University of Portland Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (7)
A very good place to get a good education and is definitely not a big party school. Don't get me wrong there are parties but not the place if you want your "typical" college party life. Small classes and great teachers.
UP provides a well rounded and excellent education. in my experience in the Nursing School, the education, clinicals and all around experience is well worth the money. The price of tuition at this university is pretty high though. I would recommend this school to students wanting to study specific programs that are esteemed here (Nursing, Engineering, etc). but maybe not for general subjects offered elsewhere.
I treated college as a trade school. How much does it cost per year, how many years will it take, what future careers will be available with said degree, what is my expected return on investment? My thoughts on college is that most students use this as an opportunity to learn about life and being an adult. Don't use college for that. Far too expensive. Simply travel, work and live away from home for that type of lesson. College is a means to an end. Get in, get out. Pay your dues, learn your skills, move along.
Great school with strong mission. Teaches the nursing by teaching to treat the "whole person".
UP has its good and bad. It's a small, private Catholic university with a great student body-staff ratio. Professors have time to meet outside of class time and the resources from Career Center to Financial Aid are exceptional. Campus events are made out to be engaging and free of cost, both a huge plus. The best thing I'll take away from UP are my relationships with professors and a preparedness for the real world after graduation. However, I wish that as a first generation student, there were was a cultural awareness apart from the big culture events such as Luau and Guam Night. Students from different ethnic backgrounds should be provided guidance all through college because at the end of the day, it is small minority of us attending. Further, not all parents speak English so I would be more motivated to invite my parents to events if there were translators.
The University of Portland's, Doctor of Nursing Practice program is as rigorous as a doctorate program should be. Expect high expectations, 2-3 hours of homework per semester credit unit, and continuous knowledge development inspired from the materials, peers, and faculty. The online portion of the coursework is insightful and creates greater meaning to the learning process. Most of the online course work is purposefully guided toward online learning, not just transferring face-time learning to the online modality. The once a month weekend immersions, provide greater opportunities for dialogue and activities that are better accomplished in person. Therefore, the hybrid program is appropriately created for the working nurse, but you have to superb at time management, both to do the homework and the online assignments in a timely manner.
I love being a nurse. There's a lot of opportunity and different directions you can go. I've noticed a lot of friends that initially picked different career paths and now want to become a nurse, and it's very difficult and expensive to become a nurse if you don't do it directly out of high school. Pick a major that directly applies to a job that you think you want to do. Don't go into college having no idea what career you might want, and don't pick a major simply because it sounds interesting or is "easy"