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Applying to PSU

The most important steps:

  • Submit your application early.
  • Request your official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

While some institutions are sometimes able to admit and enroll students in a very short amount of time, most four-year public institutions, such as Portland State University, need more time to process your admission application.  It can take up to six weeks to process an application - and that's after receiving your application and all required documents, such as official transcripts from every college or university you've attended*.

You'll also need to attend Orientation prior to being able to register, and the sooner you can be admitted and attend Orientation, the better selection of classes you'll have!

Ready to apply? Click here!

Interested in co-admission? Co-admission requires a different application. For more information, click here.

What is an official transcript?

An official transcript or degree certificate is a verification of your academic record issued from the original issuing source (i.e., college, university, technical school, or secondary school). Official documents must arrive at Portland State in the original unopened envelope as issued by the originating institution, with an institutional stamp or signature on the sealed envelope flap.

Official transcripts should be mailed to the following address:

Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207 

Want to create a timeline to help you stay on track?

Check out our Admission Guide!

What to expect while waiting for a decision

You will receive email notification when

  • we receive your application
  • we receive a transcript
  • we receive any other required documentation
  • we have not received documentation in a timely fashion

You will receive postal notification 

  • 5 weeks after you apply with a listing of outstanding required documents
  • when we reach an admission decision

Questions about the status of your application? You can email or call 503-725-3511.


*Note that a failure to disclose all prior academic attendance could result in a student conduct violation with consequences up to and including revocation of admission. If you have concerns about previous poor performance, please contact an admission counselor for more information.

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