Top Scholars at the UO

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At the University of Oregon you’ll discover a community of top scholars pursuing knowledge and achievement, conducting original research, and applying new ideas to real-world issues. High-achieving students choose the UO, the state's flagship institution of higher learning, for its commitment to academic excellence. And you'll find that the UO rewards you for excelling academically by providing scholarships and granting college credit for high scores on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams.

Programs for Top Scholars

  • Explore the Robert D. Clark Honors College, a highly selective four-year college of 600 undergraduate scholars that offers small, discussion-based courses taught by award-winning professors.
  • Departmental Honors programs are offered by nearly every department at UO, for example business, Englishpolitical science, or the BFA program in art. Each involves extensive course work, a final thesis or research project, and close mentoring by a faculty advisor.
  • Take part in a Global Scholars language program, which provide a language-immersive environment coupled with academic, social, and cultural opportunities in and outside of the classroom. Choose from programs in Chinese, German, Spanish, French, and Japanese.
  • Enroll in a Challenge FIG for first-year students.
  • Choose from more than 165 study abroad programs.
  • Take advantage of numerous opportunities to conduct research as an undergraduate.

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships for top scholars range from $1,500 to $22,500 per year. The Summit and Apex Scholarships are an example of generous merit-based awards for freshmen. You’ll be considered for most awards automatically simply by meeting the application deadline. Three awards, the Presidential, Diversity Excellence, and Stamps Scholarships, require separate applications. Learn more about the UO’s many financial aid opportunities from the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.
Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, and other national scholarships offer wonderful opportunities for you to study at prestigious universities around the world, including the UO. As a UO top scholar, you’ll be in good company—among the UO’s faculty members and alumni are two Nobel Prize recipients, 10 Pulitzer Prize winners, 19 Rhodes scholars, 58 Guggenheim fellows, and 129 Fulbright scholars. Recent major scholarship awards won by undergraduates at the UO include the Hollings, Goldwater, and Marshall Scholarships.
For more information on top scholar resources and recruiting at the University of Oregon, contact David Van Der Haeghen, Assistant Director for Top Scholar Recruitment. Or call us toll free at 800-BE-A-DUCK.