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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

Incoming students: Save the date! Leaven 2019 will take place July 22nd-25th. Registration information will be available in May.

If you would like to receive an email when Leaven registration opens, please visit this link.

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
  • Exploring downtown Portland
  • Engaging in service
  • Praying together 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, although participants cover their own transportation costs.

Please contact Annie Boyle at or 503.943.7889 with any questions.