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!


AUGUST 1

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.

OCTOBER 1

FEBRUARY 1

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: fafsa.ed.gov. We have a rolling deadline for FAFSA as well, as with all things we’ve mentioned, it’s best to do this early.

MAY 1

  • 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).


AUGUST 1

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

OCTOBER 1

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.

DECEMBER 1

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: fafsa.ed.gov. We have a rolling deadline for FAFSA as well, but with all things weve mentioned its best to do this early.

FEBRUARY 1

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!

MAY 1

  • 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!

AUGUST 1

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!

Oregon Promise and Co-Admission

Did you know that you can take classes at PSU student while taking advantage of Oregon Promise? It’s called Co-Admission (or dual enrollment), and it allows you to be admitted to both PSU and a participating community college at the same time.

We are supportive of those who choose to pursue higher education through Oregon Promise, and applaud people who are following their passions as it’s a great route towards earning your bachelor’s degree at PSU.

As a co-admitted student you can get the financial support of Oregon Promise, and all the benefits of being enrolled as a PSU student, including access to PSU advising, credits transfers and the ability to begin taking classes at PSU at any time.

A co-admitted student may, in any given term, attend school to earn credit toward your degree in one of three ways:

  1. Take all courses at PSU
  2. Take all courses at the community college
  3. Take some courses at PSU and some at the community college

By enrolling as a co-admit, students will have 10 terms before they have to take courses at Portland State, but within those 10 terms they will have an active student status at PSU. Please note that your home school for financial aid should be the community college, and Oregon Promise funds can only be used for community college classes.

Learn more about co-admission at PSU, and reach out to your PSU Admissions Counselor today to learn more about how Oregon Promise can help get you money to follow your passions and land that perfect career.  

Winning with WUE

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a decades-old program that aims to make out-of-state tuition more affordable for students who attend Portland State and are a legal resident of one of the following state or territories: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Guam or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Qualifying students pay 150% of in-state tuition instead of a college’s standard out-of-state rate.

This usually results in tens of thousands of dollars in savings over the course of your degree!

Portland State University is proud to be the only research university in Oregon that participates in the WUE program. WUE provides out-of-state students a superb education at an equally superb price.

Cost of Annual Tuition and Fees at 15 Credits Per Term (2017-18)*

In-State WUE Out-of-State
$8,784 $12,483 $26,130

*Does not include room and board, books or personal expenses.

So who is eligible for WUE at PSU? Eligibility is based on academic performance, deadlines, and residency. WUE eligibility is not restricted by major at PSU, so whether you’re interested in Criminology or Creative Writing, we’ve got you covered.

ELIGIBILITY

1.  Apply for fall term by the WUE deadline:

  • FRESHMAN: Apply for fall term admission to PSU by December 1
  • TRANSFER: Apply for fall term admission to PSU by February 1

Students earning college credit while in high school (such as Running Start) are considered freshmen for admission, WUE and scholarship purposes at PSU.

2.  Meet PSU’s academic requirements for WUE:

    • Freshmen Academic Requirements: 3.5 cumulative unweighted high school GPA, through graduation OR 1270 SAT OR 27 ACT composite
    • Transfer Academic Requirements: 3.0 cumulative college GPA

      3.  Be a legal resident of one of the following states or territories:
      Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Guam or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Learn more about WUE 

Four Years Free

Earning a college degree is one of the best ways to access a fulfilling career path, and graduating with as little debt as possible gives you even more freedom to pursue your passions.

Let us introduce you to Four Years Free, a new program with a bold commitment: If you are an eligible Oregon resident, PSU will cover standard tuition and mandatory fees for all four years of your bachelor’s degree, plain and simple.

At PSU, we are committed to your success and we want you to join the ranks of PSU graduates who are making a difference, whether that means you’re designing at Nike, innovating at Intel, or winning the Pulitzer Prize.

Current Oregon residents are eligible for Four Years Free if they are:

  • Current residents of Oregon and graduate from an Oregon high school
  • Admissible to PSU as a first-year freshman for fall term
  • Have a 3.4+ cumulative unweighted high school GPA
  • Eligible to receive a federal Pell grant as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Enrolled, full-time at PSU (12 to 15 credits per term)

National data shows that students who start at a four-year college are more likely to graduate in four years. This is why we’ve made the commitment to help Oregon students earn a bachelor’s degree and set them on the right track for their careers.

There is no age limit, as long as you can be admitted as a first time freshman, you could be eligible for Four Years Free.

Your next steps:

  • Apply to PSU  (no later than May 1)
  • Submit your FAFSA by February 1 (don’t forget to add PSU: school code 003216)
  • Submit your final high school transcripts to PSU by August 1

Four Years Free means not having to worry about paying for tuition. Instead, you can focus on getting an internship, joining a club, attending events and getting to know downtown Portland.

Learn more about FYF

“The grass was literally greener”

“I wanted something completely different, to embrace change rather than run from it.”

Jasmin Landa, a senior Business and Management Leadership major from Reno, Nevada, saw in Portland State something exotic.

“It was just so different than anything I had ever experienced. The people are nice, the perspectives more diverse, and, I mean, the grass was literally greener. I can’t see myself living anywhere else anymore.”

Jasmin hit the ground running, spending almost her entire freshman year exploring campus and getting involved.

“I spent so little time in my dorm room. I wanted to see everything, to really get close to the community here. I spent a lot of time at Campus Rec and at the Smith Student Union just talking to people and finding out everything campus had to offer.”

She found quite a lot. Jasmin seems to have a part of almost every aspect of campus life. She plays club-level volleyball for PSU, works for both Portland State University Communications and PSU’s Center Student Health and Counseling (SHAC), is a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and sits on the student-run Organization Budget Council, which helps facilitate student clubs and events.   

Jasmin is also the recipient of a Diversity Scholarship and other financial aid. “I knew that my mom couldn’t support me, and that I would be on my own as far as paying for college.” Nearly 70% of PSU students are using some sort of financial aid.

“At first I was hesitant to apply for a Diversity Scholarship, but eventually I decided that I needed to own my story, to be true to myself and my experiences. I’m very self-motivated in that way.”

That motivation has allowed her to expand her learning outside of the classroom. Her work with SHAC has helped her gain skills that can extend far beyond graduation.

“I do a lot of work with the food security initiatives on campus, things like Harvest Share and the Food Pantry, two amazing resources for students who may not have good access to healthy, fresh food.”

“I also help advocate for SHAC, and how it’s not just a wellness center. We have specialists, everyone from dentists to doctors to therapists. Our goal is healthy students, however that is achieved.”

As someone who wants to one day start her own business, the interpersonal and organizational skills she has gained from all of her campus activities are preparing her for life after graduation.

“I am making really good connections through all of the things I’m involved with, and people are able to turn me on to a lot of amazing potential opportunities, especially since I want to stay in Portland.”

Jasmin’s advice to students coming to campus for the first time this Fall?

“I think it’s all about exploring campus. Go into every building, read every flyer, talk to everyone you meet. There are so many things to get involved in that I promise you will find something to be passionate about as long as you get out and discover it.”

Learn more about SHAC!

Learn more about Diversity Scholarships!

Jasmin Landa