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Come to Change Don't follow. Lead.

Discover an academically fulfilling curriculum through the lens of our culturally rich, ever-evolving city. And start a conversation with the future. Request more information about the PSU Honors College.
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Only in Honors

As an Honors student at PSU, you have all the benefits of a small liberal arts college embedded in Oregon’s only urban public research university. Our unique focus on the city of Portland, Oregon opens unmatched opportunities for research, creativity, and academic exploration.

We welcome students from all academic majors and diverse ethnic, social and economic backgrounds, including many transfer students.

A Tight-Knit Community
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.


Enrolled Students


First Generation College Students


Oregon Residents


from Diverse Ethnic & Racial Backgrounds


Transfer Students


Average High School GPA

How to Apply

Honors College applications are evaluated holistically. To apply, complete the PSU application and  Honors College supplemental essay questions.

Apply by December 1 to be automatically considered for the Honors Laurels Scholarship.

Honors Laurels Scholarship

Students who apply to Portland State University and the Honors College by December 1 are automatically considered for the $3,000 Honors Laurels Scholarship.

Honors Housing

Honors students can live together in Stephen Epler Hall in the Honors Living Learning Community. Honors classrooms and the Honors Commons (a student lounge reserved for Honors students) are on the ground floor of Epler Hall.


Change isn't a maybe.

It's a must.

Come for Change Ready to Join the Movement?