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:
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
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.
Advising Information for...
Are you planning to transfer to PSU? Did you know more students transfer to Portland State than any other university in Oregon? Advisors can help you prepare before you get here and choose courses that will apply to your degree.
We are glad you have chosen Portland State! Whether you are transferring from another university, entering PSU after high school, or returning to college after an absence, advisors can help you transition to the PSU community. Your first year will be a critical time to connect with them.
Graduation requirements for postbaccalaureate and graduate students are different than for those earning their first bachelor's degree, and advising operates differently as well. We can help you make those connections.
If you plan to pursue your degree online, your bachelor's degree requirements will be the same as if you were completing it in person. Not all programs can be completed online; you should consult with your advisor about your options.
A returning student is one who has started a degree program at any institution, has taken a significant break in their education, and has returned to complete their degree.