Resources at PSU
- Diversity & Multicultural Student Services (DMSS)
- Programs and services offered through the Diversity & Multicultural Student Services provide academic support services to Portland State students, as well as college information and educational support services to students in many of the Portland metropolitan area middle schools and high schools. Comprehensive academic support programs are available for students who come from diverse backgrounds, especially those who have been traditionally underrepresented in post-secondary education. DMSS programs and services are geared to help students achieve greater success at all levels through enhancement of writing and math skills, academic advising, counseling, advocacy, mentoring opportunities, and scholarship information delivered by a multi-cultural staff.
- Peer Tutoring & Learning Center
- The Peer Tutoring & Learning Center offers one-on-one tutoring, supplemental instruction, and workshops. It is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association, a national organization that recognizes university tutoring programs. Only current-term PSU students may use our services as we are funded by student fees.
- The Writing Center
- The Portland State University Writing Center is a lovely venue in which trained professional consultants and staff provide nonjudgmental, collaborative support to students, faculty, and community members in all stages of the writing process.
- The services offered by the Writing Center are free and open to the public: you may bring in any writing project academic or nonacademic, personal or professional.
- Disability Resource Center (DRC)
- The mission of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) is to collaborate with and empower Portland State University students with disabilities in order to coordinate support services and programs that enable equal access to an education and university life.
- Student Health and Counseling (SHAC)
- The Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) provides mental health, medical and dental services. Students are able to work with physicians, dentists, pharmacists, therapists and other health care providers. Many services are free of charge or have minimal fees.
- Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program
- The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at Portland State University (PSU) works with motivated and talented undergraduates who want to pursue PhDs. It introduces juniors and seniors who are first-generation and low-income, and/or members of under-represented groups to academic research and to effective strategies for getting into and graduating from PhD programs.
- Queer Resource Center (QRC)
- The Portland State University Queer Resource Center strives to provide an inclusive safe space in advocating for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students, staff, faculty and their allies.
- Women's Resource Center (WRC)
- The WRC seeks to empower women and to encourage their active and equal participation in all levels of the university community and the larger society. WRC encourages the participation of ALL people in the community as we strive to provide a safe and supportive environment for self-identified women.
- Multicultural Center (MCC)
- The Multicultural Center (MCC) provides a forum for collaborative cultural, educational, and social experiences at PSU and beyond.
- Student Activities and Leadership Programs (SALP)
- Student Activities and Leadership Programs (SALP) supports the University mission by advocating for and supporting student engagement and fostering an inclusive environment that sustains diverse and ethical leadership. This is done by providing advising and administrative support to student organizations, events, and trainings.
- Advising & Career Services
- Advising & Career Services is a newly formed department that provides advising for students who are exploring, choosing or changing majors; assistance for students encountering academic difficulties; co-admitted students; and referrals to schools/colleges and academic departments for students with identified majors. ACS also sees to the career development needs of all PSU students regardless of major; please visit the Career Center website for more information about career counseling services.
- Financial Aid
- PSU office of student financial aid is committed to assisting current and prospective students in obtaining funding for their college education.
- The goal of the tutor room is to assist students with their academics. To better facilitate learning, the tutor room atmosphere must be one in which all students can excel. In order to accomplish this goal, the following tutor room policies have been established.
- Tutor Room Hours
- Monday thru Thursday 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
- Saturdays 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Students must arrive before 5 pm during the week and before Noon on Saturdays.
- Tutor Room Policies
- Upon arrival to the tutor room, each student will sign in and inform the tutor room coordinator what subject area(s) you need assistance with.
- While in the tutor room, you are expected to do your homework, use the tutoring services, ask questions, and refrain from disruptive behavior.
- Be sure to bring all books and materials necessary for tutoring. Be sure to bring old tests and papers so that you may review them with a tutor.
- Snacks : Each student may receive two snacks during their tutoring visit, courtesy of a USDA After-School Snack grant. USDA and the State of Oregon are equal opportunity providers and employers.
- The tutoring room is for academic use only. Those students not actively working with a tutor or completing homework will be asked to leave. Students who continue to disrupt the tutoring room will lose tutoring and computer privileges.
- Headphones are allowed in the computer lab only.
