Portland State University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (25)
The program is not as advertised. The bureaucracy is fierce. There is no Federal Aid available unless you are minority with children. I am a 60 minority and been passed over 2x even though my 76 year old mother and I are at 12% median income. Forget about getting help with anything outside of suicide counseling. Any meaningful help is denied. Internships are required, but not vetted. They say they are, but really they are not, so you have to find your own, my advisor told me perhaps more than one internship to meet the credit and content requirement. The program was sold to students as being innovative, perhaps on paper. Cost of living is very high here, it is cheaper to go to Berkley instate and that is a far better school than PSU with a 14% graduation rate(maybe the hard-to-satisfy internship requirement).
Portland State is a school with reasonable tuition rates and passable academics. The teachers are quite hit or miss. But, the location of the school can't be beat.
I think Portland State University is with no doubt one of the best colleges in the Pacific Northwest, I had a wonderful and fulfilling experience with my professors, they have a great sense of leadership which I have a great deal of respect for.
Very liberal arts driven, but has very much forgotten about many of its most important departments. Politically active and dominated by political correctness.
Portland State University provides the opportunity to receive an education while being involved in the urban core of the city. Though this campus doesn't offer the typical college experience, it is a great place for those wanting to incorporate being a student with a dynamic, urban lifestyle. Many students work or otherwise involved in the community, making this a unique place to learn and share experiences.
PSU's strengths are diversity and community engagement. Not academically rigorous, though there are a few spectacular professors
Great intercity school; was able to take in-class sessions since I do not prefer online only; allowed me to juggle a job.
I thought it was a very unique and interesting program, however, I feel as thought they let almost anyone into the program. There were many students there who did not care about the value of their education, they just cared about getting a degree. Also, many of the students English was not strong enough to be in an all English speaking program.
My time at Portland State University was very positive. As a non-traditional student, I found the diversity of the student body to be both vibrant and welcoming. I enjoyed and learned a great deal from almost every one of my instructors. The University Studies program is innovative and makes the general education requirements more cohesive.
There are a lot of opportunities and resources here. Professors make great efforts to ensure students have the tools for success. The only real issue I had was the driving and parking situation (I'm not used to the city), but I was able to take advantage of several online courses.