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Parent and Family Resources

Welcome to the University of Portland! At the Shepard Academic Resource Center we are focused not only on helping students with the transition to college but parents and families as well. We know how important this experience is in the life of the entire family and we want to partner with you to help ease the transition.

We strive to provide relevant information and resources that will help you help your student have a successful UP experience, with a strong emphasis on the first year. Throughout your student's first academic year we will post monthly newsletters, articles and issues to help you get a sense of what is going on in their life at UP.

The Shepard Academic Resource Center welcomes your questions and calls. Please contact us at 503.943.7895 or

First Year Parent Survey

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SARC Parent Newsletter

Sign up to receive the First-Year Parent Newsletter via email! (For parents of students entering UP in Fall 2019). Sign up here.

Did you miss a Parent Letter? Find archived Parent Newsletters below: 

June Parent Letter

August Parent Letter