Why UO

Excellence is a Given
Here's why the UO should be your first choice.

We’re relentlessly innovative, but grounded in history. We’re thinkers who create, builders who dream, explorers and adventurers happily rooted in our own personal arboretum. We believe in conversation, collaboration, respect and inclusion. So what would it be like to be a Duck?

 

17:1
STUDENT TO TEACHER RATIO
$245M
YEARLY FINANCIAL AID TO STUDENTS
300+
STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS
$245M
STUDENT TO TEACHER RATIO
3.58
YEARLY FINANCIAL AID TO STUDENTS
300+
STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS

 

We’re a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), meaning we’re among the top 32 public research universities in the nation. We value the curiosity that drives Ducks to seek solutions to big problems. It’s in our nature to innovate and collaborate with each other—across campus and across disciplines. With many projects to choose from, our students get access to internships and research opportunities. And in the process, we support, educate, and give back to the world.

 

 

 

We're defined by where we are

 

 

 

Our 295-acre campus is smack-dab in the middle of some of the most beautiful places to be outside anywhere. This place informs our decisions and our innovation. We jog in the morning, bike to school, and roll along 13th Avenue to meet friends. We ski down mountains, float down rivers, and play along the beaches on the weekends. Through the groundbreaking Outdoor Program, Ducks can explore solo with low-cost gear rental or join a group trip or workshop, with plenty of options for different physical abilities and experience levels.

There’s something about Eugene that makes it more than a little special. From the moment you arrive, you’ll feel right at home. This place feels familiar, green, and friendly, but also modern, totally connected, and cosmopolitan. It’s kind of perfect—an extraordinary academic community surrounded by a quintessential college town. It’s alive with music, culture, food, art, and just the right amount of weird to keep things interesting.

Life as a Duck

Your college education doesn’t start and end in the classroom. Ducks like to get out, get involved, and put the lessons they learned in class into action. With more than 300 student organizations on campus, you’ll have plenty of room to explore. Focus on one passion or try a hundred. You never know where it might lead.

Living on campus is about connection: to friends, resources, and seriously good food. Our residence halls are designed to enhance your life on campus, with live-in faculty members, locally-sourced and organic food, traveling tutors and advisors—even communal kitchens, music practice rooms, and a makerspace. From creating public health campaigns to exploring Native American history and culture to sharpening your language skills, joining an Academic Residential Community is your chance to explore an interest, form close connections with faculty members, and make lifelong friends.

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Our commitment to equity and inclusion

For us, equity and inclusion isn’t a checkbox—it’s a continuous commitment to be and do better. We know it takes intention, humility, and a willingness to listen to and learn from the people around us. It takes critical thinking and sometimes changes to our behaviors. Our community is at our best when we affirm, respect, support, and celebrate what makes us different along with the common threads that tie us together. We’re Ducks, and together our differences make us strong.

 

TOP 20
PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR GRADUATING UNDERREPRESENTED STUDENTS
34%
OF FRESHMEN ARE ETHNIC AND RACIAL MINORITIES
TOP 25
LGBTQ-FRIENDLY COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
TOP 20
PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR GRADUATING UNDERREPRESENTED STUDENTS
34%
OF FRESHMEN ARE ETHNIC AND RACIAL MINORITIES
TOP 25
LGBTQ-FRIENDLY COLLEGES AND UNIVERISITIES

Go Ducks!

Ducks love to move—on the field, on the court, in the water, on the slopes. We play practically every sport playable, at every skill level. For those who want to break a sweat without competing, our state-of-the-art Student Recreation Center offers everything from rock climbing to yoga. In the stands, we love to cheer on our Ducks, whether they’re playing one of our 18 Division I sports on the national stage or trying their hand at an intramural inner-tube water polo tournament. It’s not just about winning—it’s about being part of a team.

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Whether you know exactly what you want to do after college or aren’t even sure where to start, we’ve got the tools to move you forward. With the Career Center and discipline-specific career services, we’ve got the support system throughout campus to help you get wherever it is you want to go. 

Your time at the University of Oregon is your chance to prepare for wherever your life might take you. Here, you’ll discover a community of students pursuing knowledge and applying new ideas to real-world issues.

So what are you waiting for?

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