“I am proud that we continue to be recognized among our peer institutions for the excellent education we provide our students,” said University president Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C. “Though these rankings are just one indicator of being a successful university, they help showcase our core mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, and service and leadership.”
Additionally, University of Portland ranked sixth among 121 western regional universities in “Great Schools, Great Prices,” a listing of schools that offer the best value as determined by a formula that relates a school’s academic quality to the net cost of attendance for a student receiving the average level of financial aid.
The Shiley School of Engineering, dedicated in 2010 in honor of University alumnus Donald P. Shiley, ranked 35th nationwide among schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s. The Shiley School has a new cutting-edge building and introduced dean Sharon Jones in 2011.
The “Regional Universities” category includes institutions that offer a broad scope of undergraduate degrees and some master’s degree programs but few, if any, doctoral programs. U.S. News’ methodology for this category includes peer assessment, student retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources earmarked for educational purposes, and an institution’s annual bachelor’s degree alumni giving rate.
University of Portland today
The top-ten ranking by U.S. News & World Report is just the latest accolade for the University. Earlier this summer, the University placed third nationally among 682 “master’s universities” for community service, according to Washington Monthly’s annual college rankings. The University ranked first overall in this category in 2011 and 2010.
The University has also ranked first nationally among peer institutions for the number of alumni earning Fulbright scholarships for two consecutive years (Chronicle of Higher Education), and for several years has been a national leader in the number of alumni serving in the Peace Corps.
In April 2012, Bloomberg Businessweek named University of Portland the top school in Oregon for “return on investment” for the second consecutive year. In a state-by-state ranking of schools providing graduates with the most return for the price of their education, University of Portland came out on top among all colleges and universities in Oregon.
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.
University of Portland students experience the school’s commitment to providing a campus conducive to success. In addition to taking advantage of small class settings (13:1 student-faculty ratio) and award-winning faculty, they will enjoy a completely renovated Wilson W. Clark Memorial Library (to be completed in fall 2013) as well as six new or renovated campus buildings: a state-of-the-art engineering hall (Shiley Hall, dedicated in 2009), two new dormitories (Fields and Schoenfeldt Halls, dedicated in 2009), a remodeled and vastly expanded dining facility (Bauccio Commons, dedicated in 2010), a renovated science building (Romanaggi Hall, dedicated in 2010), and an expanded and renovated multipurpose athletic facility (Chiles Center, to be completed in fall 2012).
The University’s commitment to providing an excellent educational experience has not stopped there. In 2010 the University announced the RISE Campaign, seeking to raise $175 million over the next several years. It would result in one of the largest development campaigns ever for a Pacific Northwest private college or university. As of August 2012, the University has raised more than $135 million as part of the campaign.
In addition to campus improvements, the campaign also focuses on scholarships, endowed chairs and professorships, the establishment of a fund to provide for the study of moral formation and applied ethics, faculty research opportunities, campus ministry and much, much more. For a list of Rise Campaign priorities please visit rise.up.edu.