Admitted Students: New Student Checklist

Congratulations on Your Admission to PSU! 

At PSU, you will get the opportunity—and the encouragement—to follow your passion and earn a degree. You will get real job experience and make connections in your field, whether you're interning at Nike, designing a new city plaza or staging a one-act play—that you wrote. Come pursue the career of your dreams in the heart of one of the most livable, safe and exciting cities in the nation.

Freshman & Transfer Students: New Student Checklist

There are a few steps you need to take before you will begin school at PSU. Review and complete the items below as soon as you can and download your printable Admitted Student Packet for more information on the enrollment process! New Students Checklists for International Students and Postbaccalaureate Students.

*Required for enrollment at PSU.

 Set Up Your PSU Student Account*

To get started, read the instructions on your letter of admission or, for help, call 503-725-HELP(4357) or go to Activating Your Odin Account website.

 Check Your @pdx.edu Email Account

Once you’ve set up your student account your PSU email address will be activated and you will receive ALL EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE about your next steps and opportunities through your PSU account. Check your PSU account regularly so you don’t miss important emails!

 Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

Apply for financial aid by submitting your FAFSA and then use PSU's Scholarship Database to find other sources of funding. Applicants to PSU who submit the FAFSA are automatically considered for several funding opportunities, go here to learn more

 Confirm Your Enrollment at PSU*

Confirm that you're coming to PSU by submitting your $200 nonrefundable tuition deposit or exemption form!

 Sign Up for New Student Orientation*

All new undergraduate students are required to attend New Student Orientation. You will receive a notification via email when sign ups open for the New Student Orientation for the term you have applied. You must confirm your intent to enroll by submitting the nonrefundable $200 deposit or exemption form before you'll be able to sign up for Orientation.

 Complete Your Math Placement Exam (if required)

Placement exams are designed to assess your mathematics skills and assist you and your academic adviser in selecting the most appropriate courses to sign up for at PSU. 

 Submit Your On Campus Housing Contract

Submit a housing contract to live on campus. You must be admitted to PSU to submit a contract.

 Sign Up for and Attend Your Admitted Student Reception

We host special Admitted Student Receptions for admitted students (interested in enrolling for fall term) and their families to learn more about next steps for enrollment, financing your education, campus housing and more. Sign ups open February 1. If you have questions about PSU or about the admissions process, please contact your admissions counselor.

 Understand How Your Credits Transfer (Transfer Students) 

Run a Degree Audit Report. Complete this step online on the Degree Audit Reporting System website.

 Attend New Student Orientation and Register for Classes*

At Orientation, you will learn how to navigate PSU student resources and support services, learn about graduation requirements, learn how to access advising services after orientation, get your student ID and register for your first term of classes!

 Review and Accept Your Financial Aid Award

 Review Your Health Insurance Options

PSU requires that all domestic students enrolled in five in-load, non-restricted differential tuition credits or more per term maintain comprehensive health insurance to ensure that students stay healthy and in the classroom. The PSU Health Insurance Plan is major medical health insurance providing preventative, routine, and specialized health benefits and students are automatically enrolled and billed the $827 per term (2016-17 cost). Those who have comparable outside health insurance can apply to waive the PSU Health Insurance Plan.

 Submit MMR Vaccine Requirement Form

Oregon law requires all students submit proof of measles vaccination or provide an exemption before registering for classes. Click here to review the instructions and download the form.

 Set Up Your Payment Account with Student Financial Services

Before you begin classes at PSU you’ll want to set up your student account by completing the tasks in Student Financial Services new student checklist.

 Send Final High School or Community College Transcripts*

Visit your school office to request an official copy of your final high school transcript to be sent to Portland State. Your transcript needs to list your graduation date. Review our Official Records Policy for more information and instructions for sending transcripts and other documents to PSU.

 Visit Campus or Take the PSU Virtual Campus Tour

We believe that visiting campus is the best opportunity to get a feel for PSU and to learn about all that we have to offer you. Visiting campus is not mandatory, however, we recommend checking PSU you out in person if you are can!

 Take Part in Viking Days, PSU's Welcome Week Events

Viking Days is PSU's opportunity to welcome new students into the campus community and kick-off your academic year with a series of amazing events. These days are designed to help you connect with the academic, cultural, and social opportunities on campus. Get ready to meet other new students, develop friendships, connect to organizations, and have a blast!

 Attend Classes

Classes start September 24, 2018!