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.

The mission includes three core themes: Teaching and Learning, Faith and Formation, and Service and Leadership. The three core themes capture the essential elements of the mission and collectively express the essence of the University of Portland.

The goals/objectives supporting the core themes are:

  • Core Theme: Teaching and Learning — A university with premier academic programs.
  • Core Theme: Faith and Formation — A campus-wide culture that promotes human formation and integrates reason, faith, and ethical values
  • Core Theme: Service and Leadership — A community that demonstrates service and leadership for the common good.