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General Relocation FAQS

Read the full press release regarding the move.

Where is the new campus located?

We are excited to announce that we will be relocating to a space approximately three miles away from our current campus and is in an urban neighborhood called Madison South in northeast Portland. Our new location is served by a TriMet bus stop adjacent to the site and a MAX Light Rail Station within one-quarter mile. The campus is also on the Tillamook Neighborhood Greenway bike route. The new UWS campus borders the neighborhoods of Sumner, Roseway, Parkrose, Cully, Montavilla and Rose City. Some landmarks and attractions in the neighborhood include the Grotto, Rocky Butte Natural Area, Rose City Golf Course, and Madison High School.

What is the neighborhood like?

Madison South is a thriving and diverse neighborhood filled with parks, schools, homes and businesses. It is also a short MAX ride, bus ride or drive to downtown Portland, to a number of other vibrant Portland neighborhoods, and to all the restaurants, coffee shops, housing and other amenities in these neighborhoods. Our new campus is a 10-minute drive to the Portland International Airport, less-than-30-minute drive to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and just an hour-long drive to Mount Hood.

According to 2016 data reported by Portland Monthly, Madison South has a 61 percent home-ownership rate, and 85 percent of residents lived in the same home the prior year. The median age of residents is 37, and the median income is $53,734. This area has experienced a great deal of growth and has seen significant investments as a designated urban renewal area.

Who will be the new occupant of our current campus?

Carrying on the tradition of health sciences education, Linfield College will move its nursing program to the campus after UWS completes its relocation.

Will the new space require renovation?

UWS will invest in renovations for the campus to fit the university’s current and future needs. Previously, the building served as a corporate headquarters focused on health care delivery, training, and administrative support. To transform the new campus into a vibrant educational space, the university has partnered with an architect and a space planning firm, both with significant higher education experience. As we create the design, university department representatives will be invited to provide input to plan functional spaces for specific areas, such as the anatomy lab, adjusting labs, library services and clinical care.

The new space will have classrooms designed for active and hands-on learning, ample library and study areas, work spaces created for employee and department needs, and locations for students and employees to socialize. The new campus will host an expanded and modernized clinic facility that will provide enhanced clinical experiences for patients, and the clinicians and interns who serve them.

The new space is an increase in square footage, will we be using the whole space or sharing the new campus?

The new campus is a 150,000 square foot property. In the future, we may share some of the space with another entity that aligns with our mission and values. However, no decisions have been made at this time.

Will students and employees have an opportunity to see the new space prior to relocating?

Yes, this new space is an exciting development and venture for the university, and we want to show it to the UWS community! We will be sending out communications regarding tour opportunities as they become available.

What is the transition plan and timeline for relocating students and employees to the new campus?

The university is strategically planning the relocation to integrate classes and departments into the new campus. As these transition plans are finalized, we will share them with employees and students and provide ample time for preparation.

The entire campus will be moved no later than April 2020. We are in the process of creating an efficient and thoughtful moving plan that includes ample time for testing of the new building. Once the plan has been finalized it will be shared with the university community.

We have been working with architects, engineers, contractors and the City of Portland to choreograph the remodeling and improvements for our exceptional new facility. This will be an ongoing process until the project is completed.

We will continue to provide regular updates on the relocation project. If you have questions, please ask by emailing [email protected].

What will the space be like?

UWS is excited to create this new campus. Main goals for the new campus include:

  • Consolidating all employees and students in a single building.
  • Expanding active learning spaces for students.
  • Providing modern and collaborative work spaces for employees.
  • Enhancing opportunities for departmental and programmatic collaboration.
  • Creating a healthy and sustainable campus for years to come.
  • Investing in a 21st century technology infrastructure that helps support our growing online student population as well as our on-campus students.

What are some highlights of the new building?

