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University of Portland
Motto Veritas vos Liberabit
Motto in English The truth will set you free
Established 1901
Type Private, Roman Catholic
Religious affiliation Congregation of Holy Cross
Endowment US$71.0 million[1]
President Rev. E. William Beauchamp, CSC
Students 3,537[2]
Undergraduates 2,997[2]
Postgraduates 540[2]
Location Portland, Oregon, United States
Coordinates: 45°34′21″N 122°43′38″W / 45.5725°N 122.72722°W / 45.5725; -122.72722
Campus Residential, 124 acres (0.50 km²)
Former names Columbia University
Colors Purple & White         
Nickname Pilots
Mascot Wally Pilot
Affiliations West Coast Conference
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The University of Portland (UP) is a private Roman Catholic university located in Portland, Oregon. It is affiliated with the Congregation of Holy Cross and is the sister school of the University of Notre Dame. Founded in 1901, UP has a student body of about 3,600 students. It is most widely known for its women's soccer program, which won the 2002 and 2005 Division I NCAA Women's Soccer Championships. UP is ranked 10th in the west for Universities-Master's by U.S. News and World Report.[3]

The campus is located in the University Park neighborhood near St. Johns, on a bluff overlooking the Willamette River. It is the only university in Oregon to offer, at one location, a college of arts and sciences; a graduate school; and schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.[citation needed]



Waldschmidt Hall, formerly West Hall, at the University of Portland

The first institution located on Waud's Bluff was Portland University, a Methodist Episcopal Church-founded university established in 1891. It operated until about 1898. The next year the College of Puget Sound, a new university founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church, was part of Portland University.[4]

According to University of Portland tradition,[5] Archbishop Alexander Christie, the head of the Archdiocese of Oregon City, saw a large building on the bluff from aboard a ship on the nearby Columbia River. He learned that it was called West Hall and was the site of the (by then) defunct Portland University.[6]

With assistance from the Congregation of Holy Cross, the Archdiocese purchased West Hall (later renamed Waldschmidt Hall); the institution was renamed Columbia University, after the nearby Columbia River. The university opened its doors on September 5, 1901, staffed with Roman Catholic priests from the archdiocese.[5] Within a year, at the request of the archbishop, the Congregation of the Holy Cross agreed to take over ownership.[5]

After two decades, Columbia University achieved junior college status. In 1925, the university's College of Arts and Sciences was founded, and in 1929, a class of seven men were awarded the university's first bachelor's degrees.[5] In 1935, the school took on its present name.[7] The 1930s also saw the St. Vincent Hospital school incorporated to the University as the School of Nursing, and the creation of the School of Business.[5]

In 1948 the school of Engineering was founded, followed by the Graduate School in 1950 and the School of Education in 1962. In 1967 ownership of the school was transferred from the Congregation of Holy Cross to a board of Regents.[5] Multnomah College became part of the University of Portland (UP) in 1969.


Main entrance to the university

UP has five Divisions of study:College of Arts & Sciences, the Pamplin School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Engineering, and the School of Nursing. For the undergraduate programs, the most popular majors are Nursing, Biology, Marketing & Management, Finance, Elementary Education, Organizational Communication, Psychology, and Spanish.


College of Arts & Sciences

This is the liberal arts core of the university. The College of Arts and & Sciences has seventeen departments: Biology, Chemistry, Communication Studies, English, Environmental Science, Foreign Languages, History, Mathematics, Performing & Fine Arts, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, and Theology.

Several of the departments offer graduate programs in addition to their undergraduate majors. The Communication Studies department offers a M.A. in Communication and a M.S. Management Communication. The Performing & Fine Arts department offers two masters degrees. First, the M.F.A. in Theatre. This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.[8] Second, a M.A. in Music. The Theology department offers a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry through the Northwest Center for Catholic Theology in collaboration with Gonzaga University and the Archdiocese of Portland.[9]

Pamplin School of Business

The Pamplin School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business(AACSB) and offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

The undergraduate program offers a BA in Economics and a BBA in six different areas: Accounting, Finance, Economics, Global Business, Marketing & Management, and Operations & Technology.

