Portland State University, Portland

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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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  • The rec center occupies most of a building at SW 6th and Montgomery. Bus lines and streetcar lines converge a block away, making the commute a snap. A big Olympic-sized lap pool, with relaxing hot tub...  more »
  • Very well located in the city center. The neighborhood is quiet while receiving animations like the big farmers market on Sunday. Benches are available for relaxation. Several nearby museums. What chance of studying here.
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  • We stayed nearby and I got to say that I was impressed with the urban campus. They are doing a major gym renovation now that will be awesome and the school sits high on a hill above the greater city. ...  more »
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  • My experience with the faculty and the program I was enrolled in was mostly positive. My main issue with the university is the incredibly high differential tuition rates. Receiving my graduate degree has cost twice as much as I initially thought it would, mostly due to misinformation I received from the Financial Aid office. I ended up dropping classes and decreasing my enrollment so I could work full-time instead of focusing on my studies; a situation directly caused by not receiving Financial Aid funds that I was assured, on multiple occasions, that I was eligible for. If you're like most students and you will be relying on aid or student loans to complete your education, then I advise you apply elsewhere.
  • Anything to do with administration (payments, billing, registration, application) is consistently a nightmare. Their website systems are hard to navigate, find information, register, really anything. Charges and fee's get included when they shouldn't. Getting in contact with someone, or the right person, is difficult. I should have realized from my first bad experience registering with them that administrative tasks would be the hardest part of my degree. I have multiple degrees from multiple colleges and universities and none of my experiences with administrative tasks have compared to this place. Beautiful campus in a perfect downtown Portland location still doesn't makeup for their terrible processes, procedures and systems. Additionally they have a big selection of classes to choose from for your program when in fact 90% of the list are actually never offered. This has the appearance of a bait and switch tactic to attract students to their program.
  • The quality of education compared to the ever increasing cost is mediocre. While I have had some great instructors, majority of them rely solely on online programs and online books. This leaves little room for actual quality learning. Considering he university just increased tuition, you would think the education would be of a higher quality. This is not the case. Why is the president of PSU making so much money while the poor students suffer? I have had many more quality instructors at a community college then at this University. Prices are rising both in tuition as well as books. Often times you are given a code for a book and website that automatically grades your work. This means instructors are doing less and less. The online books also expire which means there is no resale value. You can't go buy a used book, because the only way to finish the class is to use the online service. While not every class or instructor uses these scam methods, majority of be teachers do. I feel like I get one good instructor for every 5 mediocre ones. The president of the university is lining his pockets while we the students continue to empty out ours. Many of my teachers seem to not even care about the subject they teach. It is as if they don't even want to teach. We the students pay so much and you continue to disappoint us.
  • Went here for 4 years. Pretty satisfied with my time. Degree is going well for someone that wasn't involved in school activities. Great location of course.
  • I got a Bachelor of English at Portland State. The quality of my education was good--thanks in large part to my professors most of whom were passionate and knowledgeable. Unfortunately Portland State compels you to finance thier expansion and presumably bloated administration by requiring that you take a multitude of credits which are frankly unnecessary. It may seem like a trivial thing when you're not experiencing it--but spending many thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of time on courses that are blatantly irrelevant to your course of study is absolutely miserable. Your advisors justifying those extras as "broadening your education" when it's clear that the school wants your money just adds insult to injury. At any rate, to those who are considering going to college here; Portland State can be of good value provided you're passionate about your area of study and know that there is a good job market for that particular degree. DO NOT, for the love of God simply "get a degree" because someone told you that you should. It will not end well.

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