The University of Oregon is a public, 4-year school located in Eugene, OR. Founded in 1876, the 295 acre campus is located near the Willamette River close to the Cascade Mountains. The campus is an arboretum consisting of 500 species of trees and features over 80 buildings of a mix of architecture including modern and contemporary styles. The campus is divided into different sections: Old campus and memorial quad, Central campus, Lokey Science Complex and East campus, and South campus. The University campus has been used in a few films including National Lampoon’s Animal House; notable alumni from Oregon include Nike co-founder Phil Knight and former NFL players Dan Fouts and Ahmad Rashad.
Academic ProgramsThe University of Oregon is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and offers Bachelor’s Degrees, post-baccalaureate Certificates, Master’s Degrees, post-masters Certificates and Doctorates in over 270 programs. Specifically noted for Psychology, Speech, Art & Design and Music, the largest programs on campus are in Social Sciences and Business. The University is comprised of eight colleges and schools: the Robert D. Clark Honors College, the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Charles H. Lundquist College of Business, the College of Education, the School of Journalism and Communication, the School of Law, and the School of Music and Dance.
Per the Mission Statement, the school is committed to “exceptional teaching, discovery, and service. We work at a human scale to generate big ideas. As a community of scholars, we help individuals question critically, think logically, reason effectively, communicate clearly, act creatively, and live ethically. We strive for excellence in teaching, research, artistic expression, and the generation, dissemination, preservation, and application of knowledge. We are devoted to educating the whole person, and to fostering the next generation of transformational leaders and informed participants in the global community.”
Student LifeThere are over 20,000 undergraduate students enrolled in the University of Oregon, many of whom live on campus in one of the several residence halls and residential communities. The University sponsors over 250 clubs and student organizations including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the green and yellow Ducks field teams in 12 sports and participate in NCAA Division I competition.
In addition to athletics, the University sponsors an inter-collegiate Speech and Debate team. Among the traditions on campus is University Day, a campus-wide effort by to beautify the grounds for graduation ceremonies. Students learn the Values of the school: “We value the passions, aspirations, individuality, and success of the students, faculty, and staff who work and learn here. We value academic freedom, creative expression, and intellectual discourse. We value our diversity and seek to foster equity and inclusion in a welcoming, safe, and respectful community. We value the unique geography, history and culture of Oregon that shapes our identity and spirit. We value our shared charge to steward resources sustainably and responsibly.”