Student Activities: Current Student-Run Clubs
Accounting Association - this organization is devoted to providing increased knowledge, interest, and networking possibilities for accounting majors to interact with professionals within the Portland market. email:
ACT UP - creates a base of student support for University of Portland drama department events, thereby increasing the number and scope of the events.
American Chemical Society - ACS is UP's own connection to the 125 year-old American Chemical Society, a foundational element in modern world of chemistry. The club focuses on bringing like-minded individuals together from all majors to bring chemistry to the public, as well as learn about potential careers and graduate school.
American Society of Civil Engineers - ASCE promotes and expands the field of civil engineering in academic, social, and professional settings.
Association for Computing Machinery - ACM is the student chapter of a national organization devoted to promoting all forms of computer technology and science.
Bluffoons - creates humor and entertainment as a means of strengthening the University community in camaraderie through regular performances that showcase their improvisational acting skills.
Biomedical Engineering Club- To provide an opportunity for all those interested in biomedical engineering to explore that interest through presentations, factory tours and becoming a member of BMES.
Circle K International Club- Circle K International at the University of Portland strives to foster student leadership, while providing ample volunteer opportunities. Circle K International helps connect student leaders from all over the world, and serve to make our communities better and gives students an opportunity to make a purposeful impact on other country’s.
Economics Club- The Economics Club seeks to foster the advancement of the social sciences by informing the community of events related to economic issues, organizing events of interest to the membership, and assisting in the academic and professional development of members.
Engineering World Health - EWH is a non-profit organization that mobilizes the biomedical engineering community to improve the quality of health care in hospitals that serve resource-poor communities of the developing world.
Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)- Is indeed affiliated with the national organization. Its purposes are scientific and educational, directed toward the advancement of the theory and practice of electrical, electronics, communications and computer engineering, as well as computer science, the allied branches of engineering and the related arts and sciences.
UP Marketing Group- allows students interested in marketing the opportunity to learn from professionals, to network in the marketing community, to develop themselves as leaders, and to access industry knowledge and insight.
Math Club - Provides an opportunity for those people who enjoy the wonders of math to enhance that enjoyment, and meet other people with similar interests. The Math Club also offers the opportunities to explore math topics and activities.
Mechanical Engineers Club- exists to promote social and academic endeavors among the mechanical engineering students and those with related interests.
Neuroscience Club - Brings current research in the neurosciences field to students on the University of Portland Campus. This club intends to cultivate and inspire scientific inquiry into the neurosciences field by maintaining a multidisciplinary stance.
Operations Management Association- networks with industry leaders to foster relationships and integrate students of multidisciplinary backgrounds into field of operations and project management.
Philosophy Club - provides activities and events for those at UP who are interested in the discussion of philosophy and in the philosophical examination of social and cultural issues.
Phi Beta Lambda- A chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America, Phi Beta Lambda provides opportunities for UP students to develop business-related career competencies and strives to promote a sense of civic and personal responsibility in addition to instill a “go beyond” mindset in each member by building individual determination and competitiveness through community service, group activities, and state/national competitions.
Physical and Occupational Therapy Club - Brings together students interested in pursuing a career in PT or OT. It is an opportunity to get to know one another, as well as explore dimensions of this medical field.
Pre-Dental Student Associatio n - PDSA helps to fulfill your interest in dentistry through service to the University and Portland community. The Pre-Dental Student Association will offer preventative dental health care education and post-undergraduate dental education information. Visit their Facebook page here.
The University of Portland Pre-Law Society (UPPLS) is a student run organization of undergraduate students interested in sustaining a dialogue on contemporary legal issues and in pursuing a legal education or career. The general purpose of this organization shall be to promote interest in legal education. The specific purpose of this organization shall be to educate the students interested in the legal profession about the details, procedures, and requirements to enter law school and practice law in any law-related profession.
Pre-Medical Student Association-
The Pre-Medical Student Association strives to promote students’ interests in different areas of the medical field, provide volunteering opportunities and assistance for students when applying for medical school, and encourage connections among pre-medical students.
Robotics Club - Fosters interest in robotics, providing tools and resources that enable research and design through the development of a robot that will compete in NASA's Lunabotics Mining Competition. Affiliated with the School of Engineering.
