University of Portland (UP)

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University of Portland can be found in Portland, OR, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around four thousand students enrolled per year at University of Portland.

A SAT or ACT exam may be required before applying to this college. Scores between 1150 (25th percentile) to 1350 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and within the range of 23 (25th percentile) to 29 (75th percentile) on the ACT is common among applicants accepted to this school. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the UP average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.28 - 3.57. Approximately 80 percent of all students which applied were admitted at University of Portland, and from those that were granted acceptance around 11 percent continued on to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall UP Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for University of Portland was reported as 76.7% in Fall 2020 with over 11,600 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • UP ACT Scores: 23 - 29
  • UP Average GPA: 3.28 - 3.57

How Hard Is It to Get into University of Portland?

Applicant Selectivity: High

University of Portland has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for University of Portland has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 61.3%
  • 2017-2018: 69.5%
  • 2018-2019: 75.3%
  • 2019-2020: 76.7%
  • Projected UP Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 67.9%

How Does UP Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of Portland is thirty-five percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Pacific Northwest College of Art87.6%
Reed College39.5%
Warner Pacific College97.4%
Lewis & Clark College72.2%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to UP (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading580 - 670
Math570 - 680
Total Score1150 - 1350
ACT®Score Range
English23 - 31
Math23 - 28
Composite Score23 - 29
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