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Eugene, OR
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18,738
Tuition (in-state)
$27,653 ($8,789)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 2518 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I don't know a whole lot about how strict the campus is, because I follow the rules. I have read their policies and it seems like they are followed by the student body. However, if an athlete disobeys the rules, or breaks a law, they will not be punished.

3 College Senior

Majors: The graduate program is selective. The most important criteria for admission into the MEd program is the application, your work experience, and why you want to teach are heavily considered. Letters of recommendation carry a lot of weight as well. There is an interview after the inital application screening. The interview is in a group of roughly five other interviewees and two staff.

5 College Senior

Majors: It is fantastic, the students are helpful and supportive of one another, the staff is helpful and supportive too. The facilities are new and use state of the art technology.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Courses for my major are all useful and amazing, the texts are all worth the money and will be used for years to come. The professors are helpful and encouraging. The class pedagogy is mostly think-pair-share, you have individual time to think about the issue, problem, or topic, then you talk with your table mates (classrooms in the Ed department are set up in tables not desks) and then you share out to the class what your final conclusions and thoughts were. There is some lecture but it is mostly hands on involvement.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: 98% of graduates from this program get jobs. It is one of the best programs to attend. They have job fairs and are constantly giving you information on new job openings.

5 College Senior

Academics: The program I am in is incredible! There is a lot of work involved, as a graduate student trying to complete a two year program in one year, the work load is very heavy, but very doable. The professors and staff are amazing and accommodating. The education program is incredible and worth every penny.

3 College Senior

Academics: The program I am in has excellent professors, I have not studied outside of my program besides with the music department. So far in the education program I have yet to find a professor that isn't willing to talk shop for hours :) The music department has some poor philosophies and some tenured professors that are not very nice to the students, but my experience in this area is limited to only a few classes.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of options, but you have to be careful where you go because many restaurants are gross. They pass their inspections, but I don't know how. I have eaten at many restaurants and only two or three have not made me sick. Also, the customer service in general is poor all over town. Students get a 'student survival kit' which includes coupons, but the food is still expensive for what it is.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: All the locals mostly graduated from the university, so they are either neutral or love the students. There are only one or two restaurants you can eat at consistently and not get sick, the cleanliness is not so great. There are a lot of events to attend if you so choose, because there is always something happening in Eugene. Shopping is average, there are two malls, one in Eugene and another in Springfield. There are a lot of secondhand resale stores that are definitely worth a look. Recreation is very accessible!

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Unless you are willing to live quite a ways off campus it really isn't worth your time or money. To live in a house or apartment within 10 blocks of campus every direction (except for north because that is where all the homeless and crime are) it will cost around 1,000 a month alone for either a crappy run down one bedroom, or a new apartment that has several rooms and you will HAVE to have room mates. There is no help through the school as they run their own rental business as well. You will need to expect to have to fight for a crappy house or apartment because they get snatched up fast, are ridiculously over priced, and are managed by rental companies that will find any reason to rip you off. There are only a few rental companies in Eugene you can trust, and even then they will still rip you off when they have an opportunity. One bonus is that when you get farther from campus the neighborhoods are nice, quiet, and a little bit better with prices (however housing costs in Eugene are ridiculously overpriced for what they are anyway).

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: It is a running town so a lot of students are in very good shape, both guys and girls. A lot of girls wear little to nothing in the spring/summer, and will even sunbathe in the middle of campus. The people on campus are not nice. They are very inconsiderate, rude, and self-centered. A majority of them are self-entitled and they believe that everything should be handed to them on a silver platter. I do not enjoy this type of attitude. Although the campus community itself is accepting of diversity, the people within the community are just equally rude to everyone.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I have not been in the dorms, however my experience with on campus student housing (apartments and houses) has been a headache. They only give you two chances to accept an offer from them before they remove you from the wait list (which is over 2 years long). I specified that I wanted to live in a house on campus, they called me with two apartment offers. They then told me that if I rejected the apartment offer that they would remove me from the wait list and I would have to re apply. I understand that oncampus housing is very popular, but they are not meeting the requests of students.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: The information is readily available at the financial aid office. They are very good at helping answer any questions and offering suggestions to help get more aid.

