Since 1901 the University of Portland has devoted itself to an education of the heart and mind by focusing on three central elements: teaching, faith, and service. Since the day it opened in September 1901 with 52 boys and 8 professors, the University has grown to a vibrant intellectual community of 3,700 students and 316 professors. Today the University is ranked among the top 10 schools in the West by U.S. News and World Report and boasts some of the finest teachers in the country. In the past 15 years, five professors have received awards from the Carnegie foundation including National Professor of the Year Kate Regan (Spanish) and State Professors of the Year Karen Eifler (education) and Terry Favero (biology). The University of Portland, closely affiliated with the Congregation of Holy Cross, prides itself on providing a traditional, values-centered education that is attuned to the needs of every student.