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Policies & Guidelines

Admission Requirements

These requirements reflect the minimum academic preparation required for admission to PSU.

Application Deadlines

These guidelines represent the priority filing date for admission evaluation.

Admission Application Fee Deferral

Undergraduate applicants may request a deferral of their $50 admission application fee.

Residency Requirements

Admitted students are charged in-state or out-of-state instructional fees as determined by specific rules developed by the Oregon Public Universities.

Second Language Proficiency

All applicants who graduated from an Oregon high school in 1997 or any year after must demonstrate proficiency in a second language.

How Credits Transfer

PSU accepts college-level credits transferred from regionally accredited institutions of higher education.


Admitted students may be eligible for college credit through prior completion of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College Level Exam Program (CLEP) programs and exams.

Official Records Policy

This policy explains what is considered an official academic record or document at Portland State University.

Undergraduate Intent to Enroll

Prior to signing up for New Student Orientation, all incoming freshmen and transfer students must complete the Intent to Enroll Process.

English Language Proficiency Requirements: Undergraduate

To be eligible to enroll in academic classes, international undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students must show valid proof of English language proficiency.

English Language Proficiency Requirements: Graduate

All students whose first language is not English must meet the English language proficiency requirement, regardless of citizenship status.

Required Financial Documentation for International Students

All international students attending Portland State University on an F1 or J1 visa must submit documentation of adequate financial support.

Portland State Institutional TOFEL Exams

PSU offers institutional TOFEL exams for prospective and admitted students. These exam scores will only be valid at PSU.