University of Portland – Portland, OR
The University of Portland is not ashamed to say that it is “Oregon’s Catholic University” and this is integral to its identity. UP offers a “value centered educational experience” based on three themes: academic focus, residential community and commitment to service where 80% of the student body is involved in volunteer activities. These cores are at the heart of students who fit best at the University of Portland. They are strong students with an average GPA of 3.64, SAT Math and CR scores of 1190 and a median ACT of 26. UP’s curriculum offers concentrations in Nursing, Education, Business and Engineering with lots of internships close by in the Portland area. The campus consists of 75 beautiful acres on the Willamette River overlooking the port of Portland where many years ago, Lewis and Clark pioneered the Oregon Trail. The giant sequoias that grace the campus lend a serene beauty to the surroundings that cannot be matched.