University of Portland Reviews
I greatly enjoyed my experience attending the University of Portland. The campus is not large enough that you are lost in a crowd. You have the opportunity to connect with your professors and fellow students. The school pride is evident around the campus especially during the soccer season. There is a brand new gym on campus as well as new buildings being built. It is a Catholic university however, the faith is not pushed onto you. Overall, it was an amazing experience and I would not trade it for anything in the world.
University of Portland is a gem. The biology faculty at UP are excellent. The small class sizes let the faculty really get to know their students and provide them insight, feedback and guidance for each course as well as for long term goals as well. The campus is situated atop a bluff, just north of the city of Portland, OR, making the views from campus just gorgeous. When the cherry blossoms begin to bloom in April, you wonder how pre-frosh could say no while on a campus tour. The campus is just 10 minutes from Portland's city center. Portland has so many excellent restaurant and bar options for students that many students travel off campus to explore during their time on the bluff. Even though we are so close to Portland, there is a "bubble" around campus, making it extremely safe to walk around - even after a lab that gets over at 10 PM. Portland is a Holy Cross Catholic university, and the student body is approximately 50% catholic. But as a non-catholic student, I never felt the peer pressure to attend mass, but the option was always there. Portland has extremely strong schools of engineering and nursing. I would recommend Portland to anyone seeking a small, private university.
My time at the University of Portland was wonderful! Located on the bluff overlooking the city, University of Portland is an ideal school! Its location is just outside of the city if you'd like to grab some sushi and not too far from the Columbia River Gorge if you'd like to go for a weekend hike. The personal sized classrooms provides a comfortable environment to discuss current issues with peers and professors. All my professors had open-door policies and were more than teachers but also my mentors, teaching me how to view the world and how to make a significant impact on the community. I was encourage to do two internships for course credit at non-profit organizations, where I branched out of the classroom and learned through experience. Each year at University of Portland holds cherished memories, however I look back on my sophomore year studying abroad in Salzburg, Austria with 40 other UP students as one of my favorite times. The entire year was spent learning in and outside of the classroom, with weekend trips from Ireland to Turkey and everywhere in between! This opportunity allowed me to experience new cultures and I developed friendships that have grown and lasted beyond graduation. Having graduated, I'm still in contact with some professors who have continued to encourage me as I now enter grad school. I would highly recommend the University of Portland for caring faculty, excellent learning environment and incredible resources.
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"