All new undergraduate students (freshmen and transfers) are required to attend an Orientation: Advising & Registration session offered by New Student Orientation prior to registration for their first term at Portland State.
All new undergraduate students are also required to receive academic advising from their intended major department 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 and Sciences Advising Center. Students should contact their major department, their school/college advising center or ACS to clarify their advising options.
All other undergraduates are encouraged to seek advising from their major department or pre-professional program as soon as possible.
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.
Academic advising, provided by both professional advisers and faculty advisers, will assist students with the following:
- Exploration of personal goals
- Exploration of career and academic goals (including graduation and professional programs)
- Integration of personal, academic, and career goals
- Selection of general education option, degree, and major or program of study
- Selection and scheduling of courses
- Understanding University policies and regulations
- Information about and referral to University resources and services
The goal of PSU's academic advising services is to assist undergraduate students 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.