Class of 2022 is one of largest in UP history

Meet this year's freshmen

By Hannah Sievert | August 23, 2018 5:55pm

Freshmen Dawson Kay (far left) and Kent Scollard (second from right) and their parents express their excitement for unpacking during University of Portland's 2018 move-in day.
by Annika Gordon / The Beacon

One of the largest classes in UP history -- the class of 2022 -- moved in Thursday morning. About 75 percent of this year's freshmen are from out of state, according to a news release from UP's Department of Marketing and Communications.

Out of approximately 1,000 freshmen, nearly half of the class is from the Pacific Northwest. Sixty percent are female and 40 percent are male, with 39 percent of the class identifying as minority.

Freshmen will be on the go starting Thursday morning with move in and continuing with activities throughout the weekend. Thursday night, freshmen will part from their parents for activities with their residence hall at 7:30 p.m., while parents and family members meet in The Commons for a social.

On Friday night, freshmen will head to the soccer field at 5:30 p.m. for the men's soccer game against Sacramento State and, following that, the women's soccer game against San Jose State. Some parents will depart from The Bluff at a Farewell to Parents event on Saturday night. 

Because of the move-in chaos, parking can be a major problem for new students and their families. Cars lining the sidewalks and parents searching for spots were common sights on campus starting Thursday morning.

Because of the increased need for parking, the shuttle service to Franz Campus will have extended operation hours for Orientation Weekend. The shuttle will run from Franz Campus to the Beauchamp Center on Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.