Leaven: Incoming Freshmen Retreat

During Leaven, I became comfortable and grew to love the new place I would call home, and I discovered all the ways I could be involved on campus while living out my faith.
- Kayla Garchar, Class of 2019

Leaven 2017 is July 23-27! Check back soon for more information and the link to register!

Students hugging in a circle

Leaven is a wonderful opportunity for freshmen to discover the many ways they can grow closer to God during college, joining the University of Portland community as we strive to support and serve each other on the journey of growing more fully into the Body of Christ. Leaven is open to all incoming first-year students who are interested in partnering with Campus Ministry to anchor their lives at the University in the presence of God. 

The Leaven experience gives each freshman a preview of life at the University of Portland through:

  •  Staying in a residence hall
  •  Experiencing the variety of programs offered through Campus Ministry during the academic year
  •  Exploring downtown Portland
  •  Engaging in service
  •  Praying together with student leaders and future classmates
  •  Meeting student leaders active in Campus Ministry
  •  Sharing in the experience with 25 classmates interested in growing in faith

For more information, contact Beth Barsotti at barsotti@up.edu or 503.943.7463.


University of Portland
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.,
Portland, Oregon 97203-5798