Other Ways to Earn PSU Credit

High school students are encouraged to participate in Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College Level Exam Program (CLEP). Rigorous preparation enhances college preparedness and gives students an opportunity to obtain college credit.

SAT and ACT

Although neither SAT nor ACT scores are required from international applicants, we encourage students to sit for these exams. SAT I, SAT II, and/or ACT exam can help students meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement, have appropriate placement in classes, and meet admission requirements in the case of a GPA below our minimum requirement.

Advanced Placement

Students who complete college-level work in high school under the AP Program—sponsored by the College Board—and who receive creditable scores in exams administered by that board may, upon admission to Portland State, be granted credit toward a bachelor's degree in comparable college courses.

AP Transcripts

Students may request official AP transcripts by following the instructions on the College Board website.

Relation between AP and CLEP

Students cannot earn duplicate credit through College Level Exam Program (CLEP) in the subjects for which they earned AP credit. To the extent that a student's high school does not offer AP courses, CLEP credit can supplement or substitute for AP credit.

Credit Awarded for Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate

Students who complete IB exams and receive creditable scores may, upon admission to Portland State, be granted credit toward a bachelor's degree.

 

Transcripts

Students may request official IB transcripts by following the instructions on the International Baccalaureate website.

Earned IB Diploma

Students enrolling at Portland State who earn their IB diploma with a score of 30 or above will receive a total of 45 college credits and sophomore class standing.

Credit Awarded for IB

College Level Exam Program

The College Level Exam Program (CLEP) includes nationally normed examinations. CLEP offers subject matter examinations and general examinations.

Credit Awarded for CLEP

CLEP subject or general examinations may be taken prior to entering the University. If the individual passes a CLEP examination, the University accepts the amount of credit indicated in this chart, but only after admission is granted and the student is (or has been) enrolled in Portland State courses.

Application for Credit Before Coming to Portland State

Students may request an official CLEP transcript be sent to Portland State. Download the transcript request form from the College Board website.

Where to Apply for CLEP Exams

Admitted students planning to take CLEP exams should apply for them at least one month in advance with Testing Services (part of Student Health and Counseling) or with another recognized CLEP testing center. Testing Services supplies descriptive brochures and other information on CLEP exams. The office also supplies information and administers exams to non-admitted or non-enrolled students. Fees for CLEP exams are set by the national Educational Testing Services and are subject to change. All exams are computerized.

Relation Between CLEP and AP Program

Students cannot earn duplicate credit through CLEP in the subjects for which they earned Advanced Placement (AP) credit. To the extent that a student's high school does not offer AP courses, CLEP credit can supplement or substitute for AP credit.

Earning College Credit for Military Training

Review the Earning College Credit for Military Training information on the Veteran Services website. 

Running Start/College Credit in High School

If students have taken college classes while still enrolled in high school and have not yet graduated when they apply to PSU, they will be considered a freshman applicant. Freshman admission requirements will apply.

College work will likely to transfer to PSU; however, official college transcripts, in addition to high school transcripts, must be submitted for college credit to be evaluated for transfer. Once admitted, students receive an individualized credit report indicating how credit has transferred.

Students earning college credit in Oregon or Southwest Washington are encouraged to use Transferology to preview how credits transfer to PSU. Credits from all other out-of-state colleges will be evaluated on a per-case basis after admission.

Send Transcripts to:

Office of Admissions
Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751