You’re In! Come Celebrate at an Admitted Student Reception

The college admissions process is a thrilling time. You are charting a course for the rest of your life and discovering how you want to make an impact on the world. But it’s also hard work, and after all your effort we think you deserve a break.  

So come celebrate getting into PSU at an Admitted Student Reception! You, your fellow new Vikings, and their families can kick back and relax as we toast you, the next generation of innovators and difference makers.

Receptions are happening all over the country and sign up is FREE so register today!

Apart from being a ton of fun—think photo booths, tons of PSU swag, good food, music and new friends—Admitted Student Receptions are the perfect place to get answers to your burning questions about everything from housing to financial aid. Admissions staff will be on hand at every event and are excited to meet you!

“When I came to the Admitted Student reception I felt instantly comfortable,” says Rohi Gheewala, a third year biochemistry student from Hillsboro, Oregon. “It helped me learn about campus more, and I loved seeing how open-minded and diverse everything was.”

Let us welcome you into the PSU community and congratulate you on all your hard work at an Admitted Student Reception!

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Multicultural Retention Services Empower PSU Students

At PSU, we understand that supporting students means helping them succeed at every opportunity. Each student is unique, and that means that they all need equally unique support.

That support can come from many different places.

Multicultural Retention Services (MRS) provides academic support, advising, referrals and advocacy to students who are first generation, low income and/or from diverse and multicultural backgrounds. MRS offers support to students through services for Latino/a, Asian, Pacific Islander, African, African American and Diversity Scholars.

Cultural, academic and social support takes many forms, and MRS has services designed to build a strong sense of community that is essential to successfully navigate PSU.

Who can benefit from these services at PSU?

Student mentors and staff help students navigate through these programs, the results of which come in the form of better grades, more financial certainty, a greater support network and a heightened graduation rate.

Learn more about MRS and see how the communities on campus are encouraging students to pursue their passions and get their degree.

What You Need to Know About Transfers Finish Free

We are committed to helping you graduate on time and with as little debt as possible. That’s why we created our new Transfers Finish Free program, which covers standard tuition and fees for Oregon residents while you work to get your degree, saving you thousands of dollars and helping you land that perfect career as soon as possible.

Here’s what you need to know about this exciting new program.


To qualify for Transfers Finish Free, you must:

  • Be a current resident of Oregon
  • Admissible to PSU as a transfer for the fall term (have at least 30 or more transferable quarter credits – 20 semester credits – earned after high school graduation)
  • Have a 2.5 cumulative unweighted GPA
  • Be eligible to receive a federal Pell grant as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Enrolled full-time at PSU with at least 12 credits

Important Deadlines

These are the dates you must add to your calendars so they don’t pass you by!

July 1st:

Submit the FAFSA (PSU FAFSA school code: 003216)
Apply to PSU

August 1st:

Deadline to submit final transcripts demonstrating a 2.5 cumulative, unweighted GPA

Steps to Apply

  1. Submit the FAFSA by July 1
              PSU FAFSA school code: 003216
    Accept all state and federal grants awarded
  2. Apply online to PSU by July 1
    Submit all required admission materials including official transcripts from all colleges attended
  3. Submit final transcripts and outstanding financial aid documents by August 1

Keeping the Award is Easy

Retaining your Transfers Finish Free award is easy, simply:

  • Complete the FAFSA each year by February 1
  • Remain eligible for the federal Pell grant
  • Enroll full-time each term (12-15 credits per term)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

Students who take 12 or more credits per term are considered full time. This program covers base tuition and mandatory fees for the lesser of four academic years or the completion of graduation requirements.

Covered Costs

To qualify, you must apply for federal and state grants. The program covers remaining standard tuition and mandatory fees after financial aid is applied.

Transfers Finish Free money does not cover room and board, books and supplies, transportation or personal expenses. Students are encouraged to apply for other grants and scholarships and to explore other options for paying for other expenses related to attending Portland State University.

Notification Details

Students will be notified that they are enrolled in the Transfers Finish Free program in their Financial Aid Award notification. Students who are enrolled in the program, but whose other grants and scholarships cover their Standard Tuition and Mandatory Fees may receive Transfers Finish Free money from Portland State University if their grants and scholarships do not cover the full cost of standard tuition and mandatory fees.

If you have questions about your eligibility or your financial aid award, contact

For more information on this exciting new program, take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page, or reach our to your PSU Admissions Counselor.



Tips for How to Choose a Major

What fuels you?

