Where can wonder take you? 

It leads you to new paths, new discoveries, and new ideas. 

At University of Portland, we believe not all those who wonder are lost in thought. In fact, we encourage 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 plenty to take advantage of—music venues, food carts, bookstores, and miles of biking and hiking paths, plus big and small companies for internship and research opportunities. Just a short drive from campus, you can explore the beautiful Oregon Coast, Mount Hood, and the Columbia River Gorge.

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 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, 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.

Every journey is unique. There are so many paths to take and no single 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, and internship opportunities. Our Moreau Center provides access to a variety of service learning experiences, our Franz Center helps bring your business ideas to life, and diverse study abroad programs will help you see the world from a new perspective. And our Honors Program, Army and Air Force ROTC, and ethics institute provide further opportunities to gain new understandings.

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, pursue new interests, and define success on your own terms. 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. Campus Ministry offers a multitude of ways for you to strengthen your faith—including spiritual counseling, retreats, pilgrimages, liturgical ministry, sacrament preparation, and student-run faith groups you can join. Each residence hall is home to a chapel where Mass is celebrated each week with the residents. Mass is also celebrated daily in our Chapel of Christ the Teacher.