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

For your first term at the University of Portland, all students who are in the College of Arts & Sciences or are undeclared will be registered by a College of Arts & Sciences Program Counselor.

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.

May 10th 

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.

May-June

Send IP, AB, and College Transcripts to UP: Send your scores and transcripts to UP by July 1st.  View 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 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. Please note that schedule changes are only guaranteed for students needing adjustments for: incoming transfer or AP/IB credit, language placements, AES accommodations, or a change in major. Schedule changes based on personal preference are not guaranteed and may not be accommodated due to limited course openings. Any changes made to your schedule after August 1st will be communicated to you via email. View instructions on how to view your schedule.

August 1st

Classes Begin: Please note that your class schedule uses the abbreviation R for Thursday. Classes that are held on Tuesday and Thursday will be listed on your schedule as, "TR." 

August 23rd 

First Week of Classes: Changes can be made to your schedule during this week. Please note that schedule changes are only guaranteed for students needing adjustments for: incoming transfer or AP/IB credit, language placements, AES accommodations, or a change in major. Schedule changes based on personal preference are not guaranteed and may not be accommodated due to limited course openings. The deadline to add or drop classes from your schedule is the Friday of the first week of the semester.

August 23rd - 27th


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.

Anchor Seminar Workshop: All first-year students are also registered for an Anchor Seminar and a corresponding Workshop 

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

Email: cas@up.edu

Aimee Davidse, Academic Program Counselor

Becca Henley, Academic Program Counselor

Undeclared Students

CAS Phone: 503.943.7221

Email: cas@up.edu