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PSU believes that academic advising is an essential part of students' academic career, beginning with pre-admission contact with the university and their Orientation session, and continuing through frequent contact with advisers during the entire time they attend PSU.

Academic advising, provided by both professional advisers and faculty advisers, assists 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.

How do I connect with an Academic Adviser?

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 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.

Graduate and postbaccalaureate students should refer to the Postbaccalaureate/Graduate site for information about academic advising. 


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