University of Portland

The University of Portland (UP) is a private Roman Catholic university located in Portland, Oregon

University of Portland is affiliated with the Congregation of Holy Cross, which also founded UP’s sister school the University of Notre Dame. Founded in 1901, UP has a student body of about 4,000 students. UP is ranked 8th in the west for Regional Universities by U.S. News and World Report.

The campus is located in the University Park neighborhood near St. Johns, on a bluff overlooking the Willamette River. With a college of arts and sciences; a graduate school; and schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing, it is the only comprehensive Catholic University in Oregon. It is the largest corporation in North Portland and has an annual economic impact on Portland of some $170 million. More than 13,000 alumni live in the Portland metropolitan area.

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

UP’s NCAA soccer program became well known 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 on campus. The University of Portland’s soccer team is one of the oldest college programs in the U.S., going back to 1910, and was played as a club sport almost continually until 1977, when it gained full varsity status.