of big crazy fraternities that you see in movies. The kids in them are kind of just regular kids, not rich kids or particularly popular kids, kind of just kids who's parents probably were in fraternal houses so they figured it was all a part of the college life experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot. I am in two that are related to my major. One is an honors society and one is a networking group.

    Great for these types of students

    Non-traditional, older students, students with disabilities and commuter students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have not heard of any traditions... we have a smoke free corridor where you can't smoke or produce air-borne toxins... we have an outdoor cob oven and a cob covered bench shelter. I am not sure about anything more unusual.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel that having a college degree is worth the difficulties of the process of getting it. I am planning on attending PSU for my Master's degree as well.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of events put on by the various groups on campus but I rarely go to them because I am usually too busy and they are really for the younger students who are not married. The events also cost money for non-students and so my husband would have to pay an entry fee. The rec center and the outdoor recreation center activities are the same.

    Food and Dining

    I am gluten intolerant and there is really very little that i can eat in the way of nutritious cooked food. There is a lot of junk food and not a lot of healthy, body and mind sustaining food. When I am there I am often hungry or have an unbalanced blood sugar because of having to eat too much processed food.

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived in the dorms. I hear that there is generally a good feeling about conditions there but I have not seen them. The cost of living on campus is ridiculously expensive however.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are challenging and will grade tough but fair. The school is very much a part of the University Industrial complex however.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use all of the resources that your tuition pays for.

    In three sentences

    Portland State is very crowded. It is under funded. It is in need of renovations.

  • 04/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Most people i know are older than me about one or two years, but they're officers of clubs. They're so good at time management and always nice to me. I really mean THANK YOU to all the officers of any clubs.

    What to do for fun

    I've had fun with my friends at downtown and PSU. Besides, i often come to Recreation Building.

    Academic Rigor

    I'd try my best and i won't regret.

    Tips for prospective students

    I think you should get familiar with the college you want to attend (PSU), try to obtain more info from peers because they have experience, know how to utilize all the facility, and probably some tricks. You feel the difference between high school and college right in the first week.

    In three sentences

    Portland State is a nice college that has wonderful staffs; they're so helpful and kind to me. In the first term of college i was so confused and got lost many times, but i could feel the warmth and everyone in a cold weather when they try to help me. Every thing is hard in the first time, yet it would be better and people are out there to support; Portland State is one of supportive places.

  • 04/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Well it all depends on what you like to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food is a great like back home, but ts pretty satisfying. If you do not want to eat at the local campus diner you can always cook back at your dorm or go to a local fast food restaurant that are all over campus.

    Dorm Life

    I currently live on campus and I love it. You get to meet a lot of people. If you stayed up late studying you can literally role out of bed and get to class since everything is very close.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the class you are taking and the amount of credits that define the academic rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and meet new people. if you ever have a question or need help don't be shy that is why there are resources to help you.

    In three sentences

    On a scale of 1-10, I give PSU a 10. I really feel at home and well connected to the campus. This university's main focus is their students.

  • 04/25/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Out of state tuition is scary expensive.

    Dorm Life

    Out of state tuition is scary expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    They have an amazing array of programs.

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You are in the recreation capital of the US, Oregon! Whatever strikes your fancy, there are groups that you can join to do it with!

    Food and Dining

    You are in Downtown Portland! There are numerous establishments you can dine at, and there are famous food cart blocks very near campus for those on the run.

    Dorm Life

    New dorms make living on campus amazing!

    Academic Rigor

    Most of my professors have been amazing. You will know if you get a bad lemon. Make the best of your opportunities and attend office hours if you need help. There are plenty of support serivices available that are provided by the university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy the park blocks during the nicer months. Make sure you get involved on campus (there are plenty of opportunities).

    In three sentences

    Well rounded student body is present on campus. Being an urban campus, everything is within walking distance. Don't try and depend on street parking though.

  • 05/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    One drawback to being in the heart of the city there is a little more crime around.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a lot to get involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    Students here are from all walks of life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Farmer's market on the campus park blocks on Saturdays and Wednesdays!

    What to do for fun

    There is a ton of opportunities for fun in Portland and the surrounding areas. Definitely a city for the adrenaline junkies.

    Food and Dining

    A wide variety of food selection on campus and nearby because you're in the heart of Portland.

    Academic Rigor

    These classes are challenging and intense.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with an open mind and push out any preconceptions.

    In three sentences

    I think Portland State University is an upcoming university. It has a lot to offer in terms of research experience opportunities that larger universities are difficult to gain. Additionally, there is a strong diversity of students coming from all walks of life.

  • 05/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency and alert pillars throughout the campus, which make me feel better when I walking around campus at night and don't have a phone with me. There is also an email list that you could join to receive campus alerts.

    Food and Dining

    There are food carts on campus and just a few blocks on campus, so a quality meal is never too far from reach. There are many family-owned restaurants that offer students meals and treats from various and diverse cultures; my favorite is Chit Chat Cafe's bubble tea.

    Dorm Life

    Living in University Pointe, which is a new apartment complex, has made life as a college student much more simple. University Pointe is minutes away from all the buildings on campus, so I have access to resources on campus at all hours, and it makes it hard to be late to my classes.

