University of Portland

Portland, OR

University of Portland

Portland, OR

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Engineering a better world for all

At University of Portland, you’ll get a hands-on Engineering education from day one. Engineering and Computer Science majors are admitted directly into the Shiley School of Engineering—not a pre-engineering program. The first year of coursework is similar for all students, so you can enter as an undeclared student or select your major right away.

Small class sizes allow you to work closely with professors, and you’ll collaborate with teammates to conceptualize, design, and test a prototype product your first semester. And then you’ll go further. You’ll continue to shape ideas, products, and designs to improve sustainability, health, security, and the joy of living for local communities and people around the globe. Coursework and projects emphasize teamwork, experimentation, and innovation integrated with theory, analysis, and design to prepare you to become a technological leader.

In addition to engineering classes, you’ll take a foundation of core courses in the humanities and social sciences. Your studies will culminate in a year-long senior capstone project—usually sponsored by an industry partner—that solves a real-world problem.

Along the way, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art labs, a makerspace, manufacturing shop facilities, and a variety of computer labs. You might also study abroad in a program designed just for Engineering and Computer Science students, join a club where you’ll put your skills to use, or conduct graduate-level research with a faculty mentor. Find out more at


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Engineering School Highlights

• Civil Engineering
• Computer Science
• Electrical Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering

• Computer Engineering
• Computer Science
• Environmental Engineering
• Innovation

Additional academic offerings:
• Five-year bachelor’s/master’s in Biomedical Engineering program
• Full makerspace and shop facilities for prototyping student projects
• Salzburg semester and summer study abroad programs for Engineering and Computer Science students
• Co-op programs with leading companies in the region

Leading companies where graduates work: Amazon, Boeing, Daimler Trucks, Intel, Microsoft, Skanska, Xerox, and more

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • "UP is a great place to pursue anything you’re interested in. Whatever you’re passionate about, there are people around and tons of resources to help you pursue it."

    • Julia Kimoto
      Civil Engineering, Class of 2020
  • "I chose UP because I saw the great community on campus during Weekend on The Bluff. The camaraderie and passion at UP was palpable and I knew I wanted to be a part of it."

    • Brooke Majerus
      Nursing, Class of 2023