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Freshman: How & When to Apply

Admission Requirements*

Students applying to Portland State to earn a first bachelor’s degree with either no college credit or college credit earned before high school graduation will be reviewed for admission as a freshman student. Students with 29 or fewer transferable college quarter credits earned after high school graduation will be reviewed for admission as a freshman student.

High school students from standard, public high schools or accredited private high schools (including students earning college credit while in high school) must:

  • Graduate from High School with 3.0 GPA or Higher

    • Graduate from a standard or accredited high school with a cumulative, unweighted grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in all graded subjects.
  • Take the SAT or ACT and Send Scores to PSU

    • Take the SAT or ACT and have scores sent directly to Portland State University (our school code for SAT is 4610 and for ACT is 3492). Students who have not attended high school within the three years prior to the term they are applying for are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores.
  • Complete 15 Units of College Preparatory Coursework with Grades of C- or Better in the Following Areas:

    • English: 4 units
    • Mathematics: 3 units culminating in at least the Algebra II level
    • Science: 3 units (one year of laboratory science is recommended) effective 2012
    • Social Studies: 3 units
    • Second Language: 2 units of the same language. This requirement applies to anyone graduating from an Oregon high school in 1997 or any year after. See Second Language Proficiency for more information.

*Freshman applicants who do not meet the minimum 3.00 GPA are considered for admission based on the combination of GPA and test scores in this matrix. Using the matrix, applicants must have earned the minimum GPA and the minimum score on either exam to be regularly admitted to Portland State University.

How to Apply

  1. Go to Portland State University's online application system and create a login and password. (Remember to write down your info so you can access your application later.)

  2. Select Undergraduate - FRESHMAN as your student type from the drop down menu.

  3. With your application you must submit a non-refundable $50 application fee; you will be required to pay this via Visa or MasterCard. A $2 processing fee will apply. If you are eligible for the PSU fee deferral as an undergraduate, you will be able to choose this option for payment.

  4. Submit official transcripts in the original sealed envelopes from all schools attended.
    • Mail Submission: Portland State University; Office of Undergraduate Admissions; PO Box 751; Portland OR 97207-0751 
    • Electronic Submission: Transcripts must be submitted electronically via Parchment or sent directly from a school official to admissions@pdx.edu.
  5. Submit test scores (if applicable).
    • Via testing agency using PSU's School Code
      • SAT  Code: 4610
      • ACT Code: 3492
    • Test scores may also be reported on an official high school transcript. Please notify your admissions counselor if you intend to submit test scores this way.

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Application Deadlines & Important Dates

Portland State University accepts applications for each term on a rolling admissions basis. Please note that the following dates are priority filing dates only. Applications will still be accepted after these dates.

Once all documents have been received, please allow four to six weeks for an admissions decision. Students applying for financial aid should apply as early as possible. Priority is given to applicants who have submitted applications by the following dates.

SAVE THESE DATES
August 1
  • PSU Admissions Application Available
  • PSU Scholarship Application for Freshman Applicants Available
October 1
November 1
  • Undergraduate Priority Application Deadline for Winter Term

December 1

February 1
  • Undergraduate Priority Application Deadline for Spring Term
May 1
  • Undergraduate Priority Application Deadline for Summer Term
  • Deadline to apply for On-Campus Housing
August 1 Deadline to Submit Final High School Transcripts (Required to Demonstrate Eligibility for WUE and Four Years Free)

There are a limited number of undergraduate programs that require an additional application for students wishing to enroll in restricted upper-division coursework. Please consult your academic adviser for information on application deadlines, prerequisite courses, and grade point average restrictions.

Other Ways to Earn PSU Credit

High school students may earn PSU credit through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Exam Program (CLEP), Running Start, College Credit in High School, and Military service. Learn more about how you may receive credit.


 

Admission for Students with Non-Standard High School Backgrounds

High school students from non-accredited or non-standard high schools or home schooled students:

Option 1: Aptitude Tests

  • Earn a minimum combined score of 1120 or higher on the SAT Reasoning Test's Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing sections or 22 composite on the ACT, AND
  • Take two SAT subject tests (Math level I or IIC and another test of the student's choice in an area other than math), earning a minimum score of 470 on each subject test. We recommend that the subject test other than math be in a second language to fulfill the second language proficiency requirement.

Option 2: General Education Development (GED)

  • If you took the GED after January 1, 2014: earn an overall average score of 170 and a minimum score of 150 on each subject test
  • If you took the GED between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2013: earn a minimum overall average score of 580 and a minimum score of 410 on each subject test
  • If you took the GED prior to January 1, 2002: earn an overall average score of 46 and a minimum score of 40 on each subject test

Option 3: Apply as a transfer student.

Portland State University does not accept the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHPSE). A student must present GED scores.

Admission for Students Who Did Not Graduate from High School

Applicants who did not graduate from high school may also be considered for admission.

Option 1: General Education Development (GED)

  • If you took the GED after January 1, 2014: earn an overall average score of 170 and a minimum score of 150 on each subject test
  • If you took the GED between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2013: earn a minimum overall average score of 580 and a minimum score of 410 on each subject test
  • If you took the GED prior to January 1, 2002: earn an overall average score of 46 and a minimum score of 40 on each subject test

Option 2: Apply as a transfer student.