    Academic Rigor

    Being in the Honors Program, my skills are constantly challenged and improved with every reading and writing assignment. I've learned how to read and write like a scholar, though it did take a lot of effort and trial and error. The online portion of my Chemistry is definitely worth the money because of all the stress, important information, and quality of the education that it provides.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check in with your advisors every term, even if it's just to tell them that you're doing well or are stressed.

  • 06/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I had issues with safety at the dorm I lived at. Security has gotten a lot more tight recently so I feel much safer now.

    What to do for fun

    You're in the city. There's literally everything. And if you want to escape the city, something I like to do is go to Lower Mckleay Park by 28th and Thurman and go hiking in the forest.

    Food and Dining

    Food is overpriced and not very good. But I'm pretty sure they use local ingredients which is a bonus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are right on campus, you can walk anywhere or take a bus anywhere in the city.

    Academic Rigor

    I am undecided so it isn't as hard for me yet. But people who are pursuing other degrees work very hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use academic advising to your advantage. It is almost impossible to pursue something without course counseling.

    In three sentences

    Portland State University is in the heart of Portland. At this school, transportation is made easy and you get a really good feel of city life. People are friendly, there's a wide variety of classes, and dorm life is very convenient.

  • 06/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know the ins and outs of the bureaucracy here. The PSU machine can be a bit confusing and is NOT intuitive.

    In three sentences

    Great urban campus with a fantastic diversity of student population. PSU is a rising star in the field of Sustainability, and is a great choice for students looking for an urban college experience.

  • 06/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Feels safe to me.

    Greek Life

    No idea

    Clubs and Activities

    There's tons of stuff going on, something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    People who love to be in the heart of a fabulous city, non-traditional, hip.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The park blocks are a great place to study, chat, eat lunch, or relax (weather permitting). The rec center is free for students and has work out equipment, a pool, a rooftop track, and more.

    Bang for the buck

    It's pretty affordable. Love the terms (vs semesters).

    What to do for fun

    Ride a bike, go to a movie (there are over a half dozen $4 admission beer and pizza 2nd run theaters). There are incredible performing artists here: live music, plays, dancers, symphonies, operas... Beautiful parks, great neighborhoods, cool people. Portland is awesome and never dull.

    Food and Dining

    Portland has the best dining in Oregon, possibly the west coast! There are tons of options, and we are famous for our delicious and affordable food carts-they're everywhere!

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus but I hear the dorms are fine.

    Academic Rigor

    I have had to work for my straight A's, but they aren't impossible to obtain.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to sign up for orientation as soon as possible, they only offer one per term and they fill up quick; you can't register for classes without taking it first! I had a bit of a nightmare with obtaining my instate residency status, so be ready for that if you want to claim Oregon residency; they don't offer it easily.

    In three sentences

    My teachers are interesting and knowledgable in their subjects, the curriculum they offer is specific and helpful; I've learned a lot already. My peers are a diverse group; I am a non-traditional student and I don't feel out of place. The campus is downtown, which is pretty cool; there are restaurants and shops, public transportation and bike lanes.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    90% safe, trained securities are always on ground to escort students to their final destinations at night.

    Greek Life

    living on the dorms

    Clubs and Activities

    Student union, Vikings, ASCS, Student counsel,

    Great for these types of students

    every thing

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Try the trio group and the diversity center. A lot of opportunity.

    Bang for the buck

    Portland state university is a very rewarding school, all instructors are always helpful. clean environment and safety procedure.

    What to do for fun

    Walk around down town Portland, watch movies with other student, visit dorms, visit the beaches.

    Food and Dining

    PSU serve 100% healthy food. There are different kinds of food from all parts of the word that are served on a day to day basics. Psu have a very good dining system. All left over food are discarded. Food are served on time and for every one including visitors. the food is affordable for any body.

    Dorm Life

    100% rewarding. Good food, three square meal a day, healthy food too. Good recreation area, study rooms, Quiet environment, and good roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    we have 100% qualified instructors to teach. 100% good academic environment. Good school equipment, Good engineering department, Good recreation area.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet with other students, network. Get to know your lecturers, always do your best to make use of all the resources on campus.

    In three sentences

    psu is a very good school, dedicated to its community including foreign students and minority. The instructors are so good, understand cultural diversity and, they are always ready to help. PSU is the best public school in Oregon.

  • 07/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you're into music, then the chances to see all kinds of talent is limitless. A cappella groups on campus, local bands in the park blocks, and different concerts from different kinds of music styles every night at some many venues. Portland's music scene is surprisingly large, yet not well known, so it makes it that much more special.

    What to do for fun

    You are downtown in downtown Portland! Though sometimes it may feel like there may be nothing, all you have to do is walk around for a couple blocks and you're bound to find some form of entertainment. Jazz clubs, all ages dance clubs, plenty of concert halls, farmers markets, improve theaters, comic book stores, a giant mall, a giant book store, pottery fun; there is a lot for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    The food around the dorms is simply dorm food, but being downtown Portland the options for food are basically limitless. The famous Portland food carts are just a few blocks away and the international cuisine around is great.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are dorms, that's really all there is to say.

