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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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  • And be sure to make it by on a Saturday morning for the farmer's market - best in the city! The park blocks are stunning and a great place for a picnic or a pleasant walk.  more »
  • PSU is an integrated part of Portland. It's difficult to be downtown and not be on their campus. Lots of things going on, very involved in community life.....and ideal of what an urban campus can be. ...  more »
  • Frequently departments such as Asian Studies and Middle Eastern Studies provide weekly performances, lectures and other cultural events, so besides being the number one destination for Portland studen...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This is more about the Farmer's Market in the area which is a great experience... the location of the university is beautiful
  • If you like cencorship, political correctness and groupthink this is the university for you. The student news paper is a joke. This institution should lose all funding.