Frequently Asked Questions

Application Questions

When is the application deadline?

We operate on a rolling admissions cycle and begin reviewing applications on September 1. We recommend applying by our priority deadline of November 15 and well in advance of our January 15 final deadline. 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 (see application checklist).

Accepted first-year students who wish to attend UP must confirm their enrollment by May 1 (extended to June 1, 2020).

Should I take the SAT or ACT?

Yes, we accept both SAT and ACT scores. Based on the 2019 first-year class, the middle 50% for the SAT was a score of 1140 to 1320 and a middle 50% ACT composite score of 23 to 28. We will superscore all SAT tests and take the highest composite ACT score. 

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.

What do I need to submit to apply?

High school seniors must submit the following for admission consideration: 

  • Application
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Standardized test scores (SAT and/or ACT)
  • One letter of recommendation (from a high school counselor OR teacher)
  • Essay
  • Application fee of $50.00 (checks payable to University of Portland)

Transfer students must submit the following for admission consideration:

  • Application
  • Official college transcripts from each college attended
  • High school transcripts (if the student has earned fewer than 26 semester hours in college)
  • Application fee of $50.00 (checks payable to University of Portland)

International Students: Review your freshman application checklist or transfer application checklist on the International Student pages.

Is there an application fee? Can I get it waived?

Yes, there is a non-refundable application fee of $50.00. If you need to request a waiver, contact your area admissions counselor.

Are interviews, letters of recommendation and essays required?

An interview is not required for undergraduate admission. One letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor is required. The essay is also a required part of any first-year application.

Admissions Questions

What is the average academic profile of an incoming first-year student?

The first-year class for the 2018-19 year entered with a middle 50% SAT score of 1140 to 1320middle 50% ACT composite score of 23 to 28, and an average GPA of 3.65 (cumulative and unweighted.)

I am homeschooled. What do I need to know?

Complete the application criteria like any other applicant: an application, an official transcript, SAT and/or ACT scores, and a letter of recommendation.  For a home-school transcript to be considered official, it must list each individual course taken throughout your high school program (up through your application submission), it must provide a letter grade (A – F) for each completed class (including those taken at a high school or community college) and it must be signed and dated by the primary educator.  The letter of recommendation for a home school student must come from a non-related adult with whom the student has had significant interaction (coaches, clergy, scout and other youth leaders, employers, etc.).

Are there required high school classes I must take?

A minimum of 16 units in academic subjects is necessary for admission.  Course work in the following areas is suggested:

English Composition - 4 years
Mathematics - 3-4 years
Laboratory Science - 3-4 years
Social Sciences/History - 3-4 years
International Language - 2-4 years

Applicants interested in nursing must 1) complete one year of chemistry by the end of their high school career, and 2) declare nursing as their intended major on the application.

I am a DACA/Undocumented student. What do I need to know?

Complete the application criteria like any other applicant; provide an application (NOT international student application), an official transcript, SAT and/or ACT scores, and a letter of recommendation. You do not need to provide additional information to be considered for our merit-based scholarships. If you are accepted, you will work directly with the Office of Financial aid to determine eligibility for different types of financial assistance. 


When should I file the FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available October 1, each year. The FAFSA will look at your prior-prior year taxes (PPY), meaning you will fill out the FAFSA with tax information from two years ago. This will allow you to see even earlier what the cost of attending a school will really look like!

What about financial aid?

Take a look at the Office of Financial Aid's FAQ page.


What does it mean to be on the waitlist?

Students on the waitlist have been neither accepted nor denied. University of Portland’s Office of Admissions
places students on the Waitlist for one of two reasons:
     -The student has potential for success at UP, but the Office of Admissions has concerns with the
      applicant’s academic record.
     -The Office of Admissions believes the student to be academically qualified. However, due to the timing
      of the application review, there is limited space available in the future class.

How can I secure my place on the waitlist?

Students who have continued interest in admission and want to secure a place on the waitlist can login to their applicant status portal and fill out the Waitlist Reply Form on their checklist ( If the portal is difficult to access, contact the Office of Admissions directly at 503.943.7147 or Please do not send any additional letters of recommendation or any other supplemental information.

Does UP rank the waitlist?

No, University of Portland does not rank students on the waitlist. The Office of Admissions will re-evaluate the applications of those who have secured their places on the waitlist should space become available.

May I visit campus?

Yes, waitlisted students and their families are welcome to visit campus. Unfortunately, we cannot provide class visits to waitlisted students.

Will I qualify for financial aid and/or housing if I am accepted from the waitlist?

Yes, students admitted from the waitlist will be considered for scholarships. Additionally, those who filed a FAFSA will be considered for financial aid. Campus housing is guaranteed for all new, first-year students. If admitted from our waitlist, housing and financial aid information will be sent in the mail.

When are waitlisted applicants notified about admittance from the waitlist?

The Office of Admissions will consider admitting students from the waitlist in mid April or early May. Students not offered admission from the waitlist will be notified that waitlist activity has concluded no later than August 1, 2019.

What should I do next?

We know this is not the decision you were hoping for and we truly appreciate your interest in University of Portland. The first thing you will need to do is decide if you would like to secure your spot on our waitlist. If so, please contact our Office of Admissions (503.943.7147 or

After College

Do you help place students in jobs after graduation?

The Career Center is committed to helping students in their job search. Services that are offered include resume-writing and interviewing skills seminars, an email notification service of jobs in fields of interest, assistance locating internship opportunities, tests to assess interests and aspirations, and access to career and graduate school fairs. Students are welcome and encouraged to begin using career services as early as their first year and can continue working with the office as alumni. Students can also network, job shadow, and conduct informational interviews with alumni who work in their intended career fields by registering with the UP Switchboard, a service provided by the University's alumni office and Student Alumni Association.

How successful are UP students in finding full-time employment after graduation?

A survey of one recent graduating class found that 94 percent of the students were employed full-time, attending graduate school, or serving in the military or in volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

Are there resources to help me find out about graduate school?

Your faculty advisor and program counselors are great resources to prepare you academically for graduate school. You can join clubs on campus for students interested in graduate programs (e.g. law school or medicine). And, the Career Center can help you research schools with relevant academic programs, learn about standardized tests for graduate school, register for graduate school fairs, and prepare admissions materials.

I'm interested in volunteering after I graduate. How can I find out about programs?

Nearly two dozen of the University's graduates opt to pursue a volunteer position following graduation each year. Some programs can help students earn master's degrees or defer or waive some student loans. The Moreau Center for Service and Leadership sponsors a fair each year describing a variety of post-graduate volunteer opportunities include the Peace Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and AmeriCorps.