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Leaven: Incoming Students Retreat

During Leaven, I became comfortable and grew to love the new place I would call home, and I discovered all the ways I could be involved on campus while living out my faith.
- Kayla Garchar, Class of 2019
Students hugging in a circle

The Leaven experience gives each new student a preview of life at the University of Portland through

  • Staying in a residence hall
  • Experiencing the variety of programs offered through Campus Ministry during the academic year
  • Engaging in service in downtown Portland
  • Engaging in prayer and reflection with student leaders and future classmates
  • Meeting student leaders active in Campus Ministry
  • Sharing the experience with 25 classmates interested in growing in faith

There is no cost to attend Leaven, but participants are asked to cover their own travel costs to and from campus.

Please contact Annie Boyle at or 503.943.7889 with any questions.