Anchor Society | University of Portland

Anchor Society

The University of Portland Anchor Society brings together a cohort of exemplary UP seniors to engage in leadership development programming, serve as goodwill ambassadors, and coordinate initiatives that are important to the senior class. Its members are selected on an annual basis through a competitive application process.

The application process for the 2023-24 Anchor Society cohort is now open. To apply, please complete this online application form. For further information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions below. Contact with any additional questions.

Why is the Anchor Society being created?

The Anchor Society is intended to provide a cohort of exemplary UP students with the chance to serve as goodwill ambassadors, engage in leadership development programming, and lead initiatives that are important to the senior class. Launching the Anchor Society is consistent with UP’s strategic goal of providing students with high-impact, transformational experiences. Programs similar to the Anchor Society already exist at other institutions.

How do I apply to become a member of the Anchor Society, and how will individuals be selected for membership?

Interested students should complete this online application form no later than Monday, October 16, at 5:00 PM Pacific. Successful applicants will be exemplars of UP’s mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, and service and leadership. They will have a deep commitment to core UP values such as academic excellence, care for community, and diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging. They will have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a record of service and leadership on campus and in the community. They will be committed to using their time and talent to making the University of Portland the best-possible version of itself. As a cohort, they will represent the broadest-possible diversity across campus.

What is the time commitment for Anchor Society membership?

During the fall semester, it is anticipated that Anchor Society members will participate in leadership development programming (typically, a lunch-and-learn) once every few weeks. Additionally, Anchor Society members will be invited to volunteer at signature University events every few weeks. During the spring semester, meetings may occur more frequently as senior class initiatives are pursued.

Will I get paid to be an Anchor Society member?

No. This is an unpaid opportunity to engage in leadership development alongside fellow students and contribute to the life and vibrancy of campus.

I have a job/work in a lab/am heavily engaged in extracurriculars. Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes! In fact, employment/engagement on campus will distinguish applicants and contribute to the vitality and diversity of the Anchor Society cohort.

What does it mean to be a “goodwill ambassador”?

Goodwill ambassadors are able to communicate about the University of Portland in a manner that is authentic and enthusiastic. They are passionate about UP, its people, its diversity, and its success. They are willing to engage in conversations about the University with fellow students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends of UP.

What kinds of senior initiatives will the Anchor Society undertake?

This will largely be up to the Anchor Society members themselves! Initiatives might include helping to promote giving to the Senior Class Gift, taking on a campus beautification project, or organizing a service project.

What does it mean to volunteer at signature University events?

Occasionally, the University hosts events that require just a bit of extra hospitality. Anchor Society members may be asked to welcome event attendees, distribute programs, help individuals find seats, and answer questions. Participation in such activities will be voluntary.