Portland State University (PSU) had its humble beginnings in 1946. It was originally called the Vanport Extension center as higher education classes for returning World War II veterans were held in the rooms of Vanport Junior High School, which were vacant during Summerl. PSU now has the largest overall enrollment in the state of Oregon. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs which are held on campus, and a host of online courses through Online Learning Services, PSU’s distance education arm.
The Online Learning Services, which functions under the School of Extended Studies, works together with all the departments at PSU to design and deliver high quality online programs and online courses for its students. Over a hundred online programs including online Bachelor’s degrees, online Masteral degrees, and online minor degrees can be taken through the PSU’s School of Extended Studies. In addition, the School of Extended Studies also offers hundreds of online short courses and online certificates. A more comprehensive listing of PSU’s online offerings can be viewed on the PSU website.
Tuition fees for online courses are not readily available however, queries can be directed to PSU’s Office of Business Affairs. Financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, and loans are available to eligible students. It is important to note, however, that students taking courses that fall under the Independent Study Distance Learning Programme may not be eligible to avail of Federal Student Aid. Queries regarding financial aid can be brought up with the Office of Business Affairs as well.
Most Extended Studies courses are open to everyone and formal admission to PSU is not generally required. If, however, a student would like to enroll in more than eight credits per term during regular school terms and up to 21 credits in summer, then the student will need to undergo PSU’s admissions process. A program advisor will be able to guide applicants through the admissions process, if this is necessary.
Portland State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.