    Academic Rigor

    The class sizes differ from department to department, so at times it can be difficult to get that more one-on-one learning environment, yet all the professors are always more than willing to meet outside of class time in order to assist students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get started early on everything!

    In three sentences

    Portland State is a great city University. Everything you will ever need is only blocks away, and the application to any major can be put into real life and a daily basis in the city.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    It's pretty safe, we have an abundance of officers around, and it's in the middle of downtown so it's lively.

    Greek Life

    We actually have this, but it's like with sororities and frats and they seem pretty cool.

    Clubs and Activities

    I haven't checked out any clubs or activities yet unfortunately.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any students really, but if you're super hipster or hip or like urban things and fashion, you belong in Portland.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Saturday Market!! And a week before school starts, we have this Viking day where it's like free food, music, win things, and pool movies and all that.

    Bang for the buck

    You can spend your money on a lot of things.. And since its in Oregon, there are no taxes!

    What to do for fun

    On Saturdays and Sundays, one can walk down water front and join how weird Portland is with our wonderful Saturday market. One can longboard in downtown for fun, and or go shopping and eat.

    Food and Dining

    Food carts are spectacular down here, there are so many variety things to eat, and they're all amazing

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are nice! But I am not living in one unfortunately due to financial budget. The downtown scene is very nice, and has lots of great food carts.

    Academic Rigor

    Portland State is pretty strict. It is diverse and easy admission I would say, but once it comes to the honors admission it is quite hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember to wear an umbrella or rain coat because it's always rainy in Oregon. Also, keep a planner and stay organized.

    In three sentences

    It is very urban. There are a lot of hipsters here. The environment is spectacular since it is in the middle of downtown Portland, Oregon.

  • 07/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security buildings and 24/7 security people that take their jobs very seriously.

    Greek Life

    Alot happening there too.

    Clubs and Activities

    You name it and its there, plus a whole lot more.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students. We have thousands of things going on all the time. The trouble is deciding!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a mini bowling alley, pool, inside track, hot tub, TV viewing rooms, study rooms galore, over a dozen different types of restaurants (from Subway to pizza) also vegetarian and healthy.

    Bang for the buck

    There is something for everyone. From free to first class, and everything in between.

    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do? Parks, the zoo, museums, shopping malls, the river, water fountains galore ( the kind you can play in-and I don't mean little kids!). Plus Mt Hood is only an hour east of Portland while the ocean is an hour west.

    Food and Dining

    There are loads of restaurants to choose from within blocks of school and Safeway is only a few blocks away.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of different choices of where to live and very secure. Lots of fun when you want it and quiet when you don't.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes start out not too bad, but by the time you hit the 400 level courses it becomes intense.

    Tips for prospective students

    Allow plenty of study time. Make sure to form study groups for the more intense courses. Enjoy the huge selection of things to do, both on site and off!

    In three sentences

    It has an excellent selection of programs with knowledgeable teachers and staff. It is in the heart of downtown Portland for ease in accessibility. And the students there are very diverse in both ethnicity and age.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Portland is a great city to explore and have fun! I love to go shopping!

    Food and Dining

    If you can't find food you like on campus, there are tons of other options throughout the city. The food in Portland is diverse and exciting.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Portland State University are quite new, and are the best that I've seen so far. As for the living - the life is not as connected as other campuses, because most of the actually commute.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors seem very helpful and willing to help out their . I haven't taken any classes yet, but the classes seem as hard as any other class at other colleges.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into what you really want in a school, not just whether a school is highly ranked or not. Your decision will be based on whether you can see yourself at the school and interacting with the people.

    In three sentences

    Portland University is a very diverse campus in age and in race. There are many people to meet and become friends with, and many activities to do! You'll be feeling at home in no time.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Football games are always fun. There are also events before midterms and finals just to relax and get those nerves off before a big test. School clubs have their student run events and there are so many to choose from.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options when eating out and nearby grocery foods so don't always eat in the cafeteria. Go to events to grab a bite for free.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are very comfortable, but kind of expensive. A lot of locsl students rather rent a place near doentown. Safety us an issue when you are living on campus, but a lit of the communities there gave so much fun together.

    Academic Rigor

    This school has a good honors program but the regular studies can push you hard enough. There is a lot of community learning so class can be more interesting than challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know you professors and classmates for uou woild always see them around campus. There is a lot of healthy food options here. Know the deadlines and also have fun around campus.

    In three sentences

    Good liberal arts program. This is a very diverse friendly school. This school respects and lives by sustainability.

  • 08/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Being situated right in the heart of the city of Portland you are sure to find something to occupy your Friday nights. And the school has a brand new rec center. And since we in the northwest love our outdoor adventure you can be sure to find the outdoor club to be a cut above the rest.. If this doesn't suit you well you will find many diverse and exciting alternatives listed in the campus reasources

    Food and Dining

    Lots of choices. including a vegan cafe that grows some of the food themselves! the choices are great and if you don't dig it well PSU is an urban campus located rite down town and the food cart industry in Portland is amazing

    Academic Rigor

    Firm but fair. the warning system and opportunity to get back on track are all laid out for you. The faculty are always willing to go the extra mile as long as you keep in touch. They will become an extended family who are always willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Defiantly stay in contact with your advising team. You are responsible for building this team, Include a fin aid advisory as well as one from your program. Utilize all your school resources from the medical center to the legal team or career center the faculty are there to see you succeed

    In three sentences

    Absolutely amazing. A very fun and enjoyable experiance

  • 08/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe here and surrounded by people.