The purpose of this club is to spread the awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to our University Community and, specifically, the local community. This club will serve as a centered point-of-contact for community members interested in STEM, support collaboration and outreach, and offer more possibilities for multi-disciplinary and less well-known STEM topics. This club will work with existing STEM clubs, the Moreau Center, and the STEM group of Faculty. This club will establish and maintain relationships with the local community to become a resource for improving their STEM programs and diversity.
Society of Women Engineers
- The Society of Women Engineers stimulates women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expands the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in the quality of life, and demonstrates the value of diversity.
Speech and Debate Union - Provides students with an opportunity to develop their public speaking and argumentation skills, as well as build a strong team spirit and bolster self confidence.
Student Association of Social Workers - creates and promotes community among students, faculty, and staff interested in social work and its principles.
Student Nurses Association - UPSNA provides lectures, services, academic support, peer mentoring, and social activities that enhance the curriculum and experience of the UP School of Nursing.
Undergraduate Research Club-
The UR Club’s mission is to promote undergraduate research opportunities for University of Portland students both on and off-campus. We wish to create an environment in which to share research experiences with peers and enable other students to get involved in research.
Black Student Union- The Black Student Union at University of Portland strives to promote friendship, respect, and cooperation among Black students, as well as with all other racial and ethnic groups, at the University. To promote cultural awareness and diversity at the University of Portland through the participation and organization of cultural, social and educational events. And to welcome and orient new Black students to the University of Portland and the surrounding communities.
FASA (Filipino American Student Association)- FASA strives to bring unity, pride and teamwork within all cultural members as well as teach and learn more about the Filipino culture. Our goals are to establish a supportive environment promote academics, cultural awareness, spread the importance of volunteer work in order to build a closer community, embrace the Philippine culture and develop an open and accepting relationship.
French Club- The purpose of the French Club is to allow students of University of Portland the opportunity to experience and learn about French Culture.
German Culture Club- The German Club hopes to foster, encourage, and inspire communications among its German-appreciating members, and to promote an understanding of the German language and culture in the world community.
Guam Club (Mane'lun Guahan) - The purpose of this organization is to provide an opportunity for the successful exchange of Guam culture and values among the UP community. It is meant to foster the spirit of familia (family) as students and faculty learn about Chamorros (natives to the island of Guam) and other Guamanian cultures while providing a strong support group dedicated to keeping those who are far from home together as they pursue an education and life here at the University of Portland. Mane'lun Guahan seeks to provide a base for cultural sharing and expression.
Hawai'i Club - promotes the culture and heritage of Hawaii; open to all students.
Immigration and Student Action Club- The Purpose of this club is to provide an educational function to bring awareness and information on the subject of immigration, its history and current happenings. We also hope to provide a service function to connect its members through service to populations in our area that are affected by or connected to immigration.
International Club - open to all students with the purpose of promoting international understanding, justice, unity, and peace among persons from various cultural backgrounds through participation in cultural, social, and educational activities.
Latin Dance Club - provides University students with a valuable learning experience in the art of Latin Dance.
Mesa Redonda (Spanish Conversation Group)
Movimiento Estudiantil de Chicanos de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A.)- Nationally recognized chapter dedicated to fighting for equality and exhibit community service skills.
Saudi Student Association- The mission of the Saudi Student Association is to represent Saudi students and encourage good relationship with the American society and other students of different nationalities. And to educate the UP community of Saudi Arabian history and culture through events and activities.
Vietnamese Student Association- The Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) is a cultural club, dedicated to the general development of the student body. Like other chapters worldwide, its purpose is to maintain and promote Vietnamese culture and tradition among the youth. VSA also hopes to unite students of Vietnamese heritage and students interested in Vietnam together, to create opportunities for them to learn, make life-long friendships, and build leadership skills throughout their college careers. The VSA of University of Portland also aspires to build good relationships within the greater Vietnamese community of Portland and other surrounding areas through volunteer service as well as cultural awareness.
Alpha Kappa Psi - a professional co-ed fraternity open to all students interested in business administration, specifically interested in accounting, commerce, and finance.
