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University of Oregon in Eugene

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About the University of Oregon in Eugene

The University of Oregon (UO) is a 4-year, public university located in Eugene. Established in 1872, the university's first graduating class consisted of only 5 students. In fall 2011, the University of Oregon was home to more than 24,000 students. U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Oregon 55th in its 2013 listing of the nation's top public schools.


The University of Oregon is comprised of 4 schools and 4 colleges: the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, the School of Journalism and Communication, the School of Law, the School of Music and Dance, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, Lundquist College of Business and Robert D. Clark Honors College. UO offers 268 academic programs, which include over 75 undergraduate majors, over 75 master's programs, over 40 doctoral programs and 30 post-master's certificate programs.

As of 2010-2011, the most popular bachelor's degrees at UO included business commerce, psychology and political science/government. The most popular master's degrees were teacher education, business administration and architecture, and the most popular doctoral degree program was in chemistry. The median class size for fall 2011 was 19 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio was 24 to 1. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked UO's education program 8th among the nation's Best Education Schools; the university's special education program was ranked 3rd among national special education programs.

UO contains several off-campus locations and associated institutes. Originating as a base for UO's marine biology program in the mid-1920's, the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB), located along the coast in Charleston, Oregon, offers students a year-round marine research facility. Also located at OIMB is the Loyd and Dorothy Rippey Library. The Pine Mountain Observatory, outside Bend, Oregon, and located at about 6,400 feet elevation, is run by UO's physics department. UO also has a campus in Portland, where students can pursue advanced studies in subjects like law, architecture, business and journalism.


Prospective students interested in early notification acceptance need to apply to UO by November 1st of the year prior to desired fall admission; otherwise, freshmen undergraduate applications are due by January 15th of the year of desired admission. Applications for spring admission are due February 1st of the year of desired enrollment. Winter or summer admission is also available. Applications can be submitted online directly through the university, and there is a non-refundable fee of $50. In addition to the university application, prospective students must submit a separate application to the college or school they wish to attend. College and school application deadlines can vary and are sometimes different from the university admissions deadline.

UO requires freshmen applicants to complete high school and college preparatory coursework with a C- or better, to have graduated with at least a 3.0 GPA, to submit high school transcripts, along with SAT or ACT scores, and to complete an application essay. Students also can submit an explanation of personal circumstances if they fail to meet the mentioned requirements. In 2011, 44% of all undergraduates were out-of-state students, and 6% of undergraduates were international students. Among the undergraduate class, 70% of all students were white, 6% were Hispanic or Latino and 5% were Asian.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 school year, in-state students could expect to pay $9,258 in tuition and mandatory fees. Out-of-state students could expect to pay $28,653 for tuition and mandatory fees; neither of these figures accounts for the 1-time matriculation fee of $347, which covers orientation, transcripts and other services. University tuition and fees also do not cover living or other school-related expenses. On-campus housing and food was estimated to be $10,260, and the off-campus estimate for living was $9,501. Books and school-related supplies were predicted to cost $1,050. Applying to UO by the regular deadline and submitting a FAFSA can automatically enter students in the running for 6 university scholarships.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's degree, post-baccalaureate certificate, master's degree, post-master's certificate, doctoral degree*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting City*
Student Body 20,623 undergraduate students and 3,773 graduate students in 2011*
Schools and Programs 4 schools and 4 colleges; 268 academic programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 24 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Business commerce (434)
Master's: Teacher education (123)
Doctorate: Chemistry (16)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates (Those Beginning Fall 2003) 46% in 4 years
70% in 6 years
72% in 8 years*
Admission Rate 79% for fall 2010*
Entering Class Size 5,466 for 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 86% for full-time students; 48% for part-time students*
SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students 25th percentile SAT: Critical Reading (CR): 492, Math (M): 499
75th percentile SAT: CR: 607, M: 611
25th percentile ACT composite: 22
75th percentile ACT composite: 27 (Fall 2010)*
Application Due Date Early fall notification: November 1st
Regular fall admission: January 15th
Spring admission: February 1st
Summer admission: March 1st
Winter admission: October 15th**
Tuition and Fees 2012-2013 $9,258 for OR residents; $28,653 for non-residents (cost does not include living or other school-related expenses)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) For 2010-2011 full-time beginning undergraduate students: Federal grants (23%), state and local grants (4%), institutional scholarships (52%), federal loans (46%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 72% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, **University of Oregon.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, 1217 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403
  • Phone: (541) 346-3201
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