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Undocumented Student Resources

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The University of Portland is fully committed to supporting all of our students regardless of their citizenship or immigration status. We stand in solidarity with and support of our students who are undocumented! At the University of Portland, we define Undocumented Student as: a student that holds foreign national status residing in the United States lacking legal immigration status such as citizenship, residency, non-immigrant visas, and or more permanent legal status.  
DACAmented students are defined as: an individual that pertains to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. DACA is a non-congressionally authorized administrative program that permitted certain individuals who came to the United States as juveniles and meet several criteria may qualify for. For more information and to see if you qualify visit the DHS DACA webpage.
Please note, at the University of Portland (UP), an international student, for admission purposes, is defined as an applicant eligible for a temporary visa or is already maintaining a nonimmigrant status which allows for study in the U.S. For more information about how to apply to UP, resources, questions, and support for international students please contact Michael Pelley (he/him), Director of International Student Services, at 503-943-7367 or email pelley@up.edu.

This webpage seeks to provide information and resources for current and prospective Undocumented and DACAmented students regarding current support staff, resources, scholarships and more at the University of Portland and the larger community

On- Campus Contacts 

  • Cassy Esparza (she/ella), Assistant Director of Admissions esparza@up.edu | 503.943.7768, Hablo español
  • Cecilia Guerra (she/ella), Financial Aid Counselor – guerrac@up.edu –(503) 943-7311, Hablo español.

Learn more about these contacts here.