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Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions

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!

When is the application deadline?

We operate with rolling admissions and open the admission cycle for freshmen September 1. Our priority deadline is November 15 and we highly encourage students to apply well in advance of our January 15 final deadline; each year we receive more applications than the year before and acceptance spots fill before January. The Office of Admissions will begin the evaluation process for each individual applicant as soon the application is complete (see application checklist).

Accepted students who wish to attend UP must confirm their enrollment by May 1 (postmarked date).

What do I need to submit when I 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 less than 30 semester hours in college)
  • Essay (if applying to the School of Education or the School of Nursing)
  • 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.

What about financial aid?

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

Application Questions

Is there an application deadline?

Yes. We recommend applying by November 15. With rolling admissions, we begin accepting qualified students as applications come in; fewer spots are available the closer we get to our January 15 deadline.

Should I take the SAT or ACT?

Yes, we accept both SAT and ACT scores. Based on the 2017 freshman class the average SAT score is a 1250 and the average ACT scores is a 26. We will superscore all SAT tests and take the highest composite ACT score. 

What do I need to submit to apply and when will I hear back?

Submit all of the documents in the checklist, and our Office of Admissions will process them and review applications as they come in. That's rolling admissions. We'll get back to you in about 4 weeks with our admission decision. Then you have until May 1 to make your final college decision.

  • Application (either a UP Application or the Common Application)
  • Official high school transcript(s)
  • Official SAT or ACT scores (new or old SATs accepted)
  • Secondary School Report / Recommendation Form
  • Essay (follow application prompts)
  • $50 application fee (checks payable to "University of Portland")

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

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

Yes, there is a non-refundable application fee of $50.00. If you have a waiver or need to request one, 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 application, including applications with priority consideration. 

Admissions Questions

What is the average academic profile of an incoming freshman?

Based on the 2017 freshman class our average GPA is a 3.65, cumulative and unweighted; an average SAT scores of 1250; and an ACT score of 26.

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 class taken in freshman through senior years, 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
Foreign Language - 2-4 years

Applicants interested in nursing must 1) complete one year of chemistry by the end of their senior year 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. 


Delayed Decision

I received a Delayed Decision letter. What does that mean?

Students who receive a delayed decision letter are not accepted, waitlisted, or denied. The University of Portland admissions committee is considering your application, but—due to the high volume of applications and the competitive nature of our programs—we are not able to make a final admission decision at this time.

Is there anything I need to submit now?

Please send the Office of Admissions an official seventh semester transcript as soon as it becomes available. Have your counselor send it electronically or mail it to 

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

When can I expect to hear from you?

We will inform you of an admission decision on or before April 1, 2019.


What does it mean to be on the waitlist?

Students on the waitlist have been neither accepted nor denied. The Office of Admissions places students on the waitlist for one of two reasons: the student has potential for success at UP, but we have concerns with the applicant's academic record; we believe the student to be academically qualified, but, at the time of the student's application evaluation, there is limited space.

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 should contact the Office of Admissions (503.943.7147 or Please do not send any additional letters of recommendation or any other supplemental material.

Does UP rank the waitlist?

No, UP does not rank our waitlist. Office of Admissions will reevaluate the application of those who have secured their place 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 you are admitted from our waitlist, housing and financial aid information will be sent to you shortly after you receive your acceptance letter.

When can I expect to hear from you?

Office of Admissions will begin to consider admitting students from the waitlist in late April or early May. If we have a place for you, we will call you immediately and send you a letter of acceptance. Students not offered admission from the waitlist will be notified when we close the waitlist, no later than August 1.

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 freshman 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 Career Advisory Network, 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 advisor can help you prepare academically for graduate school, you can join clubs on campus for students interested in grad program (e.g. pre-med), and the Career Center can help you research schools with relevant academic programs. The Career Center also can help you learn about appropriate tests you might need to take, 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, Holy Cross Associates, and AmeriCorps.