It’s a big question, and one that you don’t need to have all figured out right now. College is, above all things, an opportunity to explore your passions and discover for yourself what kind of impact you want to make on the world around you.

The first step in that journey is choosing a major. Picking a major can be  intimidating but what’s important to remember is that it’s not permanent. At Portland State you can double major, major and minor, or even change your major part way through your education.  At PSU there are more than 120 majors, minors and concentrations for you to choose from. We’ll help you find your passion.

So, how do you choose? Here’s our tips.

1.  Ask yourself: What are my interests?

For most students, choosing a major isn’t just about career options. Rather, the choice is based on what they are passionate about. Looking back on which subjects you loved in school, volunteer opportunities that influenced you, or even the jobs of your role models can help make the choice a lot easier. What’s most important is what YOU want, not what others want for you.

2.  Compare your interests with PSU’s list of degree programs.

PSU has tons of majors to choose from, and thinking about which programs will best match up with your interests is a good way to narrow down your choices.

Love comic books and graphic novels? Try our Comics Studies program, one of the few programs of its kind in the country. Into nature? Try Geology or Environmental Science. Want to help people? We have some of the most involved Social Work and Pre-Health programs in the Pacific Northwest.

3.  Get out of your comfort zone.

Because PSU offers so many different fields of study, there are thousands of unique, interesting classes to take regardless of major or degree track. Most majors on campus encourage exploring electives and courses outside of one specific degree program so that students can gain a broader range of experiences and knowledge.

4.  Don’t worry if you haven’t figured it out just yet.

Entering as an Undecided/Exploratory major is not something that will keep you from graduating in four years. It’s not uncommon for new students to be unsure of what they want to study, and we understand this. The University Studies programs provides Undecided majors the opportunity to explore classes in a wide range of majors, but never pressures students to choose a program if they are not ready.

5.  Check out Advising and Career Services.

The Office of Advising and Career Services is an on-campus resource specifically designed to help students find their passions and land careers that use the skills they learn in the classroom.

Counselors in Advising and Career Services can help put you in touch with programs on campus that share your interests, as well as help you get started on a specific degree track. They are there to help you, and meeting with them is covered by your student fees.

No need for anxiety! Picking a major doesn’t have to be a stressful decision for you. Whether you are ready to dive into your field of study and know exactly what your major is going to work towards, or if you need some more time and want to get in the rhythm of college life, Portland State is here to support you.


Explore PSU’s 120+ majors, minors and certifications!

Instant Viking: Host an Instant Admission Decision Event

Portland State admissions counselors will be conducting Instant Viking events at Oregon high schools this fall. These events are a great opportunity for eligible high school seniors to have their transcripts reviewed and get an instant admissions decision.

To request an Instant Viking event be held at your high school contact the appropriate admission counselor.

Requirements for All Students Participating in an Instant Viking Event:

  • Meet PSU’s Admissions Requirements. Students who do not meet PSU’s admissions requirements will be invited to separate application workshops run by PSU admissions representatives at their high school.
  • Complete the online PSU application prior to the event. When students reach the payment portion of the application they must select Fee Deferral and then submit their application.

High School Counselors will need to do the following prior to the event:

  • Sign up eligible students for the Instant Viking event.
  • Ensure all students have applied to PSU and have official transcripts that can be reviewed on the day of the Instant Viking event by PSU admissions representatives.

Learn more.

Tuition Equity for non-U.S. citizens and non-lawful permanent residents

At PSU, we are committing to making college available to everyone. Our goal is your success, plain and simple. That’s why we are proud to participate in Oregon’s Tuition Equity program.

In 2013, HB 2787 became law, granting eligible students ( those who are not citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States) exemption from nonresident tuition if they meet specific criteria, meaning they will be assessed an in-state rate for tuition.

In order to qualify for the benefits provided by HB 2787, students must:

  • have studied in the United States for five years
  • have graduated from an Oregon high school (or received equivalent certification)
  • apply for federal individual taxpayer identification number or other official federal identification document
  • show intention to become a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident

Receiving in-state tuition under HB 2787 does not change a student’s residency status.

We want you to apply to PSU and start your path towards your bachelor’s degree and the career you’ve always wanted. To be considered for exemption from nonresident tuition under HB 2787, students should follow the application guidelines outlined on the PSU Admissions website.

