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NCAA Division I-AA
Big Sky Conference
Portland State University Rankings
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Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.129 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.127 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.126 responses
Most Popular Majors
Liberal Arts and Humanities355 Graduates
Social Sciences289 Graduates
Criminal Justice and Safety Studies196 Graduates
Community Health and Preventive Medicine165 Graduates
Business Administration and Management163 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.151 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.203 responses
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After Portland State University
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.90 responses
Portland State University Reviews
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The campus is absolutely gorgeous and I have learned so much being from the classes I've taken here. It is more of a commuter school and most of the students are originally from Oregon. A high percentage of students are also a bit older than college students typically are (18-25) which makes the party scene a bit non-existent. However, if you are 21+ there are lots of bars in downtown that are worth your time. The biggest complaint I would have about Portland State is the location. I love Portland but downtown is not very safe in my opinion. There is a lot of scary people and a lot of crime that happens right around campus. If you wander too far from your dorm you may run into trouble. Also, I would recommend not taking night classes for safety reasons. We do have an easily accessible campus security who will escort you home if you're smart enough to take advantage!
As a first year student at PSU, I wasn't really sure what to expect, but so far I have loved it! Everyone I've met at PSU have been amazingly nice and supportive, professors and students alike. The campus is beautiful and centrally located in downtown Portland making commute and other activities a breeze, with serene park blocks in the middle making it feel as if you weren't really in the city. And to top everything off, PSU offers a wide range of classes and different areas of study.
Teachers make the effort to keep open communication with their students, offering help or guidance if needed. Generally satisfactory array of courses by the term, offered online and in person, few being hybrid. Campus is located in a very convenient part of the city, easy access to multiple forms of transportation to provide support for those that choose not to drive and those that don't. Various clubs and opportunities. Capstone programs provide students with opportunities to earn real world experience prior to graduation. Monthly 'harvest' for students that need addition help for healthy foods also available, and daycare services for students and staff with children. Food carts conveniently located, with decent food in campus cafeteria.