University Studies at NIC now leads to guaranteed admission at Portland State University (PSU)
The NIC-PSU Guaranteed Admission for NIC Transfer Students agreement provides NIC students with guaranteed admission and course transfer into their third, or junior, year of Portland State University's general University Studies program.
Guaranteed admission is a great choice for anyone interested in completing a University Studies degree at Portland State University. Start your degree with NIC’s personal instruction and commitment to quality undergraduate education before moving on to an American university.
You’ll learn in a supportive environment, pay less tuition and living expenses while at NIC, and you'll get the benefits of Portland State University's unique capstone project, where you will have opportunities to team up with local organizations to tackle civic challenges. Portland State University is Oregon's largest and most diverse university, with 30,000 students who come from nearly 100 nations around the world. Study at the university's downtown campus, within walking distance of museums, performing arts venues, commerce, concerts, sports and hiking and biking trails.
When you finish your NIC program, Portland State University’s admission and application deadlines allow you to move from college to university without unnecessary delay.
Guaranteed admission also saves you money, without compromising your education. Whether you are a domestic student looking for international opportunities, or an international student looking for an American undergraduate degree, guaranteed admission saves you $12,000 to $20,000 in the first two years of study, while getting access to NIC’s excellent instruction, small class sizes and commitment to exceptional academic performance.
Upon entering the University Studies and Transfer program at any NIC campus or centre, you will complete an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree. If you maintain a 2.25 GPA. (slightly higher than a C average), you can apply to Portland State University for guaranteed admission to general education programs. See the Admissions tab for complete information.
Complete and submit the NIC Application for Admission form, writing PSU Guaranteed Admission as the program name.
There are no formal admission requirements for an associate degree. However, courses will have specific entry requirements, called prerequisites, which are listed under each course description.
To be eligible for PSU Guaranteed Admission, you must:
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Make sure your courses count. Admission to Portland State University’s general education degree does not guarantee admission to specific majors at PSU. Some majors have specific admission requirements. You should review PSU’s Online Calendar to find out and then meet with a student advisor to determine which courses at your local NIC campus will earn you the most transfer credit.
Contact a student advisor to help you to choose the right combination of NIC courses to meet your goals.
Students should consider sample study plans and the general requirements for NIC's Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees when planning for Portland State University Guaranteed Transfer.
Students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 (slightly higher than a C letter grade) in your associate degree at NIC prior to entering studies at Portland State University.
Students must also meet the degree completion requirements at Portland State University to achieve their four-year undergraduate degree.
Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.
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