Admissions: Frequently Asked Questions
About the University
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University of Portland operates with rolling admissions for freshmen applicants beginning September 1st. Because acceptance spots are filled quickly, we highly encourage students to apply well in advance of our January 15th final deadline. The Office of Admissions will begin the evaluation process for each individual applicant as soon the application is complete (see application checklist).
Accepted students who wish to attend UP must confirm their enrollment by May 1, 2016 (postmarked date).
2. Official high school transcripts
3. Standardized test scores (either SAT or ACT)
4. One letter of recommendation (from a high school counselor OR teacher)
6. Application fee of $50.00
Transfer students should submit the following:
2. Official college transcripts from each college attended
3. High school transcripts (if the student has earned less than 30 semester hours in college)
4. Essay (if applying to the School of Education or the School of Nursing)
5. Application fee of $50.00
A minimum of 16 units in academic subjects is necessary for admission to the University. Course work in the following areas is suggested:
English Composition - 4 years
Mathematics - 3-4 years
Laboratory Science - 3-4 years
Social Sciences/History - 3-4 years
Foreign Language - 2-4 years
One year of high school chemistry (with a "B" average minimum) is required for students interested in the School of Nursing. One year of pre-calculus is the preferred minimum math requirement for the School of Engineering.
Financial aid is awarded based on a combination of factors including need and merit. It is awarded in the form of scholarships, loans, grants, and work-study opportunities. Scholarships and grants can be merit-based or need-based, and students who receive merit-based awards as freshmen (Holy Cross, Archbishop Christie, Arthur A. Schulte, or President's Scholarships, for example) will continue to receive that merit award in the same amount through their senior year if they meet the financial aid satisfactory academic progress policy standards each semester (i.e. maintaining a 2.00GPA while at UP). These scholarships range from $7,000-$22,000.
The average amount of aid awarded to eligible freshmen students, excluding student loans, in 2013-2014 was more than $20,389.
In addition, activity and athletic awards are available for those students who qualify. For Drama, contact Larry Larsen once you have applied. For Music, contact David De Lyser to make appointments for campus auditions. For communication scholarships, contact the Department of Communication Studies at (503) 943-7229. For athletic awards, contact the Department of Athletics at (503) 943-7117.