Ready to Transfer to PSU? Attend a Transfer Workshop

Ready to transfer to PSU? Meet Admissions Counselors and Academic Advisers during Transfer Workshops at local community colleges.

Learn More About PSUAttend a presentation about transferring to PSU:

  • Apply during the Transfer Workshop and defer your $50 PSU admission fee
  • Speak with an academic adviser. All popular majors will be represented!
  • Ask financial aid and scholarship questions
  • Learn how your credits will transfer to PSU
  • Gather information about on-campus housing options

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Sign Up for Housing for Fall 2016

Incoming PSU Students Fall 2016

Made your commitment to PSU? The housing contract for the 2016-2017 academic year is available to complete online. Sign up early to secure your preferences! If you are still awaiting an admissions decision, you can sign up while you wait. Priority deadline for new students is May 1.

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Important Dates

March 15: 16-17 Room Selection ends for Current Residents

March 19: Winter Term Move-Out

March 26: Spring Term Move-in

March 28: Spring Term Classes Start

May 1: Priority Contract Deadline for 16-17 New, Incoming Students

May 20: Summer 2016 Cancellation Deadline for Current Residents

May 30: PSU Closed – Memorial Day

June 11: Spring Term Move-Out

June 18: Summer Term Move-In (new residents)

June 18: 2016-17 Cancellation Buyout Fees Apply

8 Things to Do to Prepare for a College Fair

College fairs are a great way for students and parents to learn more about universities, however, they can be very overwhelming. At these events you can make the most of your time, get to know colleges and make meaningful connections with admissions counselors and college representatives if you do these eight things to prepare!

1. Do Your Research

Want to live close to the beach? Are you interested in an all-star baseball team? Worried about tuition costs? Talk with your family and think about what your top priorities are beforehand. It may be helpful to make a list and prepare questions you want answered to save time.

2. Organize Yourself and Prepare Contact Information

Make sure to bring a binder or folder to keep all of your information organized. Our job as admissions counselors is to help guide you through the school selection and application process. It would be a shame if you found a school or admissions counselor you really liked and lost their contact information. Also, save yourself the time and pain of handwriting your contact information on interest cards. Prepare a sticky label with your name, contact information, date of birth, and year of graduation. This way we can keep in touch and send you the correct information for application deadlines, upcoming events and important updates specific to you.

3. Keep an Open Mind

You may find some schools that you never considered as a choice. There are so many options out there! Talk to schools you do not know much about and keep an open mind. I would never have ended up at my Alma mater if I hadn’t been open to changing my original plan.

4. Arrive Early

While attending a party fashionably late can be a social strategy, the opposite is true for college fairs. Come early, check out the scene, and then decide who you are going to talk to. You’ll have an advantage by getting more one-on-one time with counselors, allowing you to meet more people and get more questions answered!

5. Introduce Yourself and Exchange Information

One of the best parts of my job is meeting new people. Please introduce yourself and let us get to know you! A firm handshake is always a nice touch. Like I said, it’s our job to help you through this process, so if you aren’t sure what to ask, that’s ok! We’re just as good at asking questions as we are at answering them. If you find a college counselor you really like, ask for their business card and give them your information. It shows that you are personable and making an effort to find the best choice for your future college career. Plus, creating a relationship with your admissions counselor early will mean that you’re better prepared and ahead of the game.

6. Ask Questions to Get the Answers You are Looking For

Don’t let us do all the talking. Take the time to think about questions that prompt meaningful information you couldn’t get from a website or brochure. Try asking questions that do not involve a yes or no answer. Also, keep in mind, this is your college experience; don’t hide behind your parents.

7. Follow-up

I love hearing from students I met at a college fair! Send thank you cards or e-mails with follow up questions. It makes you stand out from the crowd. And believe me, we admissions counselors are often more willing to advocate for students they remember well.

8. Take time to Reflect

There is a lot of information exchange at college fairs. Take time after the event to organize your thoughts and contact information. You can make a spreadsheet and rank your schools by your interest level so you know where to focus your next steps.

PSU Admissions representatives visit high schools, community colleges and participate in college fairs regionally, nationally, and internationally throughout the year. Select your region and see when a PSU representative will be near you!

What You Should Really Be Asking at College Fairs

Every year, I go to at least 10 college fairs and I have been an admissions counselor for 4 years so you can bet that I’ve heard every question under the sun. I get common questions about course offerings, student body size and test score requirements, and the occasional unusual question like “what do they serve in the cafeteria?” College fairs are a great opportunity for you to connect with different colleges and universities to find the right fit for you and further your understanding of the admissions process. It is my job to talk to you about the opportunities Portland State University offers and guide you toward making the right choice for your future. To better prepare you for your next visit to a college fair (and your next campus visit), I’ve created a list of the top questions people ask me and what you should ask instead.

1. What students ask: “What department or program is the best at your school?”
Asking this question is like asking what your favorite Missy Elliott song is, they are all good!

What you should ask: Think about your own interests and what you hope to gain by going to college and then get more specific. Ask about class size, graduation rates, notable alumni and professors, study abroad programs, and work-study options. The best program will be the one that is matched to your interests and needs, and what you might gain from it.

