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Founded in 1946, Portland State University. is a college. Located in Oregon, which is a city setting in Oregon, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 21,071 full time undergraduate students, and 5,556 full time graduate students.
The Portland State University Academic calendar runs on a Quarter basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 19:1. There are 848 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Portland State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at PSU are considered Less Selective, with ,63% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 28 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
84% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 15% were in the top quarter, and 11% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Portland State University.
129 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.
112 Students rated off-campus housing 3.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
149 Students rated campus food 3.6 stars. 28 % gave the school a 5.0.
160 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.
162 Students rated class size 4 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.
162 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.
162 Students rated local services 4.6 stars. 69 % gave the school a 5.0.
160 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.
111 Students rated Portland State University
It is an ok institution, I don't really have anything to compare it to because it is the only school I have been to. I have had overall decent teachers, there are a few that make me feel iffy. I lived in the Ondine building for a month and it is a terrible building and needs to be remodeled immediately. Also the Viking Mascot needs to be changed to a wizard because wizards are a lot cooler.
Portland State University is an overall great institution. As such, they have a few kinks that should be worked out soon. For instance, transfer students, regardless of how many credits they come with, must register at the same time as the freshmen (in other words, they register last). Their faculty and instructors are generally amazing and passionate about their work. They want their students to succeed. PSU has great facilities for swimming, working out, and passing time between classes. Though it's in Portland, campus security keeps the area safe for students, with quick response times to emergencies. The park area is gorgeous, and has been my favorite hangout/study spot throughout the time I have been on campus.
Overall, the campus is in a very good location; there are plenty of job opportunities and activities during and post-college. The sports culture could be more of a big thing, but most stadiums are located off campus, causing more students to pass on attending sporting events. All of the professors I have had are very understanding, accommodating, and available.
I completed my B.S. in Arts and Letters from Portland State University. The college provided a decent experience, but comes with cramped housing, unavailable parking, and a disintegrating social environment on and off campus. While I recommend PSU for prospective students, it’s not someplace you want to hang out at.
Portland State University is located just off of the highway and just south of the downtown business district. There are plenty of trees, parks, and people, providing a suburban feel in an urban area.
The first thing I discovered is the lack of parking. Street parking is very limited and times. Parking enforcement officers frequently roam the university area, happy to write tickets for anything. University parking is available, at a cost of over $400 a term. Parking quickly fills up and some days you can't find a spot in the 4 parking garages that the university owns. On top of it all, cars are frequently broken into.
My advise: If you can get away with it, don’t bring your car.
Classes are spread out throughout the school, within a 10 minute walking distance without worrying about time. Professors where available. Nothing was too difficult or extreme.
The college is plagued by frequent protests. Students and off campus groups like to stage in the parks and march downtown. Some are peaceful, some are not. During these times it’s best to watch from the 4th floor of one of the universities.
There is an underlying drug culture on and off campus. Many students go off campus to smoke pot or use other substances. Mushrooms, cough syrup, and other substances are popular.
The University gym is amazing: swimming pool, resistance equipment, basketball courts, and an indoor track! You are not getting your money’s worth if you do not use their fantastic gym.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Portland State University is 89%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
Don't stress yourself out so much. Seriously. School will be challenging but you're gonna master it. You might be lonely at first but take time making friends, the loyal ones will show themselves. It's okay to tell your parents to stop calling you every single week, they won't get used to you being away as fast as you will. Don't get hung up in any drama. You are here for you, to focus on you, and beimg distracted with other people's business will get exhausting. Take care of your mind and body and your mind and body will take care of you. Take full advantage of the things your university has to offer you, they will come in handy. And no matter what, you keep doing you. At the end of the day, there's gonna someone who critizies you, so might as well do what you want.
A huge and vdiverse university with students of all ages.
PSU has quite a diverse population. A large percentage of this population consists of an older crowd. There are also a ton of international students (the majority of which are Asian).
Since it is a university, I am able to attain my bachelor's degree in my major and get a complete education. I also enjoy knowing I am learning from very intelligent instructors and am being fairly graded. I am specifically enjoying my language classes which have an excellent method of instruction : full immersion, which I think is the best way to learn a language.
PSU has the largest number od students in Oregon, so classes fill up quick. It can be difficult to get into classes you want/need when you want/need them. Also, class sizes are a large making it difficult to get one-on-one assistance from professors.
My school is best known for being a "green" school. Portland State University strongly emphasizes the importance of being environmentally friendly. Currently, many of the buildings are being reconstructed to be more eco friendy, and the faculty in PSU encourage recycling.
My school has excellent public transportation options. They also have programs set up to assist graduates find a job in their field.
I wish I would have understood the loans I was taking out. I was signing promissory notes and didn't fully grasp the significance of the amounts.
Someone who wants the stereotypical college experience would not want to attend this "commuter" school.
Anyone seeking a quality education should attend this school. The campus is great, the professors so far have been fantastic. The school obviously isn't Harvard, but not even on the low-end of U. of Phoenix. The school is set right in downtown Portland but as soon as you step on the campus, you feel as if you are out of the city and on an exclusive college campus. All the classrooms I have been in are equipped with state-of-the art equipment like projectors, computers and camera projectors.
This will be my first semester at Portland State, so I am not sure yet.
About how much I am enjoying my time at Portland State University. The campus is great, the professors are fantastic and passionate about their respective fields. There is even a brand new recreation center with four floors filled with basketball courts, a swimming pool, exercise machines galore, and numerous aerobic rooms. One of the most important things that I love here is the atmosphere. It is truly an atmosphere of higher education and I couldn't think of any school that I would rather study at.
Awesome! University Studies classes can be confusing at first but overall it's a good idea to have students learn these core values.
It's a commuter school, so a very small greek life but we have literally a club for everything! Like our Ted Talks club, where people get together and drink tea and watch Ted Talks.
It is a very big school having over 28000 students so being independent is a must, there are advisors but it takes time to get a meeting. You must help yourself even when scheduling classes because you have to do it online, you cannot come to someone and talk to them while they can access your classes and change it for you.
actually not at all. It's a much better school than I thought. I was returning to finish my degree that I started at a private school back east and it was convenient and relatively cheap to just go to PSU. I was surprised at how good it is. Sure there are idiots who waste everyone's time with their questions and professors who don't know how to shut them down, but you're going to find that everywhere I think.
lots of eco freaks who want to save the world
There are a lot of University Housing around the campus but they aren't enough. The nicest dorm right now is called "Boardway Building." It is new and the most expensive, but the others are old and cheaper. People in the dorm are nice and it has a good safety.
More buildings. Portland State is right smack dab in the middle of downtown Portland. There are skyscrapers everywhere. Also, watch out for streetcar grooves.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
80% of students
attending Portland State University receive some sort of financial aid.
42% were awarded federal grants.
While 51% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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