Has Anything Changed for Transfer Applicants as a Result of COVID-19​?

In this post, we will be providing answers to commonly asked questions about transferring to PSU during the time of change caused by COVID-19. 


Have you adjusted application or decisions dates for incoming transfer students?

The deadline to apply for WUE is now June 1, and many students from Washington State are eligible for this program. WUE students pay 150% of resident tuition. Oregon transfer students may also be eligible for Transfers Finish Free, the deadline to apply to PSU and be considered for this program is July 1.

We review applications on a rolling basis, and it takes one to three weeks to reach a decision after all required documents are submitted.

Have you determined how long the school will be online only? 

Portland State is currently holding spring term classes remotely, and will do the same for summer term. While our hope is to offer fall term classes on-campus, no official decisions have been made. 

Are there any major differences in the transfer process now? 

We have relaxed the policy for accepting transcripts a bit. Right now we are allowing students to submit unofficial transcripts to receive an admission decision. If necessary, you can email copies of unofficial transcripts to your admission counselor to start the review process. We encourage applicants to submit "official" transcripts at the time of applying, but we understand how difficult that might be. 

We're only able to evaluate how credits will transfer once the official transcripts are received. Official transcripts allow us to more accurately assess class standing and financial aid awarding for those who submit the FAFSA. You are still required to submit final official transcripts from all schools attended prior to enrolling at PSU. 

What is the best source of information for changes due to COVID-19? 

Check out our Coronavirus Response page for up-to-date information at the university level. We're emailing out updates to students who've been admitted for fall term. You can read our blog or follow us on Instagram or Facebook to get updates. And, as always, you can email us at admissions@pdx.edu with any questions.

Has PSU added incentives or made admission easier for students?

We have extended our priority deadline to confirm enrollment, submit a housing contract, and confirm enrollment in the Honors College to June 1.

We know these circumstances are challenging, but our hope is that your ability to attend PSU is not impacted by these changes. If you have any more questions, reach out to an admissions counselor or the team at the Transfer & Returning Student Resource Center. We are here to support you in your transition to PSU.

Now, let’s talk about the Transfer & Returning Student Resource Center: The TRSRC is a great resource for transfer students who have been admitted to PSU. This team is dedicated to helping transfer students make the most of their time at PSU, connecting you with resources to make your transition smooth and provide general support through the process. Once you’re admitted to PSU you can make an appointment with an TRSRC advisor who can help you with your transition to PSU.