Transferring to PSU is Easy

It's easy to transfer to PSU

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. 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.

To top it off, PSU offers Transfers Finish Free, a program that covers standard tuition and fees for income-eligible Oregon transfer students. The deadline to apply to PSU to be considered is July 1.

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.

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 advisor—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

Want to come visit 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. Check out our blog all about demystifying the FAFSA.

6. Know important dates and deadlines

Like with all applications, there are important dates you should know. PSU accepts admissions applications on a rolling basis, but it’s best to submit early. February 1 is the next big date to remember:

Check out our blog dedicated to breaking down all the dates you should know. Review them early on so you don’t get caught off guard.


As long as you follow our tips, transferring to PSU will be a breeze! And get in touch with us—we’re here to help you through the process.

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Transferring to PSU: Your Next Steps

You’re ready to transfer to PSU.

It can seem like a daunting process, but don’t worry, we’re here to help. Here are the steps you need to take to transfer to PSU:

1     Speak with an Admissions Counselor

Admissions Counselors at PSU are here to support you. They can help you navigate the application process, connect you with academic advisors and answer any questions you have about transferring to Portland State. Find your Admissions Counselor and reach out.

2     Review the admissions requirements

The minimum admission requirements to Portland State are:

  • 2.25 GPA, or 2.00 minimum if student has a transferable Associate’s Degree or an Oregon Transfer Module (OTM)
  • Students must have completed WR 121 or Equivalent with a Grade of C- or Better
  • Meet Second Language Proficiency Requirement (Oregon High School Graduates only)

3     Submit your application and pay the $50 application fee (If you apply to PSU at transfer workshop you can defer the $50 fee.)

Your admissions application cannot be processed until the $50 application fee is either paid or deferred and official transcripts (from all the school you’ve attended) are received by PSU.

4     Take a campus tour

Visit PSU and tour our beautiful downtown campus. Take a guided tour or walk the campus on your own, explore the park blocks, food carts, academic buildings and all the easy transit options for getting here.

5     Connect with an academic advisor

Scheduling an appointment with an academic advisor in your anticipated field of study can help you in creating your first term schedule, register for classes and see which credits will transfer to PSU.


Contact your Admissions Counselor and get started on your journey to PSU today!

Prepare for Summer: Job-Finding Tips for Students

There are two seasons in Portland; rain and summer. With the latter approaching, Portlanders are preparing to make the most out of these three glorious sun-filled months with everything from music festivals, barbecues, street fairs, and clothing-optional bike rides. Even if you are not taking classes this summer and are exploring the many hiking trails of the Gorge instead, summer is a great opportunity to land a job or internship that can build new skills, expand your career network, and gain work experience. Here are a few tips to soak it all in and make the most of your summer experience.

Think About Your Goals

Do you need to earn extra money? Want to develop a specific skill? Hope to explore a career you have interest in? Figuring out what you want to get out of your summer work experience will help focus your job search. Informational interviews can be helpful to see if the industry you are interested in is the right fit for you.

On Campus Resources

To start your search, visit Career Services! Whether you’re looking for a job to make some extra money or to get experience for your professional career, there are resources for you. Career Services manages a database of job postings and internships and hosts career fairs based on majors and specific employers throughout the year.

Spread the Word

You should also connect with friends, family, and professors and explain what you’re looking for. Ask for their advice because they be able to put you in touch with people who can help you find the right job. Other students are also a great resource as many have worked in many different industries or held different types of jobs on and off campus.

Do the Research and Be Prepared

Research the employers you are interested in and the people that work there. This can easily be done with a quick Google or LinkedIn search, who knows what you may have in common! Should you be granted an interview, be prepared to answer questions about your skill set and why you are interested in that particular position. Mock interviews are a great way to prepare. Arrive early, turn off your cell phone, and show enthusiasm for the position.  A follow-up “thank you” is always a nice way to make a memorable impression.

Pro Tip – Bring a “thank you” card with you to the interview and fill it out before you leave the office!

Think Beyond Summer

In a competitive job market, a career-related summer job or internship can make the difference in obtaining a full-time position. More employers are using work experience as screening devices to assess the skills and abilities of prospective employees. It is also a great way to make contacts and show employers you are interested in the their field after graduation.

Take Summer Classes

PSU Summer Session, might be the best term to start or enhance your career after PSU. Take advantage of over 1,300 of our summer courses ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks both online and on campus. Get on the fast track to graduate, explore a new subject, or take classes to prepare you for college, Whatever your preference, get out there and enjoy the Portland sunshine!