The University of Portland has fantastic programs like Education, Nursing, Engineering, ect. It has the best Elementary Ed program of all the schools I applied to. The professors are, for the most part, engaging, friendly, and easily accessible. The Ed professors are probably the best. The only downfall to this school is their requirement for students to take Roman Catholic Theology courses every year. It is a deterrent to people of other faiths and atheists. That being said, it has allowed me to see into the minds of people of faith, and while I still find their beliefs and faith to be foolish, I now understand exactly what it is I disagree with. Oddly, this school's stance on alcohol is a lot looser than their stance on pre-marital sex (but I guess that makes since with this being a Catholic university). That means that they do not have free condoms in their health center, which is rather stupid because they are SO against abortion. But they will pay your tuition if you become pregnant and keep the zygot/embryo/fetus full term. So I guess there is that. All in all, this school has many ups and downs, but if you thrive with challenge and enjoy having your buttons pushed, this school is for you! I know I may have made the school seem like a bad place, but it really isn't. I honestly feel like I am getting the best education here, and enjoy it. Plus, I've been hired to teach a class next year for incoming freshman, so I hope to make every one of my students' experiences here better than mine has been.