Freshman Admission FAQ

  1. How will my application to the UO be considered?
  2. Do you accept the Common Application?
  3. When will I receive news about my admission to the UO?
  4. Do I need to submit letters of recommendation?
  5. What’s the difference between the application personal statement/essay and a special circumstances statement?
  6. Is an interview or campus visit necessary?
  7. What if I do not meet the UO's admission requirements?
  8. What’s the minimum SAT Reasoning Test or ACT score required for admission? Do I need to take SAT Subject Tests exams?
  9. Does the UO give college credit for Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam scores?
  10. If I was homeschooled, attended an unaccredited high school, or earned a GED, how can I gain admission to the UO?
  11. Can I defer admission or take a gap year?
  12. How do I apply for on-campus housing?
  13. Is the November 1 Early Action deadline binding?
  14. Are scholarships available from the UO?
  15. When do I register for my first classes?
  16. What is tuition equity? How do I become eligible?
  17. How much does it rain in Eugene?

  1. How will my application to the UO be considered?

    To be considered for admission to the UO, you must meet our standard admission requirements. Your application will undergo our comprehensive admission process. If you do not meet the standard admission requirements, explore the options for alternative admission.

  2. Do you accept the Common Application?

    Beginning August 2017, the UO will accept the Common Application for freshman admission only. You can still use the UO application, but if you're applying to at least one other Common Application school, using the Common Application has the potential to cut down the time you spend filling out applications. Spend that extra free time planning a visit to campus.

  3. When will I receive news about my admission to the UO?

    Apply by the November 1 Early Action (or early notification) deadline, and you’ll hear from us by December 15. Apply before the regular January 15 deadline, and you’ll receive our decision by April. No matter when you apply, you will have until May 1 to make your decision.

  4. Do I need to submit letters of recommendation?

    No, but we will review any that you submit. If your GPA is 3.00 or below, letters of recommendation are advised.

  5. What’s the difference between the application personal statement/essay and a special circumstances statement?

    The admissions personal statement/essay is required. A special circumstances statement is not required, but may be submitted to explain any obstacles in your life that hindered your academic performance in high school.

  6. Is an interview or campus visit necessary?

    No, but visiting campus is the best way to determine if the UO is the right fit for you and to get a sense of the campus atmosphere. Delivered by current students, campus tours are held five times a day Monday through Friday and once on Saturday. Group-style information sessions, which focus on many common questions and issues, are held directly belfore the tours. We recommend allotting at least a half-day for the visit, especially if you’d also like to meet advisers or faculty members in specific departments. Portland-based information sessions are available at the White Stag Block. More information on visiting the Eugene campus or Portland center is available on the Campus Visits webpage.

    We don’t conduct formal interviews in the Office of Admissions, but you are welcome to meet with an admissions counselor for specific questions or issues that you prefer to address one-on-one. We take pre-arranged appointments as well as drop-ins.

  7. What if I do not meet the UO's admission requirements?

    First, explore the options for alternative admission. Even if you don’t meet the admission requirements, we encourage you to apply and to include a personal statement explaining any circumstances that hindered your academic performance.

  8. What’s the minimum SAT Reasoning Test or ACT score required for admission? Do I need to take SAT Subject Tests exams?
    SAT or ACT tests are considered equally—neither is preferred over the other. While standardized tests give us an important way to evaluate a student’s potential (free from the variation in grading rigor that occurs from school-to-school and teacher-to-teacher), we also recognize that these four-hour assessments are harder for some students than others.  SAT Subject Test exams are not required, unless you are a homeschooled student or are satisfying our Alternative Admission requirements.
     
  9. Does the UO give college credit for Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam scores?

    Yes, the UO grants college credit for AP and IB exam scores that meet the university's requirements. You must obtain an official score report from the AP or IB administrators and have it sent directly to the UO.

  10. If I was homeschooled, attended an unaccredited high school, or earned a GED, how can I gain admission to the UO?

    Read the requirements for homeschooled applicants. Read the requirements for students from nonaccredited high schools. Read the requirements for applicants with a GED degree.

  11. Can I defer admission, or take a gap year?

    Yes, on a case-by-case basis. If you have been admitted for a specific term but wish to postpone when you begin college, the University of Oregon is now considering deferral requests for students offered freshman admission. To request a deferral of up to one academic year, visit our gap year webpage and follow the steps listed there. The deferral option is not appropriate for students who plan to start college elsewhere then transfer to Oregon, or for freshmen admitted from our waitlist. Don't know much about gap years in general? Read this helpful information from NACAC.

  12. How do I apply for on-campus housing?

    As soon as you are admitted to the UO (and not before) you should apply for housing and sign your housing contract online. All freshmen at UO live on campus. Space is limited, so apply as soon as possible. More information is available from University Housing.

  13. Is the November 1 Early Action deadline binding?
    No. Early Action means that if you apply by November 1 for admission, you will receive a response from the Office of Admissions by December 15. You still have until May 1 to make your decision.

  14. Are scholarships available from the UO?

    Yes. Eligible incoming freshmen will be considered for many scholarships including the Summit or Apex and general university scholarships. Financial need may be a factor. To ensure your consideration for all available UO scholarships, you are encouraged to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list the UO (school code 003223). More scholarship information, including specific criteria and award amounts, is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

    The following scholarships require a separate application: Presidential, Stamps, and Diversity Excellence.
     
  15. When do I register for my first classes?

    During orientation you’ll learn about degree requirements, meet with your advisor, and register for classes. For students entering in the fall, there are orientation sessions in July and August called IntroDUCKtion. You’ll receive information on Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs) and class registration toward the end of your senior year. Students admitted for winter, spring, or summer terms sign up for Mid-Year IntroDUCKtion.

  16. What is tuition equity? How do I become eligible?

    The tuition equity law provides that students who meet certain criteria are exempt from nonresident tuition and fees. Read more.

  17. How much does it rain in Eugene?

    Normal annual rainfall is 46 inches, which is about the same as Boston, Philadelphia, and New York (not combined!). In Eugene, the rain is concentrated between the months of October and April. Eugenians are accustomed to the rain, and it’s common to see people riding bikes and running outside throughout the year. Eugene's climate, with an average temperature of 53 degrees, is one of the city's attractive features. Mild winters, long growing seasons, sunny and dry summers, and few drastic weather changes are characteristic.