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 7/11’s Free Slurpee Day (we know that’s really important).

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

We’ve compiled a list of all the dates you should have on your calendar. Save them in your phone now (or on paper, if you’re old school).


AUGUST 1

The PSU Admissions Application is available! This is where it all begins. We start accepting applications early so you can have as much time as possible to complete yours. Even though the deadline seems far away now, it will sneak up on you. You should get a head start on your application, so you can focus on connecting with an advisor, deciding where you’ll live and figuring out how you’ll pay for college.

OCTOBER 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available. This is the form that lets you know what financial aid options you are eligible for—you’ll also need to fill out a FAFSA in order to submit a scholarship application at PSU. This is a crucial step in getting the money you need to pay for college. When you fill out a FAFSA, remember to add PSU as one of your colleges.

The PSU Scholarship Application. If you haven’t already started your Scholarship Application, now is the time. The scholarships have different requirements, like essays and references, so you won’t be able to wait until the last minute to complete it. Apply early so you can be sure you get the most money possible to help pay for college.

DECEMBER 1

Your Honors College Application. This is a priority deadline for freshmen. Students who apply by the priority deadline will get an Honors College admission decision by March 1. Though this is not a hard deadline, applying after December 1 makes students far less likely to get Honors scholarships.

FEBRUARY 1

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!

The FAFSA. We have a rolling deadline for FAFSA, but like all parts of the application process, it’s best to do this early. February 1 is also the deadline to submit the FAFSA to be eligible for Four Years Free (Oregon residents only).

Last day to apply to PSU to be eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE). Luckily, there is no separate application required—you will automatically be considered for WUE when you turn in your PSU Admissions Application.

Admitted Student Reception sign ups open!

The hard part’s done, but once you get an admission decision, there are a few important dates you’ll need to know!

APRIL 1

New Student Orientation sign ups open. We recommend signing up for Orientation as early as possible. To gain access to sign ups, you’ll have to confirm your enrollment.

MAY 1

Last day to apply to PSU to be considered for Four Years Free (Oregon residents only). There’s no separate application—you will be automatically considered when you submit your Admissions Application.

Confirm your enrollment to PSU. May 1 is National College Decision Day, so students all around the country are making the big decision about where they will attend college. 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!

Apply for on-campus housing during your first year. This is the final deadline.

AUGUST 1

Final high school transcripts are due.

YOU’RE DONE!

Now you can sit back, relax and take a big sigh of relief. As long as you start early, completing your PSU application is painless. Applying to PSU is quick and easy because we do not require an essay or letters of recommendation!

Review PSU’s freshman admissions requirements.

Know Your Dates: Transfer

Alright, you’ve made up your mind. You’re going to transfer to PSU and finish your degree. It’s time to start getting your application together. We know at times the process can be confusing, so we’ll go through each important date and deadline to explain what is needed from you.

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, but remember, if you can get your application submitted early, then you can focus on connecting with an advisor, deciding where you’ll live and figuring out how you’ll pay for college.

OCTOBER 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available. This is the form that lets you know what financial aid options you are eligible for—you’ll also need to fill out a FAFSA in order to submit a scholarship application at PSU. This is a crucial step in getting the money you need to pay for college. When you fill out a FAFSA, remember to add PSU as one of your colleges.  

The PSU Scholarship Application. If you haven’t already started your Scholarship Application, now is the time. The scholarships have different requirements, like essays and references, so you won’t be able to wait until the last minute to complete it. Apply early so you can be sure you get the most money possible to help pay for college.

FEBRUARY 1

Your PSU Scholarship Application, essays and references. This is a hard deadline, so you must get all your documents in.

Your Honors College Application. This is a priority deadline for transfers. However, after February 1 students are far less likely to get honors scholarships.

The FAFSA. We have a rolling deadline for FAFSA, but like all parts of the application process, it’s best to do this early.

Last day to apply to PSU to be eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE). Luckily, there is no separate application required—you will automatically be considered for WUE when you turn in your PSU Admissions Application.

