Apply as a First-Year Student

We operate on a rolling admissions cycle and begin reviewing applications on September 1. UP accepts the University of Portland application or the Common Application.  We give equal consideration to both applications and do not have a preference between the University of Portland application or the Common Application. 

Recommended Video Resources for First-Year Applicants

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We recommend applying by our priority deadline of November 15. The Office of Admissions will begin the evaluation process for each individual applicant as soon as the application is complete. Please allow 3-4 weeks for your documents to be processed and verified. 

Accepted students who wish to attend UP in the upcoming fall must confirm their enrollment by May 1.

The first-year class for the 2021-22 year entered with a middle 50% SAT score of 1170 to 1340, middle 50% ACT composite score of 26 to 31, and an average GPA of 3.66 (cumulative and unweighted.) 

Application Checklist

Submit all of the documents in the checklist, and our Office of Admissions will process them and review applications as they come in. 

Applicants interested in nursing must declare nursing as their intended major on the application. Please note: Students admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program must complete a high school or college level general chemistry course prior to beginning the program.

How to Request Supporting Application Documents

Please note: If you have already requested or submitted your supporting documents, please allow additional time for processing.

Test Scores

Please note that we will superscore the SAT and take the highest composite ACT score.

For applicants applying for admission through Fall 2024, University of Portland is test optional. On your application, you will indicate if you would like your scores to be considered in evaluation. Your application will not be at a disadvantage if test scores are not included. Should you wish to include your scores there are three ways to submit your test scores for the purpose of admission. Record self-reported scores on your application, download the score report (PDF) through your CollegeBoard/ACT account and send to, or have the testing agency submit your scores for you (our ACT code is 3500 and our SAT code is 4847).
*If self reported scores are used for admission purposes, you are required to submit official test scores if you decide to attend University of Portland.

Letter of Recommendation

Your letter of recommendation may be sent electronically or emailed to from your recommender.

Official High School Transcript

An official high school transcript may be sent electronically or emailed to by your high school counselor or registrar. Mailed transcripts are to be sent to:

Office of Admissions
University of Portland
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203

If you have additional questions, please contact your admissions counselor.

Application Timeline

August 1
Common Application becomes available

September 1 
Application review begins 

October 1
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available

November 15 
Recommended application deadline

December 1 
Housing application becomes available (confirm enrollment first)

January 15
Final deadline for applications
Recommended deadline to submit the FAFSA

February 1 
Deadline for Honors Program applications

May 1 
Deadline for enrollment confirmation and housing deposit

June 1      
International Student application deadline


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