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Academic Resources

Resources in this section are here to help support you and push you toward further success in your academic career.

Academic Advising

Academic advisors provide students with academic counseling, support, and resources to guide students through their degree programs at UP. 

  • If you are unsure that your chosen major is right for you, talk to Career Center or the Shepard Academic Resource Center (SARC).
  •  Special advisors are assigned for specific purposes, such as preparing for careers in law or applying for nationally competitive scholarships.
  • If you are considering adding a major or minor, Career Center, SARC, or your program counselor can help you.

Shepard Academic Resource Center

The Shepard Academic Resource Center (SARC) is a "one-stop" place for students to come for support, counsel, and assistance of all sorts. The SARC provides students with discipline-specific tutoring through the Learning Commons, counseling, assistance in exploring interests, and support for those who are having a difficult time adjusting to college life. The SARC also provides resources for parents - to assist them in helping their child have a successful first year of college.

  • You don’t have to be a freshman to use the SARC. It is a resource center for all students.


  • Contact us:
    • Shepard Academic Resource Center 
      • Location: Buckley Center 101
      • Email:
      • Phone: 503.943.7895
    • Accessible Education Service 
      • Location: Buckley Center 163
      • Email:
      • Phone: 503.943.8985

Career Center

The Career Center provides resources, strategies, and opportunities to assist UP students and alumni in identifying skills, interests, and values to discover meaningful professional experiences. The Career Center supports students in all aspects of career development, including networking opportunities, pursuing internships, developing and strengthening resumes, interviewing, and the job search process. 

  • Career Center is not just about finding jobs. The Center can help you find information about what you can do with your major.
  • Schedule an appointments online 24/7using handshake or stop at Franz 110 during office hours.


  • Contact Information
    • Location: Franz Hall 110 
    • Phone: 503.943.7201
    • Email:
    • Hours: Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Clark Library

Clark Library provides students with study spaces, including group study rooms, and research assistance. There is also a self-service Digital Lab for multimedia projects, including digital equipment available for checkout. It’s also a gateway to an array of information resources including books, eBooks, journals, newspapers, DVDs, CDs, and streaming media. Online resources can be accessed whether you are on campus or off campus.

Finally, If you can’t afford to buy one of your books, there may be a copy on reserve at Clark Library. These reserve books are available for four-hour checkout, please see the library catalog or the Service Desk to locate a copy.

  • Contact Information

Learning Commons

The Learning Commons (LC) provides peer learning assistance in writing, math, foreign languages, speech, and group process. In addition, Br. Thomas Giumenta offers learning assistance for students seeking new strategies to improve learning and study skills.

Students can schedule appointments with Co-Pilots or visit the Learning Commons in BC 163 to meet with Co-Pilots during drop-in hours.

  • If you are looking for a tutor, start at the LC.
  • Contact Information
    • Location: Buckley Center 163.
    • Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 6:30pm & Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
    • Drop-In Hours

      • Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 6:30pm
    • Phone: 503.943.8002
    • Email:

Studies Abroad

Studies abroad offers opportunities for students to explore other countries and immerse themselves in new cultures and experiences. There are programs available for a semester, summer and year. Take note that there are also scholarships available for this program that you might be eligible to apply for.

  • The deadline to apply for next summer and academic year is the first Wednesday in October.
  • The two main ways to disqualify yourself from being accepted to study abroad are to get mediocre grades or get in trouble. If you make a choice that violates the community standards, be proactive and talk to the director of studies abroad as soon as possible.


  • Contact us 
    • Location: Buckley 114
    • Phone: 503.943.7857
    • Email:

Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement 

The Office of Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement provides opportunities for students to develop as thinkers, researchers, and public intellectuals beyond the parameters of the classroom.  Whether learning about scholarship opportunities, receiving assistance when writing personal statements, searching for research opportunities, or developing through the Honors Program, students who use this office are assisted in discerning a possible future and a means to reach it.

  • If you need help revising an essay for a scholarship, email and make an appointment.
  • If you think you might be interested in graduate school, come talk to someone about getting undergraduate research experience.


  • Contact Information