Academic Advising Resources


Extended Hours During First Two Weeks of the Term

During peak times, particularly at the beginning of the term, it can be difficult to connect with an advisor. Our Help Desk Advisors are available outside of regular business hours to answer quick questions and help direct you to the resources you need. Some advisors also have evening or weekend hours.


Remote Advising Available:

The academic and career advisors at PSU are committed to serving students, especially at this challenging time. Although our physical locations are closed, staff are working remotely. Advisors continue to be accessible via email and are available for phone and video appointments.

What to expect from your advisor:

Academic and career advisors understand what will help students be successful throughout their academic experiences at PSU. Your advisor can help you:

  • Understand your graduation requirements and create a degree plan 
  • Access financial tools and resources and direct you to financial support services
  • Confirm your major choice and/or help you identify a major that suits your skills, values, interests, and goals 
  • Explore careers (before you reach 90 credits, or during the first term, if you are a transfer student)
  • Review your final graduation plan and apply for your degree

Advising Requirements

You are required to meet with your advisor at various points during your time at Portland State: New Student Orientation, during your first-year, when declaring your major, and before applying to graduate:

Complete your New Student Orientation

Orientation is required for all new students, both freshmen and transfers. This is how you learn about requirements and resources as well as connect with with your advisor so you can register for your first term's classes.

Meet with your advisor in your first two terms

You are required to meet with your assigned advisor during the first two terms of your first year. After that, meet with them at least once a year to assure you are continuing to make progress. If there is no record that you met with your advisor, a hold will be placed on your account, preventing you from registering for your third term.

Declare your major before you are a junior

If you are unsure of your major, enter the university as "exploratory" and select a Pathway based on your interests. You must declare your major by 90 credits (or within your first term if transferring with 90 or more credits). Your advisor can help you explore your options.

Apply for your degree at least two terms prior to graduation

You must apply for your degree in your Banweb account at least two terms prior to completing your requirements. Be sure to check in with your advisor as you approach your final year to assure you are taking the right courses for your degree.