Policies & Guidelines

Admission Application Fee Deferral

Undergraduate applicants may be eligible for a deferral of their $50 admission application fee. Students will still be assessed the fee, but will not be required to pay it until they receive the bill for the first term of enrollment at PSU. Learn more and review eligibility criteria.

Official Records Policy

PSU's Official Records Policy explains what is considered an official academic record or document at Portland State University.

Residency Requirements

Admitted students are charged in-state or out-of-state instructional fees as determined by specific rules developed by the Oregon Public Universities. Review PSU's Residency Requirements.

Second Language Proficiency

All applicants who graduated from an Oregon high school in 1997 or later must demonstrate proficiency in a second language. Many options are available to demonstrate proficiency, including:

High School and College Options

  • Two years of the same high school-level second language with a grade of C- or better
  • Third year of a high school-level second language with a grade of C- or better
  • Two quarters/semesters of the same college-level second language with a grade of D- or better

Proficiency-based Assessment Options

  • Score of 2 or higher on an Advanced Placement Foreign Language Test
  • Score of 4 or higher on an International Baccalaureate Standard Level Foreign Language Exam
  • Score of 40 or higher on a CLEP Foreign Language Exam
  • Score of 500 or higher on an SAT Foreign Language Subject Test
  • Satisfactory performance on a college second-language departmental challenge exam
  • Education satisfactorily completed through 7th grade in a school or country where English was not the language of instruction
  • Satisfactory performance (P) on a Brigham Young Foreign Language Assessment (BYU FLATS)
  • Score of novice-high or higher on the Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP) 
  • Score of novice-high or higher on the ACTFL scale in American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Score of novice-high or higher on a ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview

Students must provide official high school or college transcripts or official test scores to indicate the Second Language Proficiency has been met. Read the Official Records Policy.

How Credits Transfer

PSU accepts college-level credits transferred from regionally accredited institutions of higher education. Learn how credits transfer.

Other Ways to Earn PSU Credit

Admitted students may be eligible for college credit through prior completion of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, College Level Exam Program, Running Start and Military Training. Learn more.

Undergraduate Confirmation of Intent to Enroll

Students admitted for fall term as undergraduate freshmen or transfer students are required to confirm their intent to enroll at Portland State by paying a non-refundable tuition deposit or submitting an exemption form before the will be able to sign up for New Student Orientation.

Undergraduate English Language Proficiency Requirements

To be eligible to enroll in academic classes, international undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students must show valid proof of English language proficiency

Required Financial Documentation for International Students

In order to obtain an I-20 or DS-2019, all international applicants who plan to have F-1 or J-1 student visas are required to submit documentation of adequate financial support for at least the first year of study. Review the Required Financial Documentation for International Students.

Gap Year Deferral

PSU defines a gap year as a one-year break from formal education between completion of high school and entry to college. A gap year may be taken for a variety of reasons such as work, travel, or volunteering. To support students interested in a gap year, PSU will consider a one-year deferral of admission for freshmen admitted for fall term. Learn more.