After You're Admitted as Postbaccalaureate
Below you will find a list of steps for new PSU post-baccalaureate students to accomplish prior to the start of their first term.
Your First Steps:
- Create Your PSU Computing Account (ODIN). Once you're admitted to PSU, one of the first things that you'll want to do is to create your PSU computing (ODIN) account. To get started, read the instructions on your letter of admission or, for help, call 503-725-HELP(4357). Complete this step online.
- Get into the Habit of Checking Your PSU E-mail. You will receive constant and often important information from PSU to your pdx.edu e-mail account. The ODIN you create when setting up your computer account with be your e-mail address. For example, if you were to create the ODIN of "viking" your e-mail address would be firstname.lastname@example.org. Complete this step online (and often!) by going to mail.pdx.edu.
- Apply for Financial Aid. Be sure to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible if you've not already. Check the status of your financial aid award in your student account. Eligibility for financial aid for post-baccalaureate students will depend on degree status and enrollment. Please review information on the Financial Aid office website for details. Please note: International students are not eligible for Financial Aid, but are able to apply for PSU international scholarships.
- Meet with an Academic Adviser. Please select your program from the list below to find advising information. If you are an international student, you can connect with your academic adviser via email and meet them when you arrive in Portland.
- If you are unsure of what program you want to pursue, you should contact Advising & Career Services to discuss your interests and options.
- Engineering, Computer Science Programs
- Liberal Arts & Sciences Programs
- Business Programs
- Architecture, Art, Music, Film or Theater Programs
- Urban Studies Program
- Criminology & Criminal Justice, Political Science, or Public Administration Programs
- Health Studies Program
- Social Work, Child & Family Studies Programs
- Pre-Medical Program
- Pre-Dental Program
- Other Pre-Health Programs
- If you are planning to complete prerequisites for other graduate or professional programs, you should contact Karen Popp (email@example.com) in the Office of Graduate Studies.
- Take Placement Tests or Satisfy Prerequisites. If you need to take a math, chemistry, and/or second language class, you may be expected to complete a placement test prior to enrolling in a related class or have the required prerequisite. You may not be able to register for classes until you complete these tests or can show that you have taken the required prerequisite. Complete this step online.
Great! Now Make Sure You Do These Things:
- Submit Any Missing Paperwork. Submit official transcripts or test scores that are still missing from your application. Information about this step is available online.
- Submit Required Health Documents. If you still need to submit your proof of measles vaccination, please submit this as soon as possible to the Center for Student Health and Counseling. Information about this step is available online.
- Determine Your Health Insurance Needs. PSU requires all students taking 5 or more in-load, non self-support credits* (1 credit for international students) to have comprehensive medical insurance coverage. Learn about the PSU Health Insurance, and the fees associated. If you have health insurance you may wish to learn about the eligibility requirements and deadlines for the waiver process.
- Receive Your Student ID Card. Your PSU student ID card will be mailed to your current address 4-6 weeks prior to the start of your first term provided that you are registered for classes and have a U.S. mailing address. International students will receive their ID card after they complete immigration check-in at International Student Orientation. You should have a photo taken for your ID card and ID Card Services in the Neuberger Hall lobby. Information about this step is available online.
- Pay Tuition and Fees. Learn about your PSU One card, student accounts, and how to pay college tuition and fees. Information about this step is available online.
- Buy Textbooks. Purchase textbooks at the PSU Bookstore 1-3 weeks prior to the start of the term. It is important to wait until this time to purchase textbooks as any books purchased prior to this date may not be eligible for a full refund should you need to return the book. Information about this step is available online.
- Determine Your Transportation Needs. There are many transportation options that you can use to travel to PSU. Students must be registered for classes prior to purchasing a transit FlexPass or a student parking permit. Information about this step is available online.
- Learn About Health Services. Learn about on-campus student health and dental services. Information about this step is available online.
- Apply for University Housing (Optional). Apply for housing as soon as possible to ensure you have a room for your first term. Complete this step online.
- Purchase a Dining Plan (Optional). Portland State University's dining services offer a wide range of meal plans that can be purchased, including a declining balance plan. Information about this step is available online.
- Complete an Online Financial Literacy Tutorial (Optional). Dollars and Sense is a program at PSU that helps students learn how to make good financial choices. The initial phase of the program is an online Financial Literacy 101 course that takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. Information about this step is available online.