Portland State University Reviews
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.
Portland State University is an all around great school. Their ability to help non-traditional students with their educational is incredible. They offer the right classes, for the right price with the right help. The school is dedicated to student success. In addition, PSU helps students past just academia, they help students find jobs, networks with future employers and become prepared for their careers.
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.