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University of Portland

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About University of Portland

The University of Portland is a thriving community of over 5,000 students, faculty and staff located on a bluff overlooking the booming metropolitan city of Portland, Oregon. The University is led by Fr. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., who began his tenure as University of Portland’s 20th president in July 2014 after serving three years at UP as Executive Vice President.

The University’s commitment to providing an excellent educational experience was highlighted in 2014 with the conclusion of a fundraising campaign that raised nearly $182 million, making it one of the largest development campaigns ever for a Pacific Northwest private college or university.

Campus information

University of Portland features small class settings (14:1 student-faculty ratio) and award-winning faculty and students enjoy 12 new or renovated campus facilities, including the new Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center, named in recognition of the University’s 19th president Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C., and the Pilot House (remodeled in 2015). Other new and renovated facilities include a completely renovated Clark Library (completed in August 2013), a state-of-the-art engineering hall (Shiley Hall, dedicated in 2009), two new dormitories (Fields and Schoenfeldt Halls, dedicated in 2009), a remodeled and vastly expanded dining facility (Bauccio Commons, dedicated in 2010), a new bell tower (dedicated in 2009), a renovated science building (Romanaggi Hall, dedicated in 2010), an expanded and renovated multipurpose athletic facility (Chiles Center, dedicated in 2012), and an upgraded Joe Etzel Field (dedicated in 2015).

The University has begun construction on a new residence hall with room for approximately 270 students, w

By the time the Reverend Alexander Christie was appointed Archbishop of Portland in 1898, the city had already emerged as a major metropolitan center in the Pacific Northwest. What was needed, Christie said soon after his arrival on the scene, was a school that would furnish a "superior education unequaled by any institution on the Pacific Coast."

Tradition has it that while traveling aboard ship along the Willamette River one day, Christie noticed a large building atop Waud's Bluff. When he learned that it was West Hall (renamed Waldschmidt Hall in 1992, in honor of the late Most Rev. Paul E. Waldschmidt, C.S.C., president of the University from 1962-1978), the site of the defunct Portland University founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1891, Christie decided to purchase it (with financial assistance from the Congregation of Holy Cross) for the school of his vision. He named it "Columbia University" after the mighty river that flowed nearby, and when it opened its doors on September 5, 1901, it was staffed with priests from the archdiocese.

Christie was practical enough to know that his school needed more than he was able to provide through the archdiocese, and he approached the Congregation of Holy Cross's Indiana Province with a challenge: "Take over Columbia and make it the Notre Dame of the Pacific Northwest!" The challenge was accepted, and the following September the C.S.C.s, as they were called, assumed ownership. Christie's challenge had special meaning to the C.S.C.s, for in 1841 several members of their order had traveled from France and founded the University of Notre Dame in the woods of Indiana. The success of Notre Dame in the years that followed, and the deep commitment of the Congregation of Holy Cross to education, assured Christie that his own vision would one day be realized.

Columbia University achieved junior college status in 1922, and the first junior college class graduated the following year. In 1925, the College of Arts and Sciences was founded; four years later the first bachelor's degrees were awarded to a class of seven men.

In the 1930s, the University's name was changed to the University of Portland, the St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing became part of the University as the College of Nursing, and the School of Business was created.

In 1948, the School of Engineering was created. The University established its Graduate School in 1950 and the School of Education in 1962. In 1967 the Holy Cross order transferred ownership of the University to a lay Board of Regents.

Today some 4,200 students and approximately 300 faculty are engaged in teaching and research on the campus once on the edge of the American wilderness. The University has garnered national honors from U.S. News and World Report magazine and Barron's Best Buys as one of the best teaching universities in the West, and was honored by the Templeton Foundation as one of 100 colleges in America especially adept at education of character. In many ways the University has not swerved an inch from Archbishop Christie's dream in 1901--to provide a "superior education unequaled by any institution on the Pacific Coast."

hich will be located on the UP campus adjacent to the newly constructed Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center. The building will open in Fall 2016.

In addition to campus improvements, the University has also increased scholarships, endowed chairs and professorships, faculty research opportunities, and programs in campus ministry.

UP is situated in the sector of Portland known as North Portland.  This area technically includes a large area.  The neighborhoods immediately surrounding UP are all situated on the Peninsula, so named because of the geographic land formation produced by the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, which meet at the north-western tip of the North Portland Peninsula.


The housing application is available to all new students who have confirmed enrollment at the University of Portland. Students receive login information for the student portal and the housing application from the Office of Admissions shortly after they confirm their enrollment.

The new student housing application opens March 1. The sooner you submit an application, the greater your chances of receiving an assignment in one of your preferred residence halls. The priority deadline is May 10; if you apply after this date, we may be unable to take your roommate preferences into account when assigning your housing.

All first-time freshman students must live on campus, and must submit a housing application. If you are a freshman student age 20 years or older at the beginning of spring semester, for housing purposes, you are considered a non-traditional freshman and are not subject to the residency requirement.

First-time freshman students may live off campus only if they live at home with a parent or guardian and within 30 miles of the campus.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 3 Business, Management 4 Creative Arts & Design 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 2


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