Where can wonder take you?
It leads you to new paths, new discoveries, and new ideas.
23 CONSECUTIVE YEARS as a top 10 university in the West
- U.S. News & World Report
98% of full-time undergraduates receiving some type of financial aid (all sources, including loans)
40+ programs of study for undergraduates
5th nationally for students making a positive impact
- The Princeton Review
#1 in Oregon for eighth year on “Private Universities” list for value
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
12:1 student-faculty ratio
#1 in Oregon for best return on investment
At University of Portland, we believe not all those who wonder are lost in thought. In fact, we encourage lots of purposeful thinking, dreaming, and questioning. Here you’ll test your beliefs, challenge the expected, and gain new understanding. You’ll have dedicated and caring professors to provide guidance and support every step of the way. And our small class sizes will allow you to develop close connections with your classmates and professors.
Just minutes from campus, you’ll find Portland’s music venues, food carts, bookstores, and miles of biking and hiking paths. You’ll also have access to start-ups and world-renowned companies, perfect for getting real-world experience before you graduate.
Grounded in tradition and open to possibility
UP is guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross, a community of priests and brothers who see education as a formation of the heart and the mind. Faith, along with acceptance and inclusivity, is woven into our community. You will be encouraged to ask questions about your values, beliefs, and role in the world. You’ll also find a wide range of academic programs to choose from, with more than 40 majors and 33 minors offered in our Schools of Business, Education, Engineering, and Nursing and our College of Arts and Sciences.
When a small community offers big opportunities
Some 4,000 students attend classes on The Bluff, and more than half—and nearly all first-year students—live on campus. It’s easy to get involved and pursue new interests. There are 90+ student-led clubs, concerts, movies, plays, lectures, and NCAA Division I games, as well as intramural and club sports to help you hone your skills and talents. Outdoor adventures abound in Oregon. Drive 90 minutes west to surf the Pacific Ocean or walk along sandy beaches. Head east for 90 minutes and you’ll hit the slopes of Mount Hood. Even closer is Hood River, a renowned destination for windsurfing, and the Columbia River Gorge, which has a multitude of waterfalls and hiking trails.
Every journey is unique
There are so many paths to take and no singular way to get where you’re going. As you discover who you want to be, there are many resources to help you. Through our Shepard Academic Resource Center, Clark Library, and Career Center, you’ll have access to peer tutoring, academic advising, labs, study rooms, and internships. Campus Ministry helps you explore your faith through retreats, counseling, and weekly Mass. The Moreau Center provides access to a variety of service learning experiences, and our Franz Center helps bring business ideas to life. Our diverse study abroad programs in Europe, Latin America, Australia, and Asia create new perspectives, and our Honors Program, Army and Air Force ROTC, and ethics institute encourage you to look even further beyond the expected.