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Registration Process for New Students in the College of Arts & Sciences

For your first term at the University of Portland, all students in the College of Arts & Sciences will be registered by a College of Arts & Sciences Program Counselor, or the Shepard Center if Undeclared.

Registration Timeline

Registration & Advising Survey: You will receive an email to your UP email address with a link to the survey. This must be completed by May 10th, 2018.

May 10th Deadline

Phone Interviews: You will be contacted by the College of Arts & Sciences to talk more about your specific interests and goals at UP. This will help the Program Counselors to put together the best first semester schedule for you over the summer.


Send IP, AB, and College Transcripts to UP: Send your scores and transcripts to UP by July 1st.  Click here for instructions.

July 1st

Program Counselors Build Schedule: During this time, your schedule is being built and is not finalized. Changes may be made by Program Counselors (or the Shepard Center if you are undeclared) at any time.

May 1st-July 31st

Schedule Built: Now that your schedule has been built, you are welcome to call the College of Arts and Sciences with any additional questions or concerns you may have about your registration. Any changes made to your schedule after August 1st will be communicated to you via email. Click here for instructions on how to view your schedule.

August 1st

Classes Begin

August 27th

First Week of Classes: Changes can be made to your schedule during this week. The deadline to add or drop classes from your schedule is the Friday of the first week of the semester.

August 27th - 31st

Typical First Semester Class Schedule

Students will be registered for 15-17 credits consisting of classes that satisfy university core requirements as well as classes for their major. Science students will be enrolled in at least one science course with a corresponding lab. Classes are offered one, two, three, and sometimes four times a week. Labs for science courses meet once a week for a longer period of time.

Schedules are made up of a combination of University Core requirements, College requirements, Major requirements, and Elective courses.

  • University Core requirements are a set of courses that all students at the University of Portland must complete.
  • College of Arts & Sciences requirements are courses that all students in the College of Arts & Sciences must complete, regardless of specific major.
  • Major requirements are the courses you need to complete for your specific major.
  • Elective courses are any courses you take that do not fulfill any of your Core, College, or Major requirements.

First Year Workshop: All freshman students are also registered for First Year Workshop (on your schedule, you will see that you are registered for a course numbered "001", for example, PHL 001. This is your First Year Workshop class.

Are you Pre-Health? Check out Pre-Health Information for New Students.

What if I didn't get into the major that I wanted?

Some majors, (particularly sciences), have admission based upon high school grades and/or test scores. Communicate in your advising survey and your phone interview what your intended major will be, and they will register you for the appropriate courses so that you are still on track to study the major you want. After fall semester grades are posted, you may request a curriculum change to your intended major.

College of Arts & Sciences Contact Information:

Declared Students:

CAS Phone: 503.943.7221


Aimee Davidse, Academic Program Counselor

Katie Richardson, Academic Program Counselor

Becca Van Drimmelen, Academic Program Counselor

Undeclared Students:

Shepard Center Phone: 503.943.7895