Prebaccalaureate and Duck Link Programs

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Working hand in hand with our high school colleagues, the University of Oregon is pleased to provide a special academic opportunity for high school students. The prebaccalaureate (prebac) program allows talented and motivated high school students from any geographic region to enroll in regular UO classes, with no course credit limit. Please note that the UO cannot provide on-campus housing for students in the prebac program.

Students are eligible to be considered for the programs for fall, winter, and spring terms while currently enrolled at a regionally accredited high school. Applications must be submitted to your school or district in time to be received by the UO a minimum of 30 days prior to the intended start term. (Applications must be received fully completed to UO a minimum of 30 days prior to the start of the term.)

Duck Link, a special program within the prebaccalaureate admission status, allows select high school students living in Lane County, Oregon, to enroll in up to eight credits per quarter at a reduced fee rate. To participate in Duck Link in any subject area, a student must have exhausted all high school course work available to them in that subject area. Duck Link students must submit an application for each term they wish to receive funding support. Students can mark more than one term on the application.

Applications for Duck Link and prebac are only good for a maximum of one academic year (fall, winter and spring terms) if the application is completed for more than one term. Students attempting to take Duck Link for subsequent terms must submit a new application.

Participation Requirements

  • Currently attending a regionally accredited or standard high school
  • Demonstrated maturity and self-sufficiency
  • Recommendation of high school official
  • Permission of a parent or guardian

Additional Duck Link Requirements

  • Outstanding academic performance in subject area
  • Exhausted all available course offerings in a particular subject area

Program Details

Students who are accepted into the prebac or Duck Link programs:

  • May enroll in regular UO classes as agreed on by the student’s high school counselor and parent, and, if participating in Duck Link, the school district
  • Receive regular UO credit that becomes part of their UO academic record
  • Are expected to fulfill all course requirements
  • Are required to meet all UO registration and payment deadlines, as specified in the schedule of classes for the terms enrolled

Approved Course Work


Those courses approved by your high school and parent or guardian. Students will need to work with their high school counselors or individual UO departments to determine the appropriate level of course work.

Duck Link

Participation is limited to a maximum of 8 quarter credits per term. Courses may be selected from the departments listed below, after an academic subject is exhausted at the high school. Students will need to work with their high school counselors or individual UO departments to determine the appropriate level of course work. Students are responsible for the cost of any coursework which has not been approved by the UO (coursework in non-approved areas or taken in terms that were not approved).

  1. Arts and Letters: English, foreign languages, humanities
  2. Social Sciences: anthropology, economics, ethnic studies, history, international studies, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology
  3. Science: biology, chemistry, environmental studies, geography, geology, mathematics/computer science, physics
  4. Other: as approved by high school and the UO


Applications should be printed and completed in full, then returned to your high school counselor for approval.