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U.S. College Road Trip! Episode 15 - University of Portland Portland, Oregon

Updated: Jul 12, 2023


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The University of Portland is a private Catholic university located in Portland, Oregon.

There are over 100 clubs and organizations on campus, ranging from academic and professional organizations to service and special interest groups. The University of Portland is a private Catholic university affiliated with the Congregation of Holy Cross. The university offers Campus Ministry programs like liturgies, retreats, or Bible study for students to nurture their spiritual side.


Famous alumni from UP include USWNT soccer player Megan Rapinoe, founder of O'Neill surf wear Jack O’Neill and actor Kunal Nayyar (Raj Koothrappali from Big Bang Theory).


Here are some unique aspects of the university:

  • Small student body: The University of Portland has a small student body, which allows for a close-knit community and personalized attention from faculty and staff.

  • Beautiful campus: The campus is located in the University Park neighborhood near St. Johns, on a bluff overlooking the Willamette River. The campus is known for its beautiful architecture and well-maintained grounds.

  • Comprehensive Catholic university: University of Portland is Oregon’s only comprehensive university with schools of business, education, engineering, nursing, a College of Arts and Sciences, and a graduate school. There are more than 40 undergraduate programs and 30 minors, as well as 18 graduate programs, and more than 1,300 courses.

  • Strong emphasis on field experience: The University of Portland School of Education is characterized by an emphasis on field experience, with first classroom placements beginning almost immediately. The program received the 2002 Model of Excellence Award from the Association of Independent Colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE).

  • The University of Portland offers 39 bachelor's degrees and has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,559.


The acceptance rate for the Class of 2024 was 81%. The average SAT score for students who are accepted is between 1220-1410.


Here’s the link for admissions to learn more. https://www.up.edu/admissions/

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