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Pamplin Professional Preparation Program (P4)

An education at the University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business goes beyond the nuts and bolts.  The Pamplin Professional Preparation Program – P4 – is fully integrated into the academic curriculum and ensures that you leave campus with much more than just a degree.  You will start your professional preparation during your first semester, and continue to hone your presentation skills and build your professional network throughout your four years on the Bluff.  The P4 provides you with the opportunities and experiences to avoid the most common regrets of recent college graduates from other  schools.

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What is the P4 Program?

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P4 is...

Integrated into each curriculum is a core philosophy that by learning about yourself and the world with your head, hands, and heart, you will discover your vocation, and be prepared to enter the world as an ethical and creative business leader.

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Every Business Student Participates

The Pamplin Professional Preparation Program (P4) is a credit based 4 year program that all students in the Pamplin School of Business participates in. A framework is created to allow a deeper understanding of your strengths and the role it plays in your professional development. The goal is to understand yourself and the common good deeply enough so you can find not just a job, not just a career, but a vocation.

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From strength and interest analysis, to mock interviews, resume workshops, and dress for success seminars, and, finally, to job shadows, community service projects, and professional internships, students proactively develop professional skills and learn how to market those skills. Running a successful professional development program — which includes not only the specific activities listed above but also networking events in Seattle, San Francisco and Portland, campus speakers, and alumni engagement — requires annual funding of $30,000. To support the P4 program, and the ambitious students partaking, with a donation please email us at To assist with specific activities such as internships, job shadows and community service projects, please fill out the
P4 Engagement Form
Business student Kelsey Smith who will be graduating in 2018

Kelsey Smith - Class of 2018
BBA, Accounting

"Though it was a lot of work, I really think that the P4 program helped me end up where I want to be. I have been offered (and accepted) a full time position in the Fall of 2017, starting Fall 2018. I am so excited and really thankful for the opportunity. I am also thankful for the support I have received from UP to get there."

Business student Crystalin Jones

Crystalin Jones - Class of 2018
BBA, Marketing

"The Pamplin School of Business provided me with a setting that has allowed me to grow as a person and redefine my idea of success. I have learned that success is so much more than a salary, it revolves around the good you are able to do in the world. For this reason, finding a vocation that would allow me to take part in meaningful work on a daily basis was vital as I explored my options. Between all of the coursework I completed for the Pamplin Professional Preparation Program (P4), I discovered that what I truly want to do is teach and make a positive difference in the lives of the future generation."

Courses of the P4 Program

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BUS 100 - Introduction to Leadership Skills

Course Topics:
StrengthsQuest Test • Activities Fair • Ropes Course • Informational Interview • Networking • Site Visit/Job Shadow • Resume Building • Develop an E-Portfolio for personal and professional assessment
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BUS 202 - Professional Development

Course Topics:
Site Visit/Job Shadow • Group Mock Interview • Habit Awareness Seminar •  Cover Letter •  O*Net Assessment • 360 Communication Style • Draft of Personal Brand • Dress for Success • Service Day: Leading Self • Public Safety Driving Seminar
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BUS 302 - Professional Development Internship

Course Topics: 
Actions to Habits Seminar • Etiquette Dinner • Evaluating a Vocation Offer • LinkedIn Profile • Videos for E-Profile • Brand Video • Employer Profile Assessment • Individual Mock Interview • Internship Experience • Service Day: Leading Teams
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BUS 402 - Professional Development Leadership

Course Topics:
Finalize E-Portfolio • Service Leadership • Consulting Project BUS 400 • Leadership Philosophy • Leadership Speaker Series • First 90 Days Workshop • Networking • Transition from Student to Professional
AACSB International link to the website—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)As the world’s largest business education alliance, AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. Synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to over 1,500 member organizations and more than 785 accredited business schools worldwide. The University of Portland Pamplin School of Business is one of five business schools in Oregon accredited by AACSB.