University of Oregon

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1226 University of Oregon

Eugene, OR 97403-1226

Phone: (541) 346-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Jan. 15
application deadline

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#109 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Oregon is a public institution that was founded in 1876. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 20,809, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 295 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. University of Oregon's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 109. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,763 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $29,788 (2013-14).

The University of Oregon, or UO for short, is located in Eugene, a town that bills itself on its strengths in the arts and outdoor activities. Students interested in the arts have a similarly vast array of events to choose from at UO and the surrounding community, from the Oregon Bach Festival to the Cinema Pacific Film Festival. The UO Ducks sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Pac-12 Conference and draw a considerable amount of fans, especially in track and field and football. The school has a small but thriving Greek life with around 30 fraternities and sororities on campus. On-campus housing is not guaranteed, with spots filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Only about 20 percent of students live on campus, and the majority of these are underclassmen.

There is a dual enrollment option for students who want to take courses at both UO and a local community college. While at UO, students can give their résumés a boost through the Professional Distinctions Program, which incorporates extra academic concentrations, internships and career workshops. For graduate students, the University of Oregon has a highly ranked College of Education, as well as a law school, business school and other graduate degree programs. UO is also home to more than 30 research centers and institutes, from the Center for the Study of Women in Society to the Northwest Indian Language Institute. Notable alumni of the University of Oregon include Bill Bowerman, cofounder of Nike, Inc., and Ken Kesey, author of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest."

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

One of only 62 institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities, the University of Oregon is the flagship institution of the Oregon University System. Academic quality is the cornerstone of the University of Oregon's identity as a public research university. Students are guided by faculty members renowned for both teaching and research, including 33 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and 12 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,. Beginning in their freshman year, students take courses from faculty who are leaders in their respective fields, have opportunities to be involved in cutting-edge research in every academic discipline, and work alongside prominent scholars, assisting with their work as well as conducting original research of their own. Freshmen have the option to enroll in over 60 different Freshman Interest Groups, special course groupings in which small groups of first-year students take two core courses that are connected through a third seminar course. In addition, Freshman Seminar classes allow students to explore topics in-depth with some of Oregon's most prominent faculty members. Highly motivated students find opportunities for intellectual challenge in the Robert Donald Clark Honors College, the College Scholars program within the College of Arts and Sciences, or Research and Honors programs within individual departments. Distinctive opportunities include the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center and the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship within the Lundquist College of Business; the Green Chemistry Laboratory and the Alice C. Tyler Instrumentation Center, the first green chemistry facilities of their kind in the nation; the Lorry I. Lokey Laboratories building that is encased in bedrock nineteen feet below the ground, providing an optimal setting for nanoscience research; extensive opportunities for overseas study and internships; and Future Music Oregon, a center in the School of Music that explores sound and its composition through the innovative use of computers and new technologies. At the University of Oregon, more than 24,000 men and women study in idyllic, lush settings in the heart of the rugged Pacific Northwest where the dramatic Oregon coast is an hour's drive to the west, and the Cascade Mountains are an hour to the east, allowing easy access to both winter and summer sports and activities. The university's mid-range size gives it the ambience of a smaller institution, but with the benefit of the resources of a major research institution. The University of Oregon's 295-acre main campus is located in Eugene, nationally recognized as one of America's most livable cities, as well as one of its best college towns. The university is a community of scholars dedicated to the highest standards of academic inquiry, learning, and service who recognize that knowledge is the fundamental wealth of civilization. Students come to Oregon because they find faculty and fellow students who share their belief that education should inspire and prepare people to make a difference in the world. The University of Oregon challenges students to change the world by giving them the skills and knowledge to question critically, think logically, communicate clearly, act creatively, and live ethically.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1876
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar quarter
Setting city
2012 Endowment $493,505,870


When applying to University of Oregon, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 15. The application fee at University of Oregon is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 74.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 74.2%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Oregon is 19:1, and the school has 42.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Oregon include: Business/Commerce, General; Psychology, General; Sociology; Political Science and Government, General; and Economics, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 44%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business/Commerce, General 12%
Psychology, General 9%
Sociology 7%
Political Science and Government, General 6%
Economics, General 5%

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Student Life

University of Oregon has a total undergraduate enrollment of 20,809, with a gender distribution of 48 percent male students and 52 percent female students. At this school, 20 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 80 percent of students live off campus. University of Oregon is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 24,518
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Oregon offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Oregon also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Oregon.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Oregon, 43.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,955.

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In-state tuition and fees $9,763 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $29,788 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,109 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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