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COVID-19: A new way forward

Now is the time to put new ideas in action. The COVID-19 pandemic is testing all of us, and PSU is creating a new way forward, including flexible options for student learning this fall

We are putting all our ingenuity and resources into giving you the best education possible in the safest possible way. Your health and wellbeing are our top priorities as we find new solutions to this historic public health challenge — on campus and beyond. 

So while PSU might look and feel a little different right now, we are still here with the support you need to stay safe, connect with friends and faculty, and finish your degree. 

PSU was founded to serve veterans home from World War II, and we take their lessons of resiliency to heart, especially now. Together, we will adapt, recover, and stand up for tomorrow.

See one virtual day at PSU


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What’s happening now

To slow the spread of COVID-19, PSU’s spring and summer classes are fully remote, and the campus is closed to all but essential services. All learning has moved online using tools such as real-time video classes, recorded lectures and at-home labs. We still offer the full range of remote student support, including tutoring, housing, and career counseling. This switch came with challenges, but we are getting more creative and confident with the technology. We never stop innovating to serve you better.

Flexible fall instruction

Portland State is offering a flexible fall term designed to respond to health risks posed by the coronavirus pandemic while providing a high-quality education for students. Some classes will be available for in-person instruction while most will be structured for remote learning. The Fall Flex format — which begins September 28 — allows PSU to continue to protect at-risk community members and preserve the opportunity for face-to-face instruction when it can be conducted safely and in accordance with public health best practices. For more details on PSU’s plans for fall, visit the Flexible Fall at PSU website.

Welcome, new students!

We understand that the uncertainty of a flexible fall term is hardest for our newly admitted students. We’re making it easier for you with extended deadlines. It’s not too late to submit your FAFSA to apply for financial aid, and we recommend you do it as soon as possible. You can attend virtual information sessions and admitted student webinars to help you get to know PSU better and ask questions about fall term. Parents can sign up for updates, read our blog, and join our Facebook group.

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PSU @ home

Students and faculty are finding new ways to come together online using social media, Zoom, Google hangouts and other tools. Many clubs and activities are still going strong. Find events and new groups that interest you and get involved from home. It’s the next best thing to being on campus.

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Staying healthy

It’s important to prioritize your health and wellbeing. If you are struggling, we can help. Our Center for Student Health and Counseling is open for advice calls, virtual visits and in-person appointments. You also stay active and manage stress with Campus Rec’s online fitness classes and virtual events.

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Online support

Tutoring. Advising. Cultural centers. All of our campus resources are still here for you online. Get remote help with everything from your computer to your career. Our remote learning tools are in one easy place. And support is available by phone, chat, email, or video. Reach out to us. We’re happy to help.

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Emergency funding

PSU is committed to giving our students emergency financial support when they need it. We are awarding $8.3 million in federal CARES Act grants to eligible students for COVID-19 expenses, in addition to our general emergency funds. The PSU Food Pantry also is open and can ship food to students.

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Leading the way

Our faculty are at the forefront of COVID-19 response. The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health is helping lead a key study to help Oregon safely reopen. The College of Education is giving tips to parents. And the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences hosted webinars about faculty work in light of COVID-19.