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Academics

If the University of Oregon excels at anything, it is in providing students with a wealth of academic opportunities. Indeed, students feel it is “a perfect place for someone seeking a well-rounded liberal arts secondary education,” a school that has “all of the creative perks of a small learning environment with all of the excitement of a big school.” Sports are a big deal here, “but there is also an emphasis on rigorous academics.” Business, architecture, ecology, journalism, international studies, and political science all win accolades. If there is a chink in UO’s armor, it is the “inability for some students to get the classes they need.” With such a wide array of fields of study available, some students find that essential classes are only available at difficult hours. Students also give mixed grades to the professors, who range from “remarkable” and “really passionate” educators who “are invested in their students” to a few “quite terrible” teachers who “are not dedicated to the students.” Those attending UO should be self-motivating, since “the weight falls on the students to create relationships with professors.” It is worth the effort, though, as “doing so can open many doors.” When it all clicks—and many students report that once they were focused on their major things began to fall into place—students have enjoyed an education that “deeply altered the way I see things.”

Student Body

What kind of student attends the University of Oregon? The typical answer is that there is no typical answer. “You have your hipsters, hippies, jocks, athletes, drunks, nerds, and every other cliché you can think of”—students from “dreadlocked hippies to straight-laced conservatives, and everything else in between.” That diversity in the student body means, “if you’re willing to put forth any sort of effort into meeting people, you’ll find a group” who will click with you. “No matter who you are,” another student agrees, “there are programs and clubs on campus to take part in.” Greek or non-Greek does make a difference. Students say there is a “huge divide between Greek-life and the rest of the student body.” But overall, University of Oregon students are “friendly, open-minded, and generally environmentally/socially conscious.” In other words, “there are all sorts of students at Oregon, and it is pretty diverse.”

Campus Life

Eugene, Oregon, is not going to give the nation’s big cities a run for their money, but students here like it that way. When the weather is nice, students can be found outside “playing Frisbee, football, soccer, or just lounging in the grass,” and when the rainy weather of the Pacific Northwest forces people indoors, “you find students in coffee shops on campus and off, studying, visiting, or relaxing.” Music, hiking, and other outdoor activities are also popular pastimes. Indeed, the scenery proves a draw for many. “The coast is an hour away, hiking trails and mountains are everywhere, and you can even drive or take a bus up to Portland to get some city life.” Greek life is growing on campus but does not dominate the school, and despite prohibitions on drinking in the dorms, students manage it anyway. With the gorgeous scenery and wealth of things to do, it’s no wonder students think that “life at school is pretty great.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Student Orientation Programs
5263 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-5263

Phone
541-346-1274


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
University of Oregon Duck Store
Knight Library
Erb Memorial Union
Laverne Krauss Gallery in Lawrence Hall
Watch sports at Autzen, Hayward, or Matt Knight Arena
The University of Oregon's 295-acre, park-like campus is home to more than 500 varieties of trees, various private spots to study or simply stare at the sky, and tons of quick stops where you can grab a bite between classes. With a wealth of campus resources to make your life as a student easier, the UO campus feeds the mind, body, and spirit.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Hike Spencer's Butte or Drive Skinner's Butte
Visit Saturday Market and 5th Street Public Market
Take in the riverfront parks along the Willamette
Visit the Hult Center for the Performing Arts
Check out the local music scene
Eugene is the perfect balance of metropolitan culture and small-town feel. You'll find bookstores, cabarets, coffee shops, and concert halls. At the Saturday Market, you'll find locally grown produce, handmade arts and craft, and food booths featuring international fare. And, you'll be more likely to hit the town in jeans than in evening wear. The Hult Center for the Performing Arts is home to Eugene's professional ballet, opera, and symphony orchestra companies. It's also the stopping point on a well-traveled path from Seattle to San Francisco that brings major acts to town each year. Outdoor recreation is key to a Eugene lifestyle. You'll find more than 250 miles of bike paths, jogging trails, rock-climbing routes, and numerous riverside parks all within the Eugene city limits.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 1:00 M-F, 11:00 Saturday
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact specific department to see if available.

