Congratulations on being admitted to Portland State University. You’re well on your way to becoming a Viking. There are a few steps you need to take before you will begin school at PSU. Review and complete the items below as soon as you can.
*Required for enrollment at PSU.
Apply for Your Student Visa
Once you complete your application, you will be reviewed for admission and you can begin providing the materials needed for PSU to issue you an I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status). Admission to PSU is required for us to issue an I-20. However, you can begin the process before you receive an admissions decision.
Apply for Campus Housing
Students are able to complete a Housing Contract once they have been admitted to Portland State University. To apply, you must have set up your student account (see above). You can log in to the Housing Portal 24 hours after you've activated your student account. Learn more about your housing options. You must be admitted to PSU to submit a housing contract.
The priority deadline to submit a contract is June 15. Students who apply by this date and are open to any unit option will be guaranteed housing.
Confirm Your Enrollment at PSU*
If you are ready to commit you can confirm your enrollment and claim your Viking status by submitting the Enrollment Confirmation Form. Enrollment confirmation is required to sign up for New Student Orientation, secure a PSU ID card, and register for classes.
Check Your @pdx.edu Email Account
Once you’ve set up your student account, your PSU email address will be activated. You will continue to receive email correspondence about your next steps and opportunities through the email address you used to apply. However, you should check your PSU account regularly for current student communications.
Complete Your Math Placement Test (if required)
Students with specified majors probably need to complete the math placement test prior to signing up for Orientation. Find out if you need to take the Math Placement Test.
Sign Up for International Student Orientation
Completion of online Orientation is required for all incoming undergraduate students and provides you with course registration access for your first term at PSU. Once you confirm your enrollment you'll be automatically signed up for New Student Orientation.
Summer Term Admits: You must confirm enrollment and sign up for New Student Orientation to get access to your Online Orientation module.
Complete Online Orientation and Register for Classes*
Through online Orientation you will learn how to navigate PSU student resources and support services, learn about graduation requirements, learn how to access advising services after orientation and register for your first term of classes.
After completing online orientation you will receive instructions for scheduling a phone appointment with a PSU Academic Adviser. Once you've had your advising appointment, you will receive an email indicating that you may register for classes.
Students beginning the Intensive English Language Program (ESL courses) should contact the Intensive English Language Program for information about orientation . Students enrolled in an IELP pathway will register for classes after you arrive on-campus.
We offer a variety of virtual and in-person visit opportunities to introduce you to PSU’s academics and student resources. Join us for one of our many virtual or in-person sessions, drop-in at our Virtual Front Desk to connect with an Admissions Counselor or Student Ambassador on Zoom, and stay connected on social media.
Review and Accept Your Financial Aid Award
Log in to your student account and view your award. See if you have any outstanding requirements and if you have questions contact the Office of Financial Aid.
Submit Missing Documents*
While you are still in your home country, make arrangements to obtain any official transcripts, degree certificates, or test score reports that you have not yet submitted to PSU. If your admission letter does not indicate that you need to submit additional official documents, you may skip this step. Review our Official Records Policy for more information and instructions for sending transcripts and other documents to PSU.
Plan Your Travel to Portland
Prepare to depart your home country, make sure you have everything you need for your travel and your life in Portland. Plan your travel to Portland and to PSU.
Review Your Health Insurance Options
PSU requires that all undergraduate international students maintain comprehensive health insurance to ensure that students stay healthy and in the classroom. The PSU Health Insurance Plan is major medical health insurance providing preventative, routine, and specialized health benefits and students are automatically enrolled and billed each term. Those who have comparable outside health insurance can apply to waive the PSU Health Insurance Plan.
Submit MMR Vaccine Form
Oregon law requires international students show evidence of immunity to measles before registering for their second term of enrollment.
Get Your PSU ID Card
If you are planning to come to campus at all this fall, you will need a PSU ID to get access to campus buildings. You can get your new student ID card in-person once you are registered for fall term courses. ID Services is open Mondays and Wednesdays 12 PM - 2 PM. No appointment needed.
If you don’t plan to come to campus for fall term, you can wait to get your student ID until you arrive on campus.
Complete the Required Understanding Sexual Misconduct and Available Resources Campus Module*
Log in to D2L (PSU’s Learning Management System). Under My Courses > Ongoing select "Understanding Sexual Misconduct and Available Resources” and complete the learning module. If you need accommodations to complete the module, please contact the Disability Resource Center at 503-725-4150.