College Senior 2012-07-15T03:54:17Z
Drinking Is Popular for Weekend Activities – The drug and alcohol scene at Portland State University is not that big of an issue. There is drinking, but with moderation. Also the drinking is mostly on weekends and in my opinion handled responsibly. I haven't come across much drug use. All in all I would conclude that Portland State has an above average safety with its drug and alcohol consumption.
College Senior 2012-07-14T14:17:19Z
Beautiful Buildings and Scenery – Given certain problems (winter time tends to make for rust), it is a very beautiful campus full of great photographic view points no matter where you are. From the library full of all kinds of books to the restaurant life full of all kinds of food variety, you'll find your place happily and well no matter where you find yourself here.
College Senior 2012-07-14T14:13:11Z
Always Full of Life and Variety – You're bound to be inspired no matter where you go. There is a wide diversity of people everywhere, along with a wide variety of night life and restaurants. It's easy to meet new people, and it's a joy to do so in such a beautiful city.
College Senior 2012-07-14T14:11:49Z
Full of Variety, Support, and Excellent Professors – The field is about a 20-25 minute walking distance, depending on where you're coming from. Biking is a common activity, so I would suggest you invest in one.
College Junior 2012-07-11T02:22:36Z
Down Town Wheels – there are dozens of bus lines running all over down town, you can get just about anywhere in the city. there are also two max lines and a couple of street cars. all of these run through or near the campus.
College Junior 2012-07-11T02:03:36Z
the weather does not affect campus life too much it just affects how pleasant or unpleasant getting to class can be.
College Junior 2012-07-10T22:20:59Z
Food Carts Nearby – There are amazing food carts nearby, which is a big thing in Portland, with varieties of ethnic cuisines and relatively cheap meals. Food in school dining hall however, is awful. Very few options, and some of the "restaurants" are never even open. Sbarros, Subway, Einstein Bagels, Starbucks. Very disappointing.
College Junior 2012-07-10T22:11:00Z
Marijuana Use Big in All of Portland – Marijuana use is a huge thing in the entire Portland Metro area. While drinking is also present, I think pot smoking is the biggest illegal substance scene in the area. This isn't limited to PSU, nor does it necessarily have anything to do with PSU or students at PSU. It's just something that is very common in this city.
College Junior 2012-07-10T20:23:57Z
Student Life is great, especially if your surrounded by the nature of the campus. It is fun, relaxing, and a comfortable atmosphere. However, I am giving it a B because there are some incidents the happen around campus, especially since the campus is located in downtown Portland. The library is nice. It is 5 stories high, and one time in finals week of spring term, the library was open for 24 hours. Most importantly, the best part about campus is it is mostly diverse, so it is a great opportunity to mean some people from different countries or different races/ethnicity.
College Senior 2012-07-04T19:12:49Z
No regrets about my choice. The professors all love the field and try to engage and reach out to students. The job scene hasn't been so great traditionally, but it's opening up and the department has resources to place you in entry-level jobs or internships related to your studies
College Senior 2012-07-04T19:09:22Z
It's the Pacific Northwest – Bring your rain gear. That being said it doesn't rain every day, the temperature stays pretty moderate, and those clear, sunny days we get occassionally are well worth the wait.
College Senior 2012-07-04T19:01:21Z
Unique Environment – The urban campus, small class sizes, and professors who actually care about you succeeding in life make this a painless educational experience.
College Junior 2012-06-29T18:09:58Z
Don't Do Something Stupid....Caz You'll Always Get Caught! The security is pretty decent on campus. Lately they've had officers station around every corner; which during my first term, they didn't have as much. They've been looking out for offenders and trying to keep the campus as safe as possible these days. The campus, along with it's security has even issued out emails giving the description of multiple offenders, so yes if you commit a ridicule crime not only will the police know your description the whole student body will! And getting caught can take a tolnot only on your academic progress, but on your life!
College Junior 2012-06-29T17:58:26Z
Somewhat Hard! Since I'm going into a Biochem major, before enrolling into my class, I had to take online class entrance exams (they weren't deadly, so don't worry) for my science and math classes. I'd say review a little for the math exams....I forgot a few things xD...but still managed to pass with an 87%...yay! The math exams pretty long, but overall not that bad! The science ones I found to be easy. Along with this, the most important criterion for admission into the class was that you were able to pass your basic high school science and math courses. Other than that, everything else was decent and I was placed in the courses I needed.
College Junior 2012-06-29T17:46:31Z
Pretty Good (Haha!....Wayyyy Better Than the Highschool Cafeteria) – The food establishment around the campus are diverse. They range from hamburger joints, to pizza places, to Chinese restaurants, to sushi places, and even Greek cuisine. My campus is truly diverse in many ways, which I feel is a great quality it embodies. The menus are easy to understand....heck they're even displayed on flat screen TV's! The prices are pretty reasonable too. A full meal (ex: burger (with any topping),fries,soda) can cost as little as 5 bucks! And there's a food place around every corner so you'll never get hungry...haha! Especially Starbucks....there's literally 2 on every street! As for flex dollars...the cards can definitely be used to pay for your lunches....I don't really use mine often tho, mostly cash. over ally all, the campus dining is very good!!!
College Junior 2012-06-26T06:58:51Z
Overall, the use of computers is very helpful on campus. All you need to log on to your computer is your ODIN account (name and password). Also, you will have your own H: drive in all the computers on campus where you can save files on the H: drive and never lose it. It's like a flash drive given to you already where you don't need to bring it around.
College Junior 2012-06-26T06:51:12Z
Overall, Portland State University is a great school to attend and it should be an A grade school. However, I gave this grade a B since there are some incidents that happen around campus, mostly because PSU is in the center of downtown Portland. Commuting to PSU is really helpful, because PSU offers MAX train rides to commuters who live outside the PSU campus and downtown Portland. The environment in campus is really relaxing since PSU is surrounded by trees and nature that surrounds the campus.
College Junior 2012-06-26T06:46:10Z
Varsity sports in PSU are not that popular in campus, however, students and people around the community attend the games. However, PSU has a lot of school spirit to show how much we love our university.
College Sophomore 2012-06-25T21:44:46Z
Rain, Rain, Rain.... Did I Mention Rain? Honestly, most people hate the rain here, but i like it. Only reason I didn't fail this one. Otherwise, landscape is beautiful, natural, and quite serene.
College Sophomore 2012-06-25T21:41:19Z
Honestly Not That Bad. Whenever I had trouble, there was always a place to go for help, or just a multitude of places to study instead. Always never had trouble finding information for my classes in the library, computer labs, or even friends too. Professors made it easy to figure things out, but sometimes the grading would be very confusing.
College Sophomore 2012-06-25T21:18:28Z
Hippie Culture, Eco Clubs, and General Environmental Awareness. I plan to take more environmental science classes when I return to PSU because i enjoyed the impact they had on the university. It really seems as if they have all their stuff together when they teach, making it easier on the students to act as a sponge when the knowledge is spread out across the table when it comes to classes. Not to mention all the extra-curricular awareness of the environment, just a big plus in my opinion.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-25T15:29:50Z
Public transportation in Portland is easy, but the rates are going up again!
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-25T15:26:02Z
I don't know if drugs are popular on campus because I never see any indication of them
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-25T15:19:57Z
It rains as a constant, but every once and a while we get a clear day and everyone takes advantage.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-24T23:29:13Z
A Few Hiccups, but Good – I really enjoyed PSU -the classes are reasonably sized, the professors are generally pretty good, and it's convenient if you need to work while you go to school. Plus, the capstone projects are really fun.
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