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Eugene Airport, conveniently located approximately ten miles from downtown and campus, is serviced by Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta, United Airlines, and flights connecting from any number of major airlines. For Eugene Airport information, call (541) 682-5544 or visit the Eugene Airport website. Additionally, check out Eugene Airport's ground transportation webpage to get to campus once you've landed. It provides suggestions for taxis, rental cars, and Omni Shuttle. Lyft and Uber operate in Eugene. Please refer to this map for designated pick-up and drop-off locations on campus. We recommend Matthew Knight Arena for daily tours and the Student Recreation Center for Duck Days or Duck Preview. Some visitors choose to fly into Portland and drive two hours south to Eugene. The Oregon Express Shuttle and HUT Shuttle transport visitors from the Portland airport to UO's campus. Portland International Airport's ground transportation webpage is another great resource. Train, Bus, or Shuttle Amtrak: 800-872-7245 Bolt Bus: 1-877-BOLTBUS Greyhound-Trailways, Eugene: 541-344-6265 Lane Transit District (Eugene's bus system): 541-687-5555

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the Eugene Airport Follow Highway 99 until it becomes 7th Avenue. Get in the right lane and follow 7th Avenue until it becomes Franklin Boulevard. Get in the right lane and follow Franklin Boulevard to Agate Street. Turn right onto Agate and turn left onto 13th Avenue. Turn right onto Columbia Street, and stay left to enter the Columbia parking garage. The Ford Alumni Center is on 13th Avenue, west of the Matthew Knight Arena, and above the Columbia Garage. From Portland and the north From Interstate 5 South, take exit 194B. Take Exit 2 and follow the signs to the UO. Proceed over the Ferry Street Bridge. Ferry Street becomes Broadway, which becomes Franklin Boulevard. Follow Franklin Boulevard to Agate Street. Turn right onto Agate and left onto 13th Avenue. Turn right onto Columbia Street, and stay left to enter the Columbia parking garage. The Ford Alumni Center is on 13th Avenue, west of the Matthew Knight Arena, and above the Columbia Garage. From Ashland and the south From Interstate 5 North, take Exit 191. Turn right onto Glenwood Boulevard, then turn left onto Franklin Boulevard. Stay in the left lane and follow Franklin Boulevard through three lights. Look for a "UO Next Left" sign as you drive west on Franklin Boulevard. At the fourth light, turn left onto East 13th Avenue. Turn left onto Columbia Street, and stay left to enter the Columbia parking garage. The Ford Alumni Center is on 13th Avenue, west of the Matthew Knight Arena, and above the Columbia Garage. From the Oregon Coast Take Highway 126 East until it becomes West 11th Avenue. Follow West 11th Avenue to Garfield Street and turn left. Take Garfield to Seventh Avenue and turn right. Get in the right lane and follow 7th Avenue until it becomes Franklin Boulevard. Get in the right lane and follow Franklin Boulevard to Agate Street. Turn right onto Agate and left onto 13th Avenue. Turn right onto Columbia Street, and stay left to enter the Columbia parking garage. The Ford Alumni Center is on 13th Avenue, west of the Matthew Knight Arena, and above the Columbia Garage. From Bend and the east Take Highway 126 West through Springfield and into Eugene. Take Exit 2, the Coburg Road exit ramp; keep left at the fork in the ramp. Go straight onto southbound Coburg Road, which becomes the Ferry Street Bridge. Stay in the left lane on the bridge, exiting onto Broadway, which becomes Franklin Boulevard. Follow Franklin Boulevard to Agate Street. Turn right onto Agate and left onto 13th Avenue. Turn right onto Columbia Street, and stay left to enter the Columbia parking garage. The Ford Alumni Center is on 13th Avenue, west of the Matthew Knight Arena, and above the Columbia Garage.

Local Accommodations
We encourage you to stay with our hotel partners: Our preferred hotel partner, Valley River Inn: 1000 Valley River Way 541-743-1000 Discount code: DUCKS Other recommended Eugene hotels: Best Western New Oregon 1655 Franklin Blvd, Eugene, OR 97403 541-683-3669 Best Western Greentree Inn 1759 Franklin Blvd, Eugene, OR 97403 541-485-2727 Hotel Eugene - Formerly Downtown Hilton 66 E 6th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401 541-342- 2000 Discount code: N2766223 For other lodging options, contact Travel Lane County's Eugene, Cascades and Coast at 800-547-5445.

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Applicants: 24,474
Acceptance Rate: 83%
Average HS GPA: 3.59







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