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Rank: 115

University of Portland

Portland, ORwww1.up.edu
More than a century ago, the founder of the University of Portland envisioned that the school would become the "Notre Dame of the Pacific Northwest." Today, the private Catholic university may not have the name recognition of Notre Dame, but it has been collecting accolades. Formerly called Columbia University, the institution is best known for its health sciences and engineering programs. Another highlight is the Entrepreneur Scholars Program, which gives students the opportunity to meet with experts, check out apprenticeships and test real-world ventures. The average annual cost is above average, and about half of students get federal loans to help cover college costs. The school is in the process of completing a set of 2020 goals that include infusing the community with internationalization and diversity. The Portland Pilots compete in Division I, where the women's soccer and men's cross country teams routinely attract crowds. Located on a bluff that overlooks the Willamette River on the outskirts of Portland, UP doesn't feel like an urban campus but still benefits from all the amenities of one.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$60,700
% of students who get any grants
97%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$34,100
Average price for low-income students
$21,700
admissions
Acceptance rate
61%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1190/NA
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
3,967
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
78%
% of need met
73%
% of students who get merit* grants
34%
Average merit grant
$15,787
student success
Graduation rate
82%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$24,300
Average salary within 3 years
$55,100
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
33%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
June 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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