  • Four traditional lecture classrooms (one of which can be divided into two smaller classrooms).
  • Three multi-purpose classrooms to allow hands-on practice and learning.
  • Four technique labs.
  • Specialty classrooms including a science lab, a computer lab and a radiographic technique lab.
  • All classrooms will have flexible furniture so that the space can be changed in the future as needed.
  • There will be at least six dedicated private study rooms as well as increased space for both quiet and group study options:
    • 1,800 square feet of dedicated and closed off quiet study space.
    • 2,700 square feet of group study space in the student commons (compared to 900 square feet currently).
    • Roughly 3,600 square feet of study space in the new library, (compared to roughly 2,700 square feet of study space in the current library).
  • The new exercise area is roughly 4,000 square feet, (compared to 1,800 square feet in the current exercise area).

Will there be amenities such as a gym or dining area?

The new campus has a large exercise area with modern locker rooms and showers. There is a dining area with an adjoining outside deck area. Green space surrounds a fountain and reflection pool. Neighborhood parks and trails are accessible for recreation and sports.

What will the classrooms be like?

This move will provide students with versatile classroom spaces for expanded active learning options. As education becomes more dynamic, UWS students will enjoy up-to-date facilities as we create classrooms for the future.

Will the new location have green space?

Our new campus has an expansive front lawn area with a fountain and reflection pool, providing students an opportunity to study, socialize, rest and relax in an outdoor setting. There are several parks adjacent to the new campus including Glenhaven Park, Montavilla Park, Hancock City Park, Rocky Butte Natural Area and the Gateway Green, 25 acres of open space newly developed into a world-class recreation destination.

The new campus space also has expanded indoor areas for students to study and socialize. The building will feature a contemporary interior with versatile and active learning classrooms, diverse study spaces, a dining area with an adjoining outside deck, and a well-designed workout facility. The entire campus is located in a secure site that is completely fenced and gated.

Will there be sufficient parking/public transportation options?

The new campus is readily accessible by car, public transportation and bike, and has more than 500 parking spaces including an underground parking lot. The university, in compliance with City of Portland regulations, will continue to charge nominal rates for parking. There is additional street parking around the new campus, and there are no neighborhood regulations that restrict street parking.

Our new campus is in walking distance to the 82nd Street MAX transit station. The university will continue to provide TriMet passes to students and full-time employees who wish to use public transit. The area is served by the 72 bus line, which runs about every 15 minutes most of the day, every day.

The new UWS campus is immediately adjacent to the east-west Tillamook Neighborhood Greenway bike route, which connects East Portland to neighborhoods in inner Portland.

What’s the current news on the anatomy lab?

The university remains committed to providing comprehensive anatomy instruction. UWS is collaborating with Linfield College (who will be taking over the current campus in May 2020) for continued access to, and use of, the anatomical sciences laboratory. Anatomy courses will be scheduled in a manner that will provide students and faculty ample time to travel between the new campus and the anatomical sciences lab, a quick 10-minute drive. (See below for additional information about the anatomy lab and coursework.)

• Anatomy lab update as of October 2019:

UWS has reached an agreement with Linfield College to continue use of the Anatomical Sciences Building starting May 1, 2020 through April 30, 2022. The agreement includes the use of the lobby, dissection laboratory, morgue, instructor work station, changing rooms, rest rooms, and designated faculty office space.

The building spaces will be available to UWS Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the academic year. UWS faculty members will have access to the morgue and faculty office space Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., for preparation time during academic terms.

Sixty (60) parking spots will be marked and designated for UWS employees and students.

UWS students and faculty members will have study access to the Linfield College library, without library material check-out privileges.

UWS will monitor and assess the agreement with Linfield College to ensure that it meets our needs in providing high-quality anatomical learning experiences for our students.

What’s happening with the clinic

The clinic facility located at the new campus will provide increased access for patients due to its enhanced community visibility, proximity to public transportation and overall improved location. The university is establishing community partnerships in the area to attract a broad and diverse patient base.

This move presents UWS with a unique opportunity to engage as a vital member of the neighborhood and to further enhance our clinic and our student clinical experience as we serve the community. We are surveying neighborhood stakeholders to determine how we can best support our new neighbors and community.

Will the campus be safe and secure?