    Greek Life

    Not much of a Greek life at Portland State.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and a lot of outdoor activities to be done! Go to Mount Hood!

    Great for these types of students

    Older students feel at home here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone rides a bike! Bikes are the way to go in Portland!

    Bang for the buck

    Food carts are cheap and delicious!

    What to do for fun

    Being in the middle of the city of Portland, there are many things to do! Go see music concerts, hike, camp, eat, bars, whatever you want!

    Food and Dining

    Great food but most of it is just off campus. There are many food carts near by that are cheat and delicious!

    Dorm Life

    There is very little dorm life as it is mainly a commuter school.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are friendly and small, perfect for learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn public transportation routes. Attend class. Meet with your advisor early. Make friends. Eat at the food carts! Have fun!

    In three sentences

    I love Portland State. I think the school has great professors and an amazing class environment. I would grade the school an A!

  • 08/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's plenty to do in Portland: hiking, eating, enjoy great music. You can drive in any direction and within 70 miles, you'll be able to explore new surroundings (the beach, Eastern Oregon, up north to Washington, or down into Southern Oregon).

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit this great campus and you'll see the diversity it has to offer. This university is located in a great city filled with such amazing people, interests (food trucks galore!), and breathtaking views of the Columbia River.

    In three sentences

    Portland State University is a great university that boasts academic excellence and cultural diversity. They offer a variety of majors for undergraduates, as well as graduates. They also offer great programs for second-bachelors, career-changers, or your regular post-baccalaureate student.

  • 08/29/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is security on campus but you need to keep there number in your phone. They do what they can but the campus is downtown and is spread out over several blocks so normal big city downtown issues do occur.

    Great for these types of students

    Commuter, non traditional.

    Bang for the buck

    A bit over priced and even when the mistake is on the university's part you are still stuck paying for it.

    What to do for fun

    It's downtown so take a walk and enjoy the sites.

    Food and Dining

    Food carts are good but the main dining was a bit over priced and a let down.

    Dorm Life

    Did not live in

    Academic Rigor

    The chemistry department is strong and rigorous and is not easy to just walk into. You will have to bring your best and compete for anything extra that you want to get out of your education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Carpool if your commuting and share the parking pass, it is expensive. Staff is understanding of non-traditional students.

    In three sentences

    A very non traditional commuter campus. It is a beautiful downtown campus so having some street smarts is essential. Open in many ways.

  • 09/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Decent but they are still trying to figure things out. Just like anywhere, you need to be mindful of who is around you. Also having campus security's number on your phone. Sometimes homeless people will hang out/use bathrooms. This is in a decent sized city. But all in all, I've always felt reasonably safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Theatre. Debates. Various Portland activities: biking, hiking, arts, dancing. Field trips to the gorge. Lots of non-profits.

    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated students. Laid-back but hard-working students. Community minded. Green students. Portlandlanders. Artsy. Humanities and Arts students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Expect people to indulge in Talk like a pirate day with gusto and pride.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are all really good, lots of variety. Students are required to buy insurance. Fairly reasonable, and covers a good amount of time. Only drawback, is that you have to pay for it all once (fall term.)

    What to do for fun

    Free concerts in the park. Guest lectures, art exhibits, jam sessions. Portland in general has a lot of great free stuff. There is a small bowling alley and movie theater on campus. Plays are put on sometimes as well. People watching is always fun, especially at Pioneer Courthouse Square... just don't linger too long after dark.

    Food and Dining

    Great variety. Tons of food carts of almost any kind of food you could want. On campus proper (ie:park blocks) good amount of basic food, wraps, sushi, Sbarros, lots of Starbucks locations. Pretty pricy. I would recommend looking around the neighborhood, where there are affordable places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I heard it was decent. Quite expensive in my opinion.

    Academic Rigor

    Very good environment to discuss in class, a lot of student led activities and debates and guest speakers, all for free.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring your own food, cafeteria very expensive, but great variety of places to choose from. Make sure to come a day ahead of time before the term starts, and find exactly where your classes are, as some are in weird buildings not directly connected to campus... like a bank building for example!

    In three sentences

    Good vibe. Generally great instructors. There is a very community based feeling to the campus, as well as a decent approachability to the staff.

  • 09/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They do the best they can and alert you when things happen, but it can be pretty difficult to control since more than just PSU students are walking around on campus.

    Greek Life

    Very limited.

    Great for these types of students

    Commuter, people that want to save money by living at home.

    Bang for the buck

    I went here because I thought it would save me money, but it really hasn't. If I would have known I would have looked into a lot more options that I know I would have enjoyed more for almost the same amount of money.

    What to do for fun

    There are the Park Blocks and lots of coffee shops. You're Downtown so anything the city has to offer and Saturday Markets on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    Exactly what you would expect for dorm food, only one cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't stay in the dorms, but there are dorm options.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are definitely manageable and teachers are very good.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for the the typical college experience you expect out of your time in college you will not find this here. Unless your only goal for college is to get in and out just focusing on class and work this may not be for you.

