About the UO

Nestled in the lush Willamette Valley, with an easy drive to both the Pacific Ocean and the Cascades, the University of Oregon is renowned for its research prowess and commitment to teaching. As a Duck, you will be challenged to question critically, think logically, communicate clearly, act creatively, and live ethically. 


It’s your move. Pursue a major or minor in one or many of our 300+ academic programs, and the student to teacher ratio is 16:1. You will be able to build relationships with your professors, pursue internships, study abroad, conduct independent research, and build your own academic experience with our flexible quarter system. Your total degree is 180 credits, with 60 for general education, 60 for your major, and 60 as electives. 
The University of Oregon is one of two schools in the Pacific Northwest selected for membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, a consortium of 62 leading public and private research institutions in the United States and Canada. World-recognized faculty pursue a career at the University of Oregon because of our rich environment for scholarship, and our students benefit from their experience, research, and engagement in the classroom.

Residence Life

An exceptional residence life experience at the University of Oregon is a pivotal part of your student experience as a Duck. Being much more than a place to study and sleep, there are opportunities to meet new people, get involved, eat locally-sourced food, and live your best life.  Residence halls at the UO offer many room types, meal plans, academic residential communities, and specialized communities to provide a living experience that is just right for you. Living with new people who share your interests is a fast track to exploring what you love to do.

Extracurricular Life

There are more than 300 student organizations at the University of Oregon from which you can choose. Perhaps you will attend the UO Music Industry Collective and the Medieval Combat Society.  Maybe you’re more of an athletics fan and will choose to compete in one of 42 club sports on campus or catch a Duck football game at Autzen Stadium. Whatever you choose, being part of the flock at the University of Oregon offers you the opportunity to explore new things, grow as an individual, and find your true passions. Visit studentlife.uoregon.edu to explore all of our extracurricular options on campus. 

Application Review

The University of Oregon utilizes a holistic review process when reviewing freshman applications for admission. We consider applicants as a whole individual, not merely select parts, such as GPA or test scores. Our holistic review takes into account factors such as a student’s strength of high school coursework, academic and extracurricular interests, unique talents, and personality. By evaluating an applicant from this perspective, we get time to know applicants as people, not as numbers.

We are competitive as an institution, but not highly selective in our admissions. This means that our main goal is to have a class of students who will be successful here and make the university a better place. In our holistic review process, we consider the applicant as a whole individual rather than a sum of their GPA and test scores. In doing so, we evaluate applicants based on who will contribute to the University of Oregon’s academic community in meaningful ways.


Meet the following deadlines to be considered for fall 2021 enrollment at the UO:

  • Early action—November 1, 2020
  • Early action completion deadline —November 15, 2021
  • Regular decision—January 15, 2021
  • Document deadline—February 15, 2021

Students who apply by our early action deadline and complete their application will receive a decision by December 15. Regular deadline students will receive a decision by April 1. All applicants for fall 2021 have until May 1 to accept their offer of admission.

Required Application Materials

Students using the Coalition application are required to submit the following:

  1. Coalition Profile and University of Oregon questions
  2. Application Fee: domestic applicants: $65 (or fee waiver); international applicants: $75
  3. Official copy of high school transcript
  4. Standardized test results (SAT or ACT)

Financial Aid

Our goal is to keep the UO affordable to students who choose us and to remove finances as a barrier to becoming a Duck. Every year, UO students are awarded $245 million from federal, state, institutional, foundation, and private funds. More than half of our undergraduates receive some type of scholarships or financial aid to help fund their education. You can explore your options at the following links:

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