Portland State University Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
(49 Reviews)
  • Portland (OR)
  • Annual Tuition: $27,437
86% of 49 students said this degree improved their career prospects
86% of 49 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.9 out of 5 stars
N M - 1/17/2020
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2019
"PSU is a mess. Right as I came to graduatate, they applied my final course as a general elective - it should have applied towards what they call Clusters. In the degree audit, the course specifically is listed as applying. Despite their own audit stating the credit applied, they delayed my graduation and made me petition to have the course apply. I am still dealing with this. I know of 6 other people in my circle of peers that had this exact experience as well. I do not recommend this school. Beyond this issue, the professors in most departments are subpar and it’s very clear the professors from several departments are doing the bare minimum that they have to per course because despite tuition continuing to skyrocket, the university pays many of the professors less than what I make in my entry level tech job."
3.3 out of 5 stars
Arika Sandbach - 12/19/2019
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2019
"Portland State University has a large variety of degrees that people can work towards earning. They offer a large number of classes online and their staff is friendly and willing to help. I have a degree in biology from Portland State University and I have some professors that really stood out to me while I was there. Most of my professors were very knowledge and ready to help when students needed them. It is a great University to attend if you are looking to work and go to school as well."
2.9 out of 5 stars
Jessica Tyner-Mehta - 8/27/2019
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2005
"It has been almost 15 years since receiving my undergraduate degree, and I'm sure a lot has changed since then. However, PSU was your typical big state school with a commuter campus. There are endless opportunities for those who wish to seek them out, but it's also easy to get "lost" here, especially for first-generation students or those who might otherwise struggle coming from a background that did not prep them for higher ed."
4.1 out of 5 stars
Courtney Allen - 8/9/2019
Degree: Performing Arts
Graduation Year: 2012
"Portland States theater program is small and intimate. It has amazing mentors that will get to know your person and help you obtain your visions both educational and personal, for they are interrelated. You will have small class sizes and be able to learn and move and create in an environment that is equitable and non judge mental. The ego here is basically non existent. It was also a wonderful experience to have colleagues that were a variety of ages from 18 to 55 in my classes. This allowed a beautiful peer to peer mentorship. The building is newly renovated and amazing, you have 4 theaters surrounding you in less than 1 mile radius. You are in the heart of the creative hub in Portland. It makes you able to see yourself succeeding and finding work even while you are in school. It is a program that feels more independent as it is an inner city school, campus is gorgeous with the park blocks around you and lots of culture, but it inst a traditional college experience. Its for the driven, the creative and the ones who are open to connect with their city and college. Its wonderful as there isnt much culture shock, you can picture your life flowing from university to your own very easily and this is extremely healthy and a plus to be able to successfully transition your life from school to your vision and passion in the field."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kyler Zimick - 7/21/2019
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2019
"My time at Portland State University was amazing. I began taking classes on campus, as I had a job that allowed me to work during the day, and take classes in the afternoon and evening. All of the resources available on campus made for my time there very enjoyable. The atmosphere on campus is very relaxing, and allows students to learn in an environment that is comfortable and supportive. The staff at PSU was phenomenal. Any and every questions or concerns I may have had were answered in a timely manner, and gave me a sense of relief. The online campus was even more amazing. As a husband and father, the last year of my degree I had to complete online, because of my hectic schedule. The online portal was so easy to navigate and use. I definitely wouldnt have been able to finish my degree without the online program. It allowed for me to work, and provide for my family, while being able to complete my degree without any extra burdens. I highly recommend anyone to attend Portland State, as all of my experiences were top notch. I am very fortunate to have chosen to pursue my degree at Portland State, and wish anyone the best of luck in their pursuits of a higher education there."
4.1 out of 5 stars
Iris Teeuwen - 3/31/2019
Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2017
"I loved my time at Portland State University. The location of the school sits in northern Portland on the park blocks. The campus has a great combination of academic and city life. I spent most of my time in the library studying, which is a tall building with a fantastic view and plenty of quiet places to work. I really enjoyed the quality of instructors in the departments I was a part of. They were well rounded instructors with insightful career histories that were inspirational to model after. I majored in Anthropology and minored in philosophy. Both departments offered support in all areas of my education. It should be noted that I was a transfer student and same in after studying at community college for two years. Portland State University made the transfer very easy, there was sperate orientation days for transfer students to give us only the information a transfer student would need. The school would find a way to make sure most, if not all, of my credits transferred in. there were plenty of additional resources for students that may need it. There was a career center, writing center, women resource center, etc. the ones listed are more of the ones I utilized, but there were lots more. There were plenty of nonacademic activities that are fun to participate in, sports, parties, clubs, etc. I had chosen this school because it was close by to where Iived and it was easy to commute to. I am happy with the time I spent there and look back on my memories with fondness."
3.6 out of 5 stars
Sarah - 3/29/2019
Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2017
"The anthropology program at PSU worked out well for me, as I found a professor doing the kind of work that I wanted to do. While there is no linguistic anthropology here, the social/cultural, physical/biological, and archaeology focuses are fully represented. They also have applied anthropology, which is my interest and focus, which many anthropology programs do not have."
2.9 out of 5 stars
Griffin Nielson-Smith - 3/16/2019
Degree: Office Management
Graduation Year: 2016
"Receiving my bachelors of science at Portland State University was a pleasure and I was lucky to be able to do so. The university requires you to take University studies courses throughout your four years at the university, which I found helpful as a means of increasing your knowledge around different subjects that were't related to your major, but did not make financial sense when you had to pay for courses that weren't required for your major. Overall, PSU was a great school and I'd encourage out of state students to gain residency or taking core classes at Portland Community College to avoid the detrimental costs associated with out of state tuition at the university."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Vicki DAlessandro - 12/30/2018
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2018
"Instructors are very approachable and care about the future of social Work. The advisors were always willing to provide support and guidance. The time I spent in this program was very useful and rewarding. I learned so much and implemented the knowledge I gained. I highly recommend this program!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Mayah Nyblom - 8/9/2018
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2017
"Portland State University has some of the most amazing instructors and faculty that were an intrinsic part of my decision to pursue a master's degree. Their online format was easy to navigate and the feedback from instructors was on-point. The schools community of students and staff are very inclusive and appreciate diversity."
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