Prepare for Your First Term

Step 4: Prepare for Your First Term

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Complete Before Starting Online Orientation:

Submit Final Official Transcripts

Final transcripts are not required in order to sign up for or attend orientation, but we recommend you submit official transcripts from all schools attended as soon as possible. Request an official transcript be sent from your school to PSU’s Admissions Office as soon as final grades are available, but no later than August 1. If you are currently attending another college or university, or have transfer credits not in your PSU record (including AP or IB tests).

Review Degree and Major Requirements

In addition to general education courses, your class schedule will also include courses related to your major and degree requirements.

Understand PSU's General Education Requirements

All PSU undergraduate students complete general education requirements in addition to courses related to their major. General education requirements are met by completing the University Studies or Honors College curriculum. Online Orientation provides an in-depth look at how you’ll complete your General Education requirements alongside your degree and major requirements. The modules below may be helpful in continuing to explore this topic.

Complete Math Placement Test (required for certain majors)

Students with majors specified here 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.

Download the myPSU App

Prepare for Orientation by downloading the myPSU app from the Google Play Store or iTunes Store. The myPSU app is designed to help students plan their courses and keep track of important To Do’s as a PSU student.

After Completing Online Orientation:

Schedule a Virtual Appointment with Your Advisor

Once you have completed Orientation, you are ready to meet virtually with your advisor who can assist you throughout the process of building your first term schedule. The online orientation includes your advisor’s contact information and appointment scheduling details. That information can also be found on the Advising webpage. Connecting with your advisor, in addition to completing your online orientation, ensures you will have the information you need when designing your first term schedule.

Submit MMR Vaccine Requirement Form

The MMR Vaccine Requirement Form is not required in order to sign up for or attend orientation, however, Oregon law requires all students to submit proof of measles vaccination or provide an exemption before registering for their second term of courses. You must submit the Measles Vaccine Requirement Form before your second term of enrollment, otherwise a registration hold will be placed on your student account preventing course registration.

Review Your Health Insurance Options

All students taking five or more credit hours per term (1 credit hour per term for international students) are required to have comprehensive medical insurance coverage.

Attend Your Bystander Education Workshop

We are committed to maintaining a safe campus environment for all which is why Illuminate, in partnership with Orientation, is hosting active bystander intervention workshops called "It’s Our Place." As a new member of the PSU community, you are required to attend one of these workshops.