Transfer Students

Transferring to a new university can be a challenging and confusing process. In this article you will find information to guide you in the right direction, including how your current credits will transfer to Portland State.


What are the transfer admissions requirements?

There are various steps in the admissions process for prospective transfer students. Because there are several different components to the application, it is important to review the admissions requirements prior to applying for the following term. Prospective transfer students can acquire more information about PSU’s application process at the following website:

Transfer admissions


What happens once I am admitted?

It is mandatory for all new freshmen and transfer students to attend an Orientation: Advising & Registration session offered by New Student Orientation prior to registration for their first term at Portland State. This is the first opportunity to receive advising at PSU and students will get the chance to learn about PSU’s curriculum and campus resources. Advisers will be available at these sessions to help students register for courses that correspond to their academic, personal, and career goals as well ascreating a plan for future terms.



How will my classes transfer?

The best estimate of how your classes will transfer can be found on the U-Select website. For instructions on how to use this site please click here: PDF iconUselect instructions. The website will guide you on how to identify complete and incomplete requirements and will provide information on which courses can be taken at Portland State (or at a specified transfer school) to satisfy remaining unmet requirements.


How many credits can I transfer?

Portland State University allows a maximum of 124 total transferable credits from a two year institution.


How do I get a degree at PSU?

All students must complete PSU’s General Education Requirements. Listed below are the three components essential to complete a degree with a total of 180 credits:

1.    University Studies (UNST)

2.    Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science

3.    Psychology Major Requirements.




University Studies:

The four subsets of University Studies are the Freshman Inquiry, Sophomore Inquiry, Upper Division Junior Cluster, and the Senior Capstone. These courses are taken in a sequence, and all freshmen must select a Freshman Inquiry to take during their first year. To learn more about the University Studies program and Freshman Inquiry, go to the following websites:

UNST Website

UNST’s Freshman inquiry


Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science:

Students must choose whether they want to complete a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelors of Science. Each Bachelor’s degree has separate requirements to be fulfilled. To learn about the difference between the two, visit the following websites:

Bachelor of Arts or of Science


After fulfilling the major requirements, UNST and BA/BS, students often have the opportunity to take elective courses. These can either be psychology classes, or they can be from another discipline. Students are encouraged to select classes that look interesting to them. Advisers can help students select elective classes based on their goals and interests.   


*Students who have a double major or a minor can use elective credits to fulfill their additional requirements.


To get more information about the different Psychology classes offered at PSU, visit the following website:

Psychology course descriptions     


How do I know which courses to take to complete my University Studies?

To learn more about University Studies and how it applies to your Psychology major, please click the corresponding link below. The courses you need will depend on how many credits you are transferring in.

-0-29 credits: Freshman Inquiry - UNST 1X1, 1X2, 1X3

-30-59 credits: Three Sophomore Inquiry courses - UNST 211-299

-60-74 credits: Two Sophomore Inquiry courses - UNST 211-299

-75-89 credits: One Sophomore Inquiry course - UNST 211-299

-90+ credits: Three Upper-Division Cluster courses (12 credits) and Senior Capstone (6 credits)


*You must begin with indicated course(s) and complete the remainder of the UNST program.