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Important Dates & Deadlines for Incoming College Freshmen

 

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Of all 365 days in the year, there are some that tend to carry more weight. You’ve got your birthday (that’s a big one), the first day of summer (can’t forget that), and of course, 7/11’s Free Slurpee Day (we know that’s really important).

At Portland State, we can think of a few more. The college application process can be confusing—so many dates and deadlines swirling around. But we will make it easy.

We’ve compiled a list of all the dates you should have on your calendar. Save them on your phone now (or on paper, if you’re old school).

August 1

The PSU Admissions Application is available! This is where it all begins. We start accepting applications for the following Fall Term early so you can have as much time as possible to complete yours. Even though the deadline seems far away now, it will sneak up on you. You should get a head start on your application, so you can focus on connecting with an admissions counselor, deciding where you’ll live and figuring out how you’ll pay for college.

Once all documents have been received, please allow four to six weeks for an admissions decision.

OCTOBER 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available. This is the form that lets you know what financial aid options you are eligible for—you’ll also need to fill out a FAFSA in order to submit a scholarship application at PSU. This is a crucial step in getting the money you need to pay for college. When you fill out a FAFSA, remember to add Portland State University as one of your selected colleges.

The PSU Scholarship Application is available. If you haven’t already started your Scholarship Application, now is the time. Each scholarship may have different requirements, like essays and references, so you won’t be able to wait until the last minute to complete it. Apply early so you can be sure you get the most money possible to help pay for college.

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JANUARY 1

This is the priority deadline for freshman Honors College Applications. Students who apply by the priority deadline will get an Honors College admission decision by March 1. Applications for the Honors College are accepted until July 6, but after January 1 students are far less likely to get honors scholarships.

FEBRUARY 1

Your PSU Scholarship Application (including essays and references) is due. This is a hard deadline, so you must get all your documents by February 1. Get started early!

Mid-Spring

You’ll get a notification when Admitted Student Reception sign ups are open. These events are great for learning more about the next steps for enrollment, financing your education, campus housing and more. 

MAY 1

Priority deadline to apply for on-campus housing.

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JUNE 1

Enrollment Confirmation priority deadline. Apply early so you have enough time to weigh your options and make the choice that’s right for you. As soon as you confirm your enrollment, you can sign up for New Student Orientation and start preparing for your first term as a PSU Viking!

June 15

Last day to apply to PSU to be eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE). Luckily, there is no separate application required—you will automatically be considered for WUE when you turn in your PSU Admissions Application.

Last day to apply to PSU to be considered for Four Years Free (Oregon residents only). There’s no separate application—you will be automatically considered when you submit your Admissions Application.

The FAFSA is due in order to be eligible for Four Years Free (Oregon residents only). We have a rolling deadline for FAFSA for all other students, but like all parts of the application process, it’s best to do this early. 

JULY 1

Deadline to apply to PSU to be considered for the Out-of-State Opportunity Scholarship.

AUGUST 1

Final high school transcripts are due. These are also required to demonstrate eligibility for WUE, Four Years Free and the Out-of-State Opportunity Scholarship.

September 7

Deadline to apply for co-admission.

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YOU'RE DONE!

Now you can sit back, relax and take a big sigh of relief. As long as you start early, completing your PSU application is painless. Applying to PSU is quick and especially easy because we do not require an essay or letters of recommendation or standardized testing scores!

Review PSU’s freshman admissions requirements.