Academic Communities

Academic communities offer residents the opportunity to live and learn with students who share similar academic interests while also fulfilling their Freshman Inquiry (FRINQ) class requirement. Our faculty make an extra effort to engage with students outside of class and each FRINQ is paired with a Learning Community Assistant who attends class and serves as in-hall academic support. Sharing a FRINQ class makes it easy for students to form study groups within the residence halls, collaborate on assignments, and build strong connections.  For more information about Freshman Inquiry, visit University Studies.

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Race & Social Justice

Location: Ondine 
FRINQ Class: Race & Social Justice - UNST 102

Explore what it means to be a well-rounded, informed citizen of a global community through social and cultural awareness and understanding while engaging in meaningful social and cultural dialogue.

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Design & Society

Location: Ondine
FRINQ Class: Design & Society - UNST 122

Designers influence the creation of products, images, infrastructure and environments surrounding us, both virtual and real. Designers engage with the problems facing their communities, and act to solve them by developing creative and innovative solutions. Using design as the focus, students will explore individual responsibilities toward society.

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Health, Happiness, & Human Rights

Location: Ondine 
FRINQ Class: Healthy, Happiness, & Human Rights - UNST 145

Discover the nature and state of healthy individuals and populations in relation to their various environments. Specific emphasis will be given to social determinants of health and the intersections between health, communities, and human rights.



Location: Ondine 
FRINQ Class: Portland - UNST 108

Explore the connection between people and the places in which they live, recreate, and work, and how those places, in turn, play a role in their social, cultural, spiritual, economic, and political life. Special emphasis will be on Portland places: its place as a context for human development and cultural expression, as an urban area of diverse communities, and a place within the natural, material, and social environment of the Pacific Northwest.



Location: Ondine
FRINQ Class: Sustainability - UNST 125

Explore the possibilities in maintaining a sustainable relationship between human communities and the natural world.

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Work of Art

Location: Broadway
FRINQ Class: Work of Art - UNST 132

Discover the functionality of art and all the different ways art impacts our daily lives. Through writing, collaboration, and community projects, students will explore what art does, where art resides, and how art communicates. Students will also get an opportunity to visit the Portland Art Museum and engage with the Portland State community.

Themed Communities

Themed communities are designed to bring together residents with similar interests. There is no Freshman Inquiry course associated with these communities, though most freshmen will be taking a Freshman Inquiry course.

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Location: Broadway

The STEM community gives residents the opportunity to build a community focused on fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

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Location: Broadway and Ondine 

Viking floors are located in Broadway and Ondine and are for first year students who have a variety of interests and want to experience the breadth of what PSU and Portland have to offer.

Honors Community

The Honors Living Learning Community provides students admitted to the Honors College with the opportunity to live in a close-knit, dynamic community with other high achieving and highly motivated students. 

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Location: Stephen Epler

Students admitted to the Honors program have the opportunity to live in a dynamic community with other high achieving and highly motivated students. As part of the Honors community, students can participate in the life of the city and also experience the benefits of a small learning community. For more information about the academic program, please visit Honors