    In three sentences

    This school is very great if you are a commuter or solely interested in taking classes. Downtown Portland, but is mainly a commuter school with a large portion of the school being adults that are coming back to school. It can be extremely difficult to meet people and make friends here.

  • 09/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While there have been a few issues on campus, campus security is always fast to respond and they are quick to send out alerts to everyone that has registered for them.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any type of student. Traditional, Non-traditional, single, or part of a family. Just make sure that you work with an adviser so that you can finish in a timely manner.

    Bang for the buck

    In general I think that the education is worth what you're paying for. I don't think they've outrageously prices tuition like some other schools! I think it's well worth the costs.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of events, groups, and clubs on campus! They also have a gym for students on campus. There is always something going on!

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is fantastic, varied in price, and readily available! There is a lot of variance of types of food. There is sure to be something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot speak to dorm life, I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I have found a wide range of academic rigor, it largely depends on the professor and level of the course you are taking. I have found the classes challenging without the expectations being completely unrealistic to undertake.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you will have all the financial aid you require ahead of time! Fill out for as many scholarships as you can because it runs out fast! Check your financial aid status often so that you can get ALL your forms in so that you do not get delayed.

    In three sentences

    So far I have really enjoyed my experience at Portland State University. For the most part they have been thorough and timely in and inquiries I have had. Classes are offered at a variety of times, though not always convenient ones.

  • 09/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You live in the heart of downtown Portland, explore it while you can!

    Food and Dining

    Food's good, however I wish there was healthier options.

    Dorm Life

    Friendly roommates. The RA's are very helpful. You bond very easily here.

    Academic Rigor

    It's challenging yet fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get out of your comfort zone. But trust me, it's almost hard not doing that.

    In three sentences

    So far, I've been taking classes for two weeks now and I LOVE IT HERE! The vibe, the people, the classes, the housing, what is there not to love? This place is a very friendly environment and it's so easy to get involved with the school. Definitely a place I am excited to be dedicating four years of my time.

  • 10/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are lots of bars and good restaurants downtown.

    Food and Dining

    I don't eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    My course classes have been easy (graphic design), the required courses have been complete bullshit in terms of depth.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that the school you are transferring from is in sync with Portland State or it will be a huge headache aligning everything.

    In three sentences

    They failed to mention the fact that I needed to fill out a residency application so for the first two terms, I payed out of state tuition without knowing it. Applying for scholarships has been a headache. I'm not sure if I will want to continue going here at this rate.

  • 10/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    check the woman out

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to keep your gpa up we don't care how you look make it too all your classes

    In three sentences

    Portland state is easily accessible Very open and lots of diversity from 1-10 I would give it a 9

  • 10/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    It has relatively cheap in-state tuition.

    Food and Dining

    On campus food is alright. However, there are so many great off campus places to get food, like food carts.

    Dorm Life

    Most people seem to keep to themselves, but it is very convenient to live so close to campus. It is also an easy way to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    This also depends on the classes you choose to take and how seriously you take the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are wanting a traditional college experience, PSU is not for you. I highly recommend getting involved in a group on campus because that seems to be the easiest way to meet people and make friends.

    In three sentences

    PSU is a large commuter school with some great professors and the facilities are very nice. The academic advisors are subpar, but once you get into your major, they specific advisors are more helpful than the general ones.Overall it is an enjoyable school to attend.

  • 10/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Play music. Read. Write. Spend time with friends. House shows.

    Food and Dining

    Food around, like food carts are good.

    Dorm Life

    No idea. Did not live in a dorm, ever.

    Academic Rigor

    It is seemingly more difficult that a community college, but not super. My major is not intense though, either.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused. It is a big place, a lot going on.

    In three sentences

    Its a really nice place to be. There is a lot of diversity, people are friendly and teachers care. Even admissions is not that big of a pain.

  • 11/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy, people who are into sustainability, hipsters

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Just being in Portland, there are so many strange things that happen. It's impossible to list the unusual things that go down here, it's just something you have to experience for yourself. Although, Portlandia is not too far off as far as strangeness of Portlanders.

    What to do for fun

    There's so much to do in Portland! If you're hungry Voodoo doughnuts is open 24/7 and there are some food cart that are open really late. If you're in the mood for a movie there are multiple movie theatres (the PSU movie theatre is free for students). The Portland concert hall brings in interesting speakers and other music centre have great concert options. If you're active, Mt. Hood is 45 mins away and the PSU Outdoor club has many options for weekend adventures. The recreation centre is open from 7 until 11 on weekdays and the rock wall is super fun to boulder on. Plus, Forest Park is super close so you can access the wildwood trails for running and biking.

    Food and Dining

    Starts out really good in the beginning of the term, but steadily decreases in quality as the term progresses. Dining hours are also not particularly convenient since the dining hall closes early on Fridays has strange weekend hours. Nevertheless, the food around Portland more than makes up for the lack of quality of university food. There are plenty of food carts located all over campus and they have a huge range of variety for whatever mood you're in. Plus, there is a farmer's market every Saturday located in the park blocks with incredible selections of fresh produce from local farmers. There's everything from vegetables and fruit to cheese to baked goods to awesome lunch options.

