I live right next to Portland State, it wasnt the best college but in the past like 5 years theyve really stepped it up and were in the top 10 up and coming universities.
Ive got tons of friends at OSU, U of O and other oregon colleges and if you arent a total idiot and arent just gunna party all the time, PSU is what you want.
thats just me tho, and they are great about financial aid and really expressed interest in me and called a bunch. I've got nothing but good things to say about it, even tho i dont actually go there.
and Portland is also the shit =P