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! We acknowledge, value, and appreciate the contributions that these men and women have made to our community and to the United States. We offer this page as a resource to current and prospective University of Portland students, their families and other allies. We pray for our nation’s undocumented students as children of God and welcome them as members of our community.”   

-Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., President University of Portland (September 4, 2020)  

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Thank you for your interest in the University of Portland and are fully committed to serving all students regardless of their status. 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 permanenlegal 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.