A the graduate level the School of Business offers a MS in Finance, a MBA, and a post-MBA certificate. The MBA program is noted for its diversity within the context of Oregon. Among the five AACSB MBA programs in Oregon, Pamplin School of Business has the highest percentage of women, minorities, and international students.[10]

School of Education

The University of Portland School of Education is an undergraduate and graduate program which provides graduates with a teaching license in some, but not all U.S. states. The program is characterized by an emphasis on field experience, and inclusion, with first classroom placements beginning almost immediately.

The PACE (Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education) program allows 10-15 teachers to earn their Master of Arts in Teaching or Master of Education degree during summer school, while gaining in-classroom teaching experience during the academic year at a Catholic school. PACE students live in community with other PACE students in Draper, Utah; Yakima, Washington; and Portland, Oregon.

School of Engineering

In 2007 the University of Portland was given a $12 million dollar gift (the largest in UP's history) toward the School of Engineering for its expansion and improvement from Donald and Darlene Shiley of San Diego. Donald Shiley graduated from the University of Portland in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and eventually invented a heart valve and various medical devices that have been credited with saving thousands of lives.

School of Nursing

The current School was established in 1934 when the St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing became part of the University. The School of Nursing awards the BS in Nursing baccalaurate degree and the MS in Nursing graduate degree. The Doctor of Nursing Practice, (DNP) is a professional doctorate program for the Nurse Practitioner and Clinical nurse leader, (CNL) initiated in 2008. The master's entry program (AEM-UP) enables individuals who possess a non-nursing bachelor's degree to enter nursing at the graduate level. In collaboration with practice partners, Clinical nurse leader Master of Science degree prepares generalists for leadership at the point of care. In 1998, the School of Nursing MSN graduate program ranked 64th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.


Franz Hall

The University of Portland sits on top of Waud's Bluff overlooking the industrialized Swan Island and the Willamette River. The University is located in the University Park neighborhood of North Portland, a primarily residential area of the city. The university campus is bordered by Willamette Boulevard to the east, the Willamette River to the west and south and private residences to the north.

The campus itself is a traditional college campus with three main quads. Shipstad Quad, the Villa Quad and the Academic Quad. The main academic building on campus is Franz Hall, located at the center of the university across from the Chapel of Christ the Teacher, it houses the Pamplin School of Business and the School of Education. Other academic buildings include Buckley Center, Swindells Hall, Engineering Hall (Shiley Hall), Science Hall and the Wilson W. Clark Memorial Library.

Residence halls

There are eight main residence halls on campus: Mehling Hall, Corrado Hall, Villa Maria, Shipstad Hall, Kenna Hall, Christie Hall, and Fields and Schoenfeldt Halls. They are divided into three groups, with three each on the Villa Quad and Christie Quad. Mehling, Corrado and Villa Maria situated around the Villa Quad, and Shipstad, Kenna and Christie situated around the Shipstad Quad. Fields and Schoenfeldt Halls are located next to University Village.

Villa Maria Hall

Villa Maria is located on the southwest side of the Villa Quad on the west end of campus. Initially opened in 1957 as an all women's dorm, Villa was deliberately built as far away as possible from the all male Christie Hall. Villa Maria switched to an all male dorm in 1987. It is a two story brick structure with 72 dorm rooms for a total of 157 students. The Army ROTC is housed in the basement. Villa is known for the Villa Drum Squad that provides rhythmic support at the soccer matches,[11] and their annual "Villa Man Auction" where dates are purchased with all money going to charity.[12]

Mehling Hall

View of Mehling Hall (in the background) from Mago Hunt

Mehling Hall is located on the southeast side of the Villa Quad on the west end of campus. Mehling was opened in 1964 and is the only all female dorm on campus. It is the largest dormitory, with 392 students, as well as the second tallest building on the University of Portland campus at eight stories. The hall is named for the Rev. Theodore J. Mehling, C.S.C., who allowed admission of women into the school as the 11th president of the University.[13]

