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

2.5 out of 5 stars
Gretchen - 5/4/2015
Degree: Agriculture
Graduation Year: 2008
"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."
3.8 out of 5 stars
Kelsey - 4/14/2015
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2012
"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."
3.8 out of 5 stars
Joshua - 3/25/2015
Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2002
"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,"
3.8 out of 5 stars
Cassidy - 8/12/2014
Degree: Cultural Studies
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Erika Coker - 8/5/2014
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013
"I was looking for a college that I could take the majority (if not all) of my courses online because I work full-time, but also wanted a school that was reputable. I completed my Bachelors in Social Sciences online in 6 terms. I had a strong focus on rural social work and children family studies. The instructors were amazing and a took a great deal from my education and applied it to my work. I was fortunate that my ideal job opened just as I finished my degree and because of my course work and degree I got the job!! I plan to return to Portland State University to obtain my Master in Social Work. I highly recommend Portland State University."
3.8 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 8/7/2013
Degree: Finance
Graduation Year: 2014
"Tell us about your college experience.Very diverse, a lot of people who been in the job market. professors are not all about research.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?Yes because finance is marketable.What advice can you offer other students?Choose a practical college."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 7/20/2013
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2010
"Tell us about your college experience.College was a good experience for me, it was both challanging and interesting. My school was a good fit for me, and had a lot of good resources for a student.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?No I would not choose the same degree. It didn't help me find a job and I am not very interested in it any longer.What advice can you offer other students?Dont go to school unless you really have a desire to get something out of a particular degree--plan better before accumulating debt."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Marilynn - 1/19/2012
Graduation Year: 2015
"Despite of what you may have or haven't heard about PSU. One thing I would say is PSU is a great school offering many programs and having some of the best in the state. With it being the largest University in Oregon it's a school to 35,000+ students. That say's a lot, many students are choosing to go to school over others. It is a diverse community with having students from so many different backgrounds. It's facilities are just amazing as well and the park blocks are a great place to study. The teachers truly want to see you succeed, you just have to want to be able to succeed, this is college not high school."
out of 5 stars
leeann van - 12/22/2010
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"I'm looking for a master's degree program, and despite living a few miles from Portland State University, cannot bring myself to apply for PSU's MSW program. I am willing to move for a few years to study elsewhere. In the past 15 years of working in the mental health field, off and on, I've had co-workers or acquaintances who did not know each other who have told stories about unhealthy professors who insult and need to gain power over students, or who just needed to retire: nothing was gained in certain classes. PSU's MSW program could be so much more. The admissions people who I talked to were rude and appeared distinctly uninterested in my interest in their university. One insulted my undergrad. college, which has a good reputation. It would be so easy for each of these departments to improve, yet for 15 years, I have heard the same things re: the MSW program, and the univ. in general."