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Portland State University

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Address: 1631 Southwest 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
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Provides cultural events for the city at large ...

Frequently departments such as Asian Studies and Middle Eastern Studies provide weekly performances, lectures and other cultural events, so besides being the number one... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Frequently departments such as Asian Studies and Middle Eastern Studies provide weekly performances, lectures and other cultural events, so besides being the number one destination for Portland students who don't want to move away from town and don't have the resources to go elsewhere, this school offers accessible events throughout the year. Easy to get on their listservs to get... More 

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Portland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

PSU is tucked into the SW corner of the city proper and can be busy during the day. The campus is compact and be be crowded during the academic year. there are a couple of food cart pods for quick lunches and good pizza place. Parking can be a problem even though they ahve several public garages. the best time... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

As an urban campus this is average. They have not average things like the Saturday farmers market or the food carts on 4th. But that is independent from the University. Went to three urban universities in other states and the parking and transportation was better, but not the area restaurants or the safety in the area. Those are out standing.... More 

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

psu is such a piece of downtown portland that it's almost impossible to not cut through the 'campus' on several avenues every day, if you're accustomed to going 'in town'. the opera and graduate english departments are almost a secret considering how world class they rank among the cognoscenti.

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1 Thank Steven J
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I like the layout of the campus and the proximity of it's football practice field and what not. I liked it.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

I loved the location of this University in Portland. I could walk downtown to Powell's Bookstore, and they had a fabulous Saturday Farmers Market on Campus! It is also serviced well by public transportation that can take you anywhere in the city limits. I will definitely return. They also have fantastic athletic facilities.

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

It straddles South Park blocks where beautiful old trees grace the shadow over the campus. If stroll to the north side within the beautiful park, one can find Portland Art Museum, Oregon Historical Society, Schinizer Peforming Arts center and many coffee shops, award winning restaurants, Fox theatre. Many prominent old churches grace the park as well. Shops like Nordstrom, Macy... More 

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Sun City West, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

Don't know about the academic side, but on the grounds of the university is a really excellent farmers' market on Saturdays. All the locals were there. Prepared food options. Wonderful looking fresh produce. Wish I had this option where I live.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

PSU is an urban school in a third tier urban area, with all the pluses and minuses that implies. Wonderfully diverse students and (less so) faculty; major funding problems; located in (joke) "The people's republic of Portland" where NOTHING can be taken for granted - sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, etc. etc. It's an incredibly difficult environment to manage.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

As someone with a vested interest in the health of Portland State, I can say that the population is varied, the course selection is good, and transportation to and from is great.

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