5 College Senior

Diversity: This school and its students and staff have excellent support systems for all ethnic/racial, economic, political, religious, and sexual orientations. The LGBT community is very active, and there are many ethnic group clubs etc. It is very easy to become involved in campus politics.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: The greek students are viewed as people that pay too much to share a space with a lot of shallow, not so articulate people. The greek students are required to do SO many activities outside of their regular classes, that if you want a chance at passing you'd better save yourself the extra money and time and just not join greek life. They have tons of social occasions and require you to buy new and matching/similar outfits for these occasions. If you love socializing every minute of free time you have, greek life might be for you. The housing is very nice, but you definitely pay for it.

4 College Senior

Facilities: The student center is great, there are a lot of food options and a large amount of space to park yourself. The library is great, there is a lot of space for studying, I have never had an issue finding a place to study or a computer to use. There are parks all around campus, and campus itself has TONS of green spaces. It is very beautiful.

4 College Senior

Athletics: A huge population of the student body attends the sporting events. The teams generally perform very well, and the school spirit is very strong. Many of the students wear university wardrobe, and openly cheer "go ducks!" to one another whenever the moment strikes. The athletic facilities for student athletes are incredible, but the athletic facilities for everyone else are subpar at best. I was very disappointed in the student athletic facilities. They are renovating, but the facilities are much smaller still (which doesn't make sense because the student population far outweighs the student athlete population). OSU just 45 minutes north has incredible facilities for their students. A majority of sexual assault happens at and after football games by the football stadium.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: I spend most of my time in the education building, they have a lot of vegan and vegetarian options. The food is very delicious, but it is a little pricey. There are tons of options just down the road from Lokey Education building that are very popular like Qdoba, and several small cafe's that have delicious food. The variety is great, there are so many ethnic options, Indian, Asian, Mexican, and American options.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: I believe that parties can be a wonderful place to be socially productive. They can be a place where you can network, however, all I have ever heard or seen at parties are vulgar language, and rude drunk people. Sexual assault is very prevalent on campus, and it is taken seriously. The night life in town however is very good with a lot of options.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love this city, Eugene. It is peaceful and patient for international students to discover more.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: There are crime alert mails sent to students frequently, the school cares about the safety.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: They are mostly expensive. Some of them are not safe.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: It was unpaid, but it was really meaningful to me. It opened my mind and gave me a sense of American elementary school.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: My major program needs a recommendation letter from the volunteer site. However, it is hard for me to get it, because the site supervisor is not that responsible to write me a letter in an acceptable time.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: As I know, the price of housing which nears the campus is kinda high.

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Amy Beemer
Hometown
Pacific Palisades, CA
Major
Humanities
Grad Year
2014
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The University of Oregon is a big school in a small town. Eugene is more liberal than many college towns, however, and it offers a lot of atmosphere for its size. Tolerance and acceptance are strong values in the area, and many students like the feeling of community that comes from living in a town this close-knit. UO has something for every style and mindset, along with a wealth of opportunities and experiences to prepare you for the world outside college. At the UO, you'll find a school that is strong in both athletics and academics, as well as a campus surrounded by the perfect area for outdoor activities. With a beautiful campus and laid-back atmosphere, Oregon definitely stands apart from similar schools. Although ethnic diversity is lacking, there is a wealth of lifestyles and ideas to be found on and off campus. The weakest elements of the UO are more trivial things, such as parking and weather. While the academics may not be Harvard-level, most students feel that they're being prepared for a competitive world both in the classroom and outside of it.

Because of the liberal atmosphere, it's important to know how to balance schoolwork and social life if you come to Oregon. However, this isn't any more of a problem than with most city schools, and few students complain about feeling unsafe or distracted. The University of Oregon can provide the quintessential college experience with few drawbacks, provided you can adapt to life in Eugene.

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