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  • 07/16/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 out of 18 people found this review useful. 1 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UP offers a top-notch education if you want to go into Business, Nursing, Engineering, Politics, or a related field.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in every and any club in which you have an interest. This school is full of oppotunities, people to meet, and places to go, but you have to put in a little of the leg work to network to these groups.

    Bang for the buck

    Since it is a private school, it is rather expensive. If you want to go into Business, Nursing, Engineering, Politics, or a related field than this is a great school. However, I wouldn't suggest this school or students on the art-sy side of the spectrum.

    Am enjoying being here

    I simply love this school. The other students who go here are fun and caring. The classes are interesting. The campus life is abundant. If you need help in any arena, you can find it and there is always someone to talk to if you need an open ear.

    Am learning a lot

    I can honestly say that I have never felt so well taken care of academically. All of the teachers here are dedicated to their job and to the students. They go out of their way to make sure that every student is keeping up with the material. The class sizes are small enough that you become friends with your professor. You get to know them, they get to know you. You form a relationship based not only on learning, but on interaction.

  • 01/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 2 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone and everyone. Enjoy your college experience but don't forget to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a map of Portland and a copy of the bus schedule which can be found on trimet.org. This could save you a lot of time and money. Don't bring all of your clothes because you will never find the time to wash them. Don't sign up for Mehling hall unless you like living with 800 girls. Do explore the campus and meet your professors during office hours. Come prepared with questions. Save your money. Don't go to the mall unless you work there. Don't go to the movies on weekends-the school hosts free movies on weekends for our enjoyment. Do buy a really good mattress pad. Bring towels for the shower and a transportable shower caddy. I find body wash is better than soap because it can go through multiple experiences with your shower. If you bring your bike make sure it has the wheel covers so you can actually use it. Don't leave your bike on break-it will get stolen. E-mail your room mate before you move in. It helps establish better groundwork and get past awkward first meetings. Thats about all I can really say. Oh-read your books! It actually matters now.

    Bang for the buck

    Ok, it is really expensive but the school pays for at least half of it. Apply for scholarships silly people. There is absolutely no way you will get a free ride by doing nothing. Even the people who do get a free ride have to struggle somewhere so get some entries in and save your money. Books cost about $500 per semester.

    Am enjoying being here

    Honestly the food is not the most delicious but it is edible and they never run out so who's complaining. On another side the beds are super hard but at least I can place my coffee next to my computer and never worry about spills. What I can say on a positive note is that the students and staff are extremely nice and helpful people. It is a gorgeous campus and students should spend time out doors anyway. Don't stay locked in the dorm, it's depressing. Overall I really do like my temporary home.

    Am learning a lot

    The academics here are incredible. The professors really do care about their students. I'm a rather shy person but i feel oddly comfortable around these professors. In fact I actually had my spanish teacher recommend the possibility of a major in communications. In this college its all about where you can go with your skills and interests and how the professors can help you get there.

  • 08/31/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 3 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask question, whether it be to a neighbor, professor, hall director, etc. Joining clubs and other activities help you to meet other people which make living on campus a lot easier. Take advantage of the free events (ex. movies, coffee, field trips, etc.) because youre paying for the steep tuition. Don't be lazy, search for scholarships!

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of tuition is quite high. Some classes, biology especially, tend to have 60+ students because there are many students required to take it and not enough professors. They do offer some free events.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people here are very friendly. There are various clubs and campus activities that allow you to meet and get to know many people. The volunteer activities are easily accessible and some even take place on campus. This school offers numerous things that allow you to feel at home here; including: movie nights, coffee nights, plays, intramural sports, etc.

    Am learning a lot

    Most of the professors that I've had are very passionate about the subject they teach which makes it that much easier to learn. I have had a few classes that provide powerpoints ahead of time so note taking is a lot more accurate and efficient.

  • 01/03/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 4 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is great for students who want the big city experience, but would like to learn in a smaller environment. Portland is a diverse city the offers a lot and University of Portland is just a couple of minutes away, but campus feels very separate from the city life. UP is a great school for those who would like to discover what they want to do with their future because everyone is willing to help out and guide you on the right path. UP is so diverse that you would end up having friends from all over the nation and different countries around the world. UP's community is warm and inviting that you would run into the same people all over campus, but you would also meet new people as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just come and visit campus during the school year and see for yourself. I would suggest visiting during Weekend on the Bluff during the spring because you get to stay with a current student in their dorm and see what college life is like. You can even stop by during any time and sit in one of the classes.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a private school, but they offer a lot of scholarships if you apply early. If you play soccer of basketball, then you definitely will get a lot of scholarship offer. Also if you would like to join ROTC, UP is one of the main universities in the area that has it. They a lot for those who are interested in joining.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love UP, the environment is amazing, and everyone is inclusive. Even the upperclassmen, so there's nothing wrong with saying hi and starting up a conversation with anyone because once you know it that person is a friend. Although campus is small, there's always something to do whether it's downtown Portland, volunteering locally, playing sports, or just hanging out in the dorm. At first I was hesitant about UP because of how small it is, but I soon came to realize that a small environment allows you to get to know more people and learn more. In class the professors know me by name and I'm not just a number compared to bigger universities. Every professor would like to see their student succeed, so office hours really come in handy when I am confused about a lesson in class. They are all very friendly, helpful, and they won't have their T.A teach a class ever.

    Am learning a lot

    Every professor that teaches a class has something new to offer, and although some of the classes are the same, teaching styles differ and there's always a style that fits everyone needs. I also learned a lot from my peers and upperclassmen as well. There's a lot of diverse classes offered at UP, so everyone can find something that they would enjoy learning about.

  • 06/21/2010

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 5 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone, really. It is a Catholic school, but anyone can fit in here. I am not Catholic, and I can already guarantee that they will not shove religion down your throat. Get used to rainy/cloudy weather. There is enough to do here for any kind of person.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are accepted to this university or any other university, visit it. I wasn't very interested after getting accepted. I decided to visit, and I'm extremely glad I did. Getting a first-hand look at the campus will definitely factor in the decision-making process. Also, get involved! With the abundance of opportunities at this school, join a club or play an intramural sport. You'll be glad you did.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a private school, so it's going to be expensive. If you keep your grades up and have decent SAT scores you'll get excellent financial aid. There are also a lot of other scholarships and work study opportunities to cut costs. Attending this school is worth it, though.

    Will enjoy being here

    I recently came back from my 3rd visit there and the campus just feels like home. When I left campus and the city of Portland I just sank; I felt like I was leaving a part of myself there. The dorms look fantastic. The people here are extremely helpful and care about you, a vibe I didn't receive from other colleges I was accepted to. This university really feels like home.

    Will learn a lot

    For a school of only about 3,000 students, the opportunities are endless. A great school for business, engineering, and nursing. What confirmed my enrollment was the vast amount of clubs, study abroad opportunities, and programs offered.

  • 12/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 6 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to academically challenge themselves, but also know when to take a break and have some fun. Anyone who wants a college experience and higher education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go visit the campus for yourself and take advantage of being a student for a day or even spend the night with a current UP student. Being exposed to the campus and classes will give you a feel if UP is the place for you.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe that the expensiveness is worth it if you want to be a well-rounded student. University of Portland really takes care of you; it feels like a community here. If you want a higher education asides from your undergraduate, the money is well worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I'm a commuter student, so I spend most of my time in the library between classes. The people here are really friendly and easy to get along with. The campus is gorgeous year-round. But at the end of the day, I'm glad I get to go home to my own bedroom and bathroom.

    Am learning a lot

    Not only do the professors show that they care about the students, but they also demonstrate their passion for teaching and the subject that they teach. My first semester has been challenging, but not overwhelming. If I were to feel overwhelmed about absolutely any subject, the professors are always available to help me.

  • 06/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 7 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The University of Portland is ideal for motivated students who truly want to get the most out of their higher education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study Abroad! I did the year long program to Salzburg, Austria and it was the best experience of my life (and cost me less than if I'd stayed on campus)! The University of Portland encourages all of its students to study abroad and therefore makes it possible for everyone. No matter what your major is you can make it happen!

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Portland is unique these days in that its Professors actually teach the classes. There are no student teachers, so each time you walk into a class you are getting the very best possible. The university also works very hard with every student to make sure it is financially affordable. Don't let the private school price tag scare you, a majority of the students have scholarships!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love this school! There is always something fun going on whether its a school wide activity, something put on by an organization (such as Outdoor Pursuits), or a dorm activity. You can truly find something that you are interested in. The students and staff of the University of Portland are some of the nicest and friendliest people, and truly make the experience that more special.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors at the University of Portland are commited to teaching their subjects to the best of their abilities. They all love what they do, and bring that enthusiasm to every lecture. Every member of the faculty and staff truly want you to succeed, and will go above and beyond to make sure that happens. All of the classes are relevant to what you want to do with your life, and help you to grow both mentally and emotionally.

