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How to transfer to PSU

Transferring to Portland State is easier than ever, whether you’re coming from Oregon, another state or a different country.

Lucia Fasano, who moved to Portland from Los Angeles in October, hopes to be among the more than 3,000 students who transfer each year to PSU. About 60 percent of undergraduates at PSU are transfer students.

So far she’s doing everything right: She applied by the priority deadline of Dec. 1, used an online worksheet to find out if her credits from L.A. City College will transfer and checked with her adviser to make sure she didn’t forget anything. 

Fasano plans to apply for financial aid and scholarships in January and get a head start by taking language and art classes at Portland Community College in the winter term.

“Apparently everything will transfer over,” says Fasano. “This seems like a really good fit.” 

More students transfer to PSU than to any other campus in Oregon, and PSU works hard to make the transition as smooth as possible. But apply early -- as in now – for the best chance at financial aid and the earliest orientation and registration dates. 

Here are some ways to make transferring even easier:

  • Learn how your credits transfer HERE.
  • Apply HERE for co-admission to a community college and PSU. Co-admitted students can live in PSU residence halls. Email questions to
  • Seek an associate's degree after you transfer to PSU through a new reverse transfer agreement with PCC. 
  • International students can be admitted without full English proficiency. Go HERE for more details on international transfers.
  • Transfer students can apply for admission to the Honors Program. Learn more HERE.
  • Discover more about Portland State before you apply during a Transfer Open House. Dates HERE.

Pictured above: Lucia Fasano gets a campus tour during a transfer open house at PSU in December.