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Portland State University, Portland

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3.9/5 based on 65 reviews on the web
Portland State University serves as a center of opportunity for nearly 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation's most livable cities, the University's innovative approach to education combines academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through internships and classroom projects with community partners. The University's 49-acre downtown campus exhibits a commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 213 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. PSU's motto, "Let Knowledge Serve the City," inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe.
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  • I like the layout of the campus and the proximity of it's football practice field and what not. I liked it. 
  • I loved the location of this University in Portland. I could walk downtown to Powell's Bookstore, and they had a fabulous Saturday Farmers Market on Campus! It is also serviced well by public transpor...  read more »
  • It straddles South Park blocks where beautiful old trees grace the shadow over the campus. If stroll to the north side within the beautiful park, one can find Portland Art Museum, Oregon Historical So...  read more »
  • Please believe others online who have knocked PSU's joke of an administration and claimed they never received a decision from this 'university'. The admissions office is a NIGHTMARE and no one has any idea of what PSU's policies are or how to help prospective students -- they just want to rip you off over $60 to apply and never actually give you a decision! Expect disorganization and lost documents, especially if you're out of state like me. I attempted to apply to PSU on June 28, 2016. I had several transcripts to send; I had no issue with sending ANY of these documents to my last university. First, my community college transcript mysteriously went missing; I called PSU's admissions office at least a dozen times in July as I tried to figure it out. I always received a blase apology without my concerns being taken seriously. By almost the last week of July, I had no other choice but to spend $21 to overnight the transcript just to see if it was PSU's fault -- and voila, the 'missing' transcript turned up just 3 days after I mailed it myself. In the meantime, they also said I was allowed to use an unofficial transcript for an international university I went to until the official copy got there; I emailed it to a counselor named Erin, who confirmed she received it. My final transcript was sent electronically, so I assumed my app was finally finished by the end of July. Fast forward almost THREE weeks. I receive a notice via email on a Saturday (?) that my application is STILL incomplete. I call, and one of PSU's counselors (who is defensive, not to mention sounds completely baked) says that my international transcript is missing...really? I demand they explain why Erin hadn't attached the unofficial copy I sent her. Finally, someone else (not Erin herself, pathetically) calls back and apologizes for her, admitting Erin hadn't taken 2 minutes to actually check my attachment and confirm it was the 'correct' version of my unofficial transcript, as what I sent couldn't be used for a decision. PSU only accepts unofficial transcripts emailed and scanned directly from a university, not from a student portal -- directions I NEVER received. Oh, and the excuse for her incompetence was 'she's been recruiting'. I guess that means every waking moment for over 5 weeks she was so busy recruiting that she couldn't open one email. Are you kidding me, PSU? Since admissions is falling apart, how can any of the other departments like financial aid be any better? If this isn't enough to make your head spin and convince you to run far, far away from PSU, I don't know what else will!
  • I have had nothing but headaches from this school. While tuition is average for university the extra fees are outrageous, parking is absurd and classes are taught for student schedules only. I understand that I am an older student at 28 years but I feel that a lot of students work these days and would expect that there be a fair amount of online or evening classes available especially considering the location so close to the business district. There is not and what is available fills up faster than you can imagine. The classes I have taken have primarily been taught by TAs or professors that do not care to teach and are only there to get research paid for. The majority of the classes i have taken have also been graded so severely on a curve that it seems they don't actually care if you learn the material. Policies are frustrating and advisors are worthless. If you don't have a plan already established than they won't help. The "non smoking" campus is laughable and assistance for students is far below what is necessary. I cannot express fully how frustrated I am with this experience but this will certainly be my last term. I would not recommend this school unless you have a need for debt and don't care to take away much other than a piece of paper with your name on it.
  • I have to take classes to keep my license up to date and while I have had no problems with the classes I've taken through PSU, I have had HUGE problems with Student Financial Services, to the point where I will no longer take a class if it's offered for PSU credit. If I tallied up how much time I've had to put in to just following up with random bills (the most recent of which was today's, which was for interest accrued on a balance of 0), it would be hours. The people I speak with are always nice and they always apologize and I know it's not their fault. But whoever designed their billing system ought to be fired. I chatted with a colleague about this today and she went off on how much of a hassle it's been for both her and a friend of hers, so it's not just me. Goodbye PSU and good riddance, as far as I'm concerned.
  • Our daughter gas attended PSU for 2 years. I enjoy the way the university is integrated into down town Portland. The school itself is widely diversified. Wonderful school of business and art po programs.
  • nice campus and sport... lot of weekend feature and a nice courtyard and library. I visit there while my kids getting their education there... I don't know the it that much, but buildings are nice and lot of improvement projects keep the place up to date.
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