Plunge Into Your Neighborhood | University of Portland

Plunge Into Your Neighborhood

WELCOME to the Plunge Into Your Neighborhood (Pre-orientation) Experience!

*** The 2024 Plunge Into Your Neighborhood dates have not been scheduled yet***



When you join the Plunge Into Your Neighborhood Experience, you will . . .

  • Meet and work alongside some of our valued partners in the very neighborhood(s) University of Portland belongs to

  • Get acquainted with your new home on The Bluff

  • Learn how University of Portland is the University OF, FOR, and WITH Portland and how you will be OF, FOR, and WITH Portland, too!

  • Have fun!



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.

Registration for the 2024 Plunge is not open yet.  Please check back in the Spring to register.

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.

We will have a financial aid scholarship application available to all participants in the Spring. 

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


"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



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.