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University of Oregon

  • Eugene, OR
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 52%48%
    student ratio
  • 20,797
    total students
  • $8,220 | $28,305
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 15
    fall application deadline
  • 73%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 562
    sat math
  • 555
    sat reading
  • 547
    sat writing
  • 24
    act composite

Overview

The University of Oregon: Academic Excellence in a Supportive Environment

The University of Oregon is the state's flagship public university and a major center for teaching, research, and scholarship in the Pacific Northwest. The UO's commitment to academic excellence, coupled with the rugged natural beauty of Western Oregon and the excitement of 18 NCAA Division I Oregon Ducks sports teams, attracts top-notch students and faculty. Green is more than just a school color for Oregon's students and faculty, who enjoy a university that is environmentally conscious, socially active, and alive with opportunities for outdoor recreation.

The UO offers a variety of innovative academic programs that encourage students to succeed academically. Student ease into rigorous college course work with Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs), for example, small learning communities of 25 first-year students organized around a theme or idea tailored to a variety of student interests. FIGs help students embrace the life of the mind while taking two core courses together.

The UO's Robert D. Clark Honors College is the one of the nation's oldest honors colleges. Students experience the benefits of a small, highly selective liberal arts college, but they can also tap the intellectual and cultural resources of a major research university. Clark Honors College classes include 19 or fewer students, who can choose from among any of the UO's undergraduate majors, and work closely alongside an award-winning faculty dedicated solely to teaching and research in the honors college.

The College Scholars Program offers motivated undergraduates the opportunity for intensive interaction with faculty members and like-minded students. The program includes seminars and small general education courses, subsidized internships, and individual work in a supportive academic environment, leading to graduation with honors or professional distinctions.

In part because of excellent faculty and a long history of discovering new knowledge, the UO is a member of the Association of American Universities, an elite group of sixty-two public and private research universities. The UO is the only AAU University in Oregon and one of only two in the Pacific Northwest.

The UO is ranked highest in Oregon for chemistry, biology, psychology, and physics. Here, students delve into the sciences guided by faculty members renowned for both teaching and research, including 34 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and eight members of the National Academy of Sciences. The White House has also taken note--President Obama awarded the National Medal of Science to psychologist Michael Posner and appointed chemist Geri Richmond to the National Science Board.

Being Green is a Way of Life at the University of Oregon

In clean, green Eugene, sustainability is a way of life. Students' inspiration may come from the old-growth forests of the nearby Cascade Mountains, or from the miles of bike paths that crisscross the verdant Willamette Valley. The UO and the city of Eugene are cutting-edge leaders in ecology, recycling, and environmental science.

Many of the UO's buildings get a green thumbs-up, including the cutting-edge Lewis Integrative Science Building, which is on track to earn a "platinum" certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. In addition to temperature-controlled windows and an innovative waste heat recovery system, Red Oak trees on the building site were carefully saved through UO tree protection strategies.

The UO is home to several sustainability-oriented academic programs, including one of the world's best and longest-established programs in environmental law and natural resources law. The Department of Architecture is a national leader in energy-conscious design and sustainability. Processes for teaching chemistry without environmental degradation were created by teams of UO students and faculty members--these "green chemistry" techniques are now used in schools and universities around the world. Degree programs in both environmental science and environmental studies round out the offerings.

The UO's Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) is committed to innovative and ecological city design. Each year, the Sustainable City Year Program allows UO students from different areas of study the opportunity to provide real services to local entities transitioning into a more sustainable future. Since the program launched, it has included 13 academic departments, 1,300 students and 200,000 hours of effort on more than 40 sustainability-related projects for three cities in Oregon.

UO students compost and recycle. They hop a ride on the local hybrid bus system or ride their bikes to school. In fact, "Bicycle" magazine has lauded Eugene as one of the top 10 cycling communities in the U.S. Around the UO, sustainability isn't a buzzword. It's an important part of the university's culture and mission.

For a Rich and Fulfilling Student Life, Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Awareness Are Abundant in Eugene, Oregon

A list of the University of Oregon's major assets would have to include its location and local color. The 295-acre campus is situated in Eugene, Oregon, a classic college town bordered by pristine wilderness areas. The city is small enough to bike across but large enough to offer plenty to explore. Eugene is known for its commitment to activism, outdoor recreation, arts, and culture. The active music scene attracts major acts throughout the year, and "Rolling Stone" magazine has listed Eugene among its top 10 college town music scenes.

Eugene is known as "Track Town, USA" for good reason. The university's Hayward Field frequently plays host to events such as the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials and the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. In addition, the collection of the UO's Museum of Natural and Cultural History includes the world's oldest known running shoes.

With the Pacific Ocean an hour to the west and the Cascade Mountains an hour to the east, students have surfing, skiing, snowboarding, river rafting, and rock climbing practically in their backyard. The UO Outdoor Program, the largest cooperative university outdoor program in the nation, takes advantage of the UO's unique location to offer a host of wilderness adventures and outdoor recreation options.

The enthusiasm surrounding Duck sports is infectious. School pride radiates through Autzen Stadium, Matthew Knight Arena, PK Park, and throughout the community. Students cheer wildly with their fellow Oregon fans, and Autzen is known as one of the loudest college football stadiums in the country.


Location & Contact


Eugene, OR 97403
United States


Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Architecture
    • Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Interior Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Landscape Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • Asian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Russian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Ethnic Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Folklore
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Journalism Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Relations/Image Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Advertising
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Linguistics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Comparative Literature
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chinese
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Japanese
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Romance Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Italian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Humanities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physiology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Biological and Physical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics and Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Jewish/Judaic Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Human Services
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Digital Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Design and Applied Arts Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Photography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Painting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sculpture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Printmaking
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Metal and Jewelry Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Theory and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Jazz/Jazz Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Communication Sciences and Disorders
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

73% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied21,938
    • Accepted16,206
    • Acceptance Rate73%
    • Enrolled20,797
    • Female Applicants11,718
    • Females Accepted9,185
    • Female Acceptance Rate78%
    • Male Applicants10,220
    • Males Accepted7,021
    • Male Acceptance Rate68%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      C+ or better in15 college preparatory units
    • Required for Some Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.60
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen January 15th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer May 15th --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 555 490 620
    • SAT Math 562 500 620
    • SAT Writing 547 490 610
    • ACT Composite 24 22 28
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$8,220
    • Out-of-state tuition *$28,305
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,483.00
    • Room and board *$11,109.00
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students20,797
    • Male Student Percentage48%
    • Female Student Percentage52%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino8.06%
    • Black or African American1.97%
    • White or Caucasian63.9%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.52%
    • Asian5.16%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.48%
    • Two or more races5.82%
    • Unknown1.41%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout12.67% representing 75 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students36% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Cooperative housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 20%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Yes
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities Yes
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations political and environmental action, cultural organizations, major-specific organizations, community service organizations, club sports
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badmington Yes No No
    • Baseball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Crew Yes No No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Football Yes Division A Yes
    • Golf No Division 1 Yes
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes No No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badmington Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Crew Yes No No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 1 Yes
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Water polo Yes No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty1,473
    • Full-time Percentage70%
    • Part-time Percentage30%
    • Female Percentage47%
    • Male Percentage53%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio19:1 or 22,771 students to 1,177 faculty


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