University of Portland
A Tradition of Extraordinary Teaching, A History of Extraordinary Students
An education at the university is guided by knowledge that is imparted by award-winning professors, enhanced by real-world experiences, and underscored by the values the University has embraced since its founding in 1901. University of Portland has a commitment to service and the unwavering belief that the mind is little without the heart.
Get to know University of Portland
During freshman year, students take three classes with the same group of approximately a dozen students, fostering relationships that tend to remain strong throughout the undergraduate years and beyond. Sophomores and juniors lead freshman seminars, which introduce first-year students to college life and learning strategies.
DRIVEN TO SERVE
In keeping with the university’s mission of “teaching, faith, and service,” the university and the Archdiocese of Portland offer many opportunities for volunteer service. Students can work in meal programs, children’s centers, HIV centers, hospitals, and environmental cleanup facilities.
The university offers numerous study abroad programs, with options for summer, semester-long, or full-year opportunities. University of Portland faculty accompany students on most programs, which take students to such locations as Japan, Italy, Mexico, Australia, England, and Austria.
A number of majors require students to complete internships. In many cases, professors and the university’s career service department help students find internships in their areas of interest. Additionally, the university’s Center for Entrepreneurship promotes professional relationships among students and the local business community. With the center’s support and funding, students launch and manage their own entrepreneurial ventures.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 1%
White, non-Hispanic: 59%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 12%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 2%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 9%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 2%
TEACHING THE MIND, EMPOWERING THE HEART
Relatively small classes help professors discover the strengths and needs of their students. One faculty member notes, “Activity, creativity, discovery—those are the habits of mind I am trying to teach my students.” University of Portland faculty members are recognized for their willingness to meet one-on-one with students outside class hours. They are also more than willing to support their students on service days and during other university activities.
LIVE FOR LEARNING, LEARN BY LIVING
The University of Portland is located in a beautiful residential neighborhood that overlooks the Willamette River. On average, 90 percent of freshmen live in residence halls, and approximately 60 percent of students choose to live in residence halls or in off-campus houses owned by the university. University of Portland students say they value the intimate nature of the university as well as their ready access to Portland’s thriving downtown.
LIVING TOGETHER AS A FAMILY
As a way of supporting living-and-learning communities, the university offers special-interest housing for groups of eight to sixteen students. Some houses, such as the social justice house, are available each year. Others are established so that a group of students with a particular interest can live together for a single year.
The university has no fraternities or sororities, but students say they feel bonded to their fellow students “in brotherhood.” Small class sizes and residence life programs in the campus residences allow students to form many successful social networks. The university holds evening prayer sessions three times a week; staggered schedules for Mass allow students with busy schedules to attend services. Those who choose not to participate in religious observances say they do not feel pressured to conform.
EVENTS FOR ALL
A steady assortment of interesting guest speakers, fiction and poetry readings, dialogues on faith and justice, theatrical offerings, and other activities fill the campus calendar. Throughout the school year, students actively cheer for their competitive Division I athletic teams.
The Outdoor Pursuits Program offers rentals for camping gear and organizes outdoor trips such as snowshoeing and kayaking. Students take advantage of the campus’ location, which is in close proximity to the mountains. Student go on skiing and snowboarding and trips and take to the Oregon coast for beach adventures.
GOALS IN REACH
The office of career services helps students turn their educations into bright futures. From freshman year to graduation and beyond, the university’s career services provides career counseling, help with resumes, and listings of available openings for jobs and internships. The office also offers workshops and training sessions, including mock interviews, to prepare students for the job market.
ALUMNI OF ACTION
Graduates of University of Portland continue their tradition of community service long after their years in college. Each year, a national alumni day of service brings together lifelong friends in a variety of locations all around the country to work on service projects in the name of the university.
SAT Critical Reading
25th Percentile: 540 | 75th Percentile: 660
25th Percentile: 540 | 75th Percentile: 640
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $12,394