Students who wish to be admitted under HB 2787 and want to apply for financial aid and scholarships (students admitted under HB 2787 can  apply for PSU scholarships) are encouraged to also fill out an Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA). The ORSAA functions much like its resident counterpart the FAFSA, except the ORSAA does not require the student to have a valid Social Security ID.

We believe that the opportunities college presents should be available to anyone with a passion to pursue their goals. That’s why we are happy to accept HB 2787 applicants and welcome students to campus with our Diversity and Multicultural Student Resource Centers and Retention Programs

Learn more about HB 2787 and Tuition Equity at PSU
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Resources

University Honors at PSU: Like Nothing Else

At PSU, we pride ourselves on being unique. We have a unique campus, unique students, and especially unique street food.

But more than any of that we have a unique approach to education. In no place does that stand out more than PSU’s Honors College.  

PSU’s nationally recognized Honors College has supported and inspired some of the university’s most high-achieving students for more than 40 years. Our Honors College offers the atmosphere of a small liberal arts school with the benefits of a large urban university, and is open to all majors.

Honors students learn to be both critical consumers and producers of knowledge, and gain the skills that prepare them to land rewarding opportunities after graduation. Honors students have gone on to remarkable careers in medicine, the arts and sciences, law, education and sustainability.

The academically intense curriculum of the Honors College prepares students for their senior thesis project. This project provides students the opportunity to work closely with a professor in their major to pursue an independent research project, which is publicly presented and published. You heard that right, published while still in your undergrad.

Students in the Honors program are connected early on with internships, fellowships and scholarships, allowing them to take their talents beyond the classroom and into Portland’s living laboratory and global contexts.

The Honors College is one of the most unique college experiences in one of the most vibrant cities in the country, and is waiting for you to join and flourish.

Learn more about Urban Honors and how to apply today!

Transferring to PSU is Easy

There are things in life that are hard: running a marathon, doing your taxes, building IKEA furniture…

Transferring to PSU from your community college is not one of them, though. In fact, transferring to PSU is pretty darn easy.

More than 50% of students at Portland State University enroll after taking classes at other colleges and universities, so we understand your needs and concerns as a transfer student.

PSU has expert Admissions Counselors specifically trained to help students transfer to PSU from community colleges and universities all over the country. Here are their tips tips for making the transfer process smooth and hassle-free.

1.  Take a look at our Transfer Degree Maps and meet with an Academic Advisor

In collaboration with several Oregon Community Colleges, we have created special transfer degree maps to help students navigate the transfer process. Students are encouraged to meet with their Academic Advisor to discuss their degree plan and see how their credits will transfer into their new degree. Speaking of…

2.  Check out Transferology

Make sure your community college credits transfer over to PSU by using Transferology, an interactive online tool where you can compare multiple universities to see where your earned credits will go the farthest.

3.  Meet with a Transfer Admissions Counselor

Transfer Admissions Counselors are here for one reason: to help you apply to PSU with the strongest application possible. Admissions Counselors are available year-round to answer questions and meet with students about their transfer application to PSU. Their goal is your success, period.

4.  Visit us at a Transfer Event

PSU is coming to you for Transfer Workshops! Admissions Counselors and Academic Advisors will be visiting Oregon community colleges and meeting with students. At Transfer Workshops, you can:

  • Apply to PSU and defer your $50 admission fee!
  • Speak with an academic adviser – all popular majors will be represented
  • Get your financial aid and scholarship questions answered
  • Learn how the credits you’ve already earned will transfer to PSU

Check the Transfer Workshop schedule to see when a workshop is coming to your school!

Wanna come up and see us? Transfer Open Houses are monthly on-campus events where students interested in transferring to PSU can meet with admissions and financial aid representatives, learn about PSU and tour our beautiful, 50 acre, downtown campus.

If you bring your official transcripts (from every college you’ve attended) and apply to PSU online 48 hours before you arrive, you’ll get an instant admission decision AND we’ll defer your $50 application fee! Check the Transfer Open House schedule and sign-up today.

5.  Fill out your FAFSA early on

In order to be considered for PSU scholarships and financial aid, you must first fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA also determines your eligibility for things like work study and federal grants. You can fill out the FAFSA at any stage in the admissions process, so it can be helpful to get it out of the way so that you can focus on other things.

The priority application deadline for the fall is February 1. Submitting your application by February 1 means that you will know as early as possible about financial aid and scholarships.

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Know Your Dates: Transfer

Alright, you’ve made up your mind. You are going to transfer to PSU and finish your degree. It’s time to start thinking about applying to PSU. We know that at times the process can be confusing, so let us explain things a little bit.

