University of Portland welcomes Class of 2021, second largest class in school history


Residence Life

August 24, 2017

The University of Portland welcomes the Class of 2021 as freshmen move into the dorms on Thursday, August 24. At approximately 1,018 students, the new freshman class is the second-largest in University history.

The University Admissions office received more than 11,138 completed applications. “Students were much more intentional in the way they applied this year,” says dean of admissions Jason McDonald. “We saw a record number of campus visitors, over 12,000, this year. When prospective students see the campus in person, the University of Portland sells itself.”

As in past years, the UP Class of 2021 is highly academically accomplished, with an approximate average score in the new SAT of 1250 and an average high school GPA of 3.65.

The Class of 2021 is diverse in geography, with 76 percent of the class coming from out of state. Nearly half of the class hails from the Pacific Northwest, with 23 percent from Oregon and 22 percent from Washington, as well as 28 percent from California and a whopping 11 percent from Hawaii.

It is also ethnically diverse, with 40 percent of the class identifying as minority—the second highest in UP history. The class is 60 percent female and 40 percent male. Official enrollment figures will be confirmed two weeks into the academic year.

Orientation activities continue all weekend with an official welcome by University president Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C. on Friday morning, a Pilot Men’s Soccer game against University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Friday evening, and an Orientation Mass in the Chiles Center Arena on Saturday evening. The iconic Bell Tower candle light ceremony at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday evening concludes the Orientation weekend events.

The 2017-18 academic year will officially commence with classes on Monday, August 28.



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