Do more than you ever thought possible.
At Oregon’s Catholic university, you will be prepared not just for a career, but for life. You will learn to think critically, communicate effectively, and respond ethically so you can cultivate your best self. You will be inspired to do more than you ever thought possible.
Experience intimate classes and innovative programs
At UP you’ll explore where you want to go and who you want to be. You’ll take a foundation of liberal arts classes to ensure you have the skills and knowledge to become an ethical decision maker and a forward-thinking leader in today’s global society. You can select from more than 40 majors, 32 minors, and eight pre-professional programs. We are also the only college in Oregon to offer Schools of Business, Education, Engineering, and Nursing; a College of Arts and Sciences; and a Graduate School.
You’ll learn from talented and inspiring professors who are experts in their fields. You’ll be part of classes that frequently have fewer than 30 students. And a 14:1 student-faculty ratio means you’ll make strong personal connections with your classmates and professors while developing your expertise.
Get the support you need
University of Portland has the resources you need for success. The Shepard Academic Resource Center connects you with peer tutoring, learning assistance counseling, and first-year student programs. You’ll be assigned a counselor before you arrive, as well as an academic advisor who will provide ideas and guidance. The Clark Library is home to a digital lab, a computer learning lab, 19 group study rooms, and abundant online journals and databases.
Enhance your spiritual awareness
Since our founding in 1901, the University of Portland has been guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross, a community of Roman Catholic priests and brothers who are committed to educating students in mind and heart. Theology and philosophy classes are part of every student’s curriculum, and you will be encouraged to ask questions about your values, beliefs, and role in the world. Campus Ministry provides spiritual counseling, retreats, and programs for faith development. Mass is also celebrated weekly in each residence hall and daily in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher.
Become a difference maker
You’ll find plenty of opportunities to explore new ideas and hone your interests. Share your skills with others by volunteering or going on service learning trips through our Moreau Center. There are more than 85 student-run clubs to select from. Participate in Army or Air Force ROTC or our Honors program. Develop your leadership skills through our Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation. Experience internship and job shadow opportunities, work on research projects with professors, or study abroad. Studying abroad is available to all students regardless of major, and our students go abroad at a percentage three times higher than the national average. We offer programs in such countries as Austria, Australia, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latin America, and Spain.
Be part of a close-knit community
Each year more than 2,000 students, including nearly all freshmen, live in one of our 10 residence halls. Living on campus is a valuable part of the college experience and puts you at the center of everything—the library, dining hall, classes, and, best of all, a close-knit community of friends. It also allows you to easily access lectures, movies, concerts, NCAA Division I games, poetry readings, intramural and club sports, performing arts, spiritual retreats, and more. And it will place you minutes from the Beauchamp Recreation and Wellness Center, a state-of-the-art facility with three gyms, an indoor track, a climbing wall, and exercise rooms.
Live in a great city and state
Portland is known for its creative restaurants, food carts, and coffee shops, as well as funky thrift shops, independent art galleries, professional sports teams, and miles of hiking and biking trails. The city has a wealth of learning opportunities and is home to both world-renowned businesses and small, innovative companies on their way up.
Oregon offers an incredible variety of vistas, landscapes, and recreational activities that are just waiting to be explored. Drive 90 minutes west to the Pacific Ocean to find uncrowded, sand-swept beaches. Go 90 minutes east and find the 11,000-foot-tall Mount Hood, a year-round destination for skiing, snowboarding, and hiking. Head east for 60 minutes along the Columbia River Gorge to Hood River, a hotspot for windsurfing, kiteboarding, and backcountry adventures. With so much to explore in Oregon, the hardest part might be choosing which adventure to have first.
• Approximately 3,700 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students
• More than 300 faculty members with a 14:1 student-faculty ratio
• 2,000 students (including 97% of freshmen) living on campus
• 21 consecutive years in the top 10 for western regional universities by U.S. News & World Report
• Fourth nationally as top producer of Fulbright Awards for students among peer institutions
• Ranked first for value among private universities in Oregon by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine
• One of The Princeton Review’s most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States
• $41,844 for tuition and $12,394 for room and board (most popular option) for 2016–2017 academic year
• 97% of full-time undergraduates receiving financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans
• 16 different study abroad programs in countries all over the world
• More than 165,000 hours logged by students through volunteer and service learning projects