Portland State is an above-average public university located in Portland, Oregon. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 13,990 undergraduate students. The Portland State acceptance rate is 90%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Public Health, and Psychology. Graduating 49% of students, Portland State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,500.
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- 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.149 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.148 responses
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- of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.173 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.225 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.90 responses
Portland State University Reviews
Portland State was a great University. The staff and students were pretty welcoming, and the tuition was for in-state students. They had a lot of great programs and diverse class options. I got to express a lot of creativity and make new friends as well. I also studied abroad! There were definitely lots of opportunities here. The location was also nice because it was right in the middle of Downtown Portland so there was always something to do before, after, and between classes.
I love how there are so many clubs and organizations to be a part of, there's never a dull moment on campus! Anyone will feel welcome to campus right away and will feel belonging, especially if anyone is from out-of-state. The only thing I would like for PSU to change is to have a smaller amount of students in a class since Portland State is a very big University, having a professor to teach a smaller classroom is a lot more beneficial to the teacher themselves to keep track of and students getting enough attention in class.
Portland State University has provided me with a unique college experience, with a campus all throughout the city, local resources are readily available. The school has several resources that I haven’t had at other colleges I went to before transferring to Portland State University such as the Women’s Resource, Queer Resource Center, and overall groups created by students that pique my interests. The instructors are very supportive and push you without excessive stress or fear of failure. The only thing that I would want to change about Portland State is aspects of the student body there is a negative air that some students hold and a general lack of diversity, which sadly reflects the demographics of the city.