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Resources for Undergrad and Post-bac Student Success

RESOURCES for Undergraduate and Post-baccalaureate Student Success

There are many resources available to students at PSU, all designed to help you achieve your goals. Explore the ones that could be most useful for you.

The listings of services are grouped:

  • Academic Advising or Assistance
  • Personal and Life Management
  • Health and Wellness
  • Skills Classes and Coaching Academic Advising or Assistance

Don’t know how to find an academic advisor? Take a look at You’ll find links to the two main undergraduate advising offices, as well as a detailed list of each academic department’s advising services.

  • The Advising and Career Services department provides academic advising for undergraduate students who have not declared a major, as well as career counseling, interview skills training, and assistance with developing resumes and cover letters.
  • The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Center houses advisors for undergraduates with majors such as English, the sciences, economics, philosophy, world languages, pre-professional students (pre-health and pre-education) and others. 
  • The Assistive Technology Center is an adapted technology computer lab and is available to students and community members with disabilities. 
  • The Disability Resource Center coordinates accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Services can include note-takers, interpreters, arranging for alternate testing location and/or time allowed for testing. 
  • The Learning Center offers free tutoring services for most 100- and 200-level courses as well as study skills workshops, including time management and supplemental education. One-on-one academic coaching is available, both in person and on-line. 
  • Student Support Services (TRIO) provides services and special assistance to traditionally under-represented student populations and students with disabilities who meet certain criteria. 
  • The Testing Center proctors exams for students who are eligible for testing accommodations. 
  • The Writing Center has trained professional consultants and staff to provide nonjudgmental, collaborative support to students, faculty, and community members in all stages of the writing process.
  • Diversity and Multicultural Student Services (DMSS) These programs support students who come from backgrounds traditionally under-represented in post-secondary education.
  • Questions about how re-taking a class can improve your GPA? Need to drop a class due to a health emergency? Talk to the staff of Admissions, Registration and Records about your academic record, deadlines to drop a class or change your grading option, and appeals related to your grade record.

Personal and Life Management

  • The Office of the Dean of Student Life is a resource for all students as they navigate Portland State. The office serves as a reference point for those seeking to resolve issues of concern. If you need help resolving a conflict, understanding “the system” or just need someone to connect you with the right resource, drop in to the Office of the Dean of Student Life.
  • The Department of University Housing & Residence Life manages on-campus housing for new and continuing students. Housing options include traditional dorms with Resident Assistants, as well as apartments suitable for singles, couples and families.If you need help finding housing off-campus, visit their website and look for the Off-Campus Housing Guide in the QUICK LINKS section. This guide provides a long list of resources to find off-campus housing.
  • Is your kitchen cupboard bare and payday is still 2 weeks away? Visit the Student Pantry in Room 325 Smith Memorial Student Union, sponsored by student government. The Student Pantry offers non-perishable items to all students, no questions asked.
  • Need help getting your personal finances under control? Try the free and confidential on-line course, Financial Literacy 101. This on-line program provides a systematic way to learn about personal financial management, which you can complete in modules at your own pace.
  • Resource Center for Students with Children provides support services for students who are also parents. This includes childcare resources and financial assistance for low-income student parents. 
  • Student Legal Services (SLS) is a full service law firm which serves eligible Portland State University students. 
  • Transportation and Parking is the place to buy a bus pass, find out about biking to PSU, or buy a parking permit. The staff can assist with arrangements for parking for students with disabilities.
  • The Queer Resource Center works to insure an environment that supports the inclusion, comfort and success of all students, staff and faculty. Explore the website to find out about their resources and activities.
  • The Veteran's Services site provides links and information for services and support for veterans. Learn more about the Student Veteran Association, an advocacy and support group. 
  • The Women’s Resource Center sponsors events and provides support services for women students. 

Health and Wellness

  • The Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) is available to admitted students registered for 5 or more credit hours. Provides crisis or brief counseling, psychological assessment, vocational counseling, and aptitude assessment. For information regarding learning disability and ADD/ADHD testing, go to SHAC's LD/ADHD Assessment page.
  • Campus Recreation provides many opportunities for indoor and outdoor exercise and fun. Swimming, rock climbing, weight-training, intramurals, biking, rafting and camping are just a sample of the wide range of activities. 

Skills Classes or Coaching

Consider signing up for a College Success class (UNST 199/399). These 3-credit classes give students practical success tools that lead to great success in college and in life. Classes are offered with a variety schedules, such as over 2 week-ends or partially on-line.

The University Success Center on the 2nd floor of Ondine residence hall offers one-on-one academic coaching focused on student strengths and goals, study skills, engagement, academic planning, self management. 503-725-2450.

You could enroll in Basic Library Skills (LIB 199) which promotes information literacy. This will help you identify what type of information you need and how to effectively and efficiently access it. Visit for more Library resources.

Career Planning Class (UNST 199) is a one-credit career decision-making class. Learn the myths and realities of choosing a major and the career decision-making process.