  • 05/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is a great school if you're considering Business, Nursing, Engineering, Education, or science fields.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved early with any and every club that you can. Also keep your room door open during the day if you're in there, people will stop by and say hi and hang our.

    Bang for the buck

    Since this is a private school, it is on the more expensive side. I honestly think it is worth every cent! From the experience to the teachers to the education, it is defiantly worth every dime you have to pay.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being at this school! Everyone is very welcoming. The campus life is like coming home to a family. Everyone knows everyone and there's always something to do!

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers here are absolutely amazing and genuinely care about YOU and WANT YOU to succeed. Every single teacher that I've had has been willing to meet with me to make sure that I understand the material and has always tried to make sure I feel welcome in their office hours.

  • 07/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    We've got a College of Arts and Sciences and Schools of Engineering, Nursing, and Business -- there's a place for practically every student here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus. Attend a few classes and consider spending the night. You need to know that it is a good fit for you.

    Bang for the buck

    Perhaps one of the downsides to UP is its cost; it is a VERY expensive school. However, it is a wonderful institution of higher learning and very much worth it

    Am enjoying being here

    People are friendly, and there are all sorts of on campus activities that you can hang out at with your new friends. Every Saturday the RAs put on Pilots After Dark events. Past activities have included foam parties, art nights, and dances. The dorms do events, too; this past year mine had an international food night and a speed friending event, among other things. CBP organizes dances and coffehouses (last semester we had Meg and Dia!). CBP is also responsible for Espresso UP, which is a weekly hangout with free coffee, tea, and Italian sodas. All that is just the on campus stuff. Once you venture out into the city of Portland, there are tons of things to do. I won't list them all here, but highlights include Powell's Books, Voodoo Doughnuts, and Saturday Market.

    Am learning a lot

    The academics at UP are excellent. Classes challenge you and make you think critically without being completely overwhelming. Small class sizes are also a plus. One of my classes last semester only had about ten students -- creates a nice atmosphere for discussion. There are also opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. I'm an English major and have an on campus job writing for our newspaper. The English Dept. also sponsors NUCL, a conference where students have the opportunity to present their original papers. Ed majors spend time in local elementary and high schools as a part of their field experience. Some students have internships. If you look around, you will definitely be able to find something to supplement the experience you're getting in the classroom.

  • 01/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The director of Public Safety cares for the safety of all students. The officers are not out to get people, just to keep them safe,

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs you can participate in ranging from Latin Dance to Club Soccer.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like small schools and want to get to know their professor better.

    Bang for the buck

    Intro classes for sciences can be difficult to get into, but they will allow students if it is absolutely necessary or add another section.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, I go into downtown Portland via public transportation to see movies and walk around. Every week there is a new movie shown and there is no fee. There are intramural sports that are fun to participate in.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, but it gets repetitive. If you find something you really like, don't get it everyday. Chances are you won't like it after awhile.

    Dorm Life

    There are several dorms on campus. The dorm directors really try to make sure that you can interact with other dorms so you can meet new people. Some dorms have better facilities than others.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor really depends on the class you take and the teacher you have. From one semester at the school, I have been challenged. If you pay attention, the classes will not be extremely difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for cold, rainy weather. Do not room with your best friend, it will make you sick of each other. Do not be afraid to speak up in class and go to your teachers for help.

    In three sentences

    University of Portland is a small private school geared towards students who want to graduate in 4 years. It classes sizes are 25-30, making for a relaxed environment. The teachers want to help students to the best of their ability.

  • 08/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Its a pretty safe campus, with P-Safe (campus security) patrolling 24-7. Although there is, from time to time, reports of theft and other events overall it is pretty secure. They have a texting system that emails and texts people to alert them of hazardous situations.

    Greek Life

    There is no greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities to do at UP. Lots of intramural sports and clubs for specific interests, from service clubs to religious clubs to political clubs to ethnic clubs and even clubs geared toward specific majors.

    Great for these types of students

    -Students who enjoy the small school environment. -Students who enjoy being just outside a city, (About a 40 minute bus ride into downtown, only 10-15 minute drive)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the purple slide that happens before a sporting event at the beginning of the year. Students dress in clothes they don't mind getting purple and slide down a purple paint covered tarp. The Villa Maria dorm has races throughout the school year that are fun to watch. There is also a Man Auction in which all proceeds go to the Holy Cross Mission (they financially support building schools and providing materials for children in third world countries). Orientation weekend is full of traditions, but i don't want to spoil it for you!

    Bang for the buck

    UP is not cheap. Most of the students who attend will tell you that they appreciate the great professors. Many students who attend UP find jobs right after they graduate because they are required to spend time in their field if they at in a professional school (School of Nursing, School of Education etc). (Education majors only have to stay one extra year to earn their masters)

    What to do for fun

    If you are an outdoorsy person this is a great city for you. There are lots of trails, people bike everywhere, and Mt. Hood is only a three hour drive away(Skiing, snowboarding, tubing etc). There is pretty good shopping with no sales tax! There are plenty of wonderful places to eat in the city and there is so much to explore (23rd street, Saturday Market, Hawthorne). Its not a huge city like Seattle but its pretty chill and pretty awesome. There are $5 movies not too far from the school and free movie nights on campus. There are lots of opportunities to volunteer.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty decent but has recently been overpriced. There are three places to eat on campus. The commons, The Cove, and the Anchor. These are not 24 hour areas. I'm not sure if they started to shift around the menu but sometimes they tend to serve the same things too often, which you can get tired of.

    Dorm Life

    The east quad is the most active and fun quad. The buildings are a little old, although some are being remodeled and we have one completely new building. The conditions are not horrible and are very livable. In some of the buildings there are very pretty views of the Willamette River.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at UP can be challenging depending on the professors you get. You will grow as a person and what you believe will be challenged by your professors. However, it is very manageable if you stay on top of your work and attend class. If you want to attend a school that will allow you to pass by skipping class and only showing up for the tests this is not for you. Professors expect you to be engaged.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you enjoy the rain, a community service oriented view, and a location right outside of the city then this is a great choice for you. It really is a small school and you see people you know everywhere you go. Most professors take the time to know you by name and are very available to help you out.

    In three sentences

    University of Portland is a tight knit community. The professors have experience in their fields and the students are motivated. The campus is also beautiful and the quads are lined with blooming cherry blossom trees in the fall.

  • 11/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is in one of the rougher parts of Portland, but it is completely safe at night. The only problem is that bikes often get stolen unless they have a U/D lock on them.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    Decent Clubs and Activities for such a small school. The intramural sports are very fun.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students that want a quieter life. UP is in the suburbs, it can have a very lethargic feeling some days when the rain pours really hard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a rivalry between the two all male dorms, Christie and Villa Maria. Christie likes to steal Villa's stuffed monkey. There is a great romantic spot next to the bluff that overlooks all of Portland. A great date spot.

    Bang for the buck

    I personally think it is a little bit overpriced, however it does give a very good education and a good chance to get hired directly out of UP so it is pretty darn good.

    What to do for fun

    There are programs set up so that the students can get off campus and see stuff. I went ice skating just a little while ago actually. Downtown Portland is just a bus ride away. There is a great restaurant only a few miles away called the Kennedy School.

    Food and Dining

    The food is usually very good. The only drawbacks are that the food isn't cheap, and sometimes the new chefs undercook the steaks.

    Dorm Life

    Wonderful. I am in Christie (an all male dorm) and it is great. The dorms are pretty cool. Most of the people on campus are very friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    UP isn't easy, but neither is it challenging beyond all reason. If you pick your professors wisely and get a good study pattern down quick, then it gets much easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Over the summer prepare and exercise routine, the food at UP is very good and if you aren't careful enough that can be an issue. The next important thing is to get used to rain. Lastly, focus on work and family, UP isn't cheap, and family is always needed to help pay.

    In three sentences

    The University of Portland is a lovely small school. It is religious, however it isn't oppressively religious. The professors are competent as well as helpful, a few are downright hysterical.

  • 01/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe.

    Greek Life

    I don't believe there is one...

    Clubs and Activities

    You have to make the most out of your college experience. The University of Portland has some pretty bland clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Career oriented, solely academic.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The University of Portland is super bland. Nothing worth mentioning. There's an on campus chapel.

    Bang for the buck

    I would expect more for the price, but the University of Portland is still a great school compared to some state colleges. I would prefer to go to an honors college at a state school, however.

    What to do for fun

    There many of the generic clubs and academic clubs on campus, such as Anime Club or Hispanic Club, etc, but nothing extraordinary. These clubs are quite limited. Being a small city, Portland has downtown and a max train to help students get around town, but nothing as you may find in Seattle or San Francisco.