Admitted Student Reception sign ups open!

The hard part’s done, but once you get an admission decision there are a few important dates you’ll need to know!

APRIL 1

New Student Orientation sign ups open. We recommend signing up for Orientation as early as possible. To gain access to sign ups, you’ll have to confirm your enrollment.

MAY 1

Confirm your enrollment to PSU. May 1 is National College Decision Day, so students all around the country are making the big decision about where they will attend college. 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!

Apply for on-campus housing. This is the final deadline.

JUNE 1

Last day to apply to PSU to be considered for Transfers Finish Free. There’s no separate application—you will be automatically considered when you submit your Admissions Application.

AUGUST 1

Final high school transcripts are due.

YOU’RE DONE!

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 essay or letters of recommendation!

Review PSU’s transfer admissions requirements.

The Top 12 Questions We Get About Orientation

Do I need to wear flannel if I move to Portland? Where’s the best coffee? Wait, there’s a bowling alley on campus?!

We know you have questions about Orientation, and we’re stoked to answer them. Here are the most common questions we get AND the answers. Have more questions? Email us at orientation@pdx.edu.


Do I have to go to Orientation?

You sure do! You will not receive course registration access without completing an orientation program. Besides, there’s no better way to start off your PSU experience, you’ll meet faculty, academic advisors, current students and folks from PSU’s resource centers, student groups and, of course, fellow incoming students!

What if I am from out of state student and can’t make it to an Orientation session in Portland?

If you’re from Hawaii or California, we are hosting sessions in your state! Register online as soon as possible because the sessions are approaching quickly. If you are coming from another state besides Hawaii or California, or from outside of the US, contact us at orientation@pdx.edu! International students are required to attend International Student Orientation, learn more.

How long is Orientation?

Transfer sessions run for half the day, about 4.5 hours. Out-of-state sessions sessions run from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, we’ll stick around after 2:30 to answer questions. On-campus sessions run for the full day, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. You will not be able to register for classes if you do not attend the entire session. You must arrive at the beginning of the session so you can be checked-in, if you miss check-in you will have to attend another session, otherwise holds will not be removed to allow for course registration access.

Do I need to bring anything?

Yes! Bring a government-issued ID so you can get your PSU ID. We strongly suggest that you  bring a laptop or tablet for course registration (smartphones are not recommended for registration). You should also bring a rain jacket just in case (it is Portland, after all), and plenty of excitement about the upcoming academic year!

Does it cost anything?

Incoming students attending on-campus sessions do not pay fee to attend Orientation, however, there is a small fee for each guest attending a freshman session. This can be paid in advance or upon arrival at the session. However, incoming students and guests attending out-of-state sessions in Hawaii and California are both required to pay a fee. There fee helps cover the cost of the meal and materials provided throughout the session.

Can I bring someone with me to Orientation, like a parent or guardian?

Of course! While not required, you may certainly bring a guest or two. Beginning this new chapter in your life is exciting and we want you to share that experience. We ask that incoming students limit their guests to two. We look forward to welcoming you AND your family to the Viking family!

Will I register for classes at Orientation?

Yes! This is why attending Orientation is required. You will be meeting with professional advisors in your academic area of interest that will give you specific direction for the courses you should take. You will walk away from Orientation with a completed fall term schedule!

Will I get to tour the dorms?

Yes. We offer optional housing tours at all of our on-campus sessions. Tour times will be on the agenda you receive at check-in.

Will I get to tour campus?

Absolutely! We offer campus tours to our incoming students  and guests of new students at the freshman sessions. PSU is about to be your new home and we want you get a feel for the campus!

I’m worried because I don’t know anyone else. Am I going to meet anyone?

It’s Orientation. No one knows anyone else yet! You’ll be meeting other students starting in fall term and you’ll spend a good amount of time with others who are sharing the same major as you. This is a good chance to chat and meet with people you’ll be seeing again in September on campus!

What if I can’t attend any of the offered Orientation sessions?

