Resources › For Students and Parents University of Portland Acceptance Rate and Admissions Share Flipboard Email Print Visitor7 / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0 For Students and Parents College Admissions Testing Graphs College Admissions Process College Profiles College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More by Allen Grove Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. Updated December 09, 2019 The University of Portland is a private Catholic university with an acceptance rate of 75 percent. Founded in 1901, Portland is affiliated with the Congregation of the Holy Cross. The University of Portland frequently ranks among the nation's top Catholic universities. The school has a 12-to-1 student/faculty ratio. Nursing, engineering, and business fields are all popular among undergraduates. In athletics, the Portland Pilots compete in the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference. Considering applying to the University of Portland? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students. Acceptance Rate During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, the University of Portland had an acceptance rate of 75 percent. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 75 students were admitted, making Portland's admissions process somewhat competitive. TitleAdmissions Process (2017-18)Caption(No Caption) SAT Scores and Requirements The University of Portland requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 76 percent of admitted students submitted SAT scores. SAT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile ERW 580 660 Math 560 660 ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50 percent of students admitted to Portland scored between 580 and 660, while 25 percent scored below 580 and 25 percent scored above 660. In the math section, 50 percent of admitted students scored between 560 and 660, while 25 percent scored below 560, and 25 percent scored above 660. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1320 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at the University of Portland. Requirements Portland does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that the University of Portland participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. ACT Scores and Requirements The University of Portland requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 44 percent of admitted students submitted ACT scores. This admissions data tells us that most of the University of Portland's admitted students fall within the top 31 percent nationally on the ACT. The middle 50 percent of students admitted to Portland received a composite ACT score between 23 and 28, while 25 percent scored above 28, and 25 percent scored below 23. Requirements Note that the University of Portland does not superscore ACT results. Your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Portland does not require the ACT writing section. GPA In 2018, the average high school GPA of the University of Portland's incoming freshmen class was 3.65, and 47 percent had average GPAs of 3.75 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Portland have primarily A grades. Admissions Chances The University of Portland, which accepts three-quarters of applicants, has somewhat competitive admissions. However, Portland also has a holistic admissions process and admissions decisions are based on much more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The university is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Portland's average range. The majority of students accepted to the University of Portland had GPAs of B+ or higher, SAT scores (ERW+M) above 1100, and ACT composite scores of 22 or higher. A large number of successful applicants had "A" averages. 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