Portland, OR
Portland State University


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Recent Reviews

Marlo
Vik Up

Portland State is a great university because it is there for all the "right" reason you go to college for. Academics are prim...

Vik Up

Portland State is a great university because it is there for all the "right" reason you go to college for. Academics are primary and the sports are secondary. As much as I am a sports enthusiast, I love that I don't feel that my school cares more about our athletics than their students education. The street car is my favorite thing about PSU because as a PSU student, you can ride it for FREE and it can take you to or near major Portland areas in just minutes. Yes, PSU isn't a party school but you are paying big bucks to get an education here so being able to focus on your studies without the social pressure is completely fine by me!

Jennifer
What kind of person should attend this school?

Social activist fit perfectly in portland State. Anyone who had a strong passion in life will always have place at psu.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Social activist fit perfectly in portland State. Anyone who had a strong passion in life will always have place at psu.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

That there is a lot of miscommunication between administrators and the rest of the school. A lot of our systems that are in place are a lot more complicated then it should be.

Amanda
Portland State Review

It's a great commuter school that is good if you're trying to get your education but if you're looking for that all typical c...

Portland State Review

It's a great commuter school that is good if you're trying to get your education but if you're looking for that all typical college experience where people rally on saturday for the football games or sporting events it's not likely that you'll find that here. I love it though, it's laid back and easy and you feel no pressure to be anybody but yourself!

Tiffany Amber
PSU the Place to Be !

Portland State is located in the <3 of Downtown, the most convenient, unique and fun place to be if you're looking for a coll...

PSU the Place to Be !

Portland State is located in the <3 of Downtown, the most convenient, unique and fun place to be if you're looking for a college experience that's near the city, restaurants, parks, concerts, hikes, and best of all free events! As a broke college student, it's important to be at a college where there is plenty of opportunity to gathering free food (food pantry & cultural events), getting involved (over 200 clubs), and EMPLOYMENT (on campus & off campus jobs, yes!). The professors are so knowledgeable and up to date, they also invite students to partake in their research; so well rounded in the arts, humanities, and sciences so it's understandable if you have trouble finding a program or major to study. Not too worry, we do have advisors if you're undeclared, and they're there to help prep and advise you for interviews, resumes, and future employment. A city with a lot of character, and a small town feel so no matter where you're coming from, you are able to feel like you're home again!

jon
the smart, the driven, and the trendy

the culture of portland state is that of progress and learning. the teachers care about the student's minds and lives. i woul...

the smart, the driven, and the trendy

the culture of portland state is that of progress and learning. the teachers care about the student's minds and lives. i would recommend this university to everyone

Cassidy
What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

Hipsters. And yes, I would say the majority of students are freethinkers, dreamers and never about anything mainstream (unles...

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

Hipsters. And yes, I would say the majority of students are freethinkers, dreamers and never about anything mainstream (unless its being a hipster).

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

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.

What are the academics like at your school?

Awesome! University Studies classes can be confusing at first but overall it's a good idea to have students learn these core values.

Desiree'
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are varied and each unique.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are varied and each unique.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell myself to relax and be myself, and to put what I want first. It's important to follow what you want in life, because you can find what you need anywhere, but truly finding a place where you want to be and are happy is much harder. Also, being stressed about the future is pointless, because it's going to happen however it happens anyway, and there is only so much you can do to be prepared for it. But what you can do, what you can control, is yourself, your feelings, and your actions. Making sure that you take of yourself is number one. Making sure you are satisfied with where you are and where you are going is most important, and doing the work to get there is neccessary. So don't stress, get it done, get it done well, and thrive.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing would be the size. There are thousands of people, so the classes are large and it's not always easy to get to know people.

Hannah
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Portland State takes the initiative when it comes to their students; always offering them new and fresh opportunities and sup...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Portland State takes the initiative when it comes to their students; always offering them new and fresh opportunities and supplying them with the resources they need to succeed.

Describe the students at your school.

We are a large, diverse and independent community that supports one another and works together, whether we are up against class projects to controversial societal issues.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

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.

Miranda
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Portland State University, is like any other school, they have their problems; the difference is that they listen to their st...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Portland State University, is like any other school, they have their problems; the difference is that they listen to their students and faculaty,

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The main advice that I would give myself is that this is my life. I have a numbered amount of breaths and days. My highschool self needs to understand that maintaining your personal health is one of the most important aspects to success. This includes mental and emotional health. Look into student health center and see what programs they offer. For academics, look into the availible programs there, interact with your proffessors, talk to the dean if you are struggling. Realize that everyone you meet in college is fighting their own battless, just life you. At times the transition will get stressful, utiliize the resources that your school has, if they have little to offer contact a resource center. When figuring out finances, read the fine print and ask older people for help. Most importantly realize that everyone makes mistakes when transitioning from highschool to college, you are not expected to know everything. When you do mess up give yourself a break, relax, reorganize your thoughts, then focus on the problem at hand. Love yourself and sorround yourself with people that also love you. Don't be afraid to get rid of situations that harm you, it is your life.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

In school and life the key to success, is to love yourself, be yourself, give yourself a break, find yourself, make time for yourself, and keep yourself psychologically healthy. If you cannot keep yourself healthy then you cannot serve your community. If you commit to too much, then you will overwhelm yourself. Go out and find what you enjoy. When everyday life becomes too much, give yourself a break, it's okay. In the end, this is your time, your life, your breathe, so be yourself. Finally, love who and what you are and find others that do to.

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