- Cell phones should be set on vibrate and answered in the snack room.
- How to use a tutor?
- ALWAYS REMEMBER TO BRING COURSE TEXTBOOKS
- Review key terms, concepts, and vocabulary
- Review specific homework assignments
- Show your course syllabus to a tutor and make study plans
- Review material on previous and upcoming tests and quizzes
- Have the tutors review essays and papers for content and grammar
- Review grammar principles
- Read with a tutor and learn how to analyze literature
- Practice solving math and science problems
- Learn how to use computer-assisted instruction
- Review essay and multiple-choice test-taking skills including test preparation and test anxiety
- Online Tutoring Resources
- Financial Aid
- Upward Bound/Talent Search actively helps each student find sources of financial aid and scholarships to pay for school. We also work with students in filling out forms and writing essays for government and private scholarships to ensure that all applications are completed on time.
- How to Fund Your Education
- How to Apply for Financial Aid
- Affordable College Online An in-depth financial aid section with articles, guides and videos.
- Apply for admission if you are just starting college.
- Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA - located at www.fafsa.ed.gov).
- Return the completed FAFSA as soon after January 1 and before January 31 to be elgible for all aid. Submit the FAFSA whether or not you think you will qualify for aid.
- Keep your address current at the college you are planning to attend.
- When you receive the Student Aid Report (SAR) review it carefully. If you need to make any corrections do so and then return SAR as promptly as possible. Call the federal processor if you do not receive your SAR in 4-6 weeks. Note your data release number. Check to see if your SAR was chosen for verification.
- Watch the mail for your Financial Aid Award Letter you will receive from your college.
- Sign and return your Award Letter and promissory note.
- How the FAFSA works
- Using the information you supply on the FAFSA, the federal processor determines your expected family contribution (EFC), the amount of money parents can expect to contribute to their student's college costs. Your prospective college then applies a simple equation to decide how much financial aid you will need. (To get an early estimate of your EFC, check out the Financial Aid Estimation Calculator at www.finaid.com). Your prospective college will then try to meet your needs through a financial aid package made up of funds from federal, state, school, and private sources as well as loans and student employment.
- Juniors: Check out the new U.S. Department of Education website for juniors:FAFSA4caster
- Types of Aid
- A series of guidebooks for Veterans, Students with Disabilities, Hispanic Students, and more.
- Scholarship Links
- Mark's Financial Aid Calculator Free, accurate, and completely confidential calculators to provide you with a better understanding of college financing and planning for the future.
- FASTWeb Scholarship Search "The largest free scholarship search on the Internet." Also provides info on career choices and financial aid.
- FAFSA Online Instructions and information for filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS---PSU Answers to some of students' most common questions about paying for college.
- Student Planning: Mapping Your Future Information to help you plan your career, select a school, and pay for your education.
- The Foundation Center Resources for grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public.
- Scholarship Essay Tip
- Budgeting for College
- How to Apply for Scholarships
- Scholarship Information Sheet
- Scholarship Scams
- Scholarship List
- Community Service is required for most scholarships: UB Volunteer Directory
- Unusual Scholarships
- USA Funds Access to Education Scholarships
- Best Buy @15 Scholarship
- Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
- Walmart Foundation Scholarship Programs
- KFC Colonel's Scholars
- Benson Scholarship List
- Oregon Student Assistance Commission
- Diversity Scholarship Program
- Oregon Scholarships OSAC
- Oregon State University
- Portland State University
- University of Oregon
- Black United Fund
- Dell Scholarship Program
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Wells Fargo
- ELKS Scholarship
- Coca-Cola Scholarship Program
- Beat the Odds Scholarship
- Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
- The Asian American Fundation of Oregon
- First Freedom Student Completition (9th -12th grade)
- Horatio Alger Oregon Scholarship Program
- BBB Students of Integrity Scholarship
- Ron Brown Scholar Program
- Oregon Scholarship and Grant List
- Affordable College Online: Accounting Programs (Scholarship, Internship, etc.)
- Affordable College Online: Pyschology Programs (Scholarship, Internship, etc.)
- Affordable College Online: Business Managment Programs (Scholarship, Internship, etc.)
