Guide to summer at PSU

Despite the overcast skies and consistent drizzle, it’s summer in Portland. That means it’s time for Portland State University’s summer session to get underway. More than 1,100 classes and thousands of students will stick around campus this summer to work on their degrees. But summer’s about more than just going to class. 

Check out PSU’s guide to summer.


Summer classes kicked off Monday available in almost any format: days, nights, weekends, online, even off-campus. Sessions range anywhere between one and 12 weeks helping students get ahead, finish prerequisites or learn something just for fun. The last classes of the session wrap up Sept. 15.

Find more information about courses here.

 Trimet Passes

Students are now eligible for a reduced transit pass through TriMet’s Reduced Fare Program. Students with an income of less than $24,980 a year will receive a monthly pass for $28 a month. Students can work with Transportation & Parking Services (1812 SW 6th Avenue) to verify their income and then pick up their Hop card from the TriMet office at Pioneer Square.

Also changing this summer, the FlexPass is now the Student Viking Pass. The pass for summer is $100 and expires August 31. September can be added for an additional $50.

Passes are valid for all TriMet and C-TRAN systems.This includes buses, MAX light rail trains and the Portland Streetcar.


For those students riding bicycles to campus, PSU offers 10 indoor bike garages. While permits purchased for the academic year are valid for the summer, students who want just a summer pass can buy one for $10. Permits are available online or at the Bike Hub (1818 SW 6th Avenue).

The Bike Hub is also offering repair and maintenance classes throughout the summer term. Classes include basic repair and commuting, Femme Bike Night and Friday Flat Fixes.

They’re free as always to Bike Hub members and $5 for walk-ins.

Campus Rec

Campus Recreation won’t skip a beat this summer and has a full schedule of classes and special events. Classes include yoga, Zumba, cycle and drop-in sports such as soccer, volleyball, badminton and faculty/staff basketball.

For those looking to get a little further away from campus, the Outdoor Program is offering adventures all summer including overnight backpacking trips to Olallie, Monon and Rock Lakes, kayaking, rock climbing and the chance to go on a few day hikes. PSU students, faculty, staff and Campus Rec members are invited to participate in a free softball tournament on July 11 at Stott Field. Registration closes July 9. Plus, there will be a two-day Faculty/Staff Softball Tournament on July 18 and July 25 that is open to all PSU faculty and staff (no Campus Rec membership required). Registration closes July 16.

Portland Summer Fun

Summer in Portland means dozens of opportunities for entertainment — street fairs, concerts, festivals, outdoor movies — just to name a few.

And don’t forget about the Portland Farmers Market, held every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Park Blocks.

On campus, the Top Down Cinema will gear up once again. Four films will be screened on the roof of Parking Structure 2 between July 25 and 28. 

Two opera alumni are returning to campus to offer a free recital July 28.

For students looking to escape campus in search of fun, Pickathon is Aug. 2-4 in Happy Valley. Architecture students have once again worked with the festival to design and build the Treeline Stage. In the past, the stage has been repurposed to build housing for homeless veterans.


Students looking to join Portland State in the fall will need to attend a New Student Orientation this summer. The admissions office advises students to sign up for the earliest session possible because class registration is available during orientation. The sooner the orientation, the more class options there will be.

Freshman sessions last the entire day and will be offered July 10, 31 and August 28.

Transfer students can attend a half-day session on July 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, August 2, 21 and 30.

 International student orientation is September 26.

International Visitors

Are you an international student studying at PSU this summer? Be sure to check out the Office of International Affairs. Here’s some more information for international students and visiting scholars.

Transfer open house

Still debating whether a transfer to PSU is in your future? The office of admissions will continue open house events throughout the summer. Students will learn more about PSU and have an opportunity to talk with admissions and financial aid representatives.

The next open houses are July 29 and August 15.

Students who apply to PSU online at least 48 hours before the open house and bring their official transcripts from all colleges they’ve attended will get an instant admission decision and the chance to defer the $50 application fee.

Guide by Katy Swordfisk

Photos by NashCo Photography