As of the 2012-2013 academic year, some 3,900 University of Portland students and approximately 320 faculty members are engaged in teaching and research on the campus founded in 1901 and once on the edge of the American wilderness. The University has been ranked 18 years consecutively in the top ten for western regional universities by U.S. News & World Report, and in Barron’s Best Buys as one of the best teaching universities in the West. It also has been ranked by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as the best return on investment for any university in Oregon and for five consecutive years has been on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
In 2012, the University of Portland was named the top producer of Fulbright scholars in the nation among “master’s universities” for the third consecutive year, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. The University had 16 alumni win the prestigious grants to work and study abroad over the past two years.
For three consecutive years, Washington Monthly has ranked the University in the top three nationally among peer institutions for its commitment to community service. In 2010 and 2011, the University ranked first.
In 2010, the University ranked No. 1 nationally among its peer institutions in producing Peace Corps volunteers per capita, with 23 undergraduate alumni serving worldwide. Also, in 2010, the University of Portland was one of 25 schools rated nationally by Parade magazine as an “A-List” college for its programs in health sciences (nursing) and in business and accounting.