2. What students ask: What is your most popular major?
Choosing a major is a very important part of the student experience, maybe even the most! Just because something is popular does not mean that you will like it.

What you should ask: Ask questions about your interests and goals so we can talk about a major that would be right for you.

3. What students ask: What are the chances that I will get in?
Admissions counselors are not evaluators, we really don’t know!

What you should ask: You can start with asking how many applicants there are and what the admission rate is. It will help to find out what makes you a competitive applicant for the school you are applying to and why.

BONUS 1: Ask about student life!
Most students I meet hone in on academics and forget to ask about another important part of choosing the right college, their social life. At PSU, we offer a diverse range of organizations to get involved in and we value what students do outside of their academic life. There is so much to do in Portland and we love talking about all of the options. The community Portland State offers outside academics is equally important to your success, and your success is our primary goal.

BONUS 2: Don’t let your parents ask all the questions.
Your parents’ opinions matter in your admission decision and even though they may be helping you financially, you are making the final decision. You are the student and the one who will be living out your college experience so you need to ask the questions. Showing your independence and making responsible choices during the admissions process might even win brownie points with your parents.

Do you have questions? Meet an admissions counselor at your school.

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Understanding Your Financial Aid Award

You’ve been admitted, you’ve filled out your FAFSA, you’ve received your financial aid award letter. Here are a few tips to help you understand your financial aid award.

Start by Looking at the Total Cost of Attendance

We encourage you to hit the books, do your research! Even though schools will typically only bill you for direct costs (tuition bill), it’s important to estimate your additional expenses such as housing, food, books and transportation in order to budget accurately.

Next, learn about the types of financial aid that you are eligible for

Your Financial Aid is based on many factors unique to you. (Don’t worry,  it’s all calculated  for you) here are the major ones:

Your academic record, family and finances:

  • Your financial strength (Estimated Family Contribution or EFC from FAFSA)
  • Your high school or college transfer GPA

Your college program and enrollment

  • Your admission level (undergraduate, graduate etc)
  • Your academic level (freshman, sophomore, junior etc)
  • Your enrollment level (full time, part time etc)

Your state of residence

  • In state Oregon resident
  • Out of state (not an Oregon resident)

Your financial aid package will help you make clear comparisons among the other financial aid offers you may have received.

Then, map out your degree path. Save time and money!

We are committed to helping you graduate in four years, saving you thousands of dollars in tuition and college costs. Check out this snapshot of how PSU compares to other universities in the area:

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Kick the tires, crunch the numbers and get an estimate of what you’ll pay while at PSU. The bottom line is that you should know the value of your investment and shouldn’t feel like you’re throwing your money away.

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College is an investment and we want you to be successful which is why we’ve worked to ease the cost of college by offering more financial aid opportunities.

Fill in the Gaps

For some students, the financial aid programs may not cover all their costs, which means students need to find alternative options to decrease bills and increase financial aid. For other options, check out the Financial Aid Resources page at www.pdx.edu/finaid/resources

If your parents plan on helping you out, make sure you talk to them and know the difference between borrowing money in their name and your name. Paying for college can seem overwhelming but know there are lots of options so be smart, plan ahead, and only borrow what you really need so you can set yourself up for success down the road.

As always, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships for assistance with award letters or to answer any questions regarding financial aid.

Student Spotlight: Looking back to last year, why I chose PSU

By Abby Williams, Freshman Student at PSU

I’m a Portland native and am very close to my family, so my decision to attend PSU was driven by my personal connections to my city and the people I love. I know many of you are going through the process of deciding on your college, which means you’re making a decision that will impact your next four years and the rest of your life. I’m sharing with you the reasons I chose Portland State University and looking back to last year when I was making my decision:

  • I knew that I wanted to go to college close to home so I could be around to watch my younger sister grow up. PSU makes it easy for me because I can immerse myself in campus life while still being able to connect with my family.
  • As a business major, being in a city is vital. I wanted to be close to organizations where I could network and maintain connections that I’d established in high school. Portland is home to companies like Daimler, Adidas, Nike, Intel and Weiden + Kennedy (ad agency best known for its work with Nike), to name a few.
  • Cost and tuition fees were also a factor in my decision. I wanted to attend a school that would give me the best education with the smallest amount of debt; allowing me to launch into my post-graduation life with as little financial burden as possible.
  • Being in Portland means I’m surrounded by people other than college students and able to experience the food, galleries, concerts and other cultural events not available at suburban and rural colleges.

Now that I’m here, I have even more examples of what makes PSU great. In my freshman year I lived in Epler Hall and had the most fantastic roommate! We were different people which made the friendship work so well. We complimented each other and were able to grow and decompress together and when to give each other space. I loved having someone to go with to midnight breakfasts, dances, cultural nights and other on-campus events.

I am so excited to see where my education takes me and what career experiences I will acquire throughout my time here. It energizes me to see the recognition Portland State gets and I cannot wait to see how we grow as a University in the coming years.

I love Portland State University and couldn’t see myself anywhere else. It is everything I could ask for; opportunistic, supportive and filled with palpable energy. I do not feel the financial stress that some of my friends at other universities feel. I know I am being educated to make wise decisions and to succeed in my career path.

Good luck on your search and don’t forget to reach out to your admissions counselor, they are ready and waiting to answer all your questions!