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Make the most of summer

Welcome to summer at Portland State — a time for intense classes, outdoor adventures and international experiences. This year, about 15,000 students are enrolled in the largest academic summer program in Oregon. Here’s how to make the most of your summer at PSU.

Courses: PSU offers 2,200 summer courses with a variety of flexible schedules and formats. Complete a year’s worth of language or science courses in nine weeks, explore a new field or study abroad. Register now.  

Housing: About 700 students live on campus during the summer. Continuing students can stay in a residence hall without taking classes, and new students can move in if they enroll in classes.

Campus rec: Take a fitness class, perfect your swim stroke, try rock climbing, go on a day hike, kayak in the indoor pool, rent outdoor gear or join a soccer league — all at the student rec center.

International visitors: Thousands of students and seven visiting scholars from all over the world are studying and teaching at PSU this summer. International scholars give free talks on Wednesdays in the “Tour the World at Home” lecture series.  

Orientation: Mandatory all-day advising and registration sessions for freshmen start July 8. New students are invited back Sept. 23-29 for Viking Days in the Park Blocks.

Football: The first football game is Aug. 29 against Eastern Oregon University at Jeld-Wen Field. A full schedule and tickets are at goviks.com. 

Farmers Market: Portland State is home to the Portland Farmers Market every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Park Blocks.