Yes, the campus has a fenced and gated campus with a central building entrance. A reception desk will manage access, and entrances are key-card-access controlled. There is secure underground parking and security cameras that monitor the entire perimeter of the building.

How will the university continue to keep everyone informed? 

As we embark on the campus relocation, we are dedicated to providing you timely updates about the relocation process. Once the construction of initial infrastructure is complete and a comprehensive relocation timeline has been finalized, we will be sharing updates more frequently. This includes information regarding progress on construction, timelines, key features and improvements at the new campus and other important milestones.

All students and staff currently receive the weekly Facilities Planning newsletter and we will be sharing information on social media.

The most up-to-date information will also be shared at each UWS community meeting.

If you have questions, please ask by emailing [email protected].

Will there be updates to the library?

The library has secured a reciprocal use agreement with Multnomah University. This agreement means that students from either institution can check out materials from the other library, and that students from either institution are welcomed as on-campus library users.

Alumni and Donor Questions:

I have great memories on the UWS campus. Can I come visit?

Yes! Contact the alumni office at [email protected] to connect with us next time you’re in Portland.

I previously donated to specific university projects. What will happen to my donation?

Thank you for your support! Key university facilities will be replicated on the new campus. Your gift will continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of students, and recognition for your gift will remain unchanged.

Online Student Questions

Does the campus relocation impact my online education in any way?

We are strategically and thoughtfully planning this relocation to ensure our students’ educational experience and their teaching environment is enhanced.  There should be no disruption to online courses or communication with instructors. With this relocation, we will be improving the technological infrastructure in order to better serve all of our on-campus and online students.

Can I come and visit campus?

Yes, we love to have our online students visit campus. If you are interested in a tour of the new space after we have moved in, please contact [email protected].

Anatomy Lab

Will there be an anatomy lab at the new campus location?

The initial construction plans for the new space included the addition of an on-site anatomy facility. Through further discovery during the planning and design process, the university identified that the construction of the anatomy facility would require significant changes in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as significant changes necessary to reinforce the structural integrity of the building. These construction costs were estimated at $1.5 – 2 million. In addition to the unanticipated challenges with the construction of an anatomy lab at the new campus, the chiropractic program is also undergoing a curriculum review. The review could potentially impact how, when, and where students receive anatomy instruction. To be the best stewards of university resources, the university felt it was best to wait until the curriculum review is complete before making long-term decisions regarding the development and design of our anatomy facility.

How will this impact the student anatomy lab experience?

The UWS doctor of chiropractic program is currently going through a curriculum review. Through the findings of this review, the anatomy experience will be designed and implemented to align with the future needs of chiropractic physicians. These potential changes in curriculum will not impact current students or prospective students that will entering the chiropractic program in the next academic year. Current students will not be impacted by this change. Incoming students will have access to the state-of-the-art anatomy facility at the Russell Neighborhood campus. Anatomy lectures and labs will be scheduled in a way that students will have ample time to travel from the new campus to our Russell Neighborhood campus.

What are some of the benefits of a long-term lease of the anatomy lab with Linfield College?

In collaboration with Linfield College, UWS chiropractic students and Linfield nursing students would have the opportunity for interprofessional training and education, aligning with the UWS value of integrated, evidence-informed curricula grounded in our dedication to current research and practices. UWS will also be able to continue to train chiropractic students in the state-of-the-art anatomy facility that UWS faculty uniquely designed to meet the educational needs of chiropractic physicians.

What are the university’s future plans for anatomy?

We will take the time necessary to study what is needed to provide robust anatomy instruction to DC students that best prepares them for clinical practice.

Interdisciplinary Clinic FAQs

Why is UWS partnering with Dr. Moreau to open and operate an interdisciplinary clinic?
With the construction of our new campus, we have the opportunity to innovate and transform our patient care and student experience. The new interdisciplinary clinic will innovatively address limitations identified through extensive review of the current clinic system.

What will the student experience be in the interdisciplinary clinic?
Students will have the opportunity to observe and engage first-hand in a world-class integrated clinic. In addition to chiropractic physicians, students will work side-by-side with other health care professionals including physical therapists, athletic trainers, acupuncturists and a variety of other providers to deliver optimal care to each patient, getting real-world experience on an integrated health team.

