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About University of Portland

University of Portland is a private, religious school in an urban setting in Portland, Oregon. University of Portland was founded in 1901 and now enrolls around 3,999 students a year, including 3,559 undergrads.

University of Portland offers housing for up to 0 students. The majority of students live on-campus and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.About 0% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

As of 2021, the total market value of University of Portland's endowment was $146.972 million The institution spends around $9,722 for each full-time student enrolled. University of Portland employs one full-time professor for every 11 undergrads enrolled.

2021 University of Portland Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 77%
Average GPA 3.7
Mean ACT score 26
Mean SAT score 1245
Tuition $49,424

2022 University of Portland Regular Decision Application Deadline

The deadline to apply regular decision to University of Portland for Fall 2022 is January 1. All regular decision applicants should hear back from University of Portland by October 1.

Early Admission at University of Portland

University of Portland does not offer early decision or early action.

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University of Portland Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into University of Portland. University of Portland admitted 77% of all applicants in 2021. Last year, 12,633 students applied to University of Portland and 9,700 were admitted.

University of Portland Waitlist 2021

In 2021, 2,080 applicants were waitlisted and 216 students were ultimately offered a spot off the waitlist.

How Do I Get Into University of Portland?

University of Portland is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to University of Portland, applicants must submit the following items.

University of Portland Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for University of Portland

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.7 out of 4.0. Admitted students have a mean score of 1245 on the SAT. The mean ACT score for University of Portland students is 26.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to University of Portland.

Does University of Portland Require Test Scores?

University of Portland is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 73% submitted the SAT. 37% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at University of Portland

Yes! University of Portland provides on-campus housing for students.

University of Portland students are active in the school's Hawaii Club, International Club and Student Nurses Association. Riverboat, Rock the Bluff, and and Dance of the Decades are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at University of Portland.

Financial Aid at University of Portland

University of Portland meets 72% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $32,227 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is University of Portland a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Portland

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at University of Portland, around 86% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 1,082 students who started at University of Portland as first-time freshman, 822 graduate within four years.

University of Portland's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 84%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 75% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $32,027 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does University of Portland sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is University of Portland a good school for you?

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Where is University of Portland Located?

University of Portland is located in the urban setting of Portland, Oregon.

If you want to see University of Portland for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 5 to Portland, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Portland International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what University of Portland and Portland are like without leaving home.

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College Info

5000 North Willamette Boulevard Portland, OR 97203-5798

Campus Setting: Urban

University of Portland Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of Portland is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of Portland is Jun 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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University of Portland ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to University of Portland is 26. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into University of Portland. Students with an ACT score that falls between 23 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 23 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

University of Portland SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1140 - 1310


Math SAT Range

560 - 660


Reading SAT Range

570 - 660

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1310 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for University of Portland students is 1245. Applicants with SAT scores of 1310 and above have a good chance of being admitted to University of Portland, while applicants with SAT scores between 1140 to 1310 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1140 have a low chance of being offered a spot at University of Portland.

University of Portland Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at University of Portland is like? There are approximately 3,999 students enrolled at University of Portland, including 3,559 undergraduate students and 440 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 27% percent are from OR and 73% percent of students are from other states.


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