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University of Portland

The University of Portland is a private Roman Catholic university located in Portland, Oregon, United States. It is affiliated with the Congregation of Holy Cross, which also founded UP's sister school the University of Notre Dame.



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The first institution located on Waud's Bluff was Portland University, which was established by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1891. Amid financial setbacks following the Panic of 1893, Portland University vacated the Bluff Campus to hold classes from 1896 to 1897 in East Portland,[5][6] where it was joined temporarily by the recently insolvent College of Puget Sound.[7] According to University of Portland tradition,[8] Archbishop Alexander Christie, the head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, saw a large building on the bluff from aboard a ship on the nearby Willamette River. He learned that it was called West Hall and had been unoccupied for several years since the closure of Portland University. The Archdiocese purchased West Hall (renamed Waldschmidt Hall in 1992) and the surrounding campus with financial assistance from the Congregation of Holy Cross, and named the new institution Columbia University after the nearby Columbia River. The university opened its doors to 52 young men on September 5, 1901, with eight Roman Catholic priests from the local archdiocese serving as professors.[8] At the request of the archbishop, the Congregation of the Holy Cross assumed ownership of the university in 1902.[8] After two decades, Columbia University achieved junior college status. In 1925, the university's College of Arts and Sciences was founded, and in 1929, a class of seven men were awarded the university's first bachelor's degrees.[8] In 1935, the school took on its present name.[9] The 1930s also saw the St. Vincent Hospital school incorporated to the University as the School of Nursing, and the creation of the School of Business.[8] In 1948 the school of Engineering was founded, followed by the Graduate School in 1950 and the School of Education in 1962. University of Portland admitted women to all courses of study in 1951.[4] Prior to this transition, Marylhurst University had been the only Catholic institution of higher learning to serve the educational needs of Oregon women. The building housing the library was completed in 1957.[10] In 1967 ownership of the school was transferred from the Congregation of Holy Cross to a board of Regents.[8] Multnomah College became part of the University of Portland (UP) in 1969.

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The University of Portland, an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross, addresses significant questions of human concern through disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies of the arts, sciences, and humanities and through studies in majors and professional programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. As a diverse community of scholars dedicated to excellence and innovation, we pursue teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership in the classroom, residence halls, and the world. Because we value the development of the whole person, the University honors faith and reason as ways of knowing, promotes ethical reflection, and prepares people who respond to the needs of the world and its human family.



Yari Allnutt, US men's international soccer player Fedele Bauccio, founder of Bon Appetit Management Company Benjamin Benditson, professional soccer player Chris Brown, soccer player for the Portland Timbers Conor Casey, US men's international soccer player Pat Casey, current head coach of the Oregon State baseball team.[37] Steve Cherundolo, US men's international soccer player Darwin Cook, former NBA player Walter "Walt" Dawson, national spokesperson for the Alzheimer's Association Danielle Foxhoven, NWSL forward for the Portland Thorns FC and Seattle Reign FC Amanda Frisbie, NWSL forward and defender for Seattle Reign FC Kelly Gray, international soccer player Lilah Hegnauer, poet and winner of the 2013 Hub City Press New Southern Voices Poetry Award[38] Eric Hull, Major League Baseball pitcher Nate Jaqua, international soccer player Eugene Jeter, NBA player Alfredo Razon Gonzalez, Philippine Men's international soccer player Kasey Keller, US men's international soccer player Bill Krueger, former Major League Baseball pitcher Tom Lampkin, former Major League Baseball catcher Larry LaRocco, former US Representative Chris Lattner, computer scientist at Apple and primary author of LLVM software compiler architecture Edward Leavy, judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Muriel Lezak, neuropsychologist Shannon MacMillan, US women's international soccer player Michael Merzenich, professor emeritus neuroscientist, businessman[39] Tiffeny Milbrett, US women's international soccer player Santiago Ventura Morales Kunal Nayyar, actor, CBS's "The Big Bang Theory" Heath Pearce, international soccer player Cincy Powell, former NBA basketball player Adam Quick, international basketball player Megan Rapinoe, US women's international soccer player Elli Reed, NWSL defender for the Seattle Reign FC Alejandro Salazar, international soccer player Sophie Schmidt, Canadian international soccer player Ray Scott, former NBA basketball player Donald Shiley, co-inventor of the artificial heart valve. Christine Sinclair, Canadian international soccer player Jose Slaughter, former NBA player Garrett Smith, head coach of the women's soccer team Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat head coach Jim Sweeney, former college football head coach Tomomi "Jumbo" Tsuruta, former Japanese Pro-wrestler and former training instructor George Van Hoomissen, former justice on the Oregon Supreme Court Paul Winfield, actor Keelin Winters, NWSL midfielder for the Seattle Reign FC Robin Smeulders, international basketball player Ken Dayley, former major league baseball pitcher, played in both the 1985 & 1987 World Series Jean M. Auel, award winning author Chris Siegfried, reality TV star, most recent winner of ABC's "The Bachelorette"



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