What to Expect at Orientation
At Orientation, new students should expect to:
- confirm their decision to attend PSU
- learn how to navigate resources and support services
- learn about graduation requirements
- learn how to access advising services after Orientation
- register for first term courses
Orientation has been designed to meet the five goals listed above, and the types of sessions operate on unique schedules to meet the diverse needs of PSU's student population. At each session, you can expect to meet new and current students; interact with staff and faculty members; receive advice from academic advisers about your first term schedule; and register for your full schedule. You will be provided with a detailed agenda upon arrival at Orientation.
Planning for Orientation
First, be sure to refer to the New Student Checklist for detailed information on important next steps as a new PSU student. Below are some additional items that might help you prepare for Orientation.
What to Bring
You have likely received lots of information from Portland State University regarding your admission. The following list suggests minimum materials to bring; if in doubt though, bring any items with you that you believe could help with your transition.
- Government-issued identification (e.g., driver's license)
- Odin (PSU username) and login information
- Transfer Evaluation (t-eval) Report (Transfer Students only)
- Unofficial transcripts that reflect courses taken at other campuses
- Comfortable shoes
- Rain jacket/umbrella...just in case
New students pay a matriculation fee as part of their first term tuition; a portion of this fee covers your participation in New Student Orientation at PSU. For students who attend Orientation at PSU, there is no additional fee that needs to be paid to the Orientation Office.
For fall orientations there are additional fees for:
- Guests of students who attend Orientation for Freshmen Students; $20 fee per guest
- Students and guests who attend Out-of-State Orientation for Freshmen and Transfer Students; $50 per person
These fees cover the cost of staffing, meals, additional materials, and travel for the out-of-state sessions. Please contact our office if you and/or your family is unable to pay participation fees due to any financial hardship or other circumstances.
Persons with Disabilities
If you require additional accommodations for Orientation, please contact the Disability Resource Center as soon as possible, but no later than one week before your assigned session, to make appropriate arrangements. We will make every effort to accommodate your needs. For additional information, or to schedule accommodations, contact the Disability Resource Center at 503-725-4150 (TTY 503-725-6504).
Transportation and Parking
Portland State University is located in downtown Portland which means that parking is limited. As such, we strongly encourage the use of public transportation. For details visit TriMet at www.trimet.org or 503-238-RIDE (7433). For those who must drive to campus, parking for each session will be available in Parking Structure 3, 1631 SW 12th Avenue, (mapquest directions) at the M-F daily rate of $9. If you are parking, allow additional time to ensure you arrive by the start of the program.
If you are coming to Portland State from outside the Portland metropolitan region and need a place to stay overnight, we hope you will consider a few places on and near Campus:
- University Place is a full-service educational conference center with 235 guest rooms. For details or to reserve a room, contact University Place at 503-221-0140. Be sure to mention you are attending Orientation.
- Summer Conference Housing offers students and their guests the ability to stay overnight in a residence hall. Campus housing is available for up to two nights, beginning the night before Orientation. Students have the option of staying with their parent, other family members, or with another student of the same sex. Family members may elect to stay with their student, another parent, or their partner. Housing is provided on a first come, first serve basis while space is available (note: this option is available in June, July, and August, but not September). Each room has two twin-sized beds, a private bathroom, and bed linens/towels are provided. If you have interest in staying in a residence hall while attending orientation, please call 503-725-4336, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://tinyurl.com/kyugpme.
For additional hotel and travel information, visit PSU's hotel booking engine.