    Dorm Life

    The honours dorms are great! We have a private bathroom, kitchenette, and plenty of space. Also, arranging the room is super easy, you can bunk your beds, keep them separate, move things around, add new furniture, etc. It's so easy to make it your home away from home. If you're interested in socializing, it's super easy. The people are incredibly friendly and there is always something to do.

    Academic Rigor

    The introduction to mechanical engineering is very rigorous, made even more so by the quarter system. There are only ten weeks in a quarter and so midterms come up very quickly. The honours 101 classes are somewhat dull, but if you get the right teacher they can be fun. The honours chem is worth taking because the lecture has only 30 or so people and the labs are interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try and get into the honours program, it makes registering for classes much easier and the honours dorm is on a great part of the campus. Take advantage of office hours, academic advisors, and participation in clubs. Make sure to keep scholarships on the radar throughout college, it's better to graduate without debt and there are plenty of resources if you talk to your advisor and join clubs.

    In three sentences

    The diverse range of ages is a great environment to learn in since there are older peers who can bring in real life experience and who are always willing to help. The teachers are very open to work with students and care about student success. The campus is located in a great place where getting to downtown is as easy as riding the streetcar, but it is secluded enough to still provide the campus feel.

  • 11/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hookah, walk around (portland is weird always new adventures!), raves, voodoo runs

    Food and Dining

    Food is decent!! They have about 6 starbucks around!! Pizza, chinese, food carts, bagels and lots more!!

    Dorm Life

    Have not lived in a dorm so I cannot say!

    Academic Rigor

    Have loved all my professors so far! My professors challenge me to try new things and explore which I appreciate!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself! Make friends and go outside your comfort circle!

    In three sentences

    Has a beautiful campus. The transit system is perfect even without a car. Friendly students.

  • 11/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There have been several attacks on campus, in buildings, outside of buildings, and on students just walking towards the city. Always carry pepper spray on you and have it on a lanyard around your neck so it is easily accessible and a stun gun is very handy as well! Always be cautious of your surroundings and don't have a predictable routine/route for people to follow you or study you.

    Greek Life

    There are only 4 Greek communities on campus. 2 sororities and 2 fraternities. I haven't heard much about any of them but I do know one of the fraternities is very involved with the school government and school events.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of clubs, I'm not in any, but I suggest you join one because I hear they're a lot of fun!

    Great for these types of students

    -urban lovers -political interested/major students -Hipsters -nightlife lovers -city lovers

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Portland is weird in general, they have that show called Portlandia, that's how weird Portland is, and we have our own saying Keep Portland Weird. Everyone is very hipster down here, we've created a lot of new styles for a more urban look. Don't forget to check out Voodoo Doughnuts if you go there, they have crazy cool doughnuts!

    Bang for the buck

    You an get the biggest bang for your buck by going on about a 6 minute walk down to pioneer square in downtown Portland and check out all the events going on down there, especially during holiday season they have all kinds of fun things to do for free or really cheap! And it's so pretty down there!

    What to do for fun

    You can do anything in Portland since the campus is in the city, you can go out to eat, go to the night clubs, tour the town by walking or by max/trimet and basically go anywhere, you can do all the fun events that the school hosts, spend the night in the rec center, everything!

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is great! There are so many options on campus for gluten-free, vegans, vegetarians, lactose-intolerant, etc. plus the school is in the city, so the city in general has tons of options as well. You almost always find anything for what ever price range.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus but I hear it's really fun and people are always friendly and eager to help if you need help moving things, decorating, maintenance, etc. plus the hall get togethers are always fun.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is good at Portland State, some classes are harder than others, but overall, any class you take you will get something out of. They have a very unique system up until graduation so that you can take classes that don't necessarily have anything to do with your major but they are more like a pre-requisite for writing 121 but with more of a broad subject connected to it. It's interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Live on campus or if you don't step out of you your comfort zone to make friends. -Always do the homework, most classes homework is online, make sure you do it on time, it is crucial. If you're class does not require you to do the online homework and instead take a workshop class as part of one of your classes homework grades, then sign up for the workshop instead, its way easier then the online homework and more time efficient. -There are a lot of tutors on campus all the time, even if you don't need one it doesn't hurt to still go to one of them, even if its not for a class you are taking, its fun to learn new things and usually there are a lot of people that you may or may not connect with and become friends! -Always have a study group! -DO NOT SKIP CLASSES

    In three sentences

    Portland State University is a great school, just not the school for me. If you are a non-resident/commuter, it's very hard to get comfortable with school or make friends. Professors for the most part are great at working with student but make sure the class is the right class for you.

  • 12/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe, there is a great emphasis on campus safety and there are multiple offices having to do with student health, wellness, awareness, etc. Being a young woman downtown, I most always feel safe here on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am fairly new here, so I haven't gotten too involved. However, there are so many different clubs and activities, not only main ones sponsored by the university, but also student-created and ran groups.

    Great for these types of students

    Portland is the heart for diversity. Anyone and everyone should be able to feel at home here. It is a welcoming place for students who are inquisitive, hard-working, and who has a certain sense of both curiosity for the world around them and great drive and pride in their work and their school!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I know of - yet!

