Freshman

Admission Requirements

Students from accredited public or private high schools will be reviewed for admission as freshman applicants, including students who have earned college credit while in high school (e.g. Running Start). Transfer students who have completed less than 30 transferable quarter credits (20 semester credits) at the point of application will be reviewed as a freshman applicant.

  • Graduate from high school with a cumulative unweighted grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in all graded subjects. You must have completed 15 units* of college preparatory coursework with grades of C- or better in the following areas:
    • English: 4 units
    • Math: coursework culminating in at least the completion of Algebra II
    • Science: 3 units (one year of lab science is recommended) effective 2012
    • Social Studies: 3 units
    • Second Language: 2 units of the same language*
      *Oregon high school graduates only (Oregon residents who earn a GED are not held to the second language requirement.)
  • Take the SAT or ACT and have scores sent directly to Portland State University (Optional)
    • Students who satisfy Portland State’s minimum curriculum and GPA requirements are not required to submit test scores. ACT and SAT scores submitted by students who are admissible based on GPA and high school curriculum will only be considered value added in the admission process. Students who attended homeschool, or a non-accredited, non-standard high school are required to submit test scores. Students who have not attended high school within the three years prior to the term they are applying for are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores. Students who have not attended high school within the three years prior to the term they are applying for are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores.
      • SAT School Code is 4610
      • ACT School Code is 3492

Freshman applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA and high school curriculum requirements may be subject to holistic review.

See below for: 

  • Admission for Students with Non-Standard High School Backgrounds
  • Admission for Students Who Did Not Graduate From High School

Steps to Apply

Submit Your Application and Pay the $52 Application Fee

  • Go to Portland State University's online application system and select Create Account. If you have already started an application, or created one for a past term, select Log In.
  • A non-refundable $52 application fee is required. Pay this using a Visa or MasterCard. If you are eligible for fee deferral as an undergraduate, you will be able to choose this option for payment.

Submit Official Transcripts

Official transcripts are required from all the schools you've attended, see our official records policy for details.

Electronic Submission: Transcripts may be submitted via a secure transcript delivery service (such as Parchment) or sent directly from a school official to admissions@pdx.edu.

Mail Submission: Submit official transcripts in their original sealed envelopes from all schools attended and mail them to PSU at the address below.

Portland State University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
PO Box 751
Portland OR 97207-0751

Submit Test Scores (Optional)

PSU accepts the SAT and ACT tests. 

Via testing agency using PSU's School Code

  • SAT Code: 4610
  • ACT Code: 3492

Test scores may also be reported on an official high school transcript. Notify your admissions counselor if you intend to submit test scores on your transcript.

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Submission of the FAFSA is not required to receive an admission decision. We encourage students to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1.

Check Your Application Status

If you have submitted an application to Portland State University, you can log in to PSU's application portal to review the status of your application. You will be notified via email for each document you submit and your admission decision.

If you are not receiving email communications from Portland State University, be sure to check your @pdx.edu email account. Once you set up your student account all communications will be sent to that email address. If you are not receiving information from us in any email inboxes, please contact us at admissions@pdx.edu.


Admission for Students with Non-Standard High School Backgrounds

Student who attended high school at non-accredited or non-standard high schools or were homeschooled can be considered for admission through one of the three options below.

Applicants who attended an accredited high school that does not confer traditional letter grades may require holistic review for admission. To be considered, students must request communication be sent directly from their Registrar to admissions@pdx.edu stating an official cumulative GPA. Transcripts containing “keys” to calculate an official GPA are insufficient; the conferring institution must communicate a student’s official GPA directly to PSU. It is the applicant’s responsibility to request this communication. Portland State’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions will review all submitted coursework and notify students of their admissibility. 

Students who did not graduate from high school can be considered for admission through either Option 1 or Option 3 below.

Option 1: General Education Development (GED), HiSET®, or TASC®

PSU accepts three nationally recognized High School Equivalency exams that show college and career readiness to allow for admission without a standard high school diploma. Below are the minimum scores required for admission for each exam. 

  • General Education Development (GED)
    • Taken after January 1, 2014: Minimum overall average score of 170 AND minimum score of 150 on each subject test.
    • Taken between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2013: Minimum overall average score of 580 AND minimum score of 410 on each subject test.
    • Taken before January 1, 2002: Minimum overall average score of 46 AND minimum score of 40 on each subject test.
  • HiSET®: Minimum score of 15 on each subject test area AND at least 4/6 on the essay component of the Language Arts-Writing subject test.
  • TASC®: Minimum score of 580 on Language Arts-Reading; 560 on Mathematics, 560 on Language Arts-Writing; AND at least 6/8 on the Language Arts-Writing essay.

Option 2: Aptitude Tests

  • Earn a minimum combined score of 1120 or higher on the SAT Reasoning Test's Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing sections OR 22 composite on the ACT, AND
  • Take two SAT subject tests (Math level I or IIC and another test of the student's choice in an area other than math), earning a minimum score of 470 on each subject test. We recommend that the subject test other than math be in a second language to fulfill the second language requirement.

Option 3: Apply as a transfer student

Review the admission requirements for transfer students. 

PSU does not accept the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHPSE). A student must present GED, HiSET, or TASC scores.


Admission for Students Who Did Not Graduate from High School

Applicants who did not graduate from high school may also be considered for admission.

Option 1: General Education Development (GED), HiSET®, or TASC®

PSU accepts three nationally recognized High School Equivalency exams that show college and career readiness to allow for admission without a standard high school diploma. Below are the minimum scores required for admission for each exam. 

  • General Education Development (GED)
    • Taken after January 1, 2014: Minimum overall average score of 170 AND minimum score of 150 on each subject test.
    • Taken between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2013: Minimum overall average score of 580 AND minimum score of 410 on each subject test.
    • Taken before January 1, 2002: Minimum overall average score of 46 AND minimum score of 40 on each subject test.
  • HiSET®: Minimum score of 15 on each subject test area AND at least 4/6 on the essay component of the Language Arts-Writing subject test.
  • TASC®: Minimum score of 580 on Language Arts-Reading; 560 on Mathematics, 560 on Language Arts-Writing; AND at least 6/8 on the Language Arts-Writing essay.

Option 2: Apply As a Transfer Student

Review the admission requirements for transfer students.