The University of Portland is joining 10 other private, nonprofit colleges and universities to participate in Oregon Private College Week, according to the Oregon Alliance of Independent College and Universities. Students who visit at least four institutions during the week will receive application fee waivers. Students may use these fee waivers to apply to any Alliance member college or university.
On June 5, Governor Kate Brown signed a proclamation that declares August 3-7, 2015 as Oregon Private College Week. The proclamation cites the indispensable contributions of Oregon’s private, nonprofit sector of higher education to Oregon’s communities to the state’s 40-40-20 education attainment goal (at least 40 percent of students earning at least a bachelor’s degree, 40 percent completing community college and 20 percent finishing high school).
Together, Alliance colleges and universities enroll 19% of Oregon’s undergraduate students, award 23% of Oregon’s undergraduate degrees and confer 24% of the bachelor’s degrees awarded to minority students in the state, including high-need fields such as STEM (21%), health professions (35%), business (24%), and public administration and social service (27%).
The University of Portland is the largest private university in Oregon, and the state’s only comprehensive university with schools of business, education, engineering, nursing, a College of Arts and Sciences and a graduate school. Sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For more information about Oregon Private College Week, to view a list of participating colleges, or to register, go to www.oregonprivatecolleges.com.