Shipstad Hall

Shipstad Hall is located on the northeast side of the Shipstad Quad on the east end of campus. Shipstad was built in 1967 and houses 269 students. Initially an all male dorm, Shipstad became the school's first coed dorm in 1987. Shipstad is home to the University Archives and the University's Heritage Museum.[14]

Kenna Hall

Kenna Hall is located on the southeast side of the Shipstad Quad on the east end of campus. Kenna, built in 1959, was originally named Holy Cross Hall, and was an all men's dorm. The name switched to Kenna Hall in 1973 to honor the 14th President of the school Rev. Howard J. Kenna, C.S.C. Kenna became coed in the 1980s. There are 202 students residing in Kenna. It is the only hall on campus to have a sauna and a pottery lab. The Air Force ROTC offices are also housed in the hall.[15]

Christie Hall

Christie Hall is located in the south corner of the Shipstad Quad. Christie is named after Archbishop Alexander Christie, the founder of the school. The hall was built in 1911 and remodeled in 1995. It is an all men's dorm, housing 109 students. Through the years, the hall has had a bowling alley, a gentlemen's smoking room, the campus library, and a darkroom. While all of those are gone, the hall currently has the only Muslim Prayer Room on campus.[16]

Corrado Hall

Corrado Hall

Corrado Hall is located on the northwest side of the Villa Quad on the west end of campus. Corrado opened in 1998, and houses a total of 167 men and women. Corrado is popular for the views of the Willamette River and the St. John's Bridge.[17]

Fields and Schoenfeldt Halls

The two newest halls to be constructed are located across from the Haggerty and Tyson Halls. The halls were completed in 2009 and opened for the 2009-2010 school year. They house approximately 320 students, freshman through senior, in both traditional and suite-style living arrangements. One-half of the larger building is named Fields and houses women, while the other half is named Schoenfeldt, also known affectionately as Padre, which houses all men.

University Village

University Village is located on the far west side of campus across Portsmouth Avenue. The Village is made up of two different apartment style buildings: Haggerty Hall and Tyson Hall. Haggerty Hall is named for Lawrence and Mary Ellen Haggerty, the main donors for the construction of the Village. Tyson Hall is named for Rev. David Tyson, C.S.C., the 18th President of the university. The Village was built in 2000 and is made up of 245 upper class and graduate students. Each unit has its own kitchenette, bathroom, and laundry facility and houses between 4 and 17 students. Some units are themed, such as the Faith & Leadership House, Half-Year House, Foreign Language House, and the newest, Sustainability House (a.k.a. The Green House). Secured parking for the residents is located under the Village.[18]

Reserve Officers' Training Corps

The University of Portland currently host two detachments of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps: the Air Force and the Army.

The Air Force ROTC program at the University of Portland is one of the oldest programs on campus, established in 1951.[19] The AFROTC unit on the campus, known as Detachment 695, is also one of the largest in the country, with nearly 10% of the campus student population. In 2004, Detachment 695 was recognized as the top detachment in the nation for a detachment of its size and received the ROTC's prestigious Right of Line Award. Offices for the Air Force ROTC are located in Kenna Hall.

Since 1996, the university has hosted an Army ROTC program which has grown to include over 70 cadets and a cadre of seven faculty and staff.[20] Offices for the University of Portland Pilot Battalion of the Army ROTC are located in Villa Maria Hall.


The Chiles Center dome, home of Pilot basketball

UP's NCAA soccer program gained notoriety after Clive Charles, who started coaching the men's team in 1986, added the women's head coaching job in 1989, heading both teams until his death in 2003. The women's team won the NCAA Division I National Championship in 2002 and 2005, led both years by current Canadian international star Christine Sinclair. Four current US men's internationals, Conor Casey, Steve Cherundolo, Heath Pearce and Kasey Keller, also attended the University of Portland, as did longtime US women's internationals Shannon MacMillan and Tiffeny Milbrett and current women's international players Stephanie Lopez and Megan Rapinoe. After his death Charles was replaced by his assistant Bill Irwin. Home matches are played at 4,892-seat Merlo Field, part of the Clive Charles Soccer Complex[21] on campus.

