University of Portland Bulletin 2014-2015

Shepard Freshman Resource Center

Brenda Greiner, M.A., director
Kelly Carder, M.A., assistant director

The Shepard Freshman Resource Center was established under the provost’s office by regent Steve Shepard. Its objective is to help first-year students make a successful transition to University life. The Center oversees counseling and advising for first-year students, helping them resolve issues with career planning, financial aid, registration, and social adjustment. The Center assists undeclared first-year students as they select a major course of studies.

The freshman center also directs a freshman seminar workshop program, led by upper-class students, to instruct first-year students in college learning strategies and to mentor them in University culture and procedures. Additionally, the center offers upper-class mentors for first-year students. First-year students of any major are welcome to use the center’s resources.

The Shepard Freshman Resource Center is located in 113 Buckley Center and can be reached at (503) 943-7895 or The center's webpage is located at