From the School

At the University of Oregon (UO), you'll be part of a community dedicated to making a difference in the world. Whether you want to change a community, a law, or one person's mind, the UO will provide you with the inspiration and resources you'll need to succeed.
With a student-teacher ratio of 20:1 and a median class size of 20 students, you'll connect easily with faculty members and your peers. You'll also have all the resources of a major research university, with 269 comprehensive academic programs and more than 250 student organizations.
Set in a 295-acre arboretum, the University of Oregon is aesthetically and environmentally green. Academic programs and student activities will bring you to the forests, mountains, and rivers of Oregon's wilderness areas. On campus, 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 preserved. At the UO, you'll have access to nationally recognized programs in sustainable business, architecture, and technology. In addition, our Campus Recycling Program is a national award winner, and the university recently signed an agreement to eliminate our carbon footprint.
You'll learn to see the world differently, attending classes alongside students from all fifty states, two US territories and ninety-five countries. You'll learn from people with religious, cultural, and ethnic heritages different from your own. Your global degree options include 20 languages, as well as international, ethnic, religious, African, Asian, European, Latin American, Judaic, and Russian, Eurasian, and East European studies. The UO offers 170 study programs in 95 countries. You'll experience the history, arts, social institutions, customs, and beliefs of new cultures while earning credit toward your UO degree. The IE3 Global Internships Program offers you professional experience in internships worldwide.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
490 - 620
SAT Math
500 - 620
ACT Composite
22 - 28


January 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA


From The School

The UO is on a quarter system, and you'll spend about one third of your education on each of three areas of course work: the general education requirements, requirements for your major, and elective credit. Your general education requirements will include courses in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities as well as multicultural course work.

Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs) bring together a small group of 25 first-year students interested in the same academic area in three related interdisciplinary courses. Freshman Seminars are small-group discussion courses taught by some of the UO's most outstanding faculty members. These academically rigorous FIG programs provide a helpful transition to college-level course work.

The Robert D. Clark Honors College offers the academic rigor of an outstanding small liberal arts college with all the resources of a major research university. High-achieving students prepare for participation and leadership in society and come to understand the role of knowledge in their lives as global citizens. CHC classes are limited to 19 or fewer students and complement any UO major. The CHC application process is competitive, with 200 spots available each year and applications averaging more than 1,500.

Upon acceptance to the UO, qualified students will be invited to join the College Scholars Program. You'll have access to specialized courses, internship opportunities, and scholarships. Faculty members assist you in developing a plan to achieve department honors or professional distinctions upon graduation.

Students Say

If the University of Oregon excels at anything, it is in providing students with a wealth of academic opportunities. Indeed, students feel it is “a perfect place for someone seeking a well-rounded liberal arts secondary education,” a school that has “all of the creative perks of a small learning environment with all of the excitement of a big school.” Sports are a big deal here, “but there is also an emphasis on rigorous academics.” Business, architecture, ecology, international studies, and political science all win accolades, but journalism is “pretty much the crown jewel of our academic programs.” If there is a chink in UO’s armor, it is the “inability for some students to get the classes they need.” With such a wide array of fields of study available, some students find that essential classes are only available at difficult hours. Students also give mixed grades to the professors, who range from “remarkable” and “really passionate” educators who “are invested in their students” to a few “quite terrible” teachers who “are not dedicated to the students.” Those attending UO should be self-motivating, since “the weight falls on the students to create relationships with professors.” It is worth the effort, though, as “doing so can open many doors.” When it all clicks—and many students report that once that once they were focused on their major things began to fall into place—students have enjoyed an education that “deeply altered the way I see things.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Phil Knight
founder and CEO Nike

Ken Kesey
author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Ann Curry
news anchor, NBC Today Show

Ann Bancroft
explorer, first woman to cross North and South Poles

Ahmad Rashad
professional football player;sports commentator

Edwin Artzt
former CEO, Procter and Gamble

Thomas Hardy


From The School

Undergraduate tuition and fees for the 2012-13 academic year: $9,258. On-campus residence halls, including room and board: $10,260 per academic year for double occupancy. Books and supplies: $1,050. Personal expenses: $2,430. Total: $22,998.