Beta Beta Beta - an honor society for students in the field of biology; designed to stimulate interest, scholarly attainment, and investigation in the biological sciences.
Kappa Delta Pi - a national honor society for students in the field of education.
Special Interest Clubs
The College Democrats mission is to support the purpose and platform of the Democratic Party by increasing the participation of college students in civic action and party affairs. To these ends, College Democrats shall educate the University of Portland community about the values and policies of the Democratic Party Engage in voter registration, education, and mobilization efforts on behalf of the Democratic Party, and inspire students to work for justice, progress, and sustainability.
College Ecology Club- builds awareness on the environmental issues of our campus; works with the UP community by planning activities that benefit the environment; and promotes individual responsibility with recycling, reducing and reusing.
ROTC OrganizationsArnold Air Society- AFROTC cadets that advances the purpose and traditions of the Air Force.
Cycling Club-This club is established for the purposes of fostering a healthy community of students who are passionate about cycling in any capacity, and to help educate the community of the benefits of cycling.
Climb UP- Bouldering and rock climbing are excellent ways to stay in shape, challenge yourself, and meet new people. ClimbUP offers climbers of every skill level to take their minds off of school and enjoy a physically demanding activity. The sport of climbing is appealing to many and we encourage everyone to come out and try it!
Golf Club- The purpose of this club is to provide a welcoming environment for those seeking to pursue the game of golf on a casual level. For those who have little or no experience, the club will offer courses on basic fundamentals using instructional videos and personal training with our more experienced golfers.
Men's Lacrosse- provides males an opportunity to play on an organized club team, travel, and help expand the growing interest in men’s lacrosse.
Men's Soccer- creates a chance for male students to compete with club teams of other colleges and universities.
Men's Ultimate Frisbee- develops frisbee skills, improves physical fitness, and competes in high level competitions.
Mountain Biking Club- Serves to promote an interest in mountain biking by providing a means for individuals to connect with other mountain bikers of all disciplines and skill levels, and provides its members with the opportunity for group rides, races, and other mountain bike events.
Portland Running Club (P.R.C.)- A group of motivated students interested in track and field training and competing to the best of their abilities. P.R.C. is a place where self-improvement is the primary goal. P.R.C. also is a place where students from the community can compete at a collegiate level.
Tennis Club- offers undergraduate students numerous opportunities for play at all levels and for greater involvement in the tennis community. This includes the formation and maintenance of a traveling team, maintaining relations with local clubs/community, and participation with the USTA.
Women's Lacrosse- provides women with an opportunity to play on an organized club team, travel, and help expand the growing interest in women’s lacrosse.
Women's Soccer- provides an opportunity for women to participate in competitive soccer at the club level.
Women's Ultimate Frisbee- gives female students the opportunity to practice and compete in the sport of ultimate frisbee. This club will provide an opportunity for structured competition and practice aimed at further enjoyment of the sport and improvement in frisbee skills.
Water Polo- provides an educational and competitive opportunity for all UP students to participate in water polo at the collegiate level.
College of Arts and Sciences
Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society (TriBeta)*
Pre-Dental Student Association*
Chemistry and Physics:
American Chemical Society (ACS)*
Lamda Pi Eta — a national communication honor society
Speech and Debate Union
Teaching our Leaders Civil Discourse and Service Club (TOLCS)
International Languages and Culture — Spanish:
Sigma Delta Pi—a national collegiate Hispanic honor society
Phi Alpha Theta- History honor society
Alpha Lambda Delta
Phi Sigma Tau — national philosophy honor society
Performing and Fine Arts:
Social and Behavioral Sciences:
Alpha Kappa Delta — an international sociology honor society
Phi Alpha — a national social work honor society
Psi Chi — a national psychology honor society
Social Work Club*
Pamplin School of Business
Alpha Kappa Psi*
UP Marketing Group*
Beta Gamma Sigma
Christian Business Student Association*
Phi Beta Lambda*
School of Engineering
American Chemical Society (ACS)*
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)*
Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)*
Engineers without Borders (EWB)*
Engineering World Health
Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE)*
Mechanical Engineers Club (ME)*
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)*