Portland Underground Grad School (PUGS) is learning and community for everyday life in Portland. We believe that although the formal school system ends when you're young, we all have the need and desire to learn throughout our lives. Intellectual growth and curiosity is key to a happy and engaged life.
We believe the best way to learn is learning in community with people as smart, interesting, and interested as you. We are independent and counter to the university-industrial complex. We believe that the community has enough knowledge to teach itself and can do it with less bureaucracy, barriers, and cost for everyone. We have four-week courses and one-day workshops taught by local experts that fit in your schedule and budget. Check out what's coming next:
Change your status quo.
Education is the tool that changes everything. Without it, nothing happens. Learning is the first step to change. Change yourself. Change the world around you.
Learn to be more...
aware, caring, committed, creative, flexible, fulfilled, future-oriented, generous, honest, improving, improvising, incisive, inclusive, independent, informed, initiating, innovating, inquisitive, insightful, kind, leading, rooted, self-aware, strategic, supportive + wild
Make Learning a Habit
"PUGS offers courses that I've never seen anywhere else - thought-provoking, creative, unique, innovative and really inspirational." - Melea Seward
"PUGS has allowed me to stimulate my mind outside of its usual confines. I have learned so much, and more important, spent more time thinking about my world in new ways." - Will Fain
"PUGS classes just feel different - it's a mix of learning and community building like nothing I've experienced. I've learned as much from my classmates as I have from my teachers." - Betty Brickson