Students Say

The University of Portland is a smaller Catholic school with "manageable class sizes," a "strong core curriculum," and "great financial aid." You'll find an "awesome" engineering program, "very good" majors in the hard sciences, and "a highly reputable nursing program" here. There are "lots of study abroad opportunities" as well, including a full academic year in Salzburg that involves art history and pit stops in a host of glorious cities. The generally "caring and interested" faculty receives high marks. "I have had some not-so-good professors, but most of them have been fantastic," relates a nursing major.

Overview

Applicants
11,099
Acceptance Rate
63%
Average HS GPA
3.63

GPA Breakdown

41%
Over 3.75
30%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
540 - 660
SAT Math
540 - 650
ACT Composite
-

Deadlines


Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

The University of Portland is a smaller Catholic school with "manageable class sizes," a "strong core curriculum," and "great financial aid." You'll find an "awesome" engineering program, "very good" majors in the hard sciences, and "a highly reputable nursing program" here. There are "lots of study abroad opportunities" as well, including a full academic year in Salzburg that involves art history and pit stops in a host of glorious cities. The generally "caring and interested" faculty receives high marks. "I have had some not-so-good professors, but most of them have been fantastic," relates a nursing major. "They're really excited if you're just as interested in what their teaching as they are," explains an English major. "Most of the professors are really knowledgeable and able to communicate their experience and the information in ways that keep it interesting and keep students involved." "My theology professor swears a lot," notes a guileless first-year student. "I love it." "Professors are very approachable" as well. "Most are available a considerable amount of time outside of the classroom," reports a math major.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
339
with Terminal Degree
193

177
Men
162
Women
30
Minority
7
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
91%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
80%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


James Larocco
former Ambassador to Kuwait

Michael Merzenich
Chief Scientific Officer for Scientific Learning

Tiffeny Milbret
Olympic Soccer champion

Fedele Bauccio
Owner/CoFounder Bon Appetit Management Co.

John Heily
President/CEO Continental Mills

Donald P. Shiley
Entrepreneur/Inventor Shiley Heart Valve

Megan Rapinoe
Olympic Gold Medalist

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
75
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,569

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,151

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,037

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,490

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
67%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$22,126

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$38,350
Required Fees
$170
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,080

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,500
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
TEACH Grant

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Students here tend to come "from the suburbs of Portland and small communities around the Pacific Northwest." Ethnic diversity isn't great, but we've certainly seen worse. There is a noticeable contingent of Pacific Islanders. On the whole, these undergrads are "welcoming," "outdoorsy," "conscientious of the environment," and "committed to their education." "There are a lot of rich kids," observes a junior, "the kind who went to college because it's the next step." Politically, "most students are very liberal." Students tell us they "love the fact that UP is not a large university and there is a greater sense of community here" than you'll find at some big state school. At the same time, it's an "eclectic student body." "There are all sorts of crowds here so it's impossible not to fit in," usually "via clothing style." You'll find everything from athletes; "wonderfully nerdy" science and engineering majors; and "very, very religious" "ultra-Catholic types." "Indie rockers and hipsters are in paradise." "You name it," notes a first-year student, "there's going to be several students on campus that like it."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,680
Out of State
68%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
32

Demographics

10.62%
Asian
1.01%
African-American
10.93%
Hispanic
64.42%
Caucasian
2.30%
Unknown
3.08%
International

58% female
42% male
68% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

There’s plenty to do on this vibrant campus “in its own little corner of Portland” “right on the bluff of” the Willamette River. “The school holds events all the time.” “Going to the soccer and basketball games is also a great time and a huge draw.” “The university organizes events every Saturday night” as well. The biggest complaint among students is probably the “old and dirty” “embarrassment” that is the indoor recreation facility. Some students also protest that the administration “is strict with alcohol, drugs, and sex” (especially drugs). Others point out that UP is, after all, a Catholic school. Whatever the case, debauchery is easy enough to find at off-campus house parties and, a little farther away, downtown bars. Students tell us that their location in Portland is a fabulous social perk. “Despite the rain” and some gritty areas, Portland is “an amazing city” “full of laid-back hippies, creative entrepreneurs, and tons of coffee and tea shops.” There’s “great food” “from around the world” (including the best donuts anywhere). There are “fun little quirks” and “a lot of culture.” “The scenery is stunning.” “People like to be outside” running, or hiking, or biking. “The coast is about an hour” away as well, and Mount Hood offers good skiing and snowboarding.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
57%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
92
First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
88

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
64
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
9

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

61% participate in intramural sports
8% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Pilots)
6 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Pilots)
7 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

University of Portland strives to incorporate sustainability into all aspects of college life. An enthusiastic participant in Campus Conservation Nationals, students managed to save more than 23,905 kilowatt hours. The university’s College Ecology Club has established a student-led Dorm Challenge, bringing sustainability to the forefront of college-style housing. The university also challenges students to navigate campus by walking or riding a bike, since doing so can cut almost one quarter of a pound of pollution out of the air per person each day. Numerous bike racks have been installed around campus to facilitate students’ choice to ride. The University of Portland is also in partnership with TriMet, Portland’s public transit system, and Zipcar, to provide a shuttle to campus to increase employee and student use of public transit while reducing overall automobile usage. UP is in the process of purchasing a biodiesel generator that will enable it to convert cooking oil waste (an estimated 40 gallons each week!) from dining services into bio-diesel fuel to operate campus vehicles. Further, UP opened the country’s first environmentally sensitive science building and has earned LEED Platinum for its engineering building. The university’s students took the initiative to develop the Student Led Unity Garden (“SLUG”), an organic garden on campus where students grow a wide variety of organic food and even provide some to dining services. UP offers an environmental studies program that critically examines the broad scope of the current environmental crisis. To that end, the program includes project-oriented seminars in which student teams create action plans to help solve regional environmental issues.

Green Rating
84
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
100%
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
20

Average Number of PC's per Lab
30

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple, T-Mobile, AT&T

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jason McDonald
Dean of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
5000 North Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 972037147

Phone
503-943-7147

Email
admissio@up.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Commons
St. Mary's Lounge
Howard Recreation Hall
The Cove
The Anchor

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Portland
Mt. Hood
Columbia River Gorge
Oregon Coast
St. John's neighborhood

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F
8-5
503-943-7147

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Continuously
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Daily

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.portlandpilots.com

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Portland International Airport(PDX) bus, taxi, light rail, UP shuttle

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-5 Northbound From I-5, take the Rosa Parks Way (formerly Portland Blvd.) exit (#304) Take a left onto Rosa Parks Way (Portland Blvd.) Follow Rosa Parks Way (Portland Blvd.) to Willamette Blvd., where you will take a right Stay on Willamette Blvd. for approximately one-and-a-half miles; the main entrance to the University will be on your left hand side From I-5 Southbound From I-5, take the Rosa Parks Way (formerly Portland Blvd.) exit (#304) Take a right onto Rosa Parks Way (Portland Blvd.) Follow Rosa Parks Way (Portland Blvd.) to Willamette Blvd., where you will take a right Stay on Willamette Blvd. for approximately one-and-a-half miles; the main entrance to the University will be on your left hand side From Portland International Airport From the Portland Airport exit road (Airport Way) turn right on 82nd Ave. Turn right on Columbia Blvd.; continue for approximately 7 miles Turn left on Portsmouth Ave. Turn left on Willamette Blvd. The main entrance to campus will be on your right-hand side
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Key Stats

11,099
Applicants
3,680
Size
63%
Acceptance Rate
1200
SAT Scores

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