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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Being the Most Prepared: Earning College Credit in High School

The Scouts have a motto: Be prepared.

They might not have been thinking about college when they coined that phrase, but we believe it still applies.

There are lots of ways to prepare for college. One that you may be doing already is earning college credit in high school. Whether it’s through AP and IB exams or taking classes at a local community college, taking college-prep courses is a great way to get a jump start on your degree.

Plus, coming in with college credits means you can take more electives and graduate sooner, which means more money saved.

PSU offers multiple different ways to earn college credit during high school:

SAT and ACT scores

While not directly earning college credit, SAT and ACT scores can help certain students’ application in other ways.

  • For international students (for whom ACT and SAT are NOT required), these scores can help them meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement required for class placement.
  • These scores can also help  meet admission requirements in the case of a GPA below our minimum requirement (3.0).

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

If you have taken AP courses in high school you may be able to earn college credit you can use toward your degree at PSU. If on your AP exam for a given class your score is high enough, you may be eligible for college credit.

AP courses are also a great way to get a preview of the kind of academic rigor and content that you may encounter in your college classes.

To request an official copy of your AP transcripts, visit the College Board website.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams

Like AP courses, IB classes are a way that you can both gain collegiate-level academic experience and receive college credit by doing well on IB exams.

Students enrolling at Portland State who earn their IB diploma with a score of 30 or above will receive a total of 45 college credits (!) and sophomore class standing. Review this chart to see how your specific exam scores will transfer to PSU credit.

To request an official copy of your IB transcripts, visit the International Baccalaureate website.

College Level Exam Program (CLEP)

CLEP subject exams, like the more general AP and IB exams, can help you enter your freshman year with college credit, the results of which can be seen in this chart.

If you are interested in taking CLEP exams, it is recommended that you sign up for them one month in advance with Testing Services (part of Student Health and Counseling) or with another recognized CLEP testing center.

To request an official copy of your CLEP transcripts, visit the College Board website.

Earning college credit during high school is an investment in your future. Coming in with college credit means that you are more likely to graduate on time and that means saving money! It also allows you to jump into your major and start learning about the things you are passionate about.

Remember, if you want your college-prep courses to count you must send the appropriate transcripts to the Office of Admissions:

Office of Admissions
Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

Learn more about other ways to earn credit at PSU!

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!

Get the Facts: Transferring to PSU

The decision to transfer to another school is a big one. We want you to have all the facts about the process so you can make an informed decision and take the steps needed to earn your degree.

We’ve debunked the myths we hear from students about the transfer process:

Myth: It’s too late to apply to PSU for the Fall term.

PSU takes applications on a rolling basis which means that prospective students can submit applications as late as September 1. You should apply as early as possible for the term you plan to enroll. We open applications for Fall 2018 on August 1. You can still apply for Fall 2017! In fact, a great option for folks interested in starting next fall is to attend a Transfer Workshop where you can:

– Apply to PSU and defer your $50 application fee
– Talk to Academic Advisors
– Find out how your credits transfer to PSU
– Meet with Financial Aid representatives

Sign Up for a Transfer Workshop

Myth: I need to earn my associate’s degree before I can apply to transfer to PSU.

Students interested in transferring to PSU from a community college do NOT need to hold an associate’s degree before applying to PSU or to be admitted. Students with 30 or more transferable quarter credits (20 semester credits) earned after high school graduation will be reviewed for admission as a transfer student. Check out PSU’s transfer admission requirements to get all the details.

There is also the misconception that a bachelor’s degree from PSU requires completion of math and science coursework. There are many degree programs at PSU that only require one math or science class in order to graduate, and those credits may transfer from your previous school. Talk to your admissions counselor or connect with an academic advisor to find out how your specific courses will transfer to PSU.

Myth: Transfer students can’t live on campus.

Transfer students absolutely live on campus and they get to choose from multiple housing options. Transfer students get the same housing opportunities as all undergraduates at PSU. In fact, on campus housing can be less expensive and more convenient than other local housing options. Transfer students planning to start in fall term must submit a housing contract by May 1. The Office Housing and Residence Life accepts contracts from students prior to admission, so don’t wait to submit a contract!

Myth: PSU is too big, I’ll just got lost in the crowd.

The average class size at PSU is just 27 students. Myth. Busted. Our student to faculty ratio is just 19:1. What this means is that you won’t be taking classes in huge lecture halls or struggling to get in to the classes you need to complete your degree. PSU’s academic and career advisors’ jobs are to help you plan your courses and think about our careers. Before you start at PSU you can connect with advisors who will help you look at your current course loads and advise you as you plan for your transfer to PSU.

Myth: Going to school downtown is a hassle.

If you’re worried about getting to and from PSU everyday, put those worries to rest because there are a bunch of different ways to get to campus, and after your first trip you’ll think it’s easy. If public transportation is your thing (it’s convenient and affordable), you can take the bus, streetcar (FREE for PSU students) and Max to campus. Public transit is the most popular mode of transportation for PSU students and employees. Learn more about PSU’s student transit program (aka discounts!).

Biking is popular too, whether you ride your own bike to campus or use Biketown. PSU has multiple bike garages (and if you live on campus, you’ll have access to housing bike garages), where you can leave your bike safely and out of the rain.

Myth: I can’t meet with a PSU Academic Advisor until I’m admitted.

PSU advisors are happy to meet with students before they have even applied to PSU. We recommend connecting with a PSU advisor, admissions counselor and financial aid representative as soon as you can to plan out your college career and make the most of your time at PSU. Another reason to attend a Transfer Workshop!

We hope that clears up at least some of the questions you may have about transferring to Portland State, but if we missed anything feel free to reach out to your Admissions Counselor.

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.

You can:

  • 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

Learn more about Transfer Events.