Freshman Admission FAQ

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

  3. 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.

  4. What’s the difference between the application essay and a personal statement?

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

  5. 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 after 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.

  6. 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.

  7. What’s the minimum SAT Reasoning Test or ACT score required for admission? Do I need to take SAT Subject Tests exams?

    You must submit your scores from either the SAT or ACT (with optional writing component) exams. If your high school GPA is 3.00 or above, there is no minimum score. If your GPA is below 3.00, use our alternate admissions chart to find the minimum score needed to be considered for admission. We prefer to receive your test scores directly from the testing center. If your high school includes test scores on its transcripts, that is sufficient for your application, but please indicate on the special circumstances statement that we should look for your scores on your transcript.

    SAT Subject Test scores are only required if you graduated from an unaccredited high school or were homeschooled.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  1. Can I defer admission?

    No. If you do not enroll at the university for the term in which you were admitted, you must submit a new application with updated transcripts to reapply for a different term. Your $50 application fee is good for one academic year (fall through summer terms).

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

    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. More information is available from University Housing.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.
     
  5. 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), Freshman Seminars, and class registration toward the end of your senior year. Students admitted for winter, spring, or summer terms sign up for Mid-Year IntroDUCKtion.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.