First Year Experience
FYE is a program that helps traditional first-year students transition to an urban campus, find academic support, and develop a home on the PSU campus. The community is supported by student staff and professionals who understand the needs of the first-year students and create communities that help students find social connections, enjoy Portland and campus communities and develop a healthy lifestyle.
All first year students live in a FYE community and will select from the options below. The majority of first year students live in Broadway and Ondine. Students accepted to the honors program have the option to also live in Stephen Epler.
University Housing & Residence Life has teamed up with University Studies to offer a unique living experience. We offer five of the most popular freshman inquiry courses chosen by freshmen each year as a living learning community. These communities are paired with an academic faculty member and also includes a Learning Community Assistant who attends class and serves as in-hall academic support for students in the community. Freshmen Inquiry is a PSU general education requirement.
In this course, the complex relationship between people and the places in which we live, recreate and work will be explored. We will specifically focus on Portland places: its place as a context for human development and cultural expression; its place as an urban area of diverse communities; its place within the natural, material, and social environment of the Pacific Northwest. We will discuss what connects people to their place(s) as well as what makes their place(s) part of their social, cultural, spiritual, economic and political life. Visit Univeristy Studies for more information about the course.
Global Leadership is located in Ondine, and is linked to a course taught by Chris Carey. The themes of this course include civic engagement and leadership studies, exploration of global citizenship, and examination of democratic concepts and values. The course partners with non-profit organization Mercy Corps to help students advance their understanding of leadership. Visit Univeristy Studies for more information about the course.
Race & Social Justice
Race and social justice is located in Ondine and is linked to a course taught by Alma M.O. Trinidad. The course focuses on exploring social and cultural awareness and understanding, engaging in social and cultural dialogue, and student development as well-rounded, informed citizens of a global community. Visit Univeristy Studies for more information about the course.
Work of Art
Work of Art is located in Broadway and is linked to a course taught by Sarah Wolf Newlands. The course explores the function art serves in our lives. The course pairs with the Portland Art Museum and works in the Portland State Community Garden to better understand the ways that art impacts our daily lives. Visit Univeristy Studies for more information about the course.
Health, Happiness & Human Rights
Health, Happiness & Human Rights is located in Ondine and is linked to a brand new University Studies course! The course examines the nature and state of healthy individuals and populations in their various environments. Specific emphasis will be given to social determinants of health and the intersections between health, communities, and human rights.
Sustainability is located in Broadway and is linked to a course taught by J.R. Estes. The course focuses on exploring the possibilities in maintaining a sustainable relationship between human communities and the natural world. Visit Univeristy Studies for more information about the course.
The Urban Honors community is located in Epler and provides students admitted to the Honors program with the opportunity to live in a dynamic community with other high achieving and highly motivated students. As part of the Urban Honors hall, students can participate in the life of the city and also experience the benefits of a small learning community. For more information including requirements, application process, and important dates please visit Urban Honors.
Themed communities are designed to bring together residents with similar interests. There is no Freshman Inquiry course associated with these communities, though most freshman will be taking a Freshman Inquiry course. For Freshmen Inquiry course offerings, visit University Studies.
Viking floors are located in Broadway and Ondine and are for first year students who have a variety of interests and want to experience the breadth of what PSU and Portland have to offer.
The STEM community is in Broadway and gives residents the opportunity to build a community focused on fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Upperclassmen, Transfer & Graduate Communities
Graduate students are welcome in any of our housing for continuing students, we have set aside a graduate student only community in one of our modern apartment style residence halls. The Graduate Residential Community is located in Blumel.
Families are welcome in University Housing & Residence Life, and we have many one bedroom apartments, and limited number of two bedroom apartments on campus to accommodate families.
The Urban Honors community is located in Epler and provides students admitted to the Honors program with the opportunity to live in a dynamic community with other high achieving and highly motivated students. As part of the Urban Honors hall, students can participate in the life of the city and also experience the benefits of a small learning community.