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College Success

"This should absolutely be a required course of all new PSU students, including transfer students. The skills you learn are beneficial to everyone and the instructor was the best I have had at PSU!" - Student in winter 2016 course (comments from course evaluation).

What is College Success?

College Success is a comprehensive course designed to enhance student success and retention. In this course, you will learn many proven strategies for creating greater academic, professional, and personal success. We will use guided journal writings to explore these strategies, and as a bonus, you will learn to express yourself more effectively using reflective writing techniques. The most important part about the course, however, is learning more about empowering yourself... learning more about who you are as a college student, learning who you are as a human being, and learning what it takes to keep yourself balanced and on course to success. More information about College Success is offered at the bottom of this page, College Success FAQs.

College Success courses are listed under University Studies with the "UNST" prefix/subject indicator. The fall 2017 class schedule is located here.

College Success fall 2017

For both courses, check D2L beginning the first day of classes (will be activated once you are registered for the course). 

College Success
CRN 15497 (MW1  UNST 194)
CRN 15498 (MW3  UNST 394)
Monday & Wednesday, 10:15 - 11:20 a.m.
Instructor: Jenna Geracitano & Liane O'Banion
Location: CH 328

College Success LATE START (3 credits, starting October 23rd)
CRN 16166 (LS1 UNST 194)
CRN 16167 (LS3 UNST 394)
Mondays, 4:40  - 7:50 p.m. First class meets on October 23rd and then 5 consecutive Mondays (6 weeks)
Instructor: Shoshanna Zeisman-Pereyo
Location: UTS 305

Offerings for Special Populations for Fall 2017

College Success: LGBTQIA (3 credits) The College Success course for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and Ally (LGBTQIA) students is designed for students who identify within queer and trans communities or as allies to these communities. This course will teach practical success tools for college, career development, and personal empowerment. This class is designed to support queer, trans, and ally students in fully accessing and successfully navigating Portland State University and the undergraduate experience. For further information, contact Craig Leets at
CRN: 15529 (QR1, UNST 194)
CRN: 15530 (QR3, UNST 394)
Friday, 9:00 a.m - Noon.
Instructor:  Craig S Leets
Class location:   CH 324

College Success: Veterans (3 credits) The Veteran-focused College Success  course is designed for all military-connected students (veterans, active duty, and dependents) that are new or returning to higher education after military service completion and/or alternative separation. Course Topics: Transition, Resources, Emotional Intelligence, Self-Efficacy, Community, and Inclusion.
Contact Felita Singleton, Director of the Veterans Resource Center should you have further questions
CRN: 15644 (V01, UNST 194)
CRN: 15645 (V03, UNST 394)
Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 a.m - 11:05 a.m..
Instructor:  Felita Singleton
Class location:   NH 350


FAQs for College Success

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