In the Portland State University Honors College, you can dig deep into the urban issues that matter most, join a tight-knit community of highly motivated students, and experience an exceptional education unlike any other.
As an Honors student at PSU, you have all the benefits of a small liberal arts college embedded in Oregon’s only public urban research university. Our unique focus on the city of Portland opens unmatched opportunities for research, creativity and academic exploration.
You can work closely with world-class researchers, study abroad with Honors faculty in London or Borneo, and intern with top employers. It all culminates in your senior year, when you not only research, create, and write, but also publish your Honors thesis.
We welcome students from all academic majors and diverse ethnic, social and economic backgrounds, including many transfer students.
Discover an academically fulfilling curriculum through the lens of our culturally rich, ever-evolving city. And start a conversation with the future.
We are the nation’s only urban-focused Honors College. Our four-year Honors curriculum offers built-in academic support and extraordinary undergraduate research opportunities. Honors College courses fulfill PSU’s general education requirements and do not add additional credits or time on to your degree. You can major in any discipline offered at PSU.
Our students form a strong community centered around Stephen Epler Hall, home to Honors classrooms and the Honors Commons (a lounge and computer lab reserved for us). You can live off campus or with other Honors students in Epler Hall. With 700 students and our core faculty, you’ll feel like you’re in a small college in the heart of a big city.
First year and transfer students who apply by Dec. 1 are automatically considered for Honors Laurels Scholarships of up to $3,000 per year. The Honors College also offers other scholarships, such as the PGE Sustainability Scholarships, Rosenbaum Service Leadership Scholarships and Sivers STEM Scholarships.
There are many benefits to being an Honors student at PSU. You’ll receive personalized advising, priority registration for classes, and support from trained tutors in the Honors Writing Center. We also offer extensive internships for credit, access to leadership opportunities, and enrichment workshops focused on graduate school and careers. Your four years in the University Honors College will be both challenging and rewarding.
Lay the Groundwork: Form tight bonds with your peers in a small, year-long course, focused on developing advanced writing skills through intensive study of the urban environment.
Explore New Perspectives: Learn how to tackle questions in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities by investigating how researchers approach problems in their fields.
Personalize Your Path: After one required seminar, students may choose to complete their remaining credits through additional seminars, internships, research opportunities or study abroad.
Showcase Your Skills: Apply your expertise to an in-depth thesis project of your own design. Work with a faculty mentor in your major and publish your thesis in PSU's online database.