    Food and Dining

    Food is expensive, but I don't think most colleges offer steaks and halibut. The University of Portland has on campus coffee shops and cafes, not including the cafeteria which features a grill, prepackaged food, a sandwich stand, pizza, and various other freshly prepared and healthy cuisine.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter student, but I believe dorm life is low key for the most part. There are computers available at the end of the halls in each dorm, and food is accessible.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a lot of work at the University of Portland, but I feel that the work does not challenge me conceptually. This varies upon subject, however. A student may feel very challenged in career centered courses related to engineering or nursing.

    Tips for prospective students

    The University of Portland is an expensive school with relaxed and easygoing people. If you are looking for social, cultural, or academic diversity, you will not find it here. I feel these elements change the way classes are taught because classes are constructed based on the average student, and therefore you cannot get the most you can out of each subject (unless you are studying calculus, or a related subject). So definitely not my money's worth. On the bright side, the campus is lovely, the food is delicious, and you have many resources in terms of a library, computers, etc.

    In three sentences

    The University of Portland is a great school for those who are looking to complete a basic undergraduate program for specific intended careers. It offers little to enhance a student's prospective philosophically, but challenges a student mainly through coursework. You either hate the University of Portland, or you love it.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 53

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    You are in Portland. You have rivers, lakes, mountains, forests, and so much more. For those over 21, the night life is second to none.

    Food and Dining

    All organic and local, and you see it in the price for food. They are reasonable but slightly pricey.

    Dorm Life

    It is cramped and majority single-sex so take it how you see it.

    Academic Rigor

    The school life is tough but rewarding. You might have hours of work, but that work puts you bounds above the competition and helps prepare you for the real world

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep in check and stay up with your studies. Once you lose those its hard to bounce back on track. I feel the best way to make sure you are socially and scholastically successful is to prioritize and keep it fun.

    In three sentences

    Great teachers and a good support for students (like me) that need some help every once in a while. The best thing is no T.A.'s, if you have a problem you talk to the Professor directly. And the class sizes are so small, every teacher remembers your name, not your number.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Since the campus is small, you do not have to walk very far for your classes. During night time and day time Public Safety is patrolling the campus and surrounding area. At night, I know that the Portland Police also come onto campus and in the surrounding areas to ensure the students safety. If you have any issues, you can always press the blue help buttons around campus and Public Safety will come to your rescue.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Portland is just minutes away by bus, and bus prices are not outrageous. Alberta St. has many fun, well-priced places to dine and lots of cute shops. Being separated from downtown is nice because you get away from the hustle and noise, but are close enough to get there if you want to go to a concert, shopping, or ice-skating.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options for food, with three locations to spend your meal points. The main commons has tons of different stations and variety. There is also a quiet side if you need a different atmosphere to study in.

    Dorm Life

    I have loved every aspect of my dorm life. All the residents are friendly, and I feel comfortable enough to constantly keep my room open. The R.A.'s make you feel at home, and being so close to friends really helps you grow close bonds.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the courses are very challenging and a step up from high school. Be prepared to write lots of papers, especially for philosophy courses. Some classes will quiz you on a daily basis, and a lot of the grade is based solely on tests...so be well prepared for those.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to apply early and make your application stand out. Double check spelling, topic choice, and have somebody re-read your application. When you look for textbooks, on Facebook there is a place to sell textbooks to other students. Check there for good prices on books. Search early for textbooks and don't be afraid to rent or buy used.

    In three sentences

    Everyone on campus is there to help you succeed and feel at home. The atmosphere is comforting and energetic. The courses all intersect at some point and this allows students to make connections and learn as much as possible through the courses.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The UP Public Safety officers are great. They do everything they can to make students as safe as they can be. They do patrols of the campus and surrounding areas 24/7. They will even escort students across campus at night or pick up students who find themselves stranded in the city with no way to get back to campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs you can join here at UP, both academic and purely extracurricular. You can find a club to match almost any interest.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for serious students, students who are service oriented, students who have many interests, and students who want to be close to the city of Portland.

    What to do for fun

    It is super fun to just explore downtown Portland or the nearby historic neighborhood of St. John's. Check out the many movie theaters, the ice skating rink on the bottom floor of the Lloyd Center mall, the Oregon Zoo, the Portland Art Museum, the OMSI, and Voodoo Doughnuts!!

    Food and Dining

    Bon Appetit is pretty great. You can find greasy comfort food like pizza and burgers, but it is easy to eat healthy too. They have organic, gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options. Almost all the food is local, from farms in Oregon and Washington.

    Dorm Life

    There are lots of friends to be made. Residence life puts on many events for students to meet and interact.

    Academic Rigor

    All my professors have challenged me to be the best I can be. You won't find many bird courses here.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you need help, get it. Take advantage of the many opportunities offered by the university. For help with homework, go the math resource center, the writing and foreign language assistants, the physics open laboratory, tau beta pi tutoring for engineering, etc. For help finding internships or applying for jobs, visit the career center.

    In three sentences

    The University of Portland is a great place for students who are serious about the quality of their college education. All of the professors are excellent, the class sizes are small, and there are many resources to help students navigate their way through their chosen degrees and then apply for jobs in their fields of study. The campus is absolutely gorgeous and is only a short bus ride away from downtown Portland.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    No Greek Life.

    What to do for fun

    Portland is a great city! Full of arts, sports, and VooDoo donuts! UP also has tons of activities and tons of service opportunities!

    Food and Dining

    95% of the food served is certified organic, and with a sushi bar, 4 coffee places on campus, and great Mac and Cheese, the food is superb. Many choices for allergies/gluten-free/vegetarian etc.

    Dorm Life

    No partying, quiet hours are respected, and a ton of fun is had. Great R.A.'s and dorm activities.

    Academic Rigor

    Prepare to be challenged. Professors are more than willing to help you outside of class-- and with small class sizes and no T.A.'s, forming a personal relationship with them is very easy. There are many outside resources for academics as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go in for a prospective student tour/interview. Even if you are already admitted to the school, this interview helped me to understand UP better and made my college decision easier. Plus, you get a free t-shirt!

    In three sentences

    University of Portland is a welcoming community, full of passionate professors and friendly students. The university's commitment to a full education of student (mind, heart, and soul) makes this school unique. I love UP!

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    One of the perks of having a small campus is that Public Safety can be anywhere within seconds. I have never EVER felt threatened while walking around campus, even at night and alone.

    Greek Life

    There is no greek life on campus, but you would think some of the dorms could be fraternities or sororities with the amount of spirit they have.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are some great clubs, but some of the options are limited. Fortunately, it's easy to start your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love the unusual, and want a personal experience in the classroom. It doesn't matter what you like, you'll find something up here to love.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Villa is the dorm with easily the most spirit. On soccer game days, they always march from their dorm to the soccer pitch, wearing only kilts and banging drums. Sometimes they even pop off purple smoke grenades! It's crazy fun to watch (or be a part of).

    Bang for the buck

    You get out what you put in. As long as your willing, you will enjoy your time here, as well as get a good education. Tuition can be expensive, but there are always options with their excellent Financial Aid office.

    What to do for fun

    Soccer games are a must! Even if you don't enjoy soccer, you will love the atmosphere. In addition, we are only a stones throw away from the city, so of course getting down there on the weekends are a great escape from the campus.

    Food and Dining

    The catering done here at UP is phenomenal. The food is organic and fresh, and the prices are cheap, especially if you have a meal plan. The service is excellent, and they are accomadating to the time constraints of the normal college student.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are filled with great people, most of whom are either in the same position as you or have been there before! Make sure that you put yourself out there, and you won't be dissapointed.

    Academic Rigor

    This is of course depending on your major. In general, the smaller class sizes help your learning experience here, and the coursework is challenging. Be prepared to work for your grades!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't expect an impersonal experience here. The people here get to know you and pull you out of your shell. Living on campus is mandatory for the first year, so come prepared to live with some great people!

    In three sentences

    Great for students who want a hands-on learning experience. Expect small class sizes, a beautiful campus, and rowdy soccer games! An awesome school all around.

  • 05/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel extremely safe on the UP campus. It isn't too big and it isn't too small. Although P-SAFE (public safety) can get annoying as they drive around campus, you know that they're watching out for you. Plus the RAs make sure you have P-SAFE's numbers programmed into your phone in case of emergency.

    Bang for the buck

    UP is a pricey school and tuition does raise every year. That being said, it also offers financial aid to 95% of the students. I am luckily one of those students and if it wasn't for the financial aid I know I, along with many of my friends, would not be able to attend this school. Nonetheless, I do think it is worth it. I love the faculty here and they really care about you. I also do think I am learning a lot both academically and personally.

    What to do for fun

    CPB, the Campus Program Board, as well as the many different clubs and organizations on campus have programs going on almost every week. All you have to do is pay attention to the pilots-weekly emails the school sends out for more information. CPB plays free movies every weekend in our auditorium and Pilots After Dark provides awesome late-night activities on the weekends. PAD activities range from karaoke, to live dj sets and performances, to trivia night, and more. CPB also hosts dances in conjunction with ASUP. Take advantage of the fact that you're in the city of Portland. Portland culture is amazing once you get yourself immersed. Go on a hike, explore downtown, the food carts, and more! The possibilities are truly endless once you get yourself to actually do them.

