UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
Enrollment: 24,450 undergraduates with approximately 3,800 graduate students
Public, 4-year, Coed Calendar: Quarter
Residential campus in city of 156,000 people
The University of Oregon is located in Eugene, Oregon which is a two-hour drive south from Portland. Direct flights from San Francisco International Airport fly into the Eugene airport located just 15 minutes from campus.
An education at UO offers the advantages of a large public university combined with the personal attention students experience at a mid-size private institution.
The campus is lush with green quads, towering trees, and colorful rhododendrons and azaleas. No wonder it is designated a national arboretum. Buildings are primarily red brick, but the newly constructed John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes and Matthew Knight Arena are examples of Oregon’s commitment to sustainable, contemporary architecture and state-of-the-art student services.
The University of Oregon is well known for strong academic programs in journalism, architecture, and environmental science. The Lundquist College of Business is gaining respect due in large part to excellent majors in accounting, finance and sports marketing. The Clarke Honors College boasts competitive admissions, providing additional rigor for high achieving, academically driven students.
If you think admission to the University of Oregon is easy, take note that admissions standards are increasing at this institution. The average GPA for incoming freshman in 2011 was 3.59.
The University of Oregon will welcome new leadership as Michael R. Gottfredson takes the reigns as president of the university. He most recently served as executive vice-chancellor and provost and professor of Criminology, Law and Society at UC Irvine where he successfully led efforts to grow student enrollment and add new faculty, degree programs, and facilities.
The Advising Staff is accessible and knowledgeable. Students who take advantage of the free tutoring resources will be supported for success.
Students are friendly, clean cut with Oregon, Washington, and California the largest states represented. Greek life exists on campus, however houses are not located in one designated area.
NEW!! The East Campus Residence Hall, a residential building for 450 students, is under construction and expected to open in the fall of 2012. Located behind the Law School, The East Campus Residence hall is a convenient two-minute walk to historical Hayward Track field and only five minutes to the heart of the Oregon campus.
Some of the undergraduate dorms are still tired and in need of renovation, but the rooms in the state-of-the-art Living and Learning Center feel slightly larger than a standard dorm room, with plenty of light and a clean look.
Adjacent to campus are a number of student friendly restaurants. The locals look a bit funky and colorful among of sea of spirited students in their green UO gear. There are a few finer dining establishments in downtown Eugene, but the hub of student entertainment is centered on the Oregon campus.
Rain is an on again off again drizzle. Oregon gets less of the wet stuff than Washington, but quite a few grey days. Students can be seen wearing light parkas and rain boots, however what captures the eye is the large number of students running throughout campus. These students are fitness focused and don’t let a little rain prevent them from taking advantage of the endless outdoor activities in Oregon. UO students make good use of the first rate athletic facilities as well as the fitness center. With the financial support of Nike founder, Phil Knight, upgrading academic and athletic venues, Eugene is appropriately nicknamed “Track town USA”.