    Bang for the buck

    Great tuition prices, especially for in-state residents. Definitely worth what you pay for!

    What to do for fun

    Library, restaurants, meet new people in the halls, at clubs, etc. Stay connected! Hang out in the park blocks. Visit the Art Museum or the Oregon Historical Society. There is so much to do here, a great rec center, clubs and activities - just find your niche!

    Food and Dining

    They have okay offerings, mainly at Smith Student Union. However, being downtown there are a ton of non-campus places to eat, including food carts!

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus, but I have heard the dorms are not the greatest.

    Academic Rigor

    For me, I really challenged myself in high school, so although the courses here may be rigorous, I find them keeping me at a good pace and I am learning and growing a lot through them. Make the most out of what you can do!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for as many scholarships and financial aid as you can - the college is already so affordable, might as well get the most out of it! Definitely make use of the amazing PSU library. Get to know your professors and let them guide and help you. Spend some time on campus and enjoy the beauty and urban setting.

    In three sentences

    Portland State University is an urban university with a good selection of course offerings and a bustling campus! The class sizes are not too large, and the courses are diverse. The professors are well-educated and helpful, and the D2L technology makes it easy to stay on top of your work.

  • 12/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's in the city so therefore petty crime is more frequent

    What to do for fun

    It's Oregon so if you like bikes and hikes it's a perfect fit

    Food and Dining

    Lots if food cart this is actually the best thing about PSU

    Dorm Life

    It's in the hub of the city

    Academic Rigor

    Average

    Tips for prospective students

    Find all your classes before the first day.

    In three sentences

    Hippies in a city campus. PSU is very liberal and a very large campus. Very diverse in different age ranges but not demographically.

  • 01/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food could be better. It is not the worst, but it is reasonable. There are great locations around campus where you can eat.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing. The resident assistants are greatly involved in making you feel like you are at home. They provide you with fun programs during the terms and are there to assist you with whatever you need.

    Academic Rigor

    If you take the right classes, you will be provided with a challenge. One that is possible to complete, of course.

  • 01/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is downtown, and there are 30,000 students. Since I have attended (4 Years) there have been various: armed strangers on campus, sexual assaults, & muggings. Although, these aren't frequent happenings, it is important to take proper precautions because it is downtown.

    Greek Life

    While technically PSU has Greek life, it is nothing to get star-struck about. Only two or so groups even have houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs. Hobby clubs, leadership clubs, political clubs, honors clubs, Greek life clubs, major clubs, sports clubs, flag football, geocaching, so much. And if you can't find something you like, you can always start your own!

    Great for these types of students

    There is a large vegan/vegetarian community. Many students ride bikes. And there is a large environmentally conscious/green community.

    What to do for fun

    For fun there is a bowling alley, pool tables, video games, tennis courts, a rec center with group classes, a rock wall, student clubs, and on-campus events. The first couple weeks of school are the best for mingling-type events.

    Food and Dining

    As a freshman it is mandatory to be put onto a meal plan which includes so many meals at the campus cafeteria, and a set amount of dining dollars that can go towards the second campus eating area. Here there are options such as: Starbucks, Subway, Sbarroâ??s, Einstein Bagels, Chinese food, salad bar, hamburgers, and some other options. (Of course these places take cash too). The cafeteria food isn't ideal, but it beats eating ramen every day. There is a large cereal selection, and a sandwich bar, which are nice on days that you arenâ??t interested in the main dishes being offered.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Broadway and Blummel. Broadway was fairly new and very nice for a dorm. There are events that freshman can go to in order to mingle with other freshman, so making friends in the freshman dorms wasn't too hard. Blummel was made in '83, and had some water piping issues, but nothing that would have been a deal-breaker. Most dorms are generously sized compared to other schools.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are surprisingly lenient because the student base is so unusual. Many of the students are older people who came back because they have had troubles in the workforce. Our average age is 26, that's four years older than the University of Oregon's average age. People have full-time jobs, kids, and other obligations, and the professors definitely see that.

    Tips for prospective students

    Classes can be extremely large, (depending on your major and grade level), so going into office-hours, or talking to a peer when you need help is crucial. There isn't much room for individual help when there are 80-120 other people in the class.. This is not a party school. If you are under 21 especially, because a lot of people just hang out in bars when they socialize. On the other hand, if you know that a big party-scene is going to be a distraction for you, PSU is an excellent choice for keeping you on track. Much of what the school is known for is its business program. You really don't need to bring a car. Not only are the parking permits costly, but if you live downtown there is so much in walking distance, there are loads of bike lanes, and public transportation is everywhere. Beware. Tuition costs raise every year, and there are fees tacked on to the tiniest things. Ratemyprofessors.com has saved me from poor quality professors on many accounts. E-reader books are much cheaper (and easier on your back) then paper textbooks.

    In three sentences

    Portland State is right downtown, and is very close to farmerâ??s markets, retail stores, and other businesses. Many find it difficult to make friends at PSU because many people are â??in their own worldâ??, and seem to want it to stay that way. If you are a big-time party-seeker, this campus is not for you.

