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University of Portland

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Founded in 1901, the University of Portland is closely affiliated with the Congregation of Holy Cross and has been ranked among the top 10 schools in the West by U.S. News and World Report for the last 16 years. The university’s sister school is the University of Notre Dame.

The university offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through five divisions that include the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Education, the Pamplin School of Business, the School of Nursing, and the School of Engineering.

The university’s students and faculty have earned many Fulbright, Mitchell, Marshall, and Goldwater fellowships, and have received the Oregon’s Governor’s Award for more than 10,000 hours of volunteer service per year. During the past 15 years, five professors have received awards from the Carnegie Foundation including National Professor of the Year and State Professors of the Year. The university was also ranked 11th out of more than 500 universities with master’s degree programs based on its contributions to the public good in social mobility, research, and service. This school has also been on the President’s Higher Education community Service Honor Roll for the past 5 years.

Learning assistance counselors provide a wide variety of services to help students succeed academically by offering guidance for reading comprehension strategies, note-taking skills, study strategies, test taking skills, and time management.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The University of Portland’s bachelor’s degree program in Environmental Ethics and Policy is an interdisciplinary program that has been designed to teach students about environmental science and ecology, and how these sciences shape the development of political policy, environmental ethics, and recent theological reformulation within the Judeo-Christian tradition. The program also includes a capstone experience in which students are challenged to apply the knowledge that they have gained to specific issues that are particularly relevant to the Pacific Northwesten region.

The Moreau Center for Service and Leadership at the University of Portland offers students the unique opportunity to serve local, domestic, and international communities while learning valuable skills. The interdisciplinary Center for Entrepreneurship gives students the opportunity to become entrepreneurs through diverse programs. One of the center’s programs is the $100K Challenge, in which students develop plans for their business ideas. Each individual or group then presents their business plan to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs who give the students feedback. Challenge finalists will be eligible for an investment of up to $100,000 in cash and services to help them develop their businesses.


The University of Portland offers numerous ways for students to apply for admission, but procedures and requirements vary by student status. Applicants for freshman admission can use the university’s online or paper application, or they can complete the Common Application. Applicants must also submit an official high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores, a letter of recommendation, an essay, and the application fee. The university utilizes a “rolling” admissions system for freshmen applicants that begins in September and gives priority consideration to those that apply by January 15. Admissions decisions generally take 3-4 weeks after a completed application file is received. Honors program applicants, transfer applicants, international students, non-degree seeking applicants, and re-admit applicants should check the university’s website for procedures and requirements that are specific to their status.

Financial Aid

The University of Portland offer generous financial aid awards. In a single year, 90% of the University’s students were granted a total of $71 million in financial aid awards. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for financial aid. The Office of Financial Aid, located in Waldschmidt Hall, aims to help students and their families understand and get through the financial aid application process. Awards may include scholarships, grants, loans, or student employment. Some students may also choose to participate in the Air Force or Army ROTC scholarship programs.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3924th for the average student loan amount.
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Students at the University of Portland can participate in more than 40 student clubs, almost 40 volunteer programs, and countless academic and extracurricular activities. Students can visit the bike shop & camping center, take the ski bus, participate in multicultural programs or the diversity committee, take part in student government activities, or join one of the clubs or organizations. Each year, the university holds an Activities Fair during the first week of the fall semester. The fair allows students to learn about the many student groups and activities that are available at the university.

Residence halls on campus include traditional residence halls, two apartment style halls for upper classmen, and over 30 off-campus houses that are also owned by the university. Theme houses include Faith & Leadership House for students who want to be leaders in the Christian community; Foreign Language House, which has coed Spanish, German, and French floors; Green House, where students learn about environmental protection; and Half Year House.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The University of Portland boasts numerous renowned intercollegiate athletic teams known as the Portland Pilots. Of these teams, the most notable is the soccer program, which is one of the oldest in the country. The women’s soccer team won the NCAA Division I National Championship in 2002 and 2005. Several of the university’s former male and female soccer players have gone on to become international soccer stars. Home matches are played at Merlo Field, which is part of the university’s Clive Charles Soccer Complex.

