Portland State University Reviews
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.
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.
I am currently a freshman attending PSU and it had been quite a big change of pace. I moved from a town of about 1,200 people into downtown Portland to attend here and I was a bit overwhelmed at first. But after living in the city for over a month it really grows on you and you find yourself navigating with ease. The schooling is great with most classes being of a small size, maximizing student/teacher interaction. Overall I have enjoyed my time at PSU but I would only recommend PSU to those serious about their degrees and who enjoy city life.
Portland State University is a great school to pursue a business degree. It locates in the heart of Downtown Portland which surrounded with many local businesses. School of Business Administration also full of many experienced mentors and professors that will help students to define their next step and set themselves apart as a strong candidate.
Portland State University is set in the heart of downtown Portland, you're not really sure where campus ends and the city starts. PSU is filled with diversity, there are so many opportunities for students to learn from people of other cultures. PSU has a variety of clubs and groups to join, so no one feels left out. It is really an amazing place to go to school.
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.
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.
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.