University Studies at NIC now leads to guaranteed admission at Portland State University (PSU)

Where: College Wide
Starts: September, January
  • Achieve a 2.25 GPA or higher in NIC's Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree and Portland State University will guarantee your admission as a junior in Portland State University's University Studies program.
  • Earn an associate degree in Canada and a bachelor's degree from an American university in the heart of downtown Portland.
  • Start at NIC, knowing you'll spend less on tuition while earning the exact same degree as students starting directly at Portland State University.



Marilyn Nettleton
Educational Advisor



  • Quality education, recognized success. Portland State University has recognized NIC's associate degrees as a broad liberal arts education providing academic rigour and good preparation for students entering Portland State University, demonstrating their confidence in NIC students like you.
  • An Amercian undergraduate degree, for less. Pay NIC tuition for two years before attending an American university. University studies and transfer students completing an associate degree spend $12,000 to $22,000 less (tuition, fees, books, transport, housing and food) in their first two years of study, compared to students attending an urban American university.  
  • In good company. Start your degree with two years of supportive instruction, small class sizes and wide range of courses at NIC and guarantee your admission to Portland State University, where you can major in business, engineering, urban studies and more.


What is Guaranteed Transfer?

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.

How does it work?

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.


Before Classes Begin

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.

Admission Requirements

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:

  1. Complete the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree with 60 credits. No more than eight credits should be vocational or technical in nature and at least 60 credits must be university transfer courses at the college transfer level. Please meet with an NIC student advisor for guidance BEFORE registering in courses.
  2. 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.
  3. Meet the current international admissions criteria for the requested admission term;
  4. Complete ENG-115 at NIC (WR 121) or equivalent with a C- or better grade;
  5. Meet PSU English proficiency requirements, as appropriate;
  6. Demonstrate proof of financial ability;
  7. Submit official copies of all college transcripts;
  8. Apply to Portland State University at in a timely manner to allow for processing of application and transcripts.

International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.

To Be Successful

  • Your first and most important step as a university transfer student is to call, email, or visit an educational advisor at your nearest NIC campus or centre. Educational advisors have extensive knowledge of programs, funding options, career paths and post-secondary transfer agreements, and will help you get started on the right track.
  • You are responsible for selecting only courses that are eligible for the Associate of Arts or Science degrees. Always review your study plan with an educational advisor before registering in courses.
  • NIC also offers high school-level upgrading options if you need help meeting prerequisites for entry into individual courses.
  • If you intend to transfer your associate degree as credit toward a four-year degree, review the Steps to University Transfer on the NIC website.


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.

Completion Requirements

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.


Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2017, Winter, Spring & Summer 2018

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.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Year 1
Tuition $2,910
NISU Fees $125
Books $1,530
Learner Resource $155
Health and Dental $275
Total $4,995
Tuition may vary from approximately $290 to $500 per 3-credit course. Lab fees vary from $0 to $345 depending on the course. Book costs are specific to each course.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

International Fees

Year 1
Tuition $12,730
NISU Fees $125
Books $1,530
Learner Resource $155
Health and Dental $275
Total $14,815
Additional Costs for International Students include a $100 Application fee (required) and a $250 Accommodation Application Fee (optional).
Tuition is based on 3 - 5 courses per term.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

For more information or to apply,
visit or call 1-800-715-0914
to speak with an educational advisor today!