Lifelong learning and continual growth are important. Do it with others as smart, interesting, and interested as you.
Portland Underground Grad School (PUGS) offers courses and workshops that facilitate your becoming who you want to be. Taught by local experts, they are filled with smart, interesting, and motivated Portlanders. We believe that a quality education is key to personal and societal transformation.
We offer about 75 courses and have about 900 students a year. We are not part of the restrictive, bureaucratic, and expensive university “educational-industrial complex.” No degrees or certificates. No university credit. And proudly so. As a matter of social justice, our mission is to allow everyone a chance to keeping learning debt-free through our Radical Pricing Policy. Hope to see you in class!
"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
Change your status quo. Become 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