    Food and Dining

    Bon Appetite is the catering company for our school. They contracted with the city not to allow any other food establishments within a one mile radius of our school. Don't let that stop you from exploring off campus options though. Mio Sushi, Thai Ginger, Cha! Cha! Cha!, and East Side Deli are some of the more popular places close to campus. The on campus food in the cove and the commons can get kind of boring since it's the same stuff every week, but the commons has done a really good job of trying to mix things up once in a while this year. Pizza, salad, soups, and burgers are the staples that never change in the commons. We have stations called carve, global, and bowls that serve different things every week. The carve usually serves things like rotisserie chicken or meatloaf and mashed potatoes (not to mention the mac&cheese which is the best!). Global serves anything from thai to indian to french. Bowls involves the ever popular taqueria, Mediterranean, and even Hawaiian food options! Serving sizes are huge and I did actually gain the freshman 15...

    Dorm Life

    Although this review will be based on stereotypes, this is the culture around the dorms our school has created (and sometimes it can be pretty accurate). We have two all male dorms: Villa Maria and Christie. Although we have no Greek system, Villa is essentially UP's only real fraternity. The guys are all bros and they are most known for their appearances at sports events as the Villa Drum Squad. Christie is typically known as the dorm for shy engineers. Kenna is an all girls dorm that for the past two years has been known as the dorm full of party girls. Mehling is the only other all girls dorm... if you have the choice, try to move into the first floor because move in and move out days are awful if you're anywhere else (there are only 2 elevators and 8 floors... you do the math). Corrado, Shipstad, Fields, and Schoenfeldt are the co-ed dorms. Corrado rooms are the smallest on campus. Shipstad has one of the more lively in-dorm communities and has the coolest common area. Fields and Schoenfeldt are the newest dorms but they're also the furthest away from campus. I hear that Schoenfeldt boys usually have a close-knit community but Fields girls hardly ever talk to each other. On a more personal note: I've lived in Kenna and Mehling. I hated Kenna because there was barely any sense of community and I had a friend in every wing who can attest to the fact that most girls in Kenna are obnoxious party girls. The Kenna hall staff is also really strict on rules and noise. Mehling is way more lax and I felt a way stronger sense of community with my wing and my floor in Mehling. Most Kennadians I've spoken to also dislike it.

    Academic Rigor

    As bad as it sounds, coming into Freshman year I was terrified that UP would be too easy for me academically since I ranked much above the average SAT and GPA that the school listed. However, I have found that the classes offered at UP are of top quality and are just as academically rigorous as any other school. I have a friend who started off at UP, transferred to Georgetown, and then came back to UP and says the academic expectations are similar. I am enjoying my classes, learning a lot, and the professors really care about you. At UP you're not just a number and people really do care about your education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let yourself get trapped in the UP bubble. (This is something my friends and I have to remind ourselves every year) So, don't be lazy about taking advantage of the public transportation system and make plans to go out and explore Portland. The school is located on a bluff in NW Portland, but that shouldn't stop you from going out to places like Alberta Street, Mississippi Avenue, NW 23rd Street, or even downtown Portland. The public transportation system is super easy to navigate and if you have any questions or concerns, your Freshman Workshop Leader can be your guide to the city (you'll find out who/what that is later in the summer... expect a call from them!) Definitely push yourself to get involved. There are a lot of awesome clubs and organizations with caring and talented individuals ready to meet you. Just remember that what you get from these clubs, organizations, and people, depends on the amount of effort you put in to contribute.

    In three sentences

    UP is a thriving community in which the academic and extra-curricular opportunities available foster your intellectual, mental, and spiritual growth. Its core values are Teaching and Learning, Faith and Formation, and Service and Leadership and the faculty, staff, and students truly embody these values. The Business, Nursing, and Engineering schools are heralded as the best in the region.

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are considering Nursing, Engineering, Business or Education, University of Portland is the school to be at. These are the top programs available, however there are others as well. If you want city life but also like a homey place to live at, the campus location provides both!

    Tips for prospective students

    The first thing you should do is visit campus. I had two tours before coming and they were ultimately what made me choose to apply. It's part of the college experience to get involved and with so many clubs, it's possible to find what interests you! Don't be afraid to introduce yourself to people because everyone is friendly and willing to make conversation. Time flies so make it worthwhile!

    Bang for the buck

    As a private institution, University of Portland can be expensive. However, there are many scholarship opportunities and financial aid available. These made it possible for me to attend the UP. There is ROTC as well, which can also be a way to pay for school. With its great academic programs and internships, the cost to attend this university is definitely worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the campus, with the natural beauty it provides and the friendly people, it is truly an amazing place to live at. The university is located on a bluff so there are amazing views of the city of Portland. There are many things to do on campus such as intramurals, clubs, volunteering and fun events that are free of charge. Although I am a freshman I am secretary for Latin Dance Club. I have a lot of fun learning dance techniques. Recently,I participated in a performance for Diversity Week. As a member of M.E.Ch.A., I am involved in events that promote equality and justice. On the other hand, Chapel choir allows me to share my love of music by singing during mass. I've met great people while being involved in these clubs. With city life only minutes away, UP provides the best of both worlds.

    Am learning a lot

    The small classroom settings make it possible to have great discussions and communicate with classmates, along with the professor. Professors here are very dedicated to their subject and some provide notes and include power points in lectures, which make learning more engaging.They answer questions and are helpful even outside classroom time. Professors hold what they call office hours and students can either make appointments or walk in if they need help. There are many resources on campus that provided assistance to students with any challenges they might have.

  • 01/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    you pay a lot of money to get a quality education and for small class sizes.

    What to do for fun

    explore the surrounding area! portland has many places to visit and to eat at, and has parks and other things to take a break from work to visit.

    Food and Dining

    the commons food is pretty good but a little hard on your pockets.

    Dorm Life

    dorm communities are really close and are very friendly and safe.

    Academic Rigor

    the courses (depending on your major) really challenge you to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply for financial aid and scholarships: university of portland is not a cheap school!

    In three sentences

    this college is great! the college is a small community of generally like-minded students. the professors really invest in the students and are concerned with their well-being and success.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    public safety is always on campus either on foot or in their cars and there are lots of informational events to help students stay informed an safe. alcohol safety and rape prevention is highlighted.

    Greek Life

    no greek life, but there are multiple honor societies on campus. villa often seems like a frat (in a good way) though.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are many academic, athletic and hobby-oriented clubs on campus to choose from. there is also a fair every year to showcase the different options on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    if your are a hard worker and really want to feel prepared for your future vocation, then this is the place for you. don't think you won't like it because it is a catholic school, there are plenty of other religions represented on campus, and a lot of atheists or agnostics as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    villa has a drum squad that leads a march to major sporting events and is exceptionally loud throughout the games. there is an annual dance called dance of the decades which is off-campus and formal.

    Bang for the buck

    it is very expensive, but the classes are well worth it. up really cares about making sure you are prepared for your career and that you have enough resources to succeed.

    What to do for fun

    every weekend there is a pilots after dark event on saturday nights for those who are looking for alcohol-free fun. these events vary and can be anything from a trip to a mini golf course, a carnival, magicians, and dance parties. there is a lot of hall events and there are also movies shown every friday and saturday that are new and haven't been release on dvd yet. every thursday is cafe procrastinate at villa where free italian soda and coffee is served. there is also plenty to do downtown which is a bus and a max ride away.

    Food and Dining

    there is a lot of healthy options including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. the food is generally good but there isn't a lot of variation day to day or week to week. there is always a salad bar, a panini area, the grill (burgers, fries, grilled cheese etc.), pizza, pasta, mexican, global (changes weekly), soups (change daily), bakery, and homestyle (changes daily, but same every week). there is also the cove which is mainly to-go, coffee, wraps, and burgers/fries etc. there is also the anchor which has quesadillas, gelato and coffee and a coffee cart in franz which serves coffee, juice and bagels.

    Dorm Life

    i live in mehling which is eight floors of girls. since the campus is about 60% girls and i'm an elementary education major i find that i have little to no interaction with guys outside of a few core courses. other than this, i love the large rooms in mehling, and the bathrooms and showers are cleaned daily which is nice. villa definitely seems like a frat but has great community as does kenna. corrado is really new and nice, and so are fields/schoenfeldt but they are very separated from campus.

    Academic Rigor

    the courses are tough, especially when you keep piling more and more on your plate. at times i might have three essays due in one day, but the professors will usually allow an extension if you tell them that this is the case. the core courses are really interesting, and the classes related to specific majors are varied and give you a good feel for your future occupation.