- College Search
- Planning for Post-Secondary Education
- Common Application Form
- The Common Application is the recommended form of 241 selective colleges and universities for admission to their undergraduate programs. Here is a list of Colleges that accept the Common Application form.
- College Board Online Home Page
- The main page of the College Board, providing information on college searching, financial aid, test prep and more.
- Oregon University System
- Links to colleges, universities and community colleges in the Portland area and throughout Oregon.
- A List of U.S. Universities
- Links to nearly every college that has a web page.
- Peterson's Education Center
- A guide to searching for, applying to and financing college.
- Think College
- A site by the U.S Department of Education on the importance of going to college.
- "Career" Colleges and Trade Programs
- A list of local Portland colleges designed to prepare students quickly for a career or trade.
Great Career Links
Interview Tools: Career Aptitude Tests and Assessments: Interest, Aptitude/Skill, and Personality Tests.
PSU Career Center Extensive links useful in finding a job or deciding on a career.
Oregon Career Information System (OCIS) Career info system used by schools in Oregon
Online Career Center Features worldwide job information, updates on job fairs and career opportunities. (Monster.com)
CareerMagazine: Career-Related Links job openings, resume banks, diversity.
Teenager's Guide to the Real World Online is an informative site that includes career and college links.
Mapping Your Future This site has a ton of planning information.
The Career Key A free public service to help people make sound career decisions
Career Builder Online Job Fairs, The Career Network, International Gateway, Career Resource Center & college Connection.
Hispanic Career Center a site devoted exclusively to promoting Hispanic careers and education.
Microsoft Job Announcements jobs in the firm in various capacities.
AT&T Job Station Student Resources: discounts, customized job/internship announcements.
Career Resource Center jobs posted now!!
Careerpath claims to have the Web's largest number of current job listings
College Board Online Career Search Students can learn about various aspects of careers, including nature of work, working conditions, training and earnings.
My Future.com is a site for non-college careers including the military and vocational careers.
JobStar This site offers career guides divided by subject area.
Biotechnology The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has a site with definition of positions related to biotechnology.
National Academy of Science has published a book on careers in science and engineering.
America's Job Bank A helpful job-listing resource for both employers and job-seekers nationwide.
Employment Security's WORK Page Washington On-Line-Reemployment kiosk
Seattle Times Classified Ads Regular Classified section of this prestigious newspaper.
Paralegal Associations Legal resources, Networking, Products & Services, etc.
Computers/Information Technology The Computer World site has a career section with information about careers in IT, including sample job description, workplace condition, training, and job outlook.
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- Study Skills Resources
- Time Management
- Time management skills are your abilities to recognize and solve personal time management problems. The goal of these time management lessons is to show you what you can do to improve those skills.
- This section of Mind Tools teaches you personal time management skills. These are the simple, practical techniques that have helped the leading people in business, sport and public service reach the pinnacles of their careers.
- Memorization Techniques
- Learning a new skill, language or even trying to remember a grocery list does not have to be difficult when you use these tips and techniques that are used to commit something to memory.
- This page gives you access to powerful methods for significantly improving the power of your memory.
- Test-Taking & Test Anxiety
- Whether you're a high school or college student, tests are unavoidable. If you take a multiple-choice exam your strategy will be different than if you were to take an essay test. Learning proper note taking, studying and test taking strategies are a vital part of improving your grade and academic success.
- Note-Taking & Listening
- Cornell Notes:http://coe.jmu.edu/LearningToolbox/cornellnotes.html
- Listening is an essential learning tool. Class notes can serve as an important tool for reviewing for exams and distilling key concepts.
- There are many note-taking techniques available to help you become a more efficient note-taker. There are also guidelines to effective listening.
- Useful Studying Habits
- Internet Research Skills
- University of Washington TRIO Quest Resources
- Citing Sources Using MLA Style
- MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities.
- In most college courses, we are asked to read and incorporate the writing of others into our own. Whenever you take ideas, paraphrase, or quote from a source, you need to indicate in your paper the sources from which the information came.
- Typing Skills & Drills
- Free Online Typing Tutor: http://www.goodtyping.com/
- Using Your High School Counselor
- 44 Reasons to Listen to Your High School Counselor
- Study Skills for MBA Students
- Time Management