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Welcome to the PSU Advising site. This site is designed to provide information about how all current students and prospective students can access academic advising to meet their specific needs. Additionally, the site provides an overview of the University’s undergraduate graduation requirements and many academic policies & procedures of significance to undergraduates.

Current Undergraduates

The goal of PSU's academic advising services for undergraduate students is to assist them with understanding (a) the requirements for graduation and the University's institutional policies, (b) the campus resources available to them (c) the value of activities outside the classroom, and (d) the balance between students' responsibilities and those of the University.

All new undergraduate students (both freshmen and transfers) are required to attend a New Student Orientation session where they will meet with an academic adviser and be given permission to register for their first term at Portland State.

New undergraduate students are also required to receive academic advising from their intended major during their first year. Students who have not chosen a major will receive advising from Advising & Career Services (ACS). Students in pre-professional programs (e.g. education, medicine, dentistry, nursing) may receive advising at either the major department or through the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Advising Center. Students should contact their major, their school/college advising center or ACS to clarify their advising options. For specific information about advising on campus click here.

All other undergraduates are encouraged to seek advising from their major or pre-professional program regularly during their academic career.

Prospective Undergraduates

Prospective transfer students with advising questions are encouraged to meet with advisers in the majors they are interested in pursuing. If they are unsure which majors/programs they plan to pursue, they can receive advising in Advising & Career Services. For specific information about advising click here.

Post-baccalaureate and Graduate Students

Both current and prospective post-baccalaurete and graduate students should refer to the Post-baccalaureate/Graduate site for information about academic advising.

Students in Online Programs

In addition to the advising contacts listed above, students in fully online programs should contact the specific program if they need advising assistance. Contact information can be found at PSUOnline.


This page is managed by Advising & Career Services. Please direct any questions, comments or suggestions to or 503-725-4005.