Freshman Admission

Once you are familiar with the UO's standard admission requirements, it's time to jump in the ring and apply online. For freshmen entering in the fall, the admission application—as well as the nonrefundable $50 application fee—is due January 15. Below you'll find information about what happens after you apply. Need more details? The freshman checklist provides a month-by-month guide to the application process.

How We Evaluate Your Application

When making an admission decision we consider the following criteria:

  • strength of academic course work
  • grades earned
  • grade trend
  • standardized test scores
  • senior-year course load
  • motivation as demonstrated in the application essay
  • extracurricular activities including community service and the need to work to assist your family
  • ability to enhance the diversity of the university
  • academic potential
  • special talents

Extracurricular activities will not compensate for low grades or weak course schedules. We offer tentative admission based on your sixth or seventh semester transcripts and your planned senior schedule. Final admission is granted only after we have received transcripts verifying successful completion of all admission requirements and your graduation.

Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

More than 65 percent of UO students receive financial aid, scholarships, or both. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online and list the University of Oregon (school code 003223) so we'll receive your information. Submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 to meet the UO’s priority deadline of March 1.

We award merit-based scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $110,000. Applying for most UO awards is automatic provided you meet the January 15 admission application deadline. However, Stamps, Presidential, and Diversity Excellence Scholarships require supplemental applications and selection is competitive. Up-to-date scholarship information, criteria, and award amounts are available from the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

In April of your senior year we’ll send you a detailed financial aid offer that shows how you can pay for school with your personal assets, part-time work, loans, grants, and scholarships.

Apply for Housing

Living on campus is not required, but we highly recommend it. As soon as you are admitted to the UO (and not before) you'll be able to apply for housing and sign your housing contract online. Space is limited, so apply as soon as possible.

Register for Orientation and Your First UO Courses

In the spring, after you’ve been admitted to the UO and paid your deposit, you’ll receive an invitation to register online for IntroDUCKtion and select your first UO classes.

IntroDUCKtion: Two-day student and family IntroDUCKtion sessions allow you to get to know the campus, meet other students, talk with faculty advisers, and register for your fall term courses. IntroDUCKtion sessions are held in July.

First-Year Programs: One way to get a solid start your first term, fulfill general education requirements, and explore a possible major is to enroll in a freshman interest group (FIG). In a FIG, you’ll take a college connections seminar limited to 25 students and two general education courses linked by a theme that interests you. One-third of our FIGs are residential. In those, you live close (but not too close) to the other students in your FIG.