Jason McDonald, UP’s dean of admissions, anticipates the University’s incoming freshman class could be about 1,100, exceeding the previous record of 888. He notes that the numbers historically drop slightly as a small percentage of students change their decision over the summer months.
Continuing a trend of the past decade, the University saw a marked increase in the number of students applying for admission with more than 11,000 completed applications, a new school record, and nearly 16 percent increase over the previous record of 9,500.
McDonald says the growth is in all academic areas, adding that a higher percentage of students are coming from outside of Oregon, with about 75 percent from out of state, which speaks to the University’s expanding reputation nationwide. The incoming class will be one of the University’s most academically talented and diverse.
“Students are choosing University of Portland for a variety of reasons, including our quality of faculty, reputation for academic excellence, small class sizes, emphasis on service and faith, and our location in the City of Portland,” McDonald said. “Our campus visits were up 10 percent, which plays a big role in students deciding to come here. Students often tell us that the friendly reception they received while visiting played a big role in their decision to enroll.”
University of Portland is Oregon’s only comprehensive university to feature schools of business, education, engineering, nursing, a College of Arts and Sciences and a graduate school.
For the 19th consecutive year, University of Portland received a top-ten ranking by U.S. News & World Report. The University was ranked eighth out of 119 institutions last fall, listed in the “Regional Universities – West” classification.
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 Donald P. Shiley School of Engineering, dedicated in 2010 in honor of University alumnus Donald P. Shiley '51, ranked 33rd nationwide among schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s. The Shiley School of Engineering has state-of-the-art, new facilities and introduced its dean Sharon Jones in 2011.