University of Portland

Portland, OR

University of Portland

Portland, OR

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A culture of kindness is more than opening doors for others.

It’s opening your mind.

We see the University of Portland community as a place where diversity, equity, and inclusivity are paramount. That translates into continually striving to create an environment where everyone—in-state, out-of-state, international, first-generation, multicultural, LGBTQIA+, people of color—are all part of our fabric. You’ll be encouraged to have open and honest conversations. To talk through differences and commonalities. To listen. To question. And to reflect on your own actions and story.

At UP, being welcomed goes far beyond the first day. UP Connections is a great place for students to start connecting with others from a wide range of backgrounds. You’ll be partnered with a student mentor and have access to specific programming that begins the week before school starts and continues throughout the year. Make your voice heard by becoming a student coordinator for Diversity Dialogues, which helps bring an array of speakers and events to campus that represent different points of view and cultures. Or connect with our first-generation peer mentors in the Shepard Academic Resource Center, who can provide resources and recommendations. We believe inclusivity should be a way of life.


A sample of clubs and connections in the UP community:
• Black Student Union
• Filipino American Student Association
• Gender & Sexuality Partnership
• Hawai'i Club
• International Club
• La Mesa Redonda
• Latinx Student Union
• Native American Alliance

Fast Facts
• 3,757 undergraduate population
• Over 40% of UP undergraduates self-identifying as historically underrepresented (based on race and ethnicity)
• 11:1 student-faculty ratio
• Nearly 99% of full-time undergraduates receiving some type of aid

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