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Four-Year Degree Guarantee

Portland State is committed to help you graduate in four years, saving you thousands of dollars in tuition and college costs. No other public university in Oregon provides this guarantee.

PSU promises that full-time freshmen who sign an agreement will get the support and courses necessary to graduate in four years — or PSU will not charge them tuition for any remaining required courses. Students pay for only four years. That's our guarantee.

Incoming freshmen can submit the Four-Year Degree Guarantee Agreement during specific opt-in periods. Academic advisers review the academic record of students who submit the 4YDG agreement to determine eligibility. Eligibility is based on appropriate placement in math courses; students must complete online placement tests as soon as possible in order to be considered for the 4YDG.

Opt-in period for students admitted for Fall 2014 has closed. If you have been admitted for fall 2014 and missed the opt-in period, please contact the academic adviser in your department.

Here’s how it works:

  • Full-time freshmen entering PSU in fall 2014 submit the 4YDG Agreement.
  • All new undergraduate students must attend New Student Orientation during which they register for their first term courses. To ensure availability of required courses, it is strongly recommended students attend the earliest Orientation session during which an adviser from their major is available.
  • To remain eligible, students who opt-in for the 4YDG must earn a minimum of 45 credits a year, maintain good academic standing, and satisfy requirements as outlined by thier major's Degree Map.
  • PSU will provide academic advising and the required courses each year. Students may change majors and continue to participate in the 4YDG only if they can still meet graduation requirements for the new major within four years of entering PSU.
  • If students meet all the requirements of the 4YDG but are unable to graduate in four years due to course availability, PSU will not charge them tuition for any courses needed to complete their degrees.

Additional information for students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Additional information for students in the College of the Arts

Additional information for students in the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science

Additional information for students in the School of Business

View frequently asked questions.

View the Four-Year Degree Agreement.