Undergraduate tuition and fees for the 2012-13 academic year: $28,653.
On-campus residence halls, including room and board: $10,260 per academic year for double occupancy. Books and supplies: $1,050. Personal expenses: $2,430. Total: $42,393.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College Aid Gift
Need-Based Federal Pell Grant
Need-Based Private Sch Grant
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

The Associated Students of the University of Oregon offers more than 250 student organizations, including cultural organizations, fraternities and sororities, student government, campus ministries, political groups, performing arts groups, international student clubs, and honor societies. Learn more at

The UO Student Vote Coalition led the nation in registering student voters in each of the past three presidential elections. The UO also ranks 8th in the nation for current Peace Corps volunteers.

Students Say

What kind of student attends the University of Oregon? The typical answer is that there is no typical answer. “You have your hipsters, hippies, jocks, athletes, drunks, nerds, and every other cliché you can think of”—students from “dreadlocked hippies to straight-laced conservatives, and everything else in between.” That diversity in the student body means, “if you’re willing to put forth any sort of effort into meeting people, you’ll find a group” who will click with you. “No matter who you are,” another student agrees, “there are programs and clubs on campus to take part in.” Greek or non-Greek does make a difference. Students say there is a “huge divide between Greek-life and the rest of the student body.” But overall, University of Oregon students are “friendly, open-minded, and generally environmentally/socially conscious.” In other words, “there are all sorts of students at Oregon, and it is pretty diverse.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



52% female
48% male
36% are out of state
91% are full time
9% are part time


From The School

The UO is located in the center of Eugene (metropolitan area population 156,929), a classic college town that's small enough to bike across but large enough to offer diverse art, music, and social venues. The Hult Center for the Performing Arts and the Oregon Bach Festival lure a variety of nationally acclaimed musical acts each year. Rolling Stone included Eugene in its list of top ten college towns that rock.

Eugene loves the outdoors, offering more than 100 city parks, 250 miles of bicycle trails, rock climbing areas, and beautiful public gardens, all within the city limits. Getting here is easy. Eugene is served by several major airlines and is on the main north-south Amtrak artery connecting Seattle and San Diego.

With 18 NCAA Division 1 teams, as well as 45 club sports, you'll have your choice of sports to play or teams to cheer. The excitement begins in the fall, when you'll root for the Ducks' football team at Autzen Stadium. In the winter, the men's and women's basketball teams thrill the crowds at the Matthew Knight Arena. In the spring, UO track stars compete at the world-famous Hayward Field, often the site for NCAA championships and US Olympic Track and Field Trials.

Two campus museums are valuable resources in the sciences and visual arts. The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art offers exhibitions of classical and contemporary art. The Museum of Natural and Cultural History features Native American artifacts, archaeological finds, and historically and scientifically significant items. Students appear in music, dance, and theater performances in newly refurbished facilities, including proscenium and "black box" performance spaces. Films, lectures, and cultural events are an everyday part of campus life.

Students Say

Eugene, Oregon, is not going to give the nation’s big cities a run for their money, but students here like it that way. When the weather is nice, students can be found outside “playing Frisbee, football, soccer, or just lounging in the grass,” and when the rainy weather of the Pacific Northwest forces people indoors, “you find students in coffee shops on campus and off, studying, visiting, or relaxing.” Music, hiking, and other outdoor activities are also popular pastimes. Indeed, the scenery proves a draw for many. “The coast is an hour away, hiking trails and mountains are everywhere, and you can even drive or take a bus up to Portland to get some city life.” Greek life is growing on campus but does not dominate the school, and despite prohibitions on drinking in the dorms, students manage it anyway. “We are a dry campus,” one attendee notes, “but that doesn’t stop students.” With the gorgeous scenery and wealth of things to do, it’s no wonder students think that “life at school is pretty great.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Support Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Hilary Gerdes, Ph.D.

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

13% join a fraternity
17% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

53% participate in intramural sports
2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Ducks)
7 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Ducks)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer Alliance.

Minority Support Groups: Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence.

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Oregon State University

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Special Pricing offered by Dell and Apple. For more information see

