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Apply as a Freshman

Members of University of Portland’s freshmen class are among the best, brightest, and most academically qualified students in the Pacific Northwest. Nearly 1,000 new freshmen joined the UP community last year, and each year their high school achievements set new University records. The freshmen class entering 2016 entered with an SAT average of 1250 (critical reading and math combined), an average ACT of 26, and an average high school GPA of 3.65 (cumulative and unweighted).

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We begin the rolling admissions cycle each September 1 and have a January 15 deadline.  UP reviews applications with rolling admissions; we recommend applying by our priority deadline of November 15.

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AP, IB and Running Start

There are a number of ways a student can transfer credit to UP. Taking AP, IB, Running Start, dual or concurrent enrollment classes? See how UP will award credit. 


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Checklist and Timeline

UP operates with rolling admissions for freshman applicants beginning September 1. We highly encourage students to apply well in advance of our January 15 final deadline.  Make sure you have your application documents in and don't miss any important dates!




UP provides an average of $23,300 in financial aid to incoming freshmen, and that's excluding loans.  We offer merit-based aid and need-based aid in addition to scholarships in music, theater, communication studies, athletics, and ROTC. 


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Honors Program

Any accepted freshman may apply to this program which includes honors core courses, focused work in a student's major, a faculty mentor, and special emphases on study abroad, research, service opportunities, and more. Incoming honors students have an average 3.8 GPA and SAT scores of 1300.

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Office of Admissions is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.