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.
University of Portland features small class settings (14:1 student-faculty ratio) and award-winning faculty and students enjoy 11 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. 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, which will be located on the UP campus adjacent to the newly constructed Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center. The University aims to complete the project prior to the start of the 2016-17 academic year. Also, renovations to a redesigned Pilot House will be completed this fall and open in the evenings for activities including music, comedy, “Pilots After Dark”, and other entertainment.
In addition to campus improvements, the University has also increased scholarships, endowed chairs and professorships, faculty research opportunities, and programs in campus ministry.
The University of Portland’s commitment to its mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, and service and leadership has been successfully proven through its graduates. The University has been a national leader among peer institutions for the number of alumni earning Fulbright scholarships for several consecutive years (Chronicle of Higher Education).
For the twenty-first consecutive year, the University earned a Top-10 ranking by U.S. News & World Report in its annual list of best colleges. For the fifth consecutive year, University of Portland was the top Oregon school in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance annual ranking of best values in private colleges and universities. For two consecutive years, Bloomberg Businessweek named University of Portland the top school in Oregon for “return on investment”, a state-by-state ranking of schools providing graduates with the most return for the price of their education. 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. The University offers a rich resource for the community through educational opportunities, research, experts, in addition to a host of community offerings such as athletic events, cultural events, speakers and lectures.
UP students and alumni are resources for research, internships, and full-time employment. More than half of University of Portland’s 37,000 alumni reside in the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. To learn more about why University students and alumni make excellent employees, visit Career Center at www.up.edu/career.