Admitted Student Questions: New Student Orientation


Welcome aboard new Vikings! In this post, we will answer your burning questions about New Student Orientation.

Is there a New Student Orientation for next quarter (summer)? 

Yes. Sign-ups for summer term orientation are open now and are all online. Students who are (1) admitted for the summer term and have (2) confirmed enrollment can register for the online orientation on our New Student Orientation website. Successful completion of the module will allow course registration as early as Monday, May 11th, and anytime thereafter through mid-September 2020.

Will there be a “Week of Welcome” for first years?

Portland State’s “Welcome Week” is really a combination of a few programs! What’s known as Viking Days takes place the week before fall classes begin following First Year and Transfer Student move-in day. Viking Days usually starts on a Thursday and ends Sunday night. Popular Viking Days events are often our drag show, lip-synch battle, a night at City Target, city of Portland tours, and more! Then there’s Party in the Park hosted by Student Activities and Leadership Programs (SALP). Party in the Park is usually held on one day during the first week of classes and is a full-on party in the Portland Park Blocks! There’s free food, entertainment, and usually a tabling fair from tons of campus services, resources centers, clubs, and other community partners. Information about Viking Days and Party in the Park will be added to the Orientation webpage in the coming months.

Do we have to submit the FERPA form in person? Can we submit by email?

The FERPA form can be submitted in person or by emailing to Either way, you must provide a government-issued photo ID, so if you email, make sure to send a copy of your ID with the form.

What is New Student Orientation? When is it held?

New Student Orientation is an essential part of attending PSU and is intended to set you up for success during college. At orientation, you’ll learn about your path to graduation and register for your first term’s courses, as well as introduce you to the community and all the wonderful resources and services available to students. 

Orientation programs for fall 2020 will likely begin with an online format in June so you can get acquainted with your academic department, meet with your advisor (virtually or over the phone) and select your fall course load. Our hope is that we can offer smaller student-led sessions in late August or early September, but these decisions will be made later this summer as we see how the greater Oregon community progresses with the current state of public health. 

Learn more about New Student Orientation at PSU and check your account regularly as we’ll send you updates.

When will New Student Orientation sessions open for sign-ups?

Sign-ups for the summer session are currently open. Sign-ups for fall term will open in June.

If I am a transfer student, do I need to attend New Student Orientation?

Yes! All students new to PSU are required to attend a New Student Orientation.

Will New Student Orientation be online due to the virus?

Yes. We will be emailing admitted students that have confirmed their enrollment to sign up for an online orientation. Our online format will be sent to your account and can be completed at your convenience. 

Will we get a chance to learn about student resources during Orientation?

Absolutely! We will be partnering with a rotating cast of campus partners to host Connect2PSU Webinars throughout spring and summer on Zoom.

As of now, the following campus partners have been confirmed through May 29. RSVP for a Connect2PSU Webinars

  • Week of the 27th | Transfer & Returning Student Resource Center (4/29 @1pm PST)
  • Week of the 4th   | Veterans Resource Center (5/5 @2pm PST)
  • Week of the 11th | Cultural Resource Center (5/15 @2pm PST)
  • Week of the 18th | University Honors College (5/21 @6pm PST)
  • Week of the 25th | Women's Resource Center (5/27 @1:30pm PST)

Can’t find an answer to your question? Contact us to get more information.