In addition to clinical care, students will observe and participate in highly-effective business protocols and practices that will financially sustain and advance the new clinic. Experience with these business procedures will prepare students for their professional careers after graduation.

Are the new interdisciplinary clinic and the Campus Health Center going to be in competition?
The campus health center currently serves as a training center for chiropractic interns to develop clinical competencies and gain valuable experience in managing patient health care. As the interdisciplinary clinic becomes fully operational, the current campus clinic will transition to focus solely on the elements of student education necessary prior to student entry into a CBI or other clinical rotation. Once the transition is complete, the CHC will primarily focus on treating students, faculty, staff and their families.

The interdisciplinary clinic will focus on providing high-quality integrated, team-based health care to the Portland-metro community. This new clinic will function as a commercial business enterprise separate from the current operations of the university; however, will provide an external revenue source for the institution. The interdisciplinary clinic will serve as a CBI for senior chiropractic interns (Q10 and above). These interns will have the opportunity to participate in the interdisciplinary clinic by observing and providing services, further enhancing their education and training in the latter part of their program.

The new clinic will provide care for all populations and have a sports medicine emphasis. Patients will be identified through specific contracts with employers, third-party payers, coordinated care organizations, and other entities to provide interdisciplinary team-based care which will attract patients not currently served by UWS clinics.

Where will the new interdisciplinary clinic be located?
The entire clinic space at the new campus is 17,000 square feet, as compared to 8,700 square feet in the existing campus health center, and will be shared between the campus health clinic and the new interdisciplinary integrated clinic. The campus health center will serve as an academic training clinic and will utilize the treatment rooms near the reception area, and the integrated clinic will occupy the adjacent space. The rehabilitation room and other common spaces will be shared.

How is the new interdisciplinary clinic going to align with the university’s academic programs and current clinics?

The new clinic, located on the new UWS campus on Tillamook Street, will serve as a large-capacity community-based internship (CBI) opportunity for UWS students. It will engage a larger number of chiropractic senior interns (e.g. Q10 and Q11) than other CBI locations within the Portland area.

The long term vision of this new clinic is to allow lower quarter students to participate in observations, exposing them to clinical practice prior to their entry into the clinical internship phase of the doctor of chiropractic program, while still seeing patients within the campus health center which will serve as an academic training clinic.

Will programs in the college of graduate studies have opportunities to participate in the new clinic experience?
The new multi-faceted, interdisciplinary clinic is designed to enhance interprofessional experiences with the inclusion of clinical mental health professionals, physical therapists, nutrition experts, performance enhancement experts and more. This will create opportunities for students in UWS graduate programs to participate in rotations, both observational and active, within their chosen field of study.

Why are we doing this and why now?

Through this new model, we will significantly enhance our mission, to advance the science and art of integrated health care through excellence in education and patient care. Survey results and other feedback received from students, alumni and faculty, and confirmed by data collected through an independent consultant audit have identified various challenges in our current clinic system. As we transition to our new campus, this venture presents an ideal opportunity to enhance our clinical training experiences for students and to develop additional sources of revenue for the university.

General Clinic FAQs

What’s a CBI? How is it used?

The University of Western States (UWS) community based internship (CBI) program is a form of preceptorship and enhances the clinical training of 10th and 11th quarter chiropractic interns who meet stringent competency requirements and applicable eligibility requirements to continue their training in an approved, private chiropractic practice in our community. Interns engage in a wide range of practice activities under the mentorship of a field-based chiropractic physician to gain valuable real-world experience and insights relative to chiropractic practice. This component of the UWS curriculum is designed and implemented to support the mission, goals and objectives of UWS to provide a mechanism to further assure competency in the cognitive and psychomotor domains of chiropractic interns and to enhance the preparation of students for the transition from the rigors of academic life to those of a private practitioner.

What’s going to happen to East Portland Health Center?

