Portland State University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (38)
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. Dealing with this office has resulted in some of the worst customer service I've ever experienced. The wait time to speak with someone is always 30+ min. When you do reach a representative, they're often rude and rushing to get you off the phone. The information I've received on multiple occasions has turned out to be blatantly false and inaccurate, resulting in many instances of financial hardship when funds I was relying on didn't come through. Every time I get a question "answered" by one of their FA reps, I later find out the information was wrong. When I call to dispute charges to my account of missing refunds, I'm basically told "sorry, can't help you." They have absolutely no regard for students who rely on these services to get by. If you plan on relying on financial aid while you receive your education, then I beg you, go somewhere other than PSU.
This university is suitable for students who can find their own way, but also know when to ask for help; assistance is not always given freely. Many of the faculty and staff are helpful when approached. The professors within the music department are easy to talk to and are all great teachers. The professors within the physics department are more traditional. If you find a good advisor, stick with him or her because sometimes, good advisors are difficult to find. I found that some of my physics professors were teaching in order to keep up their research, whereas some are passionate about teaching. The music department is only one of two in Oregon that is a School of Music. The education received through the music department, for me, was invaluable. However, the physics department is not exemplary, but I certainly have learnt a lot from my classes. Opportunities for research are not handed out; you have to explore and approach professors if you are interested in research. The university studies programme receives disparate reviews. I found it a lot of fun. Although I did not learn as much from my university studies classes as I might have by taking honours classes or the traditional baccalaureate-core classes, I was fortunate to have some really great professors with whom I remain in contact. It is a great way to take classes that you may not have even thought about taking, or might not be able to fit in as electives depending on your schedule. The flexibility and online classes and on-campus classes also provides other opportunities to take different courses. Furthermore, because this university is an urban campus with many adult and/or working students, the professors and advisors do not push you in one direction or another, depending on your interests. For example, double majoring as University of Oregon would have been incredibly difficult, and my music advisor there in fact told me I had to choose between physics and music. The faculty in both the music department and physics department at PSU supported my goal of obtaining my double major, and encouraged it. Although the structure of a degree is somewhat flexible, the classes themselves are often structured and provide many learning opportunities. It was also very easy to take courses during the summer. Although PSU is not the highest rated university in Oregon, I am glad I went there. Regardless of the praise I am giving PSU concerning academics, the financial support available to the students is somewhat minimal. If you are depending on many funds (scholarships, grants, etc.) PSU might not be for you. They do not receive the funds U of O, or even OSU, receive and therefore are not able to provide these funds to their students. Also, although I did not experience any violence first hand, because PSU is in the middle of Downtown Portland, there is a risk of assault, etc. on campus. There were a number of reports during my time at school, but often late at night. PSU is serious about keeping their students safe, so if you feel uncomfortable walking around campus alone, especially at night, there are security officials always available. In addition, there are a couple of "sketchy" parts of campus, often on the outskirts of campus away from many other buildings, to be aware of, especially when walking alone.
Portland State University is a great school to pursue a business degree. It locates in the heart of Downtown Portland which surrounded with many local businesses. School of Business Administration also full of many experienced mentors and professors that will help students to define their next step and set themselves apart as a strong candidate.
Portland State University was my last option for undergrad. My mother was pressuring me to go due to the low cost. I'm glad I listened to her because after the first year, I couldn't imagine attending anywhere else. PSU not only is the biggest university in Oregon, but it's also the most diverse. No matter your ethnicity, age, or education level, all are welcome. I enjoyed the laid back vibe and studious energy. I would recommend PSU for anyone who may be doubting if they should go back to school or not. PSU will support you in any way possible and get you to your next chapter in life.
Portland State University is set in the heart of downtown Portland, you're not really sure where campus ends and the city starts. PSU is filled with diversity, there are so many opportunities for students to learn from people of other cultures. PSU has a variety of clubs and groups to join, so no one feels left out. It is really an amazing place to go to school.
I attended PSU and was a part of the University Honors college which provided wonderful experience and research opportunities. It was great preparation for graduate school. The faculty were very involved in helping students grow if that is what the student wanted. It can be easy to get lost in a schools as big as PSU, but if you seek help from professors you will get quality education.
I really enjoyed attending Portland State University. The campus location is great and the social work program is amazing. The instructors had many years of experience working in different fields so the lectures were very diverse and really helped paint a picture as to how flexible this degree can be.
For those who live in Portland Oregon or surrounding suburbs within the public transportation routes covered by TRIMET, the school is a good choice. PSU has a decentralized, commuter-based campus. Most students travel from miles away to come to school resulting in a school setting that lacks that cozy college feel. Nevertheless, PSU offers plenty of degrees to satisfy most anyone and they are slowly replaceing old buildings with new modernized settings.
Portland State University was a very diverse campus. They had people from all walks of life and different age groups. I felt that their location being downtown Portland was a great added benefit because it allowed you to see the Portland culture and the people that made Portland "weird". I felt like the Professors genuinely cared about your education and the facilities were kept in very good shape. The science lecture halls were well laid out and nice. After I attained my degree, I received several great letters of recommendation and eventually got accepted into medical school to continue my pursuit in medicine. I attribute a lot of my path towards medicine from Portland State University.
The psychology classes often overlap, so you learn the same few concepts multiple times. You end up learning the foundations really well because of that but it can be frustrating when you are wanting to learn new things and get the most out of each class. If you are planning on going to graduate school to be a counselor then it can be great for forming relationships with professors but if not, another area of study would be better.