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Founded in 1901, University of Portland. is a Private college. Located in Oregon, which is a city setting in Oregon, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 3,798 full time undergraduate students, and 585 full time graduate students.
The University of Portland Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 12:1. There are 253 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of Portland include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at UP are considered Selective, with ,54% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 8 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
97% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 78% were in the top quarter, and 46% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of Portland.
205 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 16 % gave the school a 5.0.
172 Students rated off-campus housing 3.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
221 Students rated campus food 3.4 stars. 18 % gave the school a 5.0.
219 Students rated campus facilities 4 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.
219 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 66 % gave the school a 5.0.
217 Students rated school activities 3.8 stars. 25 % gave the school a 5.0.
219 Students rated local services 3.9 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.
219 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.
40 Students rated University of Portland
If you are a white, straight, Catholic man, then this school is perfect for you. My years at the University of Portland, however, were some of the most traumatic of my life. For context, I am a white woman, present as straight, and am not Catholic. I was ostracized for not being a church-goer, sexually abused and told it was my fault, stalked by male students (no action was taken when I told the school). In the classroom, my public speaking professor actively lectured on how women are incapable of being as respected as men. And when I was a student (2010-2014), the school literally said that they would not update their policy to say they would not discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation.
Care for mental health and physical wellbeing at the school is also abysmal. The university covers up suicides and they have a horrific policy for handling severe mental health situations. To just give one example, I am aware of a student who was caught showing suicidal tendencies and the school kicked this student off campus and made all of their close friends sign an NDA saying they would not talk to him or anyone else about his mental health.
I cannot stress enough how this school is only suited for a very specific subset of people. Attending the University of Portland was one of my greatest regrets in life—not just socially, but also academically.
I have met some great teachers and the campus is very beautiful but I’m overall not satisfied with the school, how they handled COVID, or some of the programs they talked up during admissions, such as studying abroad. The school is much more catholic than it seems on tours and there is a lack of mental health support.
I believe the University of Portland has a wide arrange of excellent programs and studies for students making it a great school for most people! There is much to do and learn at the University of Portland which I find as a major plus. The school and staff seem very welcoming making it a great place to attend.
The University of Portland is pretty awesome. Two of the best things, in my opinion, are the class sizes and the location. UP is considered a pretty small campus, and has a pretty small student body. My biggest class was maybe 25 students, which makes it WAY easier to learn, and professors can pay more attention to individuals. Plus you can go downtown easily on a short car ride, or the bus, and there's tons of great food options, shops and cafes. Pretty cool.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of Portland is 61%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
College is a special experience that everyone should get a chance to partake in. I would tell my high school senior self that the transition I am about to experience will come and go in the blink of an eye. You will also no longer have anyone to tell you what to do. This may sound like a dream come true at first but it won't take long for you to realize that your parents deserve a huge thank you. Afterall, they are the ones who have had the patience to prepare you for solving your own problems and making yourself into the smart, independent young adult that college requires you to be.
In order to survive the college experience, you have to go into it with the willingness to work really hard and put yourself out there. You should work hard for not only your family but yourself. When things get stressful, just remind yourslef how far you have come. Also, realize that this is a rare opportunity to meet so many different kinds of people. You know you have found the right combination when they not only enhance your social life but challenge you academically as well.
The University of Portland could be descrided as a small catholic institution, where students are dedicated to their studies, community, and school involvement, with the opportunity to foster long lasting relationships with students and faculty alike.
University of Portland is a small school, about 3,500 students. I love the small size because I can regonize many classmates and friends just walking around on campus. Everyone always seems friendly, outgoing and open to new experiences. Students know how to balance their life and stay dedicated to their studies. I can usually find a productive study group in the library for helpful, academic support. Professors sincerely care about students and express a true passion for teaching. The food service offers a healthy, fresh variety of delicious food. They buy from local venders and maintain sustainable practices.
My classmates are intelligent, diverse, fun individuals who strive to learn all they can and do their best in each task they take on.
The environment is what set my school from other schools I considered apart. It felt "right" when I first stepped on campus: small, tight-knit community with a big generous heart. The people were down-to-earth. Student workers during the summer were approachable, and if not at least acted like they were approachable, and always willing to help me get my way around campus when I needed to finish some last-minute errands before school started. The campus just felt inviting.
I wish that I would have had a better sense of the community at the University of Portland. Community is one of the corner stones of the University contributes to the positive atmosphere on campus. The unique community is created in the small classes, through campus events, and especially in the dorms. I feel that the community at the University of Portland is one of the University’s greatest strengths and effectively compliments its innovative business curriculum.