The university also has one of the country’s best NCAA Division I men’s cross country teams. This legendary team has won 31 straight West Coast Conference Championships, one of the longest active conference championship streaks in the NCAA. Other intercollegiate sports offered at the University of Portland include baseball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, track and field, and women’s crew.

Students participate in club level sports such as men’s and women’s lacrosse, ultimate frisbee, and water polo, as well as intramural sports that include kickball, flag football, basketball, dodgeball, table tennis, soccer, golf, and volleyball.


  • Donald Shiley, co-inventor of the artificial heart valve.
  • Larry LaRocco, former Congressman
  • Walter “Walt” Dawson, Alzheimer’s disease activist
  • Tiffeny Milbrett, US women’s international soccer player
  • Erik Spoelstra, head coach of the Miami Heat
  • Kunal Nayyar, actor


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Ranks 3rd in Oregon and 168th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.08
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.05
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4 0.10
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 7 0.18
Arrest 1 0.03

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,842 0.31
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 20 0.00
Forcible Rape 258 0.04
Robbery 917 0.16
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,303 0.73
Larceny 22,494 3.81
Vehicle theft 3,225 0.55

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Portland, OR 97203-5798
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population27,689 (27,689 urban / N/A rural)
Households9,974 (2.65 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,266
Families6,300 (3.18 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Congressional District4103

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 175th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $36,700 $36,700 $36,700
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,970 $1,970 $1,970
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,150 $1,150 $1,150
FT Graduate Tuition $15,219 $15,219 $15,219
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,025 $1,025 $1,025
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $53,958 $53,958 $53,958
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $53,958 $53,958 $53,958
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $41,290 $41,290 $41,290

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $35,740 $37,404 $35,740 $37,404 $35,740 $37,404
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,300 $1,200
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,970 $10,600
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,000(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,970 $10,600
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,000(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,000(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 9,523 (3,366 male / 6,157 female)
Admitted 6,361 (2,309 male / 4,052 female)
Admission rate 67%
First-time Enrollment 835 (369 male / 466 female)
FT Enrollment 835 (369 male / 466 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment4,036

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference West Coast Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference West Coast Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Independent Pacific Northwest Region

SAT Test Admission

208th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 99%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 550 / 650
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 540 / 650
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1090 / 1300

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,841
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 59 13 59 91 4 644 20 948
Accounting 2 1 4 1 9 17
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 5 5
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 2 9 15 39 2 75
Business Administration and Management, General 16 3 2 44 3 68
Chemistry, General 5 1 6
Chemistry, Other 11 5 1 17
Civil Engineering, General 1 1 8 18 1 30
Clinical Nurse Leader 1 9 2 12
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 1 1 2
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science 1 1 6 10
Directing and Theatrical Production
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 5 6
Economics, General 2 2
Education, General 25 2 60 4 96
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 1 2 6 8 1 19
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 1 4 1 13 22
Engineering, General 1 1
Engineering/Industrial Management 1 3 4
English Language and Literature, General 2 19 1 23
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 6 7
Environmental Science 1 2 4
Environmental Studies 2 6 8
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
Finance, General 1 1 2 13 18
French Studies 1 2
General Studies 6 8
German Studies 3 3
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
History, General 1 16 19
International Business/Trade/Commerce 1 1 5 7
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 1 1 4 1 15 27
Mass Communication/Media Studies 2 1 10 14
Mathematics, General 1 5 7
Mechanical Engineering 2 7 30 46
Music History, Literature, and Theory 1 3 4
Music Teacher Education 2 2
Music, General
Nursing Administration
Operations Management and Supervision 2 11 15
Organizational Communication, General 2 4 2 18 27
Pastoral Studies/Counseling 3 4
Philosophy 1 8 9
Physics, General 2 3
Political Science and Government, General 1 2 15 18
Psychology, General 5 1 21 1 32
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 9 16 1 150 3 188
Secondary Education and Teaching 2 10 13
Social Work 2 1 16 20
Sociology 1 1 11 15
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1 1 1 3 7
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 1 3
Theology/Theological Studies 2 1 3

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1404th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $69,099 ($72,081 male / $63,106 female)
Number of FT Faculty 227 (124 male / 103 female)
Number of PT Faculty 399
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $7,263,000

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