Portland State Named a "Best in the West" College by the Princeton Review
Author: Scott Gallagher
Posted: July 29, 2009

(Portland, Ore.) July 29, 2009 – PortlandState is one of the best colleges and universities in the West according to The Princeton Review. The education services company selected the school as one of 123 institutions it recommends in its "Best in the West" review. In the profile on Portland State, The Princeton Review gives Portland State a “Green Rating” of 90 out of 99 based on data concerning Portland State’s environmentally related policies, practices, and course offerings.

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's vice president of publishing, "We chose Portland State University and the other terrific schools we recommend as our 'regional best' colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs. We also work to have our roster of 'regional best' colleges feature a range of institutions by size, selectivity, character and locale. We choose the schools based on institutional data we collect from several hundred schools in each region, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisers whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what each school’s customers – their students – report to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey."

The Princeton Review survey for this project asks students to rate their own schools on several issues -- from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food -- and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life. Here is an excerpt of what some of the students had to say about Portland State:

"A lively, urban university that is “very connected to the city and region,” Portland State is an “ideal school to complete an educational program while pursuing a career and a life.” Emphasizing a practical education in addition to traditional academics, the school draws an array of “very talented and passionate instructors with a lot of real-world experience.” On the whole, PSU professors are “concerned, engaged, and easy to meet with.”

The entire Portland State profile is available for free at