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Great professors and curriculum overall. Had some significant challenges with an academic counselor which delayed my ability to officially graduate for 15 years.
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I am a 38-year-old undergraduate student. I started college at about 30 years old as a part-time student at Portland Community College (PCC) here in Portland. I became dual-enrolled with PCC and PSU and was able to see the best of both worlds. However, the fact that PSU is in one location downtown makes it a much easier transition for classes. I eventually left PCC for the sprawling, green campus of PSU. I appreciate that there are multiple seating areas outside, and before the pandemic, there were food carts in designated areas in the middle sprawl. There are still some carts but they are tucked away somewhere not as obvious or convenient, but that's hardly the school's fault. The buildings are varied and many, but there are helpfully placed maps in front of almost everyone so you can orient yourself on campus and find where you need to go. If that's not enough, there is also an app for your phone that distills all the information on the website in an easier-to-navigate format. One thing that I've been really happy about is the types of classes available. PSU is one of the only, if not the only, university to have a Comics Studies program, and it is amazing what I have learned about the medium and how I can apply it to other English classes for my BA degree. All of the professors I have encountered in English courses, and book publishing courses have been smart, easy to talk to, and understanding of when unexpected things happen and you need more time or help to clarify something.
Although the majority of my time here has been good, there have been a few misunderstandings that have inconvenienced me or bothered me. It seems that some professors are not given a mandatory training session in using the new platform the school moved to for online courses. This is wholly unfair because the professors have advanced access to the platform, whereas the students are expected to learn to navigate it during the first day of classes without any real understanding of what it is. This was a failure on the school's part, and it made a lot of professors struggle more than necessary which in turn impacts our learning. I think PSU needs to work on its expectations for both professors and students and be more lenient during times of change, especially at the start of a semester. Overall, I am happy with PSU and I do not regret coming here, it is an amazing place with great opportunities.
The professors are hit or miss, but overall I have been able to pursue further myself and my community.
Lack of social events
There are not a lot of "young" people on campus, as it is a huge transfer school however, the campus feels alive most of the time as it is in the middle of downtown Portland. There are many things to do around and the atmosphere has great energy.
I don't like the fact that there isn't too much of a "student community" as in other universities, but that is due to the fact that many students commute, and are not all the same age.
Great professors and faculty.
Low resources for students.
Most of the teachers are nice and helpful