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Summer Guide 2010

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Summer break? There's no such thing at Portland State University. Summer enrollment keeps climbing, making PSU home to the largest academic summer program in Oregon with 14,700 students enrolled in 1,135 courses. It's a time for fast-paced classes, visiting professors from around the world, a flood of international students and lots of summer camps. Not to mention all the new students getting their first taste of Viking life at orientation. Here's what's happening this summer at PSU.

By The Numbers

Enrollment: 14,700
Students living on campus: 700
Courses: 1,135


Summer is a popular time to get prerequisites out of the way in accelerated programs that cover a full year of coursework in about 12 weeks. The classes are intense, as any student who has taken chemistry in the summer will tell you. Foreign languages, statistics and math classes are also big. Summer also gives students a chance to take courses from visiting scholars and professionals, such as a class on Northwest writers taught by The Oregonian's book editor, Jeff Baker, featuring visits from writers such as Katherine Dunn.

International Students

A lot of PSU's international students stick around during the summer, and they are joined by about 700 more students who come to campus for shorter English and cultural programs. For instance, PSU is one of five universities in the country that hosts orientation programs for Fulbright graduate students before they head to universities across the country. In addition, the second group of students in the Intel Vietnam Scholars Program will arrive on campus in July for a bridge program to prepare them for their studies at PSU.

Visiting International Professors

About 20 professors from around the world are invited to PSU each summer to teach, and some of them will give free noon lectures in the "Tour the World" series in the Smith Memorial Student Center.

Continuing Education

More than 3,200 educators and human services providers are taking continuing education classes from the Graduate School of Education this summer. The courses are online, on campus or in the community and include writing workshops in schools, teaching algebra with a graphic calculator and working with abused and neglected children.

Summer Camps

From sports camps to academic programs, there are lots of reasons for children and teenagers to come to PSU this summer. About 90 high school students from Portland will spend six weeks taking classes on campus in the summer session of Upward Bound, which prepares low-income students for college. Hundreds of children come to campus each summer to learn from PSU's coaches and players at football, basketball, soccer and volleyball camps.


PSU hosts a number of summer seminars and conferences, such as the Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring. The week-long seminar draws 25-30 experienced mentoring professionals from as far away as Australia and Israel to learn the latest developments in mentoring theory and research and how to put them into practice.


The new award-winning student rec center is open all summer with slightly shorter weekday hours. Spring students who are not enrolled in summer session can maintain their membership over the summer for $25 a month. Summer activities include a four-week intramural volleyball league, outdoor program trips, and 35 weekly group fitness classes. You'll have to wait until the end of summer for the first games of the fall athletic season.


For the first time, newly-admitted fall undergraduates are required to participate in an all-day advising and registration orientation session before they can register for classes. Also new this summer, PSU is offering a Spanish-language family program. New students are invited back the week before classes begin for Viking Days, formerly known as New Student Week, a chance for students to connect with the academic, cultural, and social opportunities at PSU.