International Freshman: How & When to Apply

Admission Requirements

To apply as a freshman (first-year student), you must have completed secondary/high school (university preparatory), equivalent to U.S. secondary/high school, with a cumulative (overall) grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 when converted to the United States 4.0 grading scale. You are not required to submit college entrance exam (SAT or ACT) scores; however, a low GPA can be offset by SAT or ACT scores.

    How to Apply


    Submit your application and $50 USD application fee online.

    1. Go to Portland State University's online application system
    2. Click "First time user account creation"
    3. Create a login and password. Please save or write down this information so you can amend or access your application later.
    4. Select Intl Undergrad - FRESHMAN as your student type from the drop down menu.
    5. 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.


    You may also submit your International Undergraduate Admission Application by mail.


    Submit all high school transcripts/grades/records along with your graduation certificate/diploma/exam results or certificate(s).

    If you have taken any college or university classes, please submit transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended or are currently attending. PSU can temporarily use unofficial transcripts from non-US institutions to review the application and reach an admission decision. Official transcripts are required later if admitted to PSU.

    • If you are admitted, you will be required to submit official transcripts. All United States high school and college transcripts must be submitted officially in unopened envelopes bearing the stamp of the institution where credits were earned. Learn more about our official records policy.
    • Request official documentation from your school(s) that conforms to the university’s official records policy. You can bring these directly to our office upon arrival to Portland State (University Welcome Center, ASRC 101) or may submit them to our office via post:

    Portland State University
    Office of Undergraduate International Admissions
    PO Box 751
    Portland, Oregon 97207



    Submit evidence of English language proficiency that meets the university’s minimum requirements if you wish to enter university level coursework upon admission.

    Students who meet the academic requirements for admission to PSU, but have not yet met English proficiency requirements, will be admitted with an ESL restriction.

    • Review PSU’s Undergraduate English Language Proficiency Requirements.
    • Request official test results to be sent to Portland State University by ETS (TOEFL), PTE, or IELTS. (IELTS scores should be mailed directly to Office of International Admissions, PO Box 751, Portland OR 97207-0751.)
    • You must submit admission application documents including test scores if you wish to be directly admitted to a degree program.



    Fill out the Financial Certification and Immigration Information Form and mail or submit it online to PSU.

    Portland State University
    Office of International Admissions
    PO Box 751
    Portland, OR 97207



    Submit Financial Documentation for I-20

    Financial documentation is not required to make an admission decision. However, if you submit financial documentation with your other application materials it will greatly reduce the processing time of your application and I-20 issuance. Learn more about required financial documentation for international students we must verify in order to issue the I-20.



    Check Your Email!

    The Office of International Admissions will notify applicants of the admission decision using the email address used in the application for admission. Once a complete application is received, as described in the above steps, it generally takes between three to five weeks from the time the file is complete for a decision to be announced by email.

    • If you are admitted, immediately request official copies of your academic documents (high school transcripts, degree certificates, exam results, college/university transcripts) to be sent to our office. 
    • If you are admitted and are currently studying at another school, college, or university in the United States, we will also require the Transfer Information Form. The Transfer Information Form is completed by your international or immigration adviser and sent to our International Student & Scholar Services officer using the instructions on the form.

      Application Deadlines & Important Dates

      Portland State University accepts applications for each term on a rolling admissions basis. We encourage students to apply to PSU by the dates listed below, however, applications may be accepted after these dates. Once all documents have been received, please allow three to five weeks for an admissions decision. Students applying for financial aid should apply as early as possible. Priority is given to applicants who have submitted complete files by the following dates.

      Fall Term (September start) August 1
      Winter Term (January start) December 1
      Spring Term (March start) March 1
      Summer Term (June start) May 1

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