Transfer to PSU

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Portland State University welcomes more transfer students than any other college in Oregon. We are the state’s most affordable and diverse urban research university, and transfer students are a big part of who we are.  In fact, we’re ranked Oregon’s best school for transfer students by’ll find more than 200 degrees with flexible and online options, individualized support, and career connections to ensure you succeed. You’ll bridge the gap between right now and the better future you want.

How Credits Transfer


In collaboration with local community colleges, PSU created transfer guides to help you plan which courses to take at the community college and which courses to take at PSU.


All college-level credits earned in academic degree programs at colleges and universities accredited by regional accrediting associations will transfer, regardless of when they were earned.


Transferology is a free web-based advising system that helps prospective transfer students review course transferability to PSU from colleges all over the country including those in Oregon, Washington, and California.

Connect with us for a smooth transfer


Whether or not you're ready to apply, we recommend that you attend a Transfer Information Session, drop in at our virtual front desk, or connect with your admissions counselor.


Step-by-step instructions are available to help you apply to PSU. Students who have completed less than 30 transferable quarter credits (20 semester credits) at the point of application will be reviewed as first year applicants.


PSU’s Transfer & Returning Student Resource Center is here to help you transition, complete your degree, and advance your career. We offer academic and career advising, workshops, and events tailored to the needs of transfer and returning students. We’ll connect you to resources across campus and a transfer advisor.

Cost, Aid, and Deadlines


The Transfers Finish Free program allows eligible Oregon residents to finish their degrees at PSU and pay no standard tuition or fees. You will be automatically considered for Transfers Finish Free when you apply to PSU.


PSU puts affordability in action, so you can graduate with more money for your future. To help you pay for college, PSU offers free and discounted tuition for eligible students through Transfers Finish Free, the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), and the Out-of-State Opportunity Scholarship.  There are student employment opportunities on campus as well.


Submit your admission and financial aid materials by these deadlines. We encourage you to apply to PSU as early as possible.

Registration and Advising

All incoming undergraduate students are required to complete New Student Orientation. Completion of Orientation will provide you with course registration access for your first term and you will learn how to connect with your academic advisor. Do not set up an appointment with your academic advisor prior to completing Orientation. We also offer drop-in registration labs where you connect with an advisor and Orientation leaders to answer questions and help guide you through the registration process.


Most students will complete either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS), each of which has specific requirements associated with the degree type. The university's general education curriculum is designed to assure that its graduates have a breadth of coursework from across the university's curricula. At PSU, University Studies and University Honors College are the two options for general education.

University Writing Requirement: Students must complete 2 college-level composition courses or their approved equivalents for their baccalaureate degree requirements.

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