Portland State University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (25)
Portland State University was a wonderful choice for me. The campus is right in the middle of downtown Portland, so it feels urban, but it also has the wonderful Park Blocks surrounding it as well, which gives it more of a traditional college campus feel. I received a great education, both for my major, and outside my major. I very much enjoyed my time at PSU, and really believe my experience there made me a better individual.
I enjoyed PSU. The variety of classes and size of the campus made it easy to have the experience I wanted to have.
Personally, my college education and the experiences that came along with it were solely for the purpose of earning a degree to better my odds of finding employment and earn a higher income. I switched majors a total of three times and later decided to double-major into HR management. College was invaluable to my career now however can be be troublesome without financial support.
It was a great experience, expensive, and my sought career has nothing to do with my major. The adventure itself was the education.
It's a great college that takes care of its business students and takes pride in all of their successes.
I think that PSU is a dynamic and diverse (for Portland) urban university. It may not have a great deal of prestige, but I felt very good about the quality of education I received there. The unique general education system (the University Studies program) makes fulfilling general education requirements a much more streamlined process and provides many opportunities for learning outside of one's major.
There are definite pluses to attending Portland State University in downtown Portland, Oregon. It is an urban school that is nestled right in the business district and is easily accessible by bike, bus and car. The secluded feel of some campuses is not in play here and that can be seen as being positive or negative. For those who are looking for a school that has a strong school culture this might not be the school for you. For others who attend school, but who are more involved in their extracurricular lives this type of school could be a good fit. I chose the Latin American Studies program at PSU because of my interest in traveling and working internationally. I found that there were some excellent classes to chose from but that the program as a whole lacked cohesion. The class range was too broad, from dance classes to conflict resolution, and the lack of focus meant that I graduated with a very topical understanding of my subjects of study. I believe I should have focused on languages. A bachelor's degree in International Studies leads to unpaid internships, but not to paying work.
PSU gets a bad rap, but it is what you make it. I was in several student organizations, studied abroad in an amazing program, and stuck to the professors that I knew were great. The campus is gorgeous, especially in the summer. Advisors are basically useless, but that is the biggest drawback.
Portland State was a tremendous experience, located in the heart of Portland it offered a great opportunity to learn from professionals in the community and participate in the larger community. As a commuter school it didn't offer a lot of major on campus events (sports had low attendance during my time there), but there is plenty to engage in and always something going on. The professors were top notch and in the architecture department we got great support from the whole department. The architecture program was just entering the accreditation process when I attended,
Portland State University is one of those institutions that doesn't have a single mentality or offers a single 'college experience.' It truly depends on what your major is. As far as the administration and financial services go, I think most PSU students wouldn't hesitate to throw out some complaints. The Financial Aid department is notoriously complicated (you never really know the expectations and rules behind scholarships and financial aid) and there was an impeding strike between the admin and professors last year (which was luckily avoided, but there is still tension). However, I have never had a bad experience with a counselor, the Honors College is a great institution to be involved in, and the professors throughout both of my majors (but especially Chinese) are the best you could ask for. I know a lot of my friends who are majoring in other subjects feel the same way about their profs. So, overall, the institution isn't the best (everyone feels like tuition is too high), there isn't really a 'school spirit' mentality (absolutely nobody cares about the sports teams), and the school has its issues. However, if you are looking to find amazing professors who truly care about their subjects and their students, PSU is a great place.