College of Urban and Public Affairs

Graduate student downtown

At the College of Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA), we create informed citizens who go on to create a better world. Each of our programs encourages students to raise their voices, call out injustice, and work toward making the world a better place.

We are located in a city that likes to tackle problems head-on and share what we find with the rest of the world. Portland routinely has visitors from all over the world who want to learn from our creative solutions to complex problems. Our city encourages innovative policy reform, people-focused planning, and civic-mindedness, and CUPA has played an active role in the city’s evolution. 

We are: 

  • Visionaries
    Civic leaders and School namesakes, Mark O. Hatfield and Nohad A. Toulan dedicated their careers and their lives to public service.
  • Leaders
    CUPA graduate students travel to Japan to learn lessons from the aftermath of the country’s earthquake and how Oregon can prepare.
  • Community Partners
    Our National Policy Consensus Center is in charge of addressing gaps along the Oregon Coast Trail, traversing public and private lands.



  • Change Agents
    MPA alumna Mandy Elder founded a nonprofit organization to improve gender equality in rural areas of the US and Mexico.
  • Scholars
    Urban Planning faculty member Lisa Bates was awarded a $100k Creative Capital Grant for her project The Black Life Experiential Group.

Donate to the College of Urban and Public Affairs

CUPA graduates go on to become the next generation of leaders, makers, dreamers and doers. Your contribution supports our students by providing scholarships, hardship funds, and other resources that help them proceed toward the ultimate goal of graduation. Your gift to CUPA will help shape the future of our students—and your community.