Does anybody know anything about the University of Portland? It’s supposedly the sister university of the infamous Notre Dame. A family member is suggesting this university to me for future graduate studies and will not be satisfied until I’ve looked into it.
My opinion is that if I haven’t heard of it by now, it’s probably not the kind of university I’d want to attend for training in lay ministry. I’m not sure which lay ministry I’d want to focus on, but I have an interest in catechesis, campus ministry, or even youth ministry, among others.
I want a university where I wouldn’t have to arm-wrestle the professors to get a good, orthodox Catholic education. My tastes run more in the direction of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Benedictine College, the Augustinian Institute, and the like.
I would never attend even Notre Dame, given its reputation. I would have said the same a year ago. If anyone is familiar with the University of Portland, could you chime in on what the atmosphere is, how faithfully they teach the faith, etc.?
Follow-up question: I’ve seen UP referred to as an “independent” Catholic university, whereas Notre Dame, Univ of Dallas, and others are referred to instead as “private”. Any ideas as to what the designation “independent” means?