University of Portland
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UP ranked in top three nationally for service in Washington Monthly's annual college rankings for third consecutive year

University of Portland has been named among the top schools in the country for service according to Washington Monthly’s annual college rankings, released this week. Among 682 “master’s universities,” the University was recognized as the third best nationally for its commitment to community service. The University ranked first overall in this category in 2011 and 2010; therefore UP has been ranked in the top three nationally for three consecutive years.

“Service is one of the key components in a Catholic education,” said University president Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C. “Students, faculty, and staff at the University of Portland find service with and for others to be a powerful way to apply their education and faith in the world. The Washington Monthly rankings help recognize that service, particularly the work performed worldwide by our alumni serving in the Peace Corps and the military.”

In addition to the service of University of Portland alumni in the Peace Corps and in the military, during the 2010-11 school year students volunteered a total of 163,891 community service hours – nearly 50 hours per undergraduate student. A great majority of these hours were spent in the Portland area at scores of locations, including schools, neighborhoods, homeless shelters, parks, retirement communities, food banks, and many, many more. The University’s service learning programs are operated through the Moreau Center for Service and Leadership.

This Saturday, the entire freshman class is set to volunteer around the Portland metro area as part of the University’s annual “Building Community, Serving to Learn” program.

Washington Monthly , based out of Washington D.C., calculated its service ranking based on five categories: alumni who serve in the Peace Corps; students who serve in ROTC; students annually participating in community service; service hours performed by students; and the school’s institutional support of service initiatives. 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.

Classes began yesterday at University of Portland, which welcomed the second largest freshmen class – a total of 880 – in its history. It is the among the most academically accomplished incoming classes in University history, with an approximate average SAT (math and verbal) score of 1194 and grade point average of 3.64.

The University is also attracting more and more of the most elite regional students. According to a study by The Oregonian, 23 Portland-area valedictorians are among the Class of 2016, tops among all private schools nationally and more than twice as many as all other private colleges in Portland combined.

Not only is the Class of 2016 among the most academically gifted, it is the most exclusive as well. The University continues to see an increase in the number of students applying for admission with 8,700 completed applications, a new school record. As applications increase so does selectivity – the University’s acceptance rate is estimated to be near 66 percent on completed applications, which is the lowest mark in school history.

The freshman class is also geographically diverse, with 41 percent hailing from outside Oregon and Washington.

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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