Contact orientation@pdx.edu as soon as possible to make arrangements.

Who should I contact if my question hasn’t been answered here?

If you have any remaining questions after this list, get in touch with us at orientation@pdx.edu. Keep an eye out for Orientation emails that are being sent to your PSU email account. Many of the details that you’ll need will be sent to you closer to your actual orientation date.


More Information and Orientation Sign Up

International  Student Orientation Info and Sign Up

A Day in the Life of a Biology Major

Valeria just finished her first year at Portland State University. She is in the pre-medical track, majoring in biology.

“I chose to major in biology because I truly love science. I am also interested in pursuing a career in medicine and biology, specifically, how the human body functions and biology focuses exactly on that.”  – Valeria

Watch her video below, where she takes you into her typical day at PSU.

Meet your Orientation Leaders!

We are working hard to ensure that your orientation is everything you imagined. The Orientation Leaders are divided into teams to plan various components of the Orientation session we’re hosting for you this summer. We want you to meet the folks who are organizing the events this summer!

You must confirm your enrollment before signing up for Orientation.

Orientation Team: Bubbly Bubbles

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Nettaly

Team Leader

Electrical Engineering

I’m the hip master flex, the swag master party thriller. Red Eagle. I’m amazing at badminton and I love film. I love collecting playing cards, and playing cards. Board games are great, too. Nationally ranked Catan player, I’ll eat your brains. Let’s go Rip City! “Lord of the rings quote”.

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Ann

Returning Orientation Leader

Marketing major, French minor

Hi everyone! I hail from Taiwan but was raised in the Portland area. My involvement on campus includes being a Resident Assistant and a member of the ultimate frisbee team! Welcome to PSU and I hope we get to meet soon~

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Abby

Returning Orientation Leader

Business Administration: Marketing and Advertising Management

I’m a Portland native and am very close to my family, which made PSU the perfect choice for me. In my free time, I volunteer on two non-profit boards that focus on equitable education in secondary education. I also love to sing in the University Choir, and go sailing on the Columbia River.

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Tiffany

Orientation Leader

Spanish Major

Tengo Corazón Latino, and I have an American mind. My knowledge is rich not only in what I have learned, but rich from my bilingualism, and the Mixtec culture that I am part of. I share with PSU my bicultural background from the vibrant, musical, spiciness that is entwined deep in my roots. Go PSU!

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Orientation Leader

English, Law and Legal Studies

I came to Portland for all of the wonderful adventures to be had. On Fridays you can see me hiking, going to a concert, exploring one of the many diverse neighborhoods in Portland, or just wrapped in a blanket burrito trying to get an early start on homework for the weekend.

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Francisco

Returning Orientation Leader

Social Work major, Community Development minor

My name is Francisco. I enjoy going on adventures, drinking Dutch Bros of course… and much more! I am a very nice and caring person.

PSU Orientation Leaders Climb Trees to Prepare for New Student Orientation

You’ve been admitted. You’ve submitted your tuition deposit. You’ve signed up for Orientation. Next step? Attend Orientation! Every year we gear up to put together an orientation program that ensures your life at PSU will be smooth sailing. It doesn’t happen overnight either. Our orientation team spends months planning and training for your sessions and it starts by getting all of our orientation leaders and student ambassadors together to become supportive resources for you!

The first people you will meet are orientation leaders (OLs). OLs are your guides, your friends, and your human information booths. They know all the details about what it’s like to be a student at PSU, where the best food carts are located, how to navigate your PSU account, the best resources for registering for classes, and how you can get more involved on campus.

The Orientation Leaders join our Student Ambassadors for a retreat for team building and cohesiveness. This year’s retreat took place at Camp Collins. The team worked together to get through high rope courses, team challenges, and deep conversations to become stronger and to learn how to support each other and how to better serve new students for the upcoming orientation season.

If you haven’t signed up for Orientation, do so as soon as possible! You must submit your tuition deposit or exemption in order to sign up for Orientation.