30 Reasons Why UP is the Coolest School Ever

1. We have the best college soccer fans in the country. And it’s not even close.

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2. We’re the only NCAA-affiliated school with “Pilots” as a mascot. And, for the last time, we’re fearsome river pilots, not jet pilots. Boats, not planes.

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3. The Dalai Lama had this to say about UP: “I love this school, and I love this color.” We couldn’t agree more.

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4. We were ranked #1 in the country for community service in 2010 and 2011. Every year, our students spend more than 160,000 hours doing volunteer work and service-learning.

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5. But we’re not just nice… we’re smart too! We’ve been ranked #1 in the country for Fulbright scholars three years in a row.

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6. Sometimes there’s a mini-horse on campus.

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7. Our faculty members are awesome. And really well dressed.

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8. Holy Cross priests are the best. This is not up for debate.

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9. Lewis and Clark were here. NBD.

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10. Our alumni win Olympic medals. Lots of them.

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11. And NBA Championships.

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12. Our students put signs like this all over campus during Finals Week.

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13. This is a typical day at Villa Maria Hall.

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14. This happened:

15. At UP, biking and beards aren’t just hot new “Portlandia” trends.

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16. Kunal Nayyar ‘02, one of the stars of the “Big Bang Theory,” got his start on the stage here.

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17. Our students do things like host proms at senior centers.

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18. We get photos like this sent to us during Orientation week. Take that, Zags!

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19. Campus looks like this in the Spring.

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20. And like this in the Fall.

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21. And like this in the Winter.

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22. And like this in the Summer.

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23. In 2013, UP became the first college in the world to give an honorary degree to a person with Down syndrome – the amazing Karen Gaffney.

24. The tallest player ever drafted in the NBA – 7’8” Yasutaka Okayama – was a Pilot.

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25. When the weather is nice in the spring, you WILL have class outside.

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26. We have an on-campus organic garden. And it’s called the SLUG.

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27. We like to put disposable cameras around campus just to see what happens.

28. All the local kids know UP is the BEST place in the world to go trick-or-treating. So many dorm rooms. SO. MUCH. CANDY.

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29. Our dining facility uses organic, locally-sourced food whenever possible. And it has a sushi bar.

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30. We give scholarships to students who are really funny. Seriously!

Finally… never forget that being a Pilot runs in the family. And we don’t take kindly to black sheep.

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