University of Portland
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U.S. News & World Report ranks UP eighth overall; among top ten for 19th consecutive year

For the 19th consecutive year, University of Portland has received a top-ten ranking by U.S. News & World Report, which today released its “2014 America’s Best Colleges” publication. The University is ranked eighth out of 119 institutions listed in the “Regional Universities – West” classification.

“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.”

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.

Additionally, University of Portland ranked ninth among 119 western regional universities in “Great Schools at 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 33rd 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.

University of Portland today

In August, University of Portland welcomed 830 freshmen students, the Class of 2017, which is among the largest, most diverse, and academically gifted classes in school history.

Continuing a trend over the past decade, the University saw a marked increase in the number of students applying for admission with more than 9,500 completed applications, a new school record and a 10 percent increase over the previous record, set last year.

The UP Class of 2017 is also highly academically accomplished, with an approximate average SAT score of 1187 and average high school GPA of 3.6. The Class of 2017 is diverse in geography – 52 percent of the class hails from outside Oregon and Washington and 10 percent from beyond the western United States – and in ethnicity, with 39 percent of the class identifying as minority.

The current freshmen class has been able to immediately experience the University’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 are the first to enjoy a completely renovated Clark Library (completed in August 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, dedicated in 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 2013, the University has raised more than $162 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

The University of Portland’s commitment to its mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, and service and leadership has been successfully proved through its graduates – the University has ranked first nationally among peer institutions for the number of alumni earning Fulbright scholarships for three consecutive years (Chronicle of Higher Education) and has for three consecutive years ranked in the top three nationally among peer institutions for community service (Washington Monthly).

For two consecutive years, Bloomberg Businessweek has named University of Portland the top school in Oregon for “return on investment.” 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.

In 2011, Washington Monthly ranked the University of Portland fifth nationally among 551 master’s universities based on its “contribution to the public good.” PARADE Magazine also recently recognized the University, rating it 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.

University of Portland is Oregon’s only comprehensive university with schools of business, education, engineering, nursing, a College of Arts and Sciences and a graduate school. The University offers a rich resource for the community through educational opportunities, research, experts, in addition to a host of community offerings such as athletic events, cultural events, speakers and lectures.

UP students and alumni are resources for research, internships, and full-time employment. More than half of University of Portland’s 31,000 alumni reside in the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. To learn more about why University students and alumni make excellent employees, visit Career Services at

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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