Someone who does not like to be involved should not attend the University of Portland. University of Portland students are very active on campus and around the community. The opportunities for extra-curricular activities are endless!
The staff is WAY too involved with the student's personal lives, in that they do not often treat you as an adult. They try to solve your problems and make your decisions for you, instead of respecting yours and helping you make arangements to accomodate them. They are sometimes also very condescending.
An energetic person who like faith, service and learning!
My school is best known for its prestiege. Not many students are accepted, but those who graduate are known to be very intelligent and receive higher job opportunities than just entry level jobs.
The real world experiences I'm getting.
It's way too expensive
Most dreaded mandatory class for graduation: Biblical Traditions... a theology class required by the university of every student. It is very difficult and requires large research papers to be written on topics that no one, or very few students, are very passionate about.
Popular classes: (1) Marriage: Social and Ethical Perspectives... this class is a THEP class, meaning theological perspectives. It is taught by two professors, one theology and the other sociology. The class integrates two disciples to teach. (2) Death and Dying... very difficult to get into because nurses are required to take before graduation. Also a THEP class. In order to get into these two classes you have to get on a waiting list and talk to the professor. You can only get into the class by having the professors signature saying you are allowed in.
Most popular biology class this semester: Emerging Infectious Disease
There are many options for weekend activities including: going to a soccer game, taking the MAX downtown, watching a free movie in BC Auditorium, on campus activities, parties, Forest Park, Zoo, mall, and HW.
We have no football team. This doesn't bother me at all because I don't like football at all. Our version of football is soccer, as our girls team consistently makes it to the national tournament and usually is very successful. Basketball is the most popular winter sport, and although the team is historically not good, they are improving. Our XC team, specifically mens, are national contenders every year, but XC isn't a huge spectator sport. I would recommend not coming to UP if team spirit and going to huge football games is something you want to be part of your college experience, but otherwise it is fine.
I am pursuing a B.S. Biology with a Chemistry minor. UP Biology is probably the largest major within the College of Arts and Sciences. Although UP says that they have a pre-med program, it is very undeveloped and is not useful in preparing a student for Pre-med/ Graduate school.
As far as professors I think that it is similar to most schools, you have your good professors and your bad professors. One thing that is nice about UP being small is you get to develop relationships with your professors and they not only get to know your name, but get to know you as a person.
The most popular event to go to on campus are soccer games in the fall. Since we do not have a football team, this is what everyone does on Friday or Saturday nights. Boys from Villa, an all boys dorm, paints themselves and brings drums to the game and the stadium is usually almost full.
All of the classes I am taking are small and taught by a professor, not a TA. Just like at any school, there are good professors and there are bad professors, but you can lower your risk of getting a bad professor by talking to friends and using ratemyprofessor.com. All of my professors know me by name and say hi to me outside of class. One great thing about going to a small school is the class sizes are fairly small, my largest being 35. Most of my classes are between 15-25, but it can get as low as single digits and freshman/nursing classes can be 70+. These small class sizes allow for a lot of discussion and not only learning about your professor, but also learning about your classmates.
Currently the biggest complaint on campus is the food service. It is not that the food isn't good, it is great. The students are complaining about the prices. Bon Appetit is our food service. Compared to all of the other school UP has the best food. This food program was new last year. The problem is that from this year to last year they have bumped up the food prices on 50 of the most popular items. This is making it hard for people who have food plans to survive the year without starving. Our school paper has responded to this well and has given a voice to the student body. We will have to see if there is a change.
University of Portland is an average small, Catholic college. There is nothing very special about it except for the Engineering program and historically, the soccer team. The best thing about UP for me is the people. I have tons of good friends in my major, in my class, and from my team. i transferred into UP from LMU, about 5500, so it feels a little small. You know everyone on campus and will notice if there is a visitor. When I lived on campus I spent most of my time in the commons, where on-campus food is served. The library is very old, but they plan to start renovations in the next year.
Portland is a great city to live in. It is the perfect mix on city and town. Food carts are popular for students to eat at off campus as they are cheap and have good food. The biggest student complaint recently is about our on-campus food service, Bon Appetit. Our school paper, which is very good, has written many articles and the students are frustrated over the increasing prices and monopoly that the company is forcing students to abide by. Besides that, the school is great, but I definitely wouldn't come here if you are expecting big time football or anything like that.
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99% of students
attending University of Portland receive some sort of financial aid.
16% were awarded federal grants.
While 46% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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