Shiley School of Engineering continues to surge in Northwest


October 11, 2016

The University of Portland’s Shiley School of Engineering welcomed a record 734 undergraduates for the 2016-2017 academic year, up from 361 in 2006. The 2016 entering freshman class numbers 207, with 33 percent female students and 40 percent underrepresented minorities. The Shiley School also enrolled its second cohort in the Biomedical Engineering Professional Masters Program, which balances the business and engineering elements that prepare students for careers in industry.

Ranked at no. 35 nationally for schools that offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report Top 50 college rankings, the Shiley School is also ranked no. 18 nationally in “The Top 21 STEM Colleges of 2016” by

The Shiley School offers bachelor of science degrees in civil engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. It also offers a bachelor of science degree in computer science.

“The Shiley School of Engineering has a strong tradition of preparing students for successful careers in engineering,” according to the school’s dean, Sharon Jones. “Utilizing faculty talent, well-equipped labs, strategic programming, and a superior learning environment, we continuously focus on meeting the 21st century needs for T-shaped engineering professionals —that is, graduates with the technical depth and the professional breadth to change the world.

“The Shiley School has blossomed over the last decade with significant enrollment growth and improved recognition within the Northwest region,” she added, “while our students benefit from a host of international, entrepreneurship, internship, and research experiences. Our motto is ‘Shiley Proud’ and we are certainly that!”

Jones also points to the University’s location in Portland as a distinct advantage for engineering students as well as graduates, offering ready access to Fortune 500 companies and startups and everything in between; formal partnerships with regional businesses and entities for internships; and membership in the Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP), which links four Oregon universities (UP, OSU, PSU, and Oregon Tech) with more than 130 local, national, and international companies.


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