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1217


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
University of Oregon Duck Store
Knight Library
Erb Memorial Union
Laverne Krauss Gallery in Lawrence Hall
Watch sports at Autzen, Hayward, or Matt Knight Arena
The University of Oregon's 295-acre, park-like campus is home to more than 500 varieties of trees, various private spots to study or simply stare at the sky, and tons of quick stops where you can grab a bite between classes. With a wealth of campus resources to make your life as a student easier, the UO campus feeds the mind, body, and spirit.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Hike Spencer's Butte or Drive Skinner's Butte
Visit Saturday Market and 5th Street Public Market
Take in the riverfront parks along the Willamette
Visit the Hult Center for the Performing Arts
Check out the local music scene
Eugene is the perfect balance of metropolitan culture and small-town feel. You'll find bookstores, cabarets, coffee shops, and concert halls. At the Saturday Market, you'll find locally grown produce, handmade arts and craft, and food booths featuring international fare. And, you'll be more likely to hit the town in jeans than in evening wear. The Hult Center for the Performing Arts is home to Eugene's professional ballet, opera, and symphony orchestra companies. It's also the stopping point on a well-traveled path from Seattle to San Francisco that brings major acts to town each year. Outdoor recreation is key to a Eugene lifestyle. You'll find more than 250 miles of bike paths, jogging trails, rock-climbing routes, and numerous riverside parks all within the Eugene city limits.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: 8:30, 9:30, 11:00, 12:30, 2:00 M-F, 10:30 Saturday
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact specific department to see if available.

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The closest airport is approximately ten miles from campus, from there you can get to campus by taxi or shuttle bus. The train station is approximately two miles from campus; from there you can catch a taxi, bus to campus. The Greyhound bus station is approximately one mile from campus; from there you can catch a taxi or bus to campus. Lane Transit District buses are available throughout the Eugene-Springfield area and are free to students with UO identification.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the Eugene Airport Follow Highway 99 until it becomes 7th Avenue. Get in the right lane and follow 7th Avenue until it becomes Franklin Boulevard. Get in the right lane and follow Franklin Boulevard to Agate Street. Turn right onto Agate and turn left onto 13th Avenue. Turn right onto Columbia Street, and stay left to enter the Columbia parking garage. The Ford Alumni Center is on 13th Avenue, west of the Matthew Knight Arena, and above the Columbia Garage. From Portland and the north From Interstate 5 South, take exit 194B. Take Exit 2 and follow the signs to the UO. Proceed over the Ferry Street Bridge. Ferry Street becomes Broadway, which becomes Franklin Boulevard. Follow Franklin Boulevard to Agate Street. Turn right onto Agate and left onto 13th Avenue. Turn right onto Columbia Street, and stay left to enter the Columbia parking garage. The Ford Alumni Center is on 13th Avenue, west of the Matthew Knight Arena, and above the Columbia Garage. From Ashland and the south From Interstate 5 North, take Exit 191. Turn right onto Glenwood Boulevard, then turn left onto Franklin Boulevard. Stay in the left lane and follow Franklin Boulevard through three lights. Look for a "UO Next Left" sign as you drive west on Franklin Boulevard. At the fourth light, turn left onto East 13th Avenue. Turn left onto Columbia Street, and stay left to enter the Columbia parking garage. The Ford Alumni Center is on 13th Avenue, west of the Matthew Knight Arena, and above the Columbia Garage. From the Oregon Coast Take Highway 126 East until it becomes West 11th Avenue. Follow West 11th Avenue to Garfield Street and turn left. Take Garfield to Seventh Avenue and turn right. Get in the right lane and follow 7th Avenue until it becomes Franklin Boulevard. Get in the right lane and follow Franklin Boulevard to Agate Street. Turn right onto Agate and left onto 13th Avenue. Turn right onto Columbia Street, and stay left to enter the Columbia parking garage. The Ford Alumni Center is on 13th Avenue, west of the Matthew Knight Arena, and above the Columbia Garage. From Bend and the east Take Highway 126 West through Springfield and into Eugene. Take Exit 2, the Coburg Road exit ramp; keep left at the fork in the ramp. Go straight onto southbound Coburg Road, which becomes the Ferry Street Bridge. Stay in the left lane on the bridge, exiting onto Broadway, which becomes Franklin Boulevard. Follow Franklin Boulevard to Agate Street. Turn right onto Agate and left onto 13th Avenue. Turn right onto Columbia Street, and stay left to enter the Columbia parking garage. The Ford Alumni Center is on 13th Avenue, west of the Matthew Knight Arena, and above the Columbia Garage.

Local Accommodations
Hotels and motels Motels within walking distance of the UO Best Western New Oregon 1655 Franklin Boulevard (541) 683-3669 Phoenix Inn 850 Franklin Boulevard (541) 344-0001 Hotels within two miles of the UO Eugene Hilton 66 East 6th Avenue (541) 342-2000 Valley River Inn 1000 Valley River Way (541) 743-1000 Bed and breakfasts The Campbell House City Inn 252 Pearl Street (541) 343-1119 Excelsior Inn 754 E 13th Avenue (541) 342-6963 For more information about hotels in Eugene and the surrounding area, see
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