Beyond soccer, UP also boasts one of the nation's top NCAA Division I men's cross country teams. Coached by Rob Conner, the Pilots have won 31 straight West Coast Conference Championships, one of the longest active conference championship streaks in the NCAA. On the national level, UP has finished in the top ten at the NCAA Championships four times. In 2008, the Pilots placed 7th in the nation, matching their placing from 2001, also the highest finish ever for the team. Individually, Portland has had such standouts as Uli Steidl, John Moore, Michael Kilburg, and most notably, David Kinsella. In 2008, the same year as the 7th place team finish, Kinsella ended up 4th at the NCAA nationals, marking the highest individual finish ever for a UP runner at a national championship.

Other intercollegiate sports at UP include basketball, baseball, volleyball, track and field, tennis, and golf. While none of these teams have the standing of the soccer program, the men's cross country program has won 31 conference titles in a row and has come into its own nationally over the past few years. In November 2005, the University of Portland stood at 25th in Sports Illustrated's College All Sport rankings. UP's previously sponsored football program was disbanded in 1950 due to lack of funding.

Students participate in club level sports such as men's and women's lacrosse, ultimate frisbee, crew, and water polo, as well as a variety of intramural sports.

Expansion and development

The school is undergoing expansion and renovations for both its campus housing facilities and academic buildings. For housing, two new residence halls (Fields and Schoenfeldt) were completed for the 2009-2010 school year, while two existing residence halls are in the process of being renovated. The university is in the process of renovating the existing dining facility known as The Commons.

In academics, the Engineering Building is currently being renovated using a $12 million dollar gift for its expansion and improvement from Donald and Darlene Shiley. Additionally, the university has proposed building a new library to replace the current Wilson W. Clark Memorial Library. Elsewhere, a bell tower located adjacent to the Christ the Teacher Chapel was completed in September 2009.[22] At 100 feet, it is the tallest structure on campus, as well as in North Portland, a title that Mehling Hall held previously.

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Institutional Research: Enrollment
  3. ^ "America's Best Colleges 2010: Universities-Master's (West): Top Schools". US News& World Report. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  4. ^ "The College of Puget Sound", Told by the Pioneers, WPA, 1937-38, p. 224, State of Washington
  5. ^ a b c d e f U.P. History from the university's website
  6. ^ "The College of Puget Sound", Told by the Pioneers, WPA, 1937-38, State of Washington
  7. ^ Postal Service to Issue Stamped Postal Card Honoring the University of Portland's 100th Anniversary, from the U.S. Postal Service website]
  8. ^ National Association of Schools of Theatre
  9. ^ Northwest Center for Catholic Theology
  10. ^ US News America's Best Graduate Schools 2010
  11. ^ Hays, Graham. "Villa Drum Squad gives UP home-field advantage". Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  12. ^ Villa Maria Hall | Residence Life | University of Portland
  13. ^ Mehling Hall | Residence Life | University of Portland
  14. ^ Shipstad Hall | Residence Life | University of Portland
  15. ^ Kenna Hall | Residence Life | University of Portland
  16. ^ Christie Hall | Residence Life | University of Portland
  17. ^ Corrado Hall | Residence Life | University of Portland
  18. ^ University Village | Residence Life | University of Portland
  19. ^ Detachment 695 - University of Portland, from the University of Portland website
  20. ^ About the Battalion from the Army ROTC website
  21. ^ NCAA Website "A very gracious man" Sep 29, 2003 by Beth Rosenburg
  22. ^ [1], from the University of Portland website
  23. ^ "Dr. Michael M. Merzenich". Scientific Learning Corporation.. 1997-2009. Retrieved 2009-01-02. 

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