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Welcome to CUPA!

Individuals are drawn to the College of Urban and Public Affairs—known affectionately as CUPA—because they want to enact change. Established in 1959, CUPA is among the oldest colleges of its kind in the country. Our academic programs prepare students to be effective leaders, collaborators, and problem-solvers.

CUPA houses two schools, the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government and the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, and six academic units: Criminology & Criminal Justice, Economics, International & Global Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, and Urban Studies & Planning

Our undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs provide students with knowledge and skills that inform careers in government, law enforcement, urban management, economics, nonprofit management, urban planning, and international relations, just to name a few. We encourage our students to foster equity in urban life and recognize how they can contribute to a more just future. 

Our Centers and Institutes conduct research and provide expertise to community partners all over the world—from helping a rural Oregon town estimate its population growth to providing leadership training to Japanese city managers to developing a no-waste policy for a local grocery store chain. CUPA truly embodies the Portland State University motto, “Let Knowledge Serve the City.”

We invite you to learn more about what CUPA has to offer!

Stephen Percy
Dean, College of Urban and Public Affairs