Deadlines don’t have to be scary, and we aim to prove that by breaking down all of the admissions deadlines for students interested in transferring to PSU. Let’s get started!


The PSU Admissions Application is available! We begin accepting applications early because we want you to have the most time to submit your application. We get it, life happens, and it’s easy to forget deadlines when you’re busy, so get your application done early if you can.



The big one. This is the priority application deadline for the upcoming fall term. Here is what you’ll need to have in to us by midnight on February 1:

  • Your Admissions Application! Feb. 1 is the priority deadline for applications. We accept and review applications on a rolling bases, but the sooner you apply, the better!
  • Last day to apply to be PSU to be eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE). Another hard deadline, luckily, all you need to do is apply to PSU by February 1. No separate application is required!
  • Your PSU Scholarship Application, essays and references. This is a hard deadline, so you must get all your documents in by February 1. Get started early!
  • Your Honors College application.This is a priority deadline, however, after February 1 students are far less likely to get Honors scholarships.
  • Submit the FAFSA here: We have a rolling deadline for FAFSA as well, as with all things we’ve mentioned, it’s best to do this early.


  • Priority deadline to confirm your enrollment to PSU. This is a big decision, which is why we try to give you as much time as possible to make it. Apply early so you have enough time to weigh your options and make the choice that’s right for you. As soon as you confirm your enrollment you can sign up for New Student Orientation and start preparing for your first term as a PSU Viking! (May 1 is also the priority deadline to confirm enrollment in the Honors College, spots fill up, so confirm early!)
  • Deadline to apply for on-campus housing during your first year.

Whew. We know, it’s a lot, but if you start early it’s a breeze. Applying to PSU is quick and easy because we do not require an admissions essay or letters of recommendation!

Review PSU’s trasnfer admissions requirements

Know Your Dates: Freshmen

Of all 365 days in the year, there are some that tend to carry more weight. You’ve got your birthday (that’s a big one), the first day of summer (can’t forget that), and of course there’s 7/11’s Free Slurpee Day (we know what’s really important).

At PSU, we can think of a few more, though. The college application process can be confusing—so many dates and deadlines swirling around—so we figure we’d make it easy.

Here are the dates you should have on your calendar. Save them in your phone now (or on paper, if you’re old school).


It begins. The PSU Admissions Application for Fall 2018 and PSU Scholarship Application are available! 


Let’s talk money. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available! You need to fill out a FAFSA in order to be considered for financial aid, so don’t delay.


The big one. The mother of all deadlines. Better be ready…

…just kidding, it’s not that bad. This is the priority application deadline for the upcoming fall term (and the final deadline to apply to PSU to be eligible for WUE).

Here is what you’ll need to have to us by midnight on December 1:

  • Your Admissions Application! Dec. 1 is the priority deadline for applications. We accept and review application on a rolling basis, but the sooner you apply, the better!
  • Last day to apply to be PSU to be eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE). Another hard deadline, luckily, all you need to do is apply to PSU by Dec. 1. No separate application is required!
  • Your PSU Scholarship Application, essays and references. This is a hard deadline, so you must get all your documents in by December 1. Get started early!
  • Your Honors College application. This is a priority deadline, however, after December 1 students are far less likely to get Honors scholarships. Students who apply by December 1 will also get an Honors College admission decision by March 1. Submit the FAFSA here: We have a rolling deadline for FAFSA as well, but with all things weve mentioned its best to do this early.


Deadline to submit the FAFSA to be eligible for Four Years Free (Oregon residents only).

Once you get an admission decision there are still a few important deadlines you’ll need to need to meet!


  • Priority deadline to confirm your enrollment to PSU. This is a big decision, which is why we try to give you as much time as possible to make it. Apply early so you have enough time to weigh your options and make the choice that’s right for you. As soon as you confirm your enrollment you can sign up for New Student Orientation and start preparing for your first term as a PSU Viking! (May 1 is also the priority deadline to confirm enrollment in the Honors College, spots fill up, so confirm early!)
  • Deadline to apply for on-campus housing during your first year.

Whew. We know, it’s a lot, but if you start early it’s a breeze. Applying to PSU is quick and easy because we do not require an admissions essay or letters of recommendation!


Deadline to submit final high school transcripts to PSU. (Required to prove eligibility for Four Years Free and WUE.)

So don’t wait, review our admissions requirements and apply today!