University of Portland Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate, and More

Romanaggi Hall at the University of Portland
Romanaggi Hall at the University of Portland. Visitor7 / Wikimedia Commons

The University of Portland has an acceptance rate of 61%, and successful applicants typically have grades and standardized test scores that are above average. For the class entering in 2016, students had an average 1193 SAT score, 26 composite ACT score, and 3.65 unweighted GPA. Applicants can use either the Common Application or the University of Portland Application. The application process includes a recommendation and an essay.

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Admissions Data (2016)

University of Portland Description

Founded in 1901, the University of Portland is a Catholic university affiliated with the Congregation of the Holy Cross. The school is committed to teaching, faith, and service. The University of Portland frequently ranks among the best western master's universities and the nation's top Catholic universities.

It also earns high marks for its value. The school has a 14 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and among undergraduates nursing, engineering and business fields are all popular. The engineering programs frequently place well in national rankings. In athletics, the Portland Pilots compete in the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference. The beautiful campus is located on a bluff overlooking the Willamette River, leading to its nickname, "The Bluff."

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 4,383 (3,798 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 41 percent Male / 59 percent Female
  • 98 percent Full-time

Costs (2016-17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $44,104
  • Books: $864 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,394
  • Other Expenses: $1,618
  • Total Cost: $58,980

University of Portland Financial Aid (2015-16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99 percent
    • Loans: 46 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $22,637
    • Loans: $7,179

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Elementary Education, English, Finance, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Organizational Communication, Political Science, Psychology
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Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 91 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 75 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 82 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, Baseball, Track and Field, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Field
  • Fun facts: The mascot is a river pilot, not an airplane pilot. The University of Portland buried the football a century ago and does not have a football team.

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University of Portland Mission Statement

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"The University of Portland, an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross, addresses significant questions of human concern through disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies of the arts, sciences, and humanities and through studies in majors and professional programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. As a diverse community of scholars dedicated to excellence and innovation, we pursue teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership in the classroom, residence halls, and the world. Because we value the development of the whole person, the University honors faith and reason as ways of knowing, promotes ethical reflection, and prepares people who respond to the needs of the world and its human family."

Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics