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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

Registration for Leaven 2019 is now closed. We invite you to keep an eye out for information about Connect, our day-long retreat for incoming students on Sunday, September 8!

Dates: July 22nd at 1:30 p.m. through July 25th at 12:00 p.m.
Location: On campus (participants will stay in a residence hall)
Application open: May 13-July 5, or until all spaces are filled. Please note that spaces are limited.
Cost: Free*

*Participants are asked to cover their own travel costs to and from campus.

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
Please contact Annie Boyle at or 503.943.7889 with any questions.