Portland State University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (37)
Portland State is a great place for people who like the city. It is a large school, but after a few semesters you'll get to know the students and professors in your major and it'll start to feel like a smaller community. It's definitely possible to live on campus, but the majority of students commute. The academics are about on-par with what you'd expect from a state school. It's not elite, but you'll get a good education.
The best advice I received was from a student counselor, who answered all my questions about my upcoming senior year. I think PSU has a great environment where other students want to see their peers succeed. Who better to give you all the information on professors than students who are taking classes from those same professors. I also felt that once I got over the fear of asking professors for help, professors in my department really cared. Students are sometimes embarrassed or afraid to ask for advice but Professors always seemed so eager to help! Professors know how to help and can also get you in touch with other professors who may better fit your academic needs. One professor that I asked for advice was able to, not only sit down and go over classes that I would need, but also helped me research graduate programs. Another professor advised me to join a research lab and then offered me a place in his colleagues research lab! I have had amazing opportunities at Portland State University and recommend anyone interested in getting the most out of their education to enroll there.
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.