Tools for Navigating PSU

Did you know:

  • PSU's combined enrollment (undergraduate, graduate, post bac) is over 26,000 students?1 This includes 1,500+ first-time freshpeople and 2,700+ brand new transfer students!
  • Located in the biggest city in the state, PSU has the second largest student body of all the Oregon public 4-year colleges and universities.2 It's easy to feel like a small fish in a big pond!
  • Resources for PSU students are abundant!

Being new, it can be hard to know where to start. That's where academic coaching comes in! During the 2019/2020 school year, 81% of the students who worked with Academic Coaches were undergraduates and 46% were transfer students.3 Why was coaching so popular with these groups? Many students report that academic coaching offers more consistent, engaged and personalized support than meeting with an advisor, professors, or peers.

Academic coaching is a holistic service that takes into consideration all the elements of a student's life that may have an impact on their academics. Coaches connect students with a vast array of available resources -- both at PSU and beyond -- based on individual students' needs. 

So whether you're getting a jump start ahead of your first term, or you've just arrived at PSU, or even if you've been here for awhile, you'll find a few handouts and worksheets below to help you navigate Portland State. And whenever you're ready, it would be great to see you in coaching!


Statistics sources: 1. PSU's Factbook; 2. National Center for Education Statistics; 3. PSU's Learning Center 2019-2020 Impact Report (Undergraduate and transfer student groups are not mutually exclusive.)

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It really helps me just to know there's someone checking in with me weekly.  With isolation, it's much easier for everything to feel like a blur with school, and these check-ins help me with establishing routine.

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