College Junior 2013-10-05T06:58:53Z
In my particular major we actual have our own lounge where we can go and do any computer work, print things, study, or just chill. There also is a quite large computer lab in the library for students as well
College Junior 2013-10-05T06:54:39Z
I don't really see that there is a big problem with drugs or alcohol. Not to say there isn't any of that going on but its very limited, students seem to be focused on getting through school.
College Junior 2013-10-05T06:51:48Z
PSU is located in the downtown core and it has a variety of foods and a good majority are very good.
College Sophomore 2013-10-03T03:52:30Z
Portland sports a huge variety of off-campus housing. Not only are most of the options close to campus, but they the prices are fairly cheap, compared to other established college housing in the area. I would highly suggest that your car be left at home with your parents because the Tri-Met Streetcar and MAX, Portland's transportation options, are more than necessary to get around in this city. Some of the off-campus housing options support their own transportation to PSU and it's totally free. The off-campus housing that I am currently living in has wonderful staff and understanding landlords so I am very pleased!
College Senior 2013-10-02T22:58:26Z
I have been told that PSU is not a good school (based on rankings and such) but I feel that I have learned so much these last two years and gained valuable real world experience. PSU is also a research university - which, at least for STEM fields, means a lot more than a "high ranking". Its also nice that even though its a research university, its relaxed enough that people are not at each other's throats.
College Senior 2013-10-02T22:54:44Z
I am an undergrad in the physics department. I enjoy it. Most of the instructors are experimentalists rather than theoretitians so there is a lot of emphasis on real world problems, observables and development of skills. We have a required one year series of Experimental Physics where we are exposed to circuit building, vacuum tech, imaging tech, lasers, RF, etc, etc.
College Senior 2013-10-02T22:49:11Z
I have not had an internship at my school. They are hard to come by in my department. I would like to have one - they give you valuable experience and connections and look great for grad school applications.
College Senior 2013-10-02T22:44:25Z
I live on campus and thusly use the campus internet... I personally have been in trouble with tech department for actions I did not commit (I got a computer from a friend and apparently he had torrented a game from that computer and I got in trouble for it) and there was no appeals process for that, which angered me. Basically, you get in trouble if there is a complaint about you, whether you actually did the wrong or not. Their policy is two of that type of infraction and you can be kicked out of school. I thought that highly unfair considering drug use/alcohol abuse on campus will only net you a couple hours of "community service". Their priorities are skewed.
College Senior 2013-10-02T22:37:05Z
The instructors are very knowledgable, and interesting and take an interest in students, especially if said students are interested in their field. A lot of our materials in the physics lab rooms are less than fabulous, but that rather reflects the real world - most employers will expect that you work with what you are given, not just with ideal facilities. There are, however, few opportunities to get research experience as an undergrad unless you are willing to engage in independent (unpaid, alone) research on your own. PSU just doesn't have that kind of money, or so I am told. However, if you are engaging in independent research, I have found most professors to be supportive, even with offers of use of their equipment, time and sometimes raw materials.
College Junior 2013-10-02T04:44:13Z
There are 2 sororities and 2 fraternities, you hardly ever hear about them. There is no housing on campus either. Greek life is not a big thing at Portland State University.
College Junior 2013-10-02T04:42:40Z
The drug scene at Portland State is not really a big deal. Living in Oregon pot is an issue here but there is not a lot of issues with it. Drinking is very popular here
College Sophomore 2013-10-02T01:25:18Z
There are tons of places to eat both on campus, and throughout the city, which is easily available by car, bike, or public transportation.
College Sophomore 2013-10-02T01:11:37Z
There are computer labs all over the main buildings, and printing areas too. The library is usually pretty packed, but there are plenty of computers. If you're in the engineering school, there is much more advanced equipment and tech support available.
College Sophomore 2013-09-30T15:17:58Z
Guys & Girls:
There is a diverse mix in Portland, lots of different types of people. They call Portland the beardiest city but I think it goes well with the climate. There are also many international students too.
College Sophomore 2013-09-30T15:14:36Z
There are many really nice places for food and drinks in downtown Portland, there is a huge variety and it is really easy to get from place to place once you are downtown. The food in Portland is AMAZING and the atmosphere is sometimes quirky but there are very trendy places too.
College Sophomore 2013-09-30T15:11:41Z
There are many teams and you get in free to the games if you are a student.
College Sophomore 2013-09-30T15:10:52Z
There are a number of scholarships available at PSU and there is one easy application that applies for many of them. I am currently trying to finish the process now and it has been pretty easy and straight forward so far.
College Junior 2013-09-29T01:28:16Z
Litetally the entire city of portland is acessable by mass transit from campus. That said downtown is where the campus is located and portland is a foodie mecca. Between fantastic restaurants, amazing breweries and a booming foodcart industry EVERYTHING is avaliable, and at a range of price points.
College Junior 2013-09-29T01:22:24Z
Health & Safety:
Pdx is an urban school right in the heart of downtown. All the ease of access aquired by the mass of public transport options unfortunatly allows for a moderate flow of non-students regularly. While many prcations are taken, accessibility to students is easy.
College Junior 2013-09-26T17:42:36Z
Innovative and forward thinking campus that I am happy to finish my undergrad at.
College Senior 2013-09-20T17:56:39Z
I didn't have any problems getting into PSU and the CFS program. I had to have references, I filled out the application, and sent in money for that. I had to write an essay discussing the questions required. I didn't wait to long before getting my acceptance letter. It went smoothly and mostly stress free!
College Senior 2013-09-20T17:52:56Z
Guys & Girls:
I am the type of person who is very dedicated to my school and choose not to make a whole lot of friends, and not to have boyfriends. I am not a party-person either. I do enjoy friendly conversation to classmates, mainly older women or females my age that I feel I have things in common with. I tend to avoid people who are partiers or just "slide" through school, not really caring about their education.
College Senior 2013-09-20T17:49:34Z
I'm happy with my program, but I'd say once I'm done with my education, I would really just like to focus on getting a job that will support me the rest of my life. I plan to get a Masters degree in teaching and become a Kindergarten teacher. One concern I have about my choice is how much languages there are in schools now days. I know some Spanish, but by no means am fluent. I fear that I would not be hired due to my inexperience of languages. Also, teachers are frequently being laid off, and that is a big issue that threatens the lively hoods of families in the education profession.
College Senior 2013-09-20T17:43:52Z
I'm in the Child and Family Studies program at Portland State University and I am very satisfied with the program so far. I believe the variety of classes helps me to become fully rounded and educated in many aspects of childhood education. The teachers are amazing, well educated, and extremely helpful and nice. The coursework has just enough challenge to really get me thinking and doing my best, as well as learning new ways to approach and work with children in school environments.
College Senior 2013-09-20T17:36:18Z
With my education major, I will student teach with young children. This opportunity is unpaid and requires a lot of hard work and dedication, but the rewards and the joy from teaching young children is amazing and priceless. These chances to be a part of a child's educational life is something that will empower me to become a better person, as well as teacher. There are many responsibilities, which include creating curriculum, communicating with families, incorporating diversity into the classroom, building relationships with the children, and so much more.
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