Students admitted as freshmen must graduate from high school before enrollment. Admission is determined by the University’s estimate of the student’s probable success in college-level work. This estimate is based upon the number of and the grades in high school academic subjects, together with the SAT 1 or ACT test scores, recommendations, an essay, and the major the student plans to pursue. The best preparation for study at the University of Portland includes four years of English, three to four years of mathematics, three to four years of laboratory science, three to four years of social sciences/history, and two to four years of a foreign language.
To prepare for some majors, a more intensive background in certain academic areas is recommended. For example, one year of high school chemistry is required for students interested in the School of Nursing and one year of Pre-Calculus is the preferred minimum math requirement for the School of Engineering.