    Tips for prospective students

    go to weekend on the bluff so you can see what life on campus is like and get to know your way around a bit. don't be afraid to ask lots of questions of the students and professors. if you can, sit in on a class or go to a women's soccer game and you'll get a good feel for the academic as well as community aspect of up.

    In three sentences

    this school is extremely expensive and is academically demanding. it is also a great community in a great town with professors who really want to see you succeed and will take time out of their day to help you out. while it was not initially my first choice, i'm so exceptionally glad i came to up!

  • 02/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    public safety extends beyond just the boundaries of the campus to the surrounding residential streets so i feel safe. and they are very clear where we should not go in the neighborhoods.

    Greek Life

    there is not a greek system at up

    Clubs and Activities

    very active intermural system so there isn't any reason not to stay in shape while having fun. rotc for army and air force are very active.

    Great for these types of students

    students who want to be involved with social service activities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    wearing purple to the soccer games.

    Bang for the buck

    up is expensive so be sure you want a small campus. take advantage of all the opportunities offered. and get involved

    What to do for fun

    portland! so between the concerts, etc on campus downtown portland and those activities, are just a bus ride away.

    Food and Dining

    food prices are high and a current point of conversation. they just opened a small store on campus that will take food points which will help. fred meyer is close - they run a shuttle bus every weekend so bring a refridge and microwave.

    Dorm Life

    bit of overcrowding this fall - most triples are back to doubles spring semester. many are older but schoenfeld is great.

    Academic Rigor

    challenging classes. however the professors are available to help as does the study center.

    Tips for prospective students

    look for opportunities for service and to try new activities.

    In three sentences

    great small university. focus on learning through service. small classes with a lot of interaction with professors.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always feel very safe on campus. Campus Safety wants to do everything in their power to keep the students safe and comfortable on campus. Each officer is very approachable and friendly around campus.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life but if boys wants a fraternity feel they should make sure to live in the dorm Villa Maria or Christie Hall.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of choices for clubs ranging from gardening to politics to sports and more. The activities are fun too and include many things such as service opportunities, the arts, crafts, outdoor adventures, competitions and more.

    Great for these types of students

    As a hard working student there is a lot of opportunity to grow and be recognized and supported in your studies. The school is making a lot of renovations to make the facilities and programs more valuable for the students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Anchor is a great place to go and have gelatto after dinner or in between classes. The bell tower on campus rings every 15 minutes with really random tunes that are fun to listen to. There is free personal training at the gym, make sure to use it!

    Bang for the buck

    The school is expensive but it is very good about giving large scholarships. The campus is beautiful and the facilities for labs and the like are very nice but most everything else does not seem to live up to the price. There are quite a few extra fees that are unnecessary.

    What to do for fun

    It is really fun to go to the weekly Pilots After Dark events on Saturdays that have fun activities late at night. Downtown is a blast if you like to shop, club, and see shows like cheap stand up comedy. Portland is also a great place to do outdoor activities such as hiking and biking.

    Food and Dining

    The food quality is excellent and there is quite a bit of variety. However Bon Appetite is the monopoly on campus and prices are very unreasonable. If you have a meal plan then it is fine but paying on your own is not advisable.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be a lot of fun if you make an effort to get to know the people through out the building and participate in the planned events. The coed and all boys dorms are very fun and active but the all girls dorm should be avoided. Quiet hours and privacy are highly respected.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor depends on the major but hard work and responsibility is expected from every student. Engineering, nursing and other science majors work very hard for many long hours while business and other majors do not have to work as much. Most everyone is very focused on studying so there is a supportive and encouraging academic environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a great school but it is known for its academics and is definitely not a party school. You must be prepared to deal with a fair amount of stupid rules and a slight lack of social activities on campus but if you know how to make your own fun Portland is the best city to do it in. If you enjoy soccer then this is a great school but if you want a very active sports community choose a different college.

    In three sentences

    The University of Portland is a great place to meet life longs friends and receive a first class education. The rules and structure can often be smothering and unfair but overall the goal of the school and administration is to help the students in every way that they can. The city is a fun and exciting place to become independent and confident.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    No greek life sorry.

    Bang for the buck

    With the amount of money I pay to go their I would have hoped they would have been a little bit more catering to their students.

    What to do for fun

    There are many great things to do on campus from intramural sports to the D1 athletics.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a strong independent learner without the need of much help from teachers this is a good school. Stay away from History department.

    In three sentences

    They have a great, rigorous program however they are lacking in the teaching department. Professors do not always want to help students or look out for their best interest.

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe, I have never felt uncomfortable or threatened on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of ways to get involved!

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive, so thank goodness for scholarships!

    What to do for fun

    Portland is a great city to explore and there are always fun things to do on campus as well!

    Food and Dining

    The food is great for college food. Obviously you get tired of it after awhile, but compared to most schools they have a lot of options and a lot of healthy choices as well.

    Dorm Life

    I have made some of my best friends from living in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, but professors work with you because they care about you and want you to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply!

    In three sentences

    I have been thrilled with the University of Portland, I could not be happier with my choice. The small size is perfect to foster strong community and good relationships with peers and professors. University of Portland meets my student needs and exceeds my expectations every day.

  • 06/15/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    27 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    I won't lie: the school is extremely expensive. However, they are very generous when it comes to financial aid. If you can find a way to make up the difference, it's definitely worth it, as far as I can tell: the school is dedicated to your success.

    Dorm Life

    I've only had the opportunity to check out three of the dorms (including the all-guys dorm, which I wouldn't recommend based purely on the overwhelming boy-smell), and the rooms seemed a little cramped, but I like that each seemed to have its own sort of familial feel. Like you belong just for being there.

    In three sentences

    The University of Portland has an absolutely beautiful campus with a calm and friendly atmosphere. Every current student I've met has been very enthusiastic and positive. I'm really looking forward to attending in the Fall!

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    28 of 53

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Discover the uniqueness and beauty of Portland. Downtown Portland is only a few miles away.

    Food and Dining

    From what I have tasted so far, the food is pretty great. The food at UP is not just mostly unhealthy stuff like fast food, which is what many colleges have on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I have not started classes yet so I do not know what it is like to live in the dorms. But from what I have seen, the dorms are very neat, some have nice views, they are more spacious than some other college dorms, student life seems to be very active and fun in the dorms. Housing is separated by gender for every dorm, even coed halls.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not attended any classes yet but small class sizes, I assume, require the student to be more involved in the class and therefore learn more. Academics seem to be very emphasized at UP.

    In three sentences

    University of Portland has a great environment for learning, growing, but also keeping it personal. With the small class sizes and small number of student population, it's easier to get more for your money. It's set in an artistic, innovative, and opportunistic city, which is always a plus for when looking for your future, jobs, or fun things to do.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 of 53

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are a million activities to do in Portland. There are tons of venues to see shows, like the Crystal Ballroom or Hawthorne Theater. Portland also has Powell's bookstore, it's three stories and has every book you can imagine. Powell's even has a room called the red room and it has antiques books like the complete works of Charlotte Bronte. There are so many places to eat as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are awesome. You get a sink in every room and the room aren't too size wise.

    Academic Rigor

    University of Portland is serious about their academics, one must study hard.

    In three sentences

    University of Portland has an excellent engineering program. The campus is beautiful, it sits right on the bluff so you get an amazing feel of the water. University of Portland is not a huge school so that allows more access to get help from their professors.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    30 of 53

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Students are open to join a variety of clubs for different likes and wants. There is no possible way to get bored at University of Portland with so many clubs in play.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't look at the price of attendance. Look at the level of education offered to the students, and above all look and see if this university is like a second home where you see yourself successfully completing school.

    In three sentences

    I would rate University of Portland a 9 score. The schools offers a high and level achieving education to the students, but it lacks ethnicity balance. There is an unequal number of racial students, which can be fixed to improve the school as a whole.

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Fantastic. We have our own Public Safety officers who patrol the school 24-7. There are also these little emergency pillars/blue light phones located in strategic areas around campus so that if a student feels threatened they can run to the pillar press the emergency call button and get help. Affectionately known as P-Safe they also will help you off campus. If you are stuck out in town, missed the bus and need help getting back to campus, P-Safe can help you out.

    Greek Life

    We have none. Because of the issues that come with the drinking culture of Greek Life, the program was discontinued

    What to do for fun

    I would go to the symphony. Plus walking through downtown is an adventure in itself. Portland is a funky place so really no matter where one goes there will always be something to do.

    Food and Dining

    Though I complained sometimes throughout the school year, the food was delicious. My favorite food station was the Panini station :D

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Kenna Hall. I absolutely loved it. My dorm felt like a family. In all honesty though it feels that way throughout all the dorms. Our residence life really wants everyone to feel like they truly belong.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your major, the subject, and your teacher. Some classes feel like a breeze others feel like a huge struggle but all in all you will get the challenge you need.

