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Catholic Profile

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-think
ing leader in today’s global society. You can select from more than 60 undergraduate programs and 1,300 courses. 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
The University of Portland has the resources you need for success. The Shepard Academic Resource Center connects you to peer tutoring, learning assistance counseling, and programs for first-year students. You’ll be assigned a program counselor before you arrive, as well as an academic advisor who will provide ideas and guidance. The newly renovated 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. Take part in one of our 90 student-run clubs. Participate in Army or Air Force ROTC or our Honors Program. Develop your leadership skills through our Franz Center for Leadership, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. Experience internship and job shadow opportunities, work on research projects with professors, or study abroad. About 40% of our students take part in one of our Studies Abroad programs—more than three times the national average. We offer programs in such countries as Austria, Australia, China, Costa Rica, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and Spain.


Be part of a close-knit community
Each year more than 1,800 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 also place you minutes from the brand-new 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. In fact, Portland was listed by Travel + Leisure magazine as first in the nation for not only its public parks and access to the outdoors but also its safety and public transportation. Portland has a wealth of learning opportunities. It 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. 






• 3,654 undergraduate students and 469 graduate students 

• More than 300 faculty members, with a 14:1 student-faculty ratio

• 97% of freshmen live on campus

• 20 consecutive years in the top 10 for western regional universities by U.S.News & World Report

• Consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top producers 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 most environmentally responsible colleges in the country, according to The Princeton Review

• $40,080 for tuition; $11,902 for room and board (most popular option) for 2015–2016

• 97% of full-time undergraduates receive financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans

• 16 study abroad programs 

• 184,000 hours logged by students through volunteer and service learning projects



• Daily Mass in the Chapel and weekly Mass in every residence hall

• Pastoral residents in each hall

• Retreats throughout the year

• Bible study and faith-sharing groups

• Sacrament preparation and adult Confirmation