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It is our belief that your understanding of Portland State University, and the support that you provide to your PSU student, will assist in their ability to be successful.

One of the most challenging transitions for a parent to make is adjusting to the changes that accompany sending their student off to college. To help you with this transition, we've assembled some resources from parents of other Portland State students to help you adjust to this change.

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Have you used any of these resources? Are there others you would recommend? Send a review to We might use your recommendations for other parents. Happy reading!

Portland State Links

Links Specifically for Parents & Families

Parent and Family Orientation Presentation 2013.pdf (Created by the Dean of Student Life, Student Health and Counseling, Financial Aid, and Campus Public Safety Office).

Career Center Information for Parents

Financial Aid - Parents' Page

PSU OneCard

University Housing Information for Families

Links Regarding Student Services & Student Records

Office of the Dean of Student Life - Start here to help navigate student services and the university.

PSU's Career Center - This is a great resource for your student to use to help them find a job, internship, or volunteer opportunities. The Career Center's website also has valuable information regarding upcoming career fairs, and other events at PSU.

The Center for Student Health And Counseling - PSU offers a wide range of medical and dental services through our on-campus facilities, and basic health fees for these services are included in tuition.

Disability Resource Center - The mission of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) is to provide students with disabilities and equal access to education.

Diversity and Multicultural Student Services - PSU offers Department of Education TRIO programs in addition to many other programs and services to under represented student populations.

Transportation and Parking Services - Visit this site to learn information on how to get to and park at PSU.

Learning Center - In addition to helping your student with their current coursework, our academic support services can assist your student in developing learning skills for the long term.

Student ID cards - Learn how to obtain and activate a PSU Student ID card (opportunity to have photos taken at Orientation) and information associated with the HigherOne account.

Student Parent Services - SPS is a program that helps student parents manage the conflicting roles and responsibilities that school, work, and family demand of them. Follow this link for more information about all of the resources available; including Child Care, Academic Support, Financial Assistance, and more.

Undergraduate Advising and Support Center - The UASC is available to all new and current PSU students. The function of this Center is to assist students who are exploring various majors through academic advising and also to support students in their academic pursuits.

The Writing Center - The Writing Center helps writers of all levels develop powerful, clear, effective writing that represents their ideas, creativity, and scholarship.

Comprehensive list of all campus services available to current PSU students.

Office of International and Student Scholar Services - Information specifically for International Students

Links Regarding Student Life

The Associated Students of Portland State University - PSU's student government is a great way for students to get involved in many of the major decisions affecting the PSU student body.

Portland State Athletics - Portland State offers a number of men's and women's NCAA Division I collegiate sports teams, in Football, Basketball, Soccer, and more.

Campus Recreation Office - Campus Rec organizes and supports intramurals and other student athletic and recreation programs.

Student Activities and Leadership Programs - PSU offers over 200 student groups and organizations, and SALP is tasked with supporting these groups, which share an annual state budget mandated for student programs. More information about student groups and organizations at PSU can be found on their web page.

Women's Resource Center - The Women's Resource Center seeks to empower women and to encourage their active and equal participation in all levels of the university community and the larger society. They encourage the participation of ALL people in the community as they strive to provide a safe and supportive environment for self-identified women.

Links Regarding Joining the PSU Community

Alumni Association - Established in 1987, the Portland State University Alumni Association serves over 110,000 alumni and friends of the University. The Association sponsors life-long learning activities, PSU Weekend, special lectures, receptions, and other events.

Giving to PSU - Help PSU reach its Big Plans!

PSU Magazine - Quarterly magazine published by PSU Alumni Association

Portland Oregon Visitor's Association - The official tourism and meeting website for Portland, Oregon

Links Regarding Safety & Security

Campus Public Safety Office - Campus Safety is dedicated to keeping the campus safe and secure 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. CPSO also offers a number of other public service and security programs, like the Lost and Found and campus watch


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Empty Nest…Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College; Andrea Van Steenhouse; 2002.

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