    Tips for prospective students

    Once you get to UP jump on all the great opportunities the school offers. Explore! But be safe!

    In three sentences

    It is a gorgeous and safe campus. It is a faith filled school. It is geared towards helping all students succeed.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    There is a good selection of high-quality, healthy food.

    Dorm Life

    Though I did not stay at the dorms, since I am a graduate student, those students that I knew that stayed there had positive things to say about them.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are created to stretch the intellect and to use the heart and hands for learning as well as the head.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come and visit the university! Research the program that you are interested in and see if it's a good fit for you.

    In three sentences

    This university has a supportive and positive atmosphere for the students who attend. The professors are dedicated to the students' success, and they emphasize creating community in the classroom. There is a high level of quality education offered at this institution.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    33 of 53

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go downtown and explore (with a buddy, of course) or stay on campus for school events. Nearly every week, a movie is screened that isn't available on DVD or to rent. The school will sponsor events to go to a trampoline heaven or a crazy corn maze during Halloween.

    Food and Dining

    It can be amazing, but it also becomes monotonous. Still, the grilled cheese sandwiches are amazing. Also, a lot of deserts are available.

    Dorm Life

    My personal experience was lovely. It was a pretty tight-knit group with really friendly people.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the classes, but if the class is difficult, there's usually a reason.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check the programs/majors you're interested, and keep into account the location. Also, apply for as many scholarships as you can.

    In three sentences

    Great professors. Beautiful campus. Wonderful city and nice transit system.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 of 53

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe. Campus security all over, but never intrusive unless they need to be.

    Clubs and Activities

    Each subject you go into often has a club to go along with it. Environmental classes have 3 different clubs you can join for example.

    Great for these types of students

    Nursing, Business, Environmental, and Education bound students looking for a degree to go from the beginning when you first enter to when you graduate.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Great location. Right along the river and has an amazing view and feel.

    Bang for the buck

    Its right in the middle cost wise for school. full time student is $17,000 on average as of 2012. Lots of classes that you can take for that sot.

    What to do for fun

    There are sports for every semester and season that you can try out for. There are also quite a few clubs and activities to do whether it be on campus or off.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of places to eat and dine. From snack food to full on meals with friends, they offer a wide variety of places to eat, and are close to places if you decide to go off campus to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms, but form what Ive seen they want nothing more than to make this a memorable experience and very comforting.

    Academic Rigor

    Although courses can be tough they have means of help everywhere. From posts on their Pilots page, to help course, and just time that professors can give you to sit down and work 1 on 1 if there is something in a class you don't get.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to call, go in, or ask question. They are very helpful and insightful. They offer you the best tips and are incredibly helpful on anything that you don't understand.

    In three sentences

    A very warm and welcoming school. Fully cooperative, helpful, encouraging, and want you to succeed and work towards your dreams. A campus that is open, exciting, active, and full of hope for new and current students.

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is a priority at UP, and you will definitely feel safe at the university.

    Greek Life

    There really isn't Greek Life at UP, so if that is something important to you, you might be dissapointed.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of ways to get involved, from student government to intramural sports. You are bound to find something to your liking.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the coolest traditions I have heard of is one that happens in the all women's dormitory Mehling Hall. It is and Ice Cream Crawl, where students start at the 8th floor and make their way down to the first level, building a delicious sundae! It is a lot of fun and a great bonding experience. Another tradition is the ceremonial candle lighting at the Bell Tower, which happens during Orientation for Freshmen. By the way, orientation is a blast too!

    Bang for the buck

    UP is extremely expensive, and while there are many merit scholarships, it is easy to come up short. What is worse is that tuition is steadily climbing, which means as you continue your studies you may run into changes in the rate of tuition.

    What to do for fun

    You are just a short bus ride away from all the sights and activities in downtown Portland, which is a major plus and convenience. On campus there are many activities going on throughout the week, some in dorm halls, and others just around campus. Whatever the day, there is always something to do around here! Plus, if you're a soccer fan you will definitely enjoy games at the university. They are always a blast!

    Food and Dining

    There are several great places to eat on campus, and there is something for all sorts of different tastes. You won't be disappointed, the food here is great and the dining halls are great environments whether you want to chat with friends or study.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at UP offers students the opportunity to make new friends and get actively involved with life on campus. For the most part, dorm life is great, but there are several dormitories on campus that are more social than others, so it might be hard finding a quiet place to study in your dorm hall.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the classes offered are challenging, which ensures you are receiving a top of the line education. However, it also means that the work load will be heavy, regardless of your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you apply early so that you have your best shot at some fantastic merit scholarships UP has. If you have any questions regarding admissions or financial aide, don't hesitate to contact the offices. The people who work there genuinely care about students, whether you are prospective or currently attending there!

    In three sentences

    UP offers a close-knit community, where students are made to feel like they are a part of one big family. With rigorous coursework and intellectually stimulating classes, the university provides many opportunities for the student to grow academically, mentally, and spiritually. A great place for individuals that want an enriching education.

  • 11/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great overall safety. In part by the awesome Public Safety and Environmental Health and Safety team. Though there is a tad bit of bike theft issue, though that is to be expected anywhere you go.

    Greek Life

    There is none.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of student clubs, on campus jobs, and sport. We have a radio station, award winning new paper, and awesome drama department. Plus our zip car and shuttle program offers great accessibility for Portland shopping, music, festivals, and more.

    Great for these types of students

    Fun loving students that enjoy community and well rounded education. A student who is willing to work hard achieve as a Pilot.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UP is a Catholic University so there are cross in nearly every class room. However, this you do not have to be of a catholic faith to attend.

    Bang for the buck

    The school offers a ton of aid, and is very supportive in educational growth. However, tuition is still expensive at 18,000 semester not including room and bored.

    What to do for fun

    Plenty of student clubs, on campus jobs, and sport. We have a radio station, award winning new paper, and awesome drama department. Plus our zip car and shuttle program offers great accessibility for Portland shopping, music, festivals, and more.

    Food and Dining

    Bon Appetite does a great job combining delicious and nutritious options. There are four locations to snag a snack on campus, plus plenty of options for off campus dining.

    Dorm Life

    Unknown, but I hear it is becoming crowded.

    Academic Rigor

    Class at UP are do able, but that is not to say they done require hard work and dedication. It would be a mistake to say that you'll wait until the last minute for anything on this campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Complete things way before deadlines. Become friends with your teachers because you never know who you'll need as a reference. Look for opportunities and ways to give back.

    In three sentences

    U of P is a supportive community with staff and faculty that want you to succeed in the area you want to explore. The well rounded academic load is balance by fun excursions to need by Portland, camping/hiking opportunities, or Saint Johns farmers market. Opportunities seem endless and prized like our award wining new paper, The Beacon, or our women's soccer team that housed Olympic mentalists.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Just take a tour of the place and you'll fall in love with it! Also, if you're looking into the nursing program, you HAVE to check out their virtual lab. It's amazing.

    In three sentences

    University of Portland is such a beautiful campus. The staff and students that go here are all fantastic, enthusiastic people. They have a great nursing program.

  • 01/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Catch the bus to downtown. There is plenty to do around there.

    Food and Dining

    I personally don't like the food here. But many people enjoy it.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on which dorm you live in.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on your teacher and class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always ask for help.

    In three sentences

    People at the university of friendly and always around if you need help. Professors are very helpful and readily available for help and assistance.

  • 01/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They are always around and respond within seconds to any issue.

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    Amazing! the activities fair is overwhelming and inspiring, anything you are interested in, there is a club for!

    Great for these types of students

    This school inst huge, it densest have a big party scene or Greek life. This school is for college students who want to have fun, but not for those who want to party.

    Bang for the buck

    Its expensive, but i truly believe that the education, experience, and relationships i am finding and recieving make it worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Portland is a great city, go downtown for Poetry Slams on Sundays, to Mississippi for Pizza, or Alberta for the street fair. Also all the dorms host events and the school has great speakers, plays, and events.

    Food and Dining

    The University of Portland has the best food on any college campus ive ever visited. Its fresh, local and healthy. The salad bar is amazing, and the food at Global is always something new and unique.

    Dorm Life

    Loved my dorm! it felt like home. Also at UP you really know your RA she made special time for all of us and was a great support system. Especially being a freshman, RA's really help for a smooth transition into college life.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are hard, but worth it. You really do learn a lot and take away many new things that will help you in your future.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved as soon as possible! For us, college students, all doors are open, we just have to find them. The University of Portland gives its students so many opportunities, so take advantage of them.

    In three sentences

    This University of Portland prepares its students the best they can, by providing them with great teachers, small classes, a dedicated staff, a great location, and a beautiful campus. The University of Portland has inspired me to find my vocation in life and the are giving me all the tools i need to find it. Their students graduate with the experience and education to get a career started by the time they leave.

