The University of Portland, last week ranked a top ten regional university by U.S. News & World Report for the 16th consecutive year, has earned even more accolades to add to the growing list of publications that have recognized the University for its excellence in academics and public service.
Washington Monthly , based out of Washington D.C., has ranked the University of Portland 11th nationally among 551 “master’s universities.” Washington Monthly rated schools based on their “contribution to the public good” in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing scholarship and doctoral students), and service (encouraging students to give something back). Master’s universities are defined as schools that offer a broad scope of undergraduate degrees and some master’s degree programs but few, if any, doctoral programs.
Washington Monthly also recognized the University as the top school in the nation among master’s institutions for the number of alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps in relation to enrollment. In the same category, the University rated third overall in the country including all “national universities” (large state and private schools that offer several doctoral programs) – a total of 809 schools.
Parade Magazine also recently recognized the University of Portland, rating it as an “A-List” college for its programs in “health sciences” (nursing) and in “business and accounting.” For both categories, only 25 schools nationally were recognized. The rankings were based on surveys sent to high school counselors throughout the country.
The University of Portland experienced unprecedented growth in the past year, dedicating four buildings including two new residence halls, a landmark campus belltower, and an expanded and renovated engineering building. Also expanded was the campus dining facility to nearly double its existing size. The University also welcomed its largest incoming freshmen class – a record 816 students – in the fall of 2009 and received an all-time high of 11,382 applications for fall 2010 enrollment.