University of Portland

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5000 N. Willamette Boulevard

Portland, OR 97203

Phone: (503) 943-8000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Feb. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#8 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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University of Portland is a private institution that was founded in 1901. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,402, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 108 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Portland's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 8. Its tuition and fees are $36,870 (2013-14).

The University of Portland, also known as UP, is a Catholic school in northwest Oregon where students can explore the many features of both the campus and city. Undergraduates can choose from more than 40 majors, and first year students can take advantage of the Shepard Freshman Resource Center, which helps them adjust to college. UP offers nearly 15 graduate programs, including those in the Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. School of Business Administration and the highly ranked School of Nursing.

Off campus, students can visit attractions that are just a few miles away, such as the Oregon Zoo and the Alberta Arts District, and both the Portland Art Museum and the Portland Opera offer discounted student tickets. UP students can also join any of the school’s dozens of organizations or play on one of the nearly 15 club sports teams. UP also offers more than 15 varsity sports teams, called the Pilots, who compete in the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference. Notable alumni include several international soccer players and Donald Shiley, coinventor of the artificial heart valve.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The University of Portland is a Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross that offers premiere undergraduate and graduate degrees in its Schools of Business, Education, Engineering and its College of Arts and Sciences from a beautiful, one hundred thirty acre campus seven miles from downtown Portland, Oregon. This year the University has been nationally recognized as the number one producer of Fulbright scholars and the third for those accepted into the Peace Corps among United States master's level universities. Its faculty and students have earned many Fulbright, Marshall, Mitchell, and Goldwater fellowships, and have received both the Oregon's Governor's Award for more than 10,000 hours of volunteer service annually and Washington Monthly magazine's national top ranking for service to the nation. University of Portland has received several national faculty awards from the Carnegie Foundation, among them the U.S. Professor of the Year and three Oregon Professor of the Year honors. The University is renowned for its extensive study-abroad programs (in Asia, Australia, Latin America, and Europe), its award-winning cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship program, its innovative education, biology, and theater programs, its state-of-the-art nursing and science laboratories, and its booming global business and environmental ethics majors-- the latter the only one of its kind in the U.S -- and its state-of-the art engineering building. A member of the NCAA Division I, there are 13 varsity team sports. The University also sponsors a resource center for freshman support, savors its NCAA national champion women's soccer team (twice in four years), and has been dedicated for more than a century to creating a campus community where 'teachable moments' in and out of the classroom are not only prized but the true epiphanies sparking lifelong learning.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1901
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $105,449,000


When applying to University of Portland, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at University of Portland is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 66.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 66.5%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Portland is 13:1, and the school has 33 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Portland include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 88.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 68%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 21%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 14%
Engineering 12%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 10%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 9%

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Student Life

University of Portland has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,402, with a gender distribution of 40.8 percent male students and 59.2 percent female students. At this school, 55 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 45 percent of students live off campus. University of Portland is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,981
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Portland offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Portland also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Portland, 55 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Portland.

Students who have cars on campus 55%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Portland, 64.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $20,622.

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Tuition and fees $36,870 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,668 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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