  • 01/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I love going to the PSU gym. The gym has brand new work out equipment and offers a variety of activities for students. One other fun thing to do at Portland is to simply sit back and enjoy the scenery.

    Food and Dining

    The food court is really small at PSU, especially when you consider its student population. The only thing that makes up for the food court is the restaurants that surround PSU because it is in the city and there are many places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    The old dorms are not kept up and need remodeling done. The new dorms at Portland State are extremely nice and up to date, however they are really expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the teachers at Portland State assign a moderate amount of work. I would say that three classes at PSU can be a heavy load of reading each week depending on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Future students should study for every class. I would also advise to see a counselor to help sign up for classes. Have fun and join a club!

    In three sentences

    Portland State University has a welcoming atmosphere. The campus is diverse and the teachers are very friendly. There are a variety of classes that challenge students into thinking out-side of the box.

  • 01/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Seriously, it's a great bargain.

    What to do for fun

    You're right in downtown Portland! The opportunities are endless.

    Food and Dining

    Great food.

    Dorm Life

    Pick Broadway or Ondine.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely depends on what classes you're taking.

    Tips for prospective students

    The tuition is a great bargain, and really cheap for instate students.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school, in a great location, and has really good professors.

  • 01/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I attend their outdoors club and walk around the campus. I also love thier library and how vast it is!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships and take advantage of their health plans!

    In three sentences

    It it is a great school! The faculty are really great and helpful. Everyone here is very passionate and the campus is wonderful!

  • 01/26/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    No men's soccer team

  • 01/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have left stuff in the back of my truck overnight outside and nothing ever gets messed with

    Great for these types of students

    ANY.... There is something for everyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A community garden.... while it isn't unusual... I have not seen many in other colleges or university.

    Bang for the buck

    This by far is the best and friendliest university out there. People really care about each other and take the time to stop and say hi or help some out

    What to do for fun

    There are many events available on campus from games to dances to class related parties.

    Food and Dining

    There are a number of dinning options as well as food carts, local restaurants and local grocery stores to provide anything your taste buds are craving

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life here is excellent! Close to everything and easy to find

    Academic Rigor

    I believe this university takes academics very seriously. Focusing on education but also including fun electives that are beneficial to the students

    Tips for prospective students

    Read the map and study the streets around you. View ALL student resources like queer resource center, child resource center, muti-cultural centers so you are aware of things around you to make life easier at school.

    In three sentences

    I believe Portland state is the best at academic quality. The campus layout makes getting to class simple and easy. As well as they provide great benefits with a central location to life outside of PSU.

  • 01/31/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Wing night on Thursdays at the Cheerful Tortoise!

    Food and Dining

    Campus dining isn't great, but there are lots of restaurants around campus that are great

    Dorm Life

    The dorms can be fun because you're right downtown

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on what you're studying, generally the sciences are more rigorous

  • 02/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You live in downtown so theres lots of different things to do and great food.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look up your professors before you enroll for a class.

    In three sentences

    PSU is a great campus filled with lots of interesting people. Portland is a beautiful city to live in. PSU offers lots of different majors to fill many interests.

  • 03/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I would suggest purchasing dining dollars. You can use dining dollars in Smith, which is a large food court with many options of food. When using meal plans, you would go to Victor's dining hall. The food at Victor's is very hit and miss, and they have very weird hours.

    Dorm Life

    I got lucky enough to live in Broadway, which are super nice compared to Ondine. But, it is also really difficult to meet friends even within the dorms. My RA's did not do a great job of integrating people together in the few beginning weeks of school.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be challenging, depending on what you take. Professors are usually good at promoting success for their students. As long as you manage homework well, it isn't bad at all.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs, start new hobbies, etc. Keep in mind that this is a commuter school -- most people just come to class, and then leave to go home off campus. It is difficult to make friends here, but it is worth it to put in the effort.

    In three sentences

    Definitely a commuter school. Hard to meet people unless you really put yourself out there. Good professors.

  • 03/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are a lot of public panic buttons all over campus, and for students taking night classes, campus safety can walk you to your car.

    Greek Life

    There is a sorority and fraternity on campus, but I don't have to money to get involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    I know that there are many opportunities for students to get involved in leadership roles at this school, but I have no person experience.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great if you want a quality education with peers and professor who understand not every college student is a white, middle class privileged kid whose parents are paying for college. Also very friendly to those with alternative tastes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our campus is a lot more public than most, and a lot bigger, so you are exposed to more of the city life.

    Bang for the buck

    It is the atmosphere I expected, being a more serious college student who could care less about the generic college experience. I'm also very fond of the city.

    What to do for fun

    Concerts, plays, bars for those of age, an on-campus movie theater, public transportation to all malls, lectures from renowned public figures, and sports events.

    Food and Dining

    Again, Downtown Portland, so you have everything you would want available to you.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms, so I don't know about this.

    Academic Rigor

    Not all classes are as rigorous as I would expect, but it depends on the professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school's average student age is about 30, so if you only want to be around people your age who drink and party, this might not be the school for you.

    In three sentences

    Though this school does have a great sports program, that is not the focus. Being in Downtown Portland, there is always something to do after class. The teachers genuinely care about your education, enough to strike for it.