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University of Portland

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The University is located up on a bluff in a residential neighborhood overlooking the Willamette River and the city of Portland. The school’s location also is the inspiration for its nickname, “The Bluff.” 


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. 


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. The University features small class settings (12:1 student-faculty ratio) and award-winning faculty. German professor Laura McLary was named the 2015 Oregon Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and the University was one of only 14 schools nationwide to be named a top producer of both student and faculty Fulbright awards in 2015-2016.


Undergraduate research is a student-faculty collaboration to examine, create, and share new knowledge or works in ways commensurate with practices in the discipline. In many instances, the student is joining the faculty member in research that is a part of the faculty member’s scholarship agenda. In addition to exposing students to an enhanced pedagogical environment, these collaborations will assist students in honing their skills and discerning their career path and future direction.


The Career Center provides services and resources to all students and alumni. Our staff meet with students and alumni to help identify skills, interests and values as well as explore career opportunities. 

Student services

International students are an important and integral part of the University. With small classes and many opportunities for involvement on campus, international students have the chance to intimately learn about American culture. The Office of International Student Services helps international students with information about immigration issues, provides support for academic and cultural adjustment, and offers opportunities for involvement in the University community.

Housing services

This is your one-stop shop for the details of on-campus housing and dining. Research your meal plan options, learn about our housing amenities, submit an application for housing, request a change to your move-in date, or double-check the date the halls close.

Library services

To meet current and future needs of the University’s academic community, resource selection and collection maintenance are focused on building and sustaining collections,and securing access to resources that complement and support the degree programs offered. The Library has over 220,000 print volumes and provides access to over 17,000 eBooks,120 databases and approximately 20,000 online journals.

ICT services

The Help Desk provides tier one technical support to members of the University of Portland community. We provide complete support for UP-owned computer hardware. You may contact us for assistance with passwords, Cisco phones, wireless, software, and most other technology issues. We are here to help and we look forward to working with you!

Medical services

The Health and Counseling Center provides confidential and accessible services from our holistic model of care. Our educational, medical, and counseling services aim to promote optimal health and wellness of students and the campus community.

Campus life

Living on campus, in one of our residence halls, connects you to the vibrant life of the University. The close-knit, supportive residence hall community offers students a place to live and work that distinctly enhances their college experience by putting them at the center of everything: classes and labs, the library, recreational facilities, campus ministry, volunteer service opportunities, and more.

Sports facilities

Recreational Services offers several programs to meet your recreation needs including intramural sports, outdoor pursuits, and fitness classes. The Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center is the center for fitness and wellness on campus, and it features cardio and weight training areas, fitness studios, basketball and volleyball courts, a rock wall, and an indoor track. The Bike Shop is also in the Beauchamp Center. Stop by for your workouts and to get program information!

Student clubs

The University of Portland has about 100 clubs and organizations, including Academic Clubs, Diversity-Related and Cultural Clubs, Sports Clubs, Special Interest Clubs, and ROTC Clubs. There are lots of ways to get involved! You can browse or search for a club on Engage.

The University of Portland is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Portland, Oregon, United States

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