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University of Portland
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University of Portland

Portland, Oregon

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.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
3,770 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
41% male — 59% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
256 full-time faculty
195 part-time faculty
14 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

54% of students live on campus.

School Location

Portland, Oregon

Retention Fall 2015

92% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

78% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 11%
Black or African American 1%
White 61%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 13%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 2%
Two or more races 8%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%


NCAA Division I, West Coast Conference. 16 varsity sports (8 men’s: baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis, indoor & outdoor track; 8 women’s: basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis, indoor & outdoor track, volleyball); misc. club sports, and intramurals.

Other Information

University of Portland is a four-year, liberal arts university affiliated with the Congregation of Holy Cross and founded in 1901.

Academic Programs

College of Arts and Sciences majors include: Biochemistry; Biology; Chemistry; Communication; Drama; English; Environmental Ethics & Policy; Environmental Science; French Studies; General Studies; German Studies; History; Life Science; Mathematics; Music; Organizational Communication; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Sociology/ Criminal Justice; Track; Spanish; Theology. Pre-professional Programs: Pre-Dentistry Study; Pre-Law Study; Pre-Medicine Study; Pre-Occupational Therapy Study; Pre-Pharmacy Study; Pre-Physical Therapy Study; Pre-Veterinary Study. School Of Business Majors Include:  Accounting; Finance; Global Business; Marketing & Management. School of Education majors include: Elementary Education; Music Education; Secondary Education. School of Engineering majors include: Civil & Environmental Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical & Computer Engineering; Engineering Management; Mechanical Engineering. School of Nursing: Nursing.

More Distinctions

  • 2002 & 2005 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer National Championships.

  • In 2006-2007, ranked second nationally for numbers of Fulbright Scholars among Master's-Level institutions

  • Four professors received the Carnegie Foundation’s Oregon Professor of the Year award since 1997, including National Professor of the Year.

University of Portland students are excited about learning and committed to service. Guided by intellectual curiosity and social empathy, students take their learning into the field through extensive volunteer, internship, and study abroad programs…

first-year seminar

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.

study abroad

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.

The faculty at the University of Portland live and breathe what they teach. They are active, passionate scholars who are highly respected in their fields…

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.

University of Portland students work hard and play hard. There are so many cultural, social, intellectual, and athletic opportunities. Students never run out of things to do…

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.

university brotherhood

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.

curious explorers

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.

Graduates of the University of Portland are highly prepared, creative, and ethical decision-makers. They possess a sum of skills, strengths, and experiences that prepare them to face any challenges that the future will hold…

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.


Admissions Fall 2015

11,200 Total Applicants 
6,939 Total Admissions 
941 Total Freshman Enrollment

61.96% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 540 660
SAT Math 550 640
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite    
ACT Math 24 28
ACT English 23 29
ACT Writing    


$50 non-refundable application fee
A 300 word essay
A written recommendation to be completed by a teacher or high school guidance counselor
Official Transcripts of all completed high school and college work
Official SAT I or ACT scores
Financial Aid Profile Form (optional)
University Financial Aid Application (if applying for financial assistance)
FAFSA (if applying for financial assistance)


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $40,080
Fees $2,208
Total $42,288
Room and Board (on campus) $ 11,902
Estimated Total On Campus $54,190


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

98% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
54% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$22,336 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$6,624 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates