Portland State University Reviews
Rating 3.61 out of 5 2,524 reviews
I attended PSU from 2005-2009, and elected to go into business for myself rather than use the chemistry, physics, or "architecture" classes I took at PSU, because the education I received there was next to worthless. Two and a half years into the architecture program, I found out the school had passed on accreditation. Their stated reasoning, was that they didn't want to cough up the cash for the last half of a point out of 14 points required for accreditation. Essentially I had just wasted 2 and 1/2 years of my life on art classes that minimally applied to an architecture degree. I attempted to salvage what I could through chemistry and physics, but it was just an enormous waste of time. If you attend school here you will find that the school does not back you, it's pretty much just a money grab for a low quality education. Are there good instructors? Yes of course. However PSU is a glorified community college, they do not offer methods for true advancement.
PSU's online learning is best described as " weak sauce". The online learning platforms are cut and paste garbage, you might as well be teaching yourself from a textbook.
I have been taking online classes for the past year and there is really nothing to complain about. Doing your research is key when signing up for them, as some classes have required meeting times while others don't. A lot of my basic classes seem to have deadlines for quizzes and discussions at the end of the week while core classes have required meeting times (sometimes up to four hours which is brutal but what can you do). I would say it can be isolating because it is hard to create a collaborative environment, but if you like working on your own or want to save time, online classes at PSU are a good option especially when you mix them with in person classes.
I am currently attending Portland State University and I am really enjoying it so far, despite it being removed to remote for a year. Because it is in the city, there are lots of good opportunities to explore and talk to people outside of your field of study. I am getting an Architecture degree and every Friday we have people come and speak about the field which I think is pretty unique to the school. Other than that, there are lots of fun events through the museums around town, diversity in food and experiences, and overall a very productive environment. I also haven't met a teacher I haven't liked. Overall, my mind has been opened to so many perspectives and subjects since attending PSU.
My experience with Portland State University was very good. I graduated from PSU after transferring in my junior year from a community college. My professors, faculty and peers made that transition very smooth and I felt supported throughout my academic career at Portland State University. The campus is in the heart of Portland, OR which creates a rich and vibrant campus setting.
Yes, I had taken a couple courses online before COVID hit, and now am completely remote. It has been a huge adjustment from having some classes online and being on campus to being fully remote. Although PSU has done a great job to create a smooth transition as both students and professors are going through these changes together.
My PSU experience has been overall positive. I love the campus and how it is surrounded my the city. It is a very welcoming and inclusive school that allows students to participate and take intuitive not only in their educational careers but advocacy out in the real world.
I took some online classes while at Portland State. I had a pretty good experience. It was easy. Read this, write what you think. Discuss.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience at Portland State. One of the best things was the location in downtown Portland. I had some good classes and learned a lot. However, I did have a handful of bad experiences with teachers: such as one that discouraged me from taking hand written notes because everything was online to read and print out. And another that would spend the entire class rambling on about his successes in life, that he'd completely forget that we were supposed to be having a class discussion about the material. There were some good teachers too, but I never felt seen and heard like I was when I was at a Community College in California.
I have had a great experience with Portland State University (PSU). When I was applying for school it was convenient. I am a Transfer student, all I needed to do was send my grade point average. then I was accepted. After being accepted to PSU, I had to attend a new student orientation, in PSU's Auditorium. After the orientation, students were able to get their new student badge, it was very convenient finding where to pick up the new student badge and where the financial aid office.
I did not take any classes online while at Portland State University so cannot speak to the quality of their online classes.
I loved my time at Portland State University, the classes and professors were engaging and I enjoyed taking classes with students with a wide range of life experiences.
I have taken several online classes throughout my time at PSU, and 3 classes remotely this term over zoom. In my purely web-based courses, the teachers usually did a very good job of making sure students had a combination of videos, readings, and other extra content online to effectively learn the material. They also almost always made sure to provide extra office hours for struggling students, and made it clear that despite not being in-person they were always available to help us. The remote classes I've taken over zoom have also been run really well.
I didn't have problems with online learning courses. There were occasional glitches, but the instructors were thorough and resonable
I was taking classes for a Child Youth & Family Studies major. The majority of my professors were intelligent, engaging, and supportive! I had a few required courses outside my major that required me to deal with unhelpful teachers, but I enjoyed my time there. Be aware though campus accessibility leaves a lot to be desired.
Portland State has transitioned to online learning fairly well, but it is not nearly as good as in-person learning.
Portland State University is a great college in terms of the sheer number of opportunities and the strong community. The campus is very large and there are tons of things to do.