  • 02/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    One of the best campus safety forces I have ever seen/heard of on any college campus. Everyone is encouraged to have P-Safe's (Public Safety) phone number programmed into their phone. There are emergency buttons all over campus that will summon an officer within 5 minutes. P-Safe is also known to give students a ride home at night, if you are studying across campus and don't want to walk back, or if are out and about and need a safe ride, they will do it.They are the most helpful people. When you go into your dorm, you have to flash your ID at the front desk assistant, showing them your sticker saying that you live in that dorm. Visitors, even students who live elsewhere on campus are required to present ID and sign in at the front desk when they come in.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs for everyone, from foreign languages to community service, athletics to academic clubs, you will be guaranteed the perfect place for you!

    Great for these types of students

    UP students are a good mix of eclectic and creative (like the general weird population of Portland, athletic, studious... pretty much everyone is welcome at UP.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Villa. AKA that one guy's dorm who put the Villa Gorilla on top of their building to welcome incoming freshman during orientaion, the ones that have their own drum squad, whose upperclassmen members wear purple kilts or togas to perform at Women's soccer games and other sporting events. If Villa is there, you know it will be... interesting.

    What to do for fun

    Events around campus are quite popular. The Campus Program Board holds events on weekends, including a movie in the auditorium every Friday and Saturday (except when other things are going on). Takes about 30 minutes to get to downtown Portland (Powell's books) by bus. There are also a few restaurants and shopping in St. Johns. Don't forget about the nature scene. Sauvie Island has the beach, Mt. Hood and other skiing spots in the winter, hiking, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Great food in the commons, as well as other locations around campus, although it is often very expensive. There is always a good variation of kinds of food available!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is average. Most freshman and sophomores live on campus, while upperclassmen usually live off campus, often in neighborhoods surrounding the campus. Every room on campus has a sink (which can be nice). Laundry and computer labs/printing stations are available in every dorm. The newest dorms are furthest away from campus, and the biggest rooms are in the 8 floored, all-girls dorms, so don't let the initial impression of a dorm deceive you.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Portland hires the best of the best. The majority of my professors have received the highest degree in their field. Those who haven't are more passionate about their work than anyone else in the world. Besides the great professors, small classes (my largest EVER was 33), and personalized learning, UP also offers tons of academic assistance. There is never any lack of help available for those that need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    VISIT!! NOW!! I see student tours going on all the time, and think back to my own experience of touring campus. I wouldn't be here if I hadn't come looked before I applied and I'm so glad I did.

    In three sentences

    UP is an amazing place, full of idiosyncratic scholars and the most passionate people you will ever meet. Academics are UP's priorities, and it shows; but UP is good at everything else it does too. I love living here!

  • 04/15/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    So much to do! Go to Portland and enjoy concerts, musicals, clubs, and unusual restaurants, or visit the gorge and mountains, go skiing in the winter, hiking in the summer. On campus they have an organization that sets up campus music, fireworks, and many other activities on the weekend nights for those who don't want to go into the city.

    Food and Dining

    Excellent dining; the school 'cafeteria' is really like a selection of gourmet restaurants on campus, and almost all the food is locally and sustainably grown. It's healthy, full of options, and delicious.

    Dorm Life

    I enjoyed the overnight stay. There is a selection of dorms; one has a sauna, all have recreational rooms, and there is a rec center on campus with free classes and gym attendance.

    Academic Rigor

    I have attended three classes there, on my overnight stay. They were easier than I expected, but having taken IB classes, I think introductory college classes there were more like review.

    In three sentences

    University of Portland is on a beautiful, intimate, and nature filled campus. It feels like a world of it's own in the middle of the city, and all the staff there have been incredibly helpful, with personalized attention. My visits have been wonderful.

  • 05/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have Public Safety and they don't play around. If you want to break rules, I wouldn't recommend UP.

    Greek Life

    NONE

    Clubs and Activities

    Joined GreenDot, Silver Wings (Air Force Association Affiliates), AFROTC, etc. I love my social life at UP

    Great for these types of students

    Engineers Nurses Education Biologists

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Soooo much recycling. This is definitely a green campus! GreenDot- Sexual Violence prevention campaign

    Bang for the buck

    Theres definitely a special community on UPs campus. Also, it's in portland, you can be yourself and no one will give you negative input.

    What to do for fun

    UP has a ton of weekend activities including concerts, movies, games, etc. In addition, there are dance clubs, diners, music-parties always going on around campus-a great way to get out and meet people!

    Food and Dining

    Great food but you pay for it big time... Two salads + a single gatorade= $17. It tastes amazing (most of the time) but is super pricey!

    Dorm Life

    Residence life at UP is indefinitely the universities worst program. The RA I had the first year was an absolute bully (not only to me but the majority of our wing). Not only was he a problem, but the Hall director also did nothing about his actions. However, there have been significant changes for next year so only time will tell.

    Academic Rigor

    This university is extremely rigid in academic disciplines. The classes that are difficult will challenge the brightest of students. However, there are numerous tutoring opportunities to aid students with disabilities and difficulties understanding the material. The counselors on campus will make sure students get the help they need, but they must ask for it first!

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely go to 'weekend on the bluff' it will provide an inside look at the campus, dorm life, and clubs offered. In addition, pre-frosh will be able to meet and make friends so starting school is easier. If possible, go to college with an idea of possible majors and get on track early.

    In three sentences

    Very close community, however the people in power (Residence Life) tend to abuse it. The school is very clean and committed. The atmosphere is friendly and inviting; definitely worth the money!

  • 06/11/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    play sports in the mud and go into the city

    In three sentences

    it was a school i will never go to because it did not fit me as a person.

  • 07/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Public safety cars control campus and the surrounding neighborhood and their are P-Safe call boxes located around campus. People generally watch out for one another, but you do have to make smart decisions to keep yourself safe when travelling around.

    Greek Life

    No sororities or fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Seriously, there is a club for everything. Intramural sports are really fun too.

    Great for these types of students

    Academically-minded, outdoorsy, artsy, friendly, and interested in improving the world at large.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Keep Portland weird is this city's slogan, and UP usually lives up to it. The all-boys dorm, Villa, annually hoists a ten-foot tall gorilla on the roof and blasts music around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I would love for the tuition to be lowered, preferably by half, and do not think that the exorbitant tuition is necessary for this university. However, there is a lot that the campus and staff offer, and I continue to want to attend this school.

    What to do for fun

    Portland is the greatest city in the world. In just an hour and a half drive radius, you get the ocean, the beautiful Gorge (for hiking, kayaking, sailing, etc.), snow-covered mountains, Sauvie Island and other farming areas for local, organic produce, and downtown Portland. The last offers foods from nearly every nation on Earth, Sky High (an expansive room literally covered in trampolines), OMSI (fun science stuff), bars with local beer and wines, waterfront (for people watching), and hundreds of street fairs, farmer's markets, carnivals, festivals, and so on.

    Food and Dining

    Once again, I live off campus and usually bring my own meals. However, I have eaten on campus from time to time and have always liked what I got. The cafeteria is committed to local, organic, environmentally-friendly choices and tries to offer as much variety as possible. There is even a sushi bar now.

    Dorm Life

    Though I live off campus, I have been inside several dorms in different buildings. There are certain problems with each building, but from what others have told me, the dorms are certainly livable and enjoyable.

    Academic Rigor

    There has not been one class where someone who did not pay attention and take notes would pass. Although you may sometimes pass up the readings, in class lectures have been vital to doing well in the class. The nursing program has higher standards than the general courses, so the going is even tougher for nursing students.

    Tips for prospective students

    The school is expensive so be prepared with applying to many scholarships and perhaps even look for a job. Even if you do not need the money, I would suggest that you work at least a bit to build up your network, experience, skills, and resume. Work well and get great references for the future. However, be sure not to be overworked to the extent that you begin to be negligent with courses.

    In three sentences

    Academically, the school is very challenging, especially major-specific classes. Professors are genuinely interested in helping their students succeed and have always been very beneficial when approached. The campus is beautiful and full of opportunities with many types of clubs and organizations.

  • 10/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    My cousins who live in Portland like it. The weather is nice and they recommended checking out the billions of food carts in down town portland.

    Food and Dining

    I read through all the reviews. They all basically said that the food was good, but expensive. When I visited, I didn't get a chance to try the food. However, it sounded really good and I know they have a Bon Apetit in their cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    When I visited campus, we didn't get to see the dorms. However, by judging from the comments of others and the exterior that I did see, I would say that the dorms appear to be in good shape. Also, it seems like there are a lot of fun dorm activities that you can get involved with.

    Academic Rigor

    I've heard that the University of Portland has solid programs in all their schools. I know in particular that their nursing school is extremely competitive.

  • 10/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    This school is obviously expensive at first glance but they are very generous on their aide and scholarships that they hand out. Also UP is a very good school in general. I am personally an elementary education major and their education department is one of the best on the west coast. Overall I believe that it is worth the price.

