Portland, OR
Portland State University


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Recent Reviews

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.

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

Portland State University is an accepting, environmentally friendly school that people of all ages attend to achieve their dr...

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

Portland State University is an accepting, environmentally friendly school that people of all ages attend to achieve their dream of gaining knowledge in various, diverse fields

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

I would tell myself to make sure I study a field im really passionate about, because your education is the beginning to the rest of your life. I would tell myself how needed a college education is and that procrastination isn't always a bad thing. I would tell myself to get involved in the Universities social activities as much as possible and make college fun but not at the price of your education.

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

An urban university offering diverse opportunities and experiences to its students in every academic field.

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

An urban university offering diverse opportunities and experiences to its students in every academic field.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Portland State is an urban university, that attracts and promotes people from all walks of life and ages, to enhance their educational experience in academia and self enhancement. It's also a melting pot of ethinc diversity from it's student body and faculty, bringing understanding of the worlds rich culture to one central institution.

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

Dear Future Self, University gives youthe chance to enhance and open YOUR mind to the abstract world arund you, so take advantage of it. Set yourself goals of where you want to be in the future, career wise and education wise; know that college is your stepping stone to achieving those goals. Stay focused, stay dedicated, work hard and most importantly stay committed. No one can help you, but YOU. You make your opportunities and only you can pave your way to success. Don't stress over the little or big things, instead cultivate that stress positively and put that cultivated energy towards your work. Prioritizing your work is key to staying balanced and giving yourself the flexibility of a healthy social life. Find new ways to stay motivated and get into the routine of making the things I've said above a habit (it'll make life in college a bit easier). Lastly remember one thing, the harder you work now the more you'll get to play later. So stay postive, stay vibrant and stay true to yourself always. Cheers, Future Self

Fiona
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are creative and diverse; caring for themselves and their friends, my classmates bring my school to life with e...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are creative and diverse; caring for themselves and their friends, my classmates bring my school to life with excitement and intellect.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best known for its urban setting, supporting its students' urban lifestyles in the heart of downtown Portland with convenient access to arts and culture, nature and the outdoors, as well as retail and transportation.

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

Once I had unpacked my belongings into my new dorm room and felt aquainted with my first-ever roommate, I had no idea what was en route for me during my first term of college. The classes were stressful and difficult, the costs were expensive and seemingly never-ending, and, most of all, I was completely on my own in a new city in a new state. During my senior year of high school, I did not take a full schedule, nor did I apply for many scholarships. If I could go back in time to guide myself as a high school senior, I would have taken those extra credits and applied for as many scholarships as possible. Adjusting to a new city and a new school takes time, but if I could have given myself advice senior year, I would have recommended spending more time restoring and constructing relationships in my old community to practice building connections in my new community more easily! Now I know that having more preparation for college my senior year could have only helped strengthen my confidence transitioning into my first term of freshmen year!

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

If I could go back in time and talk to my past self I would remind myself that my skills in life are not directly tied to my ...

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

If I could go back in time and talk to my past self I would remind myself that my skills in life are not directly tied to my degree. I would encourage my younger self to explore my natural talents before subjected myself to a program of study. I would remind my younger self what I already knew then, there is much more time than it appears, be patient, step thoughtfully. I would tell myself to give myself time to heal from my brothers passing and I would beg myself to spend some time with my family. I would look myself in the eye and make sure I understood that nothing will ever get in the way of my creative endevours, but I might not yet have the experience to clearly decipher what technical skills I need to truly flourish as a creative, complicated, and overly ambitious individual. Most importantly, I would remind myself to live minimally because my spirit steps the lightest when tied down to the least material.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about Portland State University is the diversity in age and direction of the students. I sailed on JV and Varsity teams and our team would often get called the "motley crew". We would all just laugh and smile at how different our team was from all of the other teams, we had so much variety in age, color, gender and background -- there is so much to learn from the students at PSU.

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

The worst thing for me at Portland State was the lack of interest of guidance counselors unless you were a part of certain programs. I started out in business and changed my mind, eventually leading to a triple minor with a major in Liberal Arts -- no guidance counselor wanted to deal with me, instead I was forced to deal with four different guidance counselors, all of which didn't take my study seriously.

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