If applying for Portland State University credits, there is a simple process to follow to ensure that you will successfully gain your college credits.
Please note that Seattle Central College (rather than Portland State University) is our only option for those looking to gain college credits for Summer Programs.
Portland State University (PSU) operates, as most larger Accredited State institutions do, on a quarter-credit basis. This means that three-quarters (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer) usually counts as a full academic year.
A “Full Time “ semester for most colleges is USUALLY, 12 semester-credits which equals 18 quarter-credits, or a ratio of 1.5 :1.
This means, if you wanted to come on a Pacific Discovery Program and qualify for equivalent to a full semester worth of credit, you would need to enroll in 5 classes.
It is important to clarify that the responsibility on completing requirements to qualify lies with the student, not Pacific Discovery. So please understand the steps you need to take to ensure you gain your credits.
On program there are very few requirements, the majority of your PSU coursework work is completed upon your return home. The number one requirement of your school work is to participate in your program fully. You will not need to bring a lap top or take time away from the program activities to do school work on program. For most of the classes available, the only requirement on program is to keep a daily journal. There are a few courses where you would need to give a short presentation about what you have learned to your fellow group mates. Upon your return home from program, you will complete the required reading and writing detailed in your syllabi.
Yes, you can! If you are enrolled in a semester program and take a full semesters worth of college credit, you are eligible to use your 529 account for the $1700 PSU fee as well as your entire program tuition!
For a more detailed description of these papers offered, please click here .
Step 1: Choose which classes you would like to take and complete this quick registration form. Please upload the registration form to the college credit page on the menu to your right.
Step 2: Pay flat fee of $1700 to Pacific Discovery, via the college credit page where you uploaded your registration form. You will receive a confirmation email upon payment.
Step 3: Download your Course Syllabus found on the link next to the course listing above and read your PSU FAQ's
Step 4: Get connected with your personal grading assistant and enjoy your program!
NOTE: You can add/change/drop any individual courses at any time, but changes will need to be logged and a $100 penalty will be incurred if you drop all PSU courses after you submit your roster. There is also a $100 late or “rush fee” if you elect to take courses after the roster is submitted.
7. You then submit your journal and all papers to the GYA PO Box by the relevant dates assigned by your grading assistant.
8. Grading instructor assesses and gives grades to PSU.
Once the Instructor of Record pushes the grades to PSU, it takes them as long as 6 weeks – although typically only 2 weeks to process. If a rush is needed for ongoing transfer or a progress report, you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to see about a special case.
All re-writes are the discretion of the grading instructor and must be pursued privately between the student and the grading instructor. Extensions, and exceptions must also be cleared by the instructor of record.
Students technically have a full year to complete coursework. Extensions are at the discretion of the grading instructor and must be individually asked for. If students do not ask for an extension and do not submit coursework, they will still be charged full fees. The official deadline is June 20 / January 20th for submission of papers.
To learn more about Pacific Discovery’s College Credit capabilities and Institutional partnerships, click here
To discuss this further with the Admissions Director at Pacific Discovery, click here
What financial aid is available for these programs? Click here to learn more
Have another question? Check out the PSU FAQs here