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Urban Honors Admissions Deadlines and Qualifications

New First-Year Students for Fall 2016

  • Minimum qualifications: 3.5 High School GPA OR 1200 (Critical Reading + Math) score on the SAT OR 26 ACT score.

First-Year Deadlines

Priority Deadline: December 1, 2015
Regular Deadline: February 1, 2016

Transfer Students and Current PSU Students

  • Minimum qualifications: 3.25 GPA in previous college course work.
  • Transfer students and current PSU students may apply for admission to the Urban Honors College in any term.

Current/Transfer deadlines: 

Fall 2015: August 31, 2015
Winter 2016: December 1, 2015
Spring 2016: February 1, 2016
Summer 2016: May 1, 2016
Fall 2016: June 1, 2016

    Application Essays

    In this application, you will need to answer the following essay questions (minimum of 250 words for each). We suggest you write/edit your responses in a separate document and paste them into the online application.

    1. Why do you want to join the Urban Honors College at Portland State University?
    2. Identity and culture are clearly intertwined. How have your cultural experiences influenced the development of your own personal identity?
    3. Today, for the first time in history, more than half of the people in the world live in cities. Describe a problem related to the Urban Environment you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.