University of Portland: Narrative Description

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5000 North Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203-5798
Tel: (503)943-7911; 888-627-5601
Admissions: (503)943-7147
Fax: (503)943-7399
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1901. Setting: 125-acre urban campus. Endowment: $82.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $979,000. Educational spending 2003-04: $7074 per student. Total enrollment: 3,343. Faculty: 305 (179 full-time, 126 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 3,149 applied, 71% were admitted. 44% from top 10% of their high school class, 76% from top quarter, 94% from top half. Full-time: 2,721 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 108 students, 46% women, 54% men. Students come from 40 states and territories, 19 other countries, 56% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 2% black, 9% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 5% 25 or older, 54% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; engineering/engineering technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 6/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $32,300 includes full-time tuition ($24,580), mandatory fees ($320), and college room and board ($7400). College room only: $3700. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $778 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 40 open to all. Most popular organizations: English Society, International Club, Hawaiian Club, Rugby Club, Social Science Club. Major annual events: Homecoming Dance, Blow-Out on the Bluff, Hawaiian Luau. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,426 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Wilson M. Clark Library plus 1 other with 350,000 books, 540,073 microform titles, 1,400 serials, 11,044 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 575 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Portland State University.