Plunge Into Your Neighborhood (PIYN) | University of Portland

Plunge Into Your Neighborhood (PIYN)

Welcome to the Plunge Into Your Neighborhood Pre-orientation Experience!

Plunge Into Your Neighborhood will be taking place August 20th-22nd, 2024.


The Plunge Into Your Neighborhood experience is a 3 day pre-orientation program for first year and transfer students at the University of Portland.

During this experience, you will . . .

  • Make new friends and connections that will last a lifetime before orientation!
  • Connect with local non-profits in the very neighborhood(s) University of Portland belongs to

  • Get acquainted with your new home on The Bluff before everyone arrives

  • Bond with your "small group" of new students and learn from returning student leaders as University mentors
  • Engage the Core Commitments of the Moreau Center for Service and Justice and learn how University of Portland is the University of, for, and with Portland!

  • Make memories, laugh a lot, and have fun! 

Apply Today!

 Registration for the 2024 Plunge is now open!  Please apply at the link above.


"The Plunge was a great introduction to all the UP has to offer.  Between the hours spent gardening, working with local nonprofits, and holding late night dance sessions with the SJCs, the few days spent on the Plunge were some of the most memorable of my first year of college.  I met some of my great friends that week, and it got me motivated to be involved with the Moreau Center in the future, too." -Chloe Cobos, 2022 PIYN participant, Campus Volunteer Coordinator for L'Arche


The Participation Fee for The Plunge is $80. This includes 3 days and 2 evenings; all meals and snacks; and all activities, community engagement activities, and excursions.

We believe ability to pay the participation fee should not be a barrier to experiencing this unique opportunity. Generous donors who believe in the power of community engagement have made financial aid scholarships available for those for whom the participation fee is a financial hardship.

Financial Aid Application

QUESTIONS? Click here to view the PIYN Experience FAQs Page.



Participation in the PIYN Experience is only available to first-year and transfer students. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis.

Please contact us at with questions about the PIYN Experience.

If you require accommodations in order to participate fully in this experience, please contact Moreau Center at or by phone at 503-943-7132.