    What to do for fun

    Soccer is the big sport here and the games are a blast to go to. One of the all male dorms has a drum squad that plays at every game and the students watching the game just go crazy. On the weekends there are things to do during the night for those like me that don't like to go to parties. They show movies that are in between theaters and DVD on Friday and Saturday like Despicable Me 2, Monsters University and Great Gatsby. There are also a variety of clubs to join from intramural sports to a capella and improv groups to biology club and spanish club. The campus is just a short bus ride away from downtown Portland as well, making it easy for people to go shopping or get Voodoo Donuts on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is delicious and there are two different places that you can get food to eat to put some variety in your diet. Other than that though the food doesn't change much so certain foods get old after a while but is still good for college food.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Shipstad and everyone is super friendly and love to hang out but my room is always a quiet place to do homework. There are also frequent dorm events like volleyball tournaments and marshmallow building competitions.

    Academic Rigor

    The more advanced classes are obviously more difficult than the introduction classes but the professors being as helpful as they are make the classes easier than they could be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry about making friends because in most cases friendships just sort of happen right away.

    In three sentences

    I would give UP an A+! The professors here are extremely helpful and love to be teaching. The students are extremely friendly and very open to making new friends.

  • 11/25/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I absolutely love the green campus and all the outdoor activities that are available. It is nice that i can look over the bluff and see the water. I get all of this while only being 15 minutes away from the city!

  • 12/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    PSafe (Public Safety) is wonderful. They patrol in their cars 24/7. Whether you're alone in the dark, unfortunately drunk with no ride home, or simply scared to walk home, they will come pick you up, ask no questions, and take you back to your dorm. They are the friendliest people and have the utmost priority of keeping campus safe for everyone.

    Greek Life

    There is no greek life at UP.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm not involved. But club life looks fun.

    Great for these types of students

    U. of P. is great for students who belong on the west coast, or are up for a big change.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Without out America's true favorite pastime, football, UP has European football, soccer. I, myself, am not a big soccer fan. However, out here, they love it. There is a drum squad created by one of the 2 all-male dorms on campus. Games are a lot of fun, with cheers, drums, and tons of energy! Another fun tradition is when the Villians (Villa boys, all-male dorm with the drum squad) run throughout all the dorms on campus on game days to alert students of the upcoming match.

    Bang for the buck

    At almost $50,000, UP is good, but not great. They give out great scholarships to those who deserve and need them. However, for more than $7,000 less, I will get the same treatment and schooling at a university closer to home.

    What to do for fun

    Going downtown is the gist of the excitement train here at Portland, unless you have a car or friends with cars.

    Food and Dining

    The food is the absolute best thing about Portland! Bon Appetit, who runs our Commons and The Cove (and hires student workers), know EXACTLY what they're doing culinary wise. I am never bored with my choices and there is always something new to try and something classic to fall back on.

    Dorm Life

    I live in a 8 level, all girl dorm. The estrogen levels are off the charts and dorm life is quiet and unexciting. If you're into that, Mehling is perfect for you. However, if you like a bit of noise and fun, Mehling is not your place.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on major, class, professor, and learning styles, each class varies for each student. In general, the courses challenge you, and if you aren't challenged enough, switching to a higher level course is easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be completely okay with distance between you and your family. If you are completely family-orientated, do not go over 2,000 miles away from them. Flying back and forth is very expensive. Be completely whole hearted in you decisions.

  • 01/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    P-Safe is our on campus security and makes sure that everyone is safe. They don't want to see you get in trouble with the Portland Police and just make sure that you are being responsible.

    Greek Life

    University of Portland does not have any Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs to join, or you can start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Although it is a private Catholic school you don't need to be Catholic to attend and in fact, many of the students aren't religious at all. The school isn't going to force religion on anyone but if you are religious they offer amazing services.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The boys dorms on campus all show up to the soccer games shirtless with a unique flair from thier respective dorm. You will see Villa guys sporting kilts.

    Bang for the buck

    It is more expensive, but worth it.

    What to do for fun

    The city life in downtown Portland is amazing. I love going to concerts either at the Rose Quarter or the Crystal Ballroom and tickets can be as cheap as $20 with so many venues and so many artists. Pioneer Square is fun to visit and there is a ton of shopping in unique Portland stores as well as malls. Public transportation is easy and reasonably priced. On campus they show movies every Friday and Saturday and have live music in the Cove (an on campus hangout and dining area) as well. There are lots of activities and clubs to get involved in along with free fitness classes for all the students.

    Food and Dining

    Our dining hall, the commons, is an amazing place to catch up and talk with friends or curl up next to the fireplace and study. The food is delicious, because a lot of it is locally grown. We have multiple starbucks on campus that you can use your meal points to pay for as well as a sushi chef for lunches.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms all have their distinct personalities and are nice. The ones that are older make up for it by having bigger rooms and the new dorms are very nice. Every dorm tries to build a great community and they all have their own activities.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are hard, because it is a private liberal arts school and the small class sizes make it difficult to skip class going unnoticed. The work load however is manageable and we have a brand new library on campus that is a great place to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus and get a feel for the school. It may be more expensive, but it is so worth it.

    In three sentences

    An amazing school with a beautiful Campus, University of Portland overlooks downtown and provides a great sense of community. The people are all very nice and it is not surprising when the person in front of you holds the door open or says hello. The small teacher to student ratio also allows for individual attention and makes it easy to succeed.

  • 02/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    No Greek System.

    What to do for fun

    Student Activities does A LOT of late night programming for students on Fridays and Saturdays. There's always off-campus parties to find - if you're feeling adventurous. But the dorms all provide other social activities for students who just want to stay in.

    Food and Dining

    Bon App tries to give variety and good food... but it can be tough to find good, healthy options. But the general manager is pretty flexible and tries to accommodate when people ask him for specific things. There's some gluten free options. The staff is pretty nice - as long as you're nice to them.

    Dorm Life

    Villa Maria: jocks/frat-like; all guys Mehling: where they throw all the leftover girls; all girls Corrado: nerds with some social skills; co-ed Christie: nerds with fewer social skills; all guys Kenna: party girls; all girls Shipstad: hispters, partiers and pot-smokers; co-ed Fields/Schoenfeldt: nerds with no social skills **Obviously these are more joking stereotypes. All the dorms are really nice places to live; the staff in every hall is wonderful and Res Life staff are SUPER nice**

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, the classes can be pretty rigorous. But if you manage your time well, there's no reason you can't have a social life (regardless of what your major is).

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay over night with a student to get a real feel for campus life. Ask lots of questions. Don't be afraid to go explore campus on your own. **IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN NURSING - EVEN JUST SLIGHTLY-- DECLARE YOURSELF AS A NURSING MAJOR** They get a lot of preferential treatment when it comes to registering for classes - and the first two semesters are all core classes anyway - but it's far easier to start as a nursing major than try to transfer into the nursing school.

    In three sentences

    University of Portland is the friendly, and while it is progressing - having just added gender identity to the nondiscrimination policy - it has a long way to go. It is the small conservative pocket in the largely liberal city of Portland, but it's still not as conservative as other private institutions.

  • 02/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's tons of running and hiking trails all around campus, with an abandoned pier right next door.

    What to do for fun

    Hit the town. There's countless things to do in Portland, and public transportation will literally take you anywhere.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the resources! Visit the Freshman Resource Center and Writing Center at least once a semester, they can help you stay on track and help you with every aspect of being a college student.

    In three sentences

    Small school in all the right ways. Intimate class settings make it easy to stay engaged. High quality of professors in all fields of learning.

  • 03/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Food is top notch.

    Dorm Life

    Schoenfeldt is the nicest.

    Academic Rigor

    Not a fan of the core courses as they have taken away from the courses from my major.

  • 05/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tuition Freedom Day - in exchange for writing a thank-you note to our generous donors, they hand you a free voodoo donut. For real.

    What to do for fun

    Come see the latest theater performance, or perhaps a night of improv with the Bluffoons. If the weather is good, many students can be found on the quads, usually playing frisbee. If staying on campus doesn't sound entertaining, it's just a short bus ride to downtown Portland!

    Food and Dining

    Ah, Bon Appetit.... put it this way. Generally, the food is pretty good, though they have some off days. My major gripe is that the food comes at restaurant prices, and as a college student, I have a really hard time affording that.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live in the dorms, so I can't really say much about this. Seems like a great place to make friends though!

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes really make you work for it, other classes it's relatively easy to skate by in. It really all depends on your professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    The professor can make or break a class for you. Make sure you look up, ask about, or otherwise inform yourself about professors in advance to give yourself the best possible chance of success (but also remember to take reviews with a grain of salt).

    In three sentences

    All of the faculty is there to help you succeed. The wifi is spotty at best (especially around finals), so bring a USB stick ALWAYS. A welcoming, pleasant group of people on this campus.