The East Portland Health Center will continue operations as normal and will continue to serve as an off-campus rotation site for chiropractic interns.

Pre-Sale FAQs

Why is UWS considering additional campus space?

UWS has been a leader for more than 114 years in the field of chiropractic education, and more recently in related health sciences education. This focus on providing the highest quality health care education has led to planned and steady growth. To accommodate these advancements and to sustain our excellence, we must create better facilities for our students and employees.

We recognize the need to create flexible classroom spaces that facilitate hands-on learning for on-campus students. There are also needs for more meeting and office space for both employees and students. The current campus is faced with significant infrastructure challenges, such as outdated electric system, aging heating and cooling systems, and deteriorating water pipes. In response, the university conducted an audit to review campus facilities needs and space options. Results from this audit, as well as feedback from our students and staff, made clear our need to address our current and future space needs. One of the options we are exploring is the possibility of acquiring additional campus space.

Why can’t we just improve our current campus space?

We have made improvements and additions to the current campus over the past several years, and we have also considered ways to expand and enhance the space. However, after consulting with architects, engineers and financers, our analysis shows that most of the buildings on our current campus are outdated to the point that the necessary improvements are likely cost-prohibitive.

Does this mean the university is moving? If so, how soon?

One potential option is to eventually relocate to a larger and more suitable location that could be more economical in both the short term and the long run. Any potential addition of space would only occur after substantial analysis and planning, which will take at least one to two years, if not longer. At this point, we are in the beginning stage of evaluation and planning. Listing the current campus to determine its market value is a first step to inform whether or not selling any of our existing campus space is a favorable option.

Real estate transactions of this size require many months, even years, of inspection, appraisal, planning and staging. With any change, the university will ensure continued operation of classes, clinics and business operations without disruption.

Where could the university potentially establish additional campus space?

The university board has asked the administration to consider space options within a 10-mile radius of the current Northeast Portland location, including Oregon and Washington. Educational programs will continue as currently outlined wherever the university establishes additional campus space.

What will the potential additional spaces be like?

The university is committed to creating practical, economical and sustainable solutions that will provide the best space for employees to work, and for students to learn and thrive.

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New Campus: 8000 NE Tillamook Street  |  Relocation April 2020

Highlights of our new campus include:

  • Four traditional lecture classrooms (one of which can be divided into two smaller classrooms).
  • Three multi-purpose classrooms to allow hands-on practice and active learning.
  • Four technique labs.
  • Specialty classrooms including a science lab, a computer lab and a radiographic technique lab.
  • Flexible furniture in classrooms so that the space can be changed in the future as needed.
  • An exercise area that is roughly 4,000 square feet, (compared to 1,800 square feet in the current exercise area).
  • At least six dedicated private study rooms as well as increased space for both quiet and group study options:
    • 1,800 square feet of dedicated and closed off quiet study space.
    • 2,700 square feet of group study space in the student commons (compared to 900 square feet currently).
    • Roughly 3,600 square feet of study space in the new library, (compared to roughly 2,700 square feet of study space in the current library).
  • A modern health care facility designed to fulfill patient needs and provide exceptional opportunities for clinical training
  • The new campus is in a more prominent location, closer to public transportation options, allowing for the university to more easily serve its’ new neighborhood and the Portland community.

Map of New Campus

Naming Opportunities

Take the Lead and leave your legacy. The new campus will be an expression of shared values, a symbol of bold leadership and proof of the growing demand for evidence-informed, integrated, whole-person health care. Make your personal mark on this momentous step in the university’s journey by making a gift to name a room or space within the new campus.


Workgroup Charter

The facilities planning committee is advisory to the president. The committee develops recommendations for university space (i.e. classrooms, study space, office space, conference rooms, etc.) consistent with the university mission and strategic plans, and taking into consideration enrollment projections, trends in higher education, and institutional sustainability.

The committee:

  • gathers stakeholder input from students, employees, alumni, board, and other interested parties; and
  • represents the needs of stakeholders in the planning of university space.

The committee meets periodically as needed.

Contact Us

For any questions specific to this project, please contact [email protected].