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Portland State University’s motto is “let knowledge serve the city,” and students echo this philosophy, saying their school “has a strong focus on civic engagement and sustainability.” “PSU is a great learning environment in the heart of the city” and a “good value” for your tuition dollars. It’s also “a green-minded urban school” that’s “training students to be good community members.” The university offers “a wealth of courses,” with degrees in social work, a range of business majors, and the hard sciences all receiving praise. “Classes are usually pretty small,” and professors “promote lots of in-class discussion and are readily available to meet outside of class as well.” “They really care about the student’s success, and they really help broaden our scope of learning [and] thinking critically.” Adjunct professors are “very connected to the community and their particular areas of expertise.” Overall, students are happy with their instructors, saying, “Most professors are engaging and truly want to challenge you and help you succeed.” They “are well-educated [and] well-versed in current issues and research.” There’s “the occasional dud thrown into the mix,” though. Generally, “they are prepared and are passionate about the classes they teach. They have a wealth of experiences to bring to classroom,” and they’re “easily accessible for questions or further assistance; students just need to reach out.”

Student Body

“It is difficult to define the typical PSU student, because there are so many of us from so many different backgrounds,” one student says, and diversity does indeed seem to be the name of the game at PSU. Students describe themselves as “environmentally aware, hip,” and “very liberal.” Overall, people at PSU are “invested in their education and are friendly.” There’s a large population of nontraditional undergraduates, so students are “either typical college-age…or people in their thirties and forties with kids and full-time job trying to juggle everything.” Even within this large, diverse student body, “everyone finds a niche pretty quickly.” As one student notes, “It’s easy to find people you get along with, but it’s also easy to find people who are completely different from you, which makes school a lot more interesting.”

Campus Life

The city of Portland is a big draw for PSU students. “The campus is extraordinarily beautiful and ideally located.” Outdoor activities are big here: “There’s skiing, hiking, camping, [and] fishing.” “The downtown area has plenty of microbrew pubs, nightlife, eateries, and theaters.” “The people are friendly, and the city is gorgeous and easy to navigate. You can go to the beach or to the mountain in about two hours, and there are many things to do outdoors. There are great parks throughout the city.” “The public transportation is outstanding.” It’s bikeand vegan-friendly. “There are lots of activist and awareness-raising events going on all the time, and lots of students are involved in volunteering (on and off campus).” Because PSU has a large nontraditional undergraduate population and the majority of students live off campus, the sense of community extends beyond the school and into the city. “There are a lot of things to do on campus, and there are different groups on campus that promote going out into the community at large and helping out.” “Because the student body is so big and really diverse, PSU has tons of programs/clubs/groups that help make you feel more involved with your school. PSU is also committed to sustainability: Any new buildings are made with the latest green technology, and recycling is a big deal.”

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Most Popular Places On Campus
South Park Blocks
Fourth Avenue Food Carts
Academic and Student Recreation Center (ASRC)
Peter Stott Center & Viking Pavilion (PSC & VP)
Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Portland Art Museum
Powell's City of Books
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
23rd Ave (Pearl District)
Downtown Portland
Mt. Hood, Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls

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Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Buses, street cars, light rail (MAX), bike/scooter share, taxis, uber, lyft. Nearest airport: Portland International Airport ~ 10 miles (https://www.flypdx.com/PDX)

Driving Instructions to Campus
North to Campus: Take I-5 S Follow I-5 S to I-405 S towards US-26 W/SW Broadway Take Exit 1C (SW 6th Ave) from I-405 S Continue on SW 6th Ave East to Campus: Take I-84 W Merge onto I-5S Follow I-5 S to I-405 N towards City Center/Beaverton Take Exit 1B (SW 4th Ave) from I-405 N Continue on SW 4th Ave South to Campus: Take I-5 N Follow I-5 N to I-405 N towards City Center/Beaverton Take Exit 1B (SW 4th Ave) from I-405 N Continue on SW 4th Ave West to Campus: Take US-26 E to City Center Take Exit 74 (SW Market St) Continue on SW Market St

Local Accommodations
University Place Hotel & Conference Center 310 SW Lincoln St Portland, OR 97201 Phone: (503) 221-0140 Fax: (503) 224-0744 Email: uplace@pdx.edu Website: https://www.uplacehotel.com/ Hotel Vance 1455 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97201 Phone: (503) 334-2167 Website: https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/pdxtx-hotel-vance-portland-a-tribute-portfolio-hotel/overview/?scid=f2ae0541-1279-4f24-b197-a979c79310b0 The Hotel Zags 515 SW Clay St Portland, OR 97201 Phone: (855) 523-6914 Website: https://www.thehotelzags.com/ Downtown Value Inn 415 SW Montgomery St Portland, OR 97201 Phone: (503) 226-4751 Website: http://www.downtownvalueinn.com/ Econo Lodge City Center 1889 SW 4th Ave Portland, OR 97201 Phone: (503) 226-7646 Website: https://www.choicehotels.com/oregon/portland/econo-lodge-hotels/or149?mc=llgoxxpx


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