Location
Eugene, OR
Undergrads
18,738
Tuition (in-state)
$27,653 ($8,789)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 2486 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food is pretty good, for the most part.

College Junior

Majors: I am a future teacher, and will need to shadow.

4 College Junior

Majors: The English program is very tight knit and great.

5 College Junior

Academics: The professors are amazing and extremely helpful.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are quite a few apartments around Eugene.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Many facilities meeting anyone's criteria.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love my school and everything about it!

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: There are many opportunities and emails sent out.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are many good looking men!

4 College Junior

Nightlife: There is always something going on.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Eugene is a beautiful place - there is everything!

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I have lived in a few different places in my life, but Eugene, OR remains my absolute favorite. There is something for everyone here. Outdoorsy? Check. Artsy? Check. Shopaholic? Well the options could be better but really are great! And besides, that's where an excuse to visit Portland comes in. I absolutely love everything this city has to offer. The city's pace isn't too fast, but not sluggish either. I'd call it "comfortably productive." Better stay away if you loathe rain, but honestly that's why it's so luscious and green here!

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: I enjoy people-watching, but that's about the extent of my larger social experience. That being said, there are certainly trends among the guys and girls on campus. Typically, guys fall into the athletic or geeky categories, but with a good dose of the artistic type sprinkled in there. Girls are typically also athletic or geeky. "Hipster" fashion is pretty obvious, but so is average-ness. It's nice to see that a decent number of guys and girls are both interested in looking good and taking care of themselves physically. Romance and PDA aren't a hugely obvious in observing campus life but also contribute a good deal to the social environment, all the same.

4 College Senior

Diversity: If you are looking for a diverse college experience, the UO delivers. You will find all kinds of people on campus - and out in the community. Everyone is accepted and has the same rights as everyone else. There might be hate speech thrown here or there, but for the most part this is a very tolerant and interesting student body. Seriously, if you can think of a "type" of person, you will find them here.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I personally have never been the victim of any crime on campus or while a student at the UO, but I hear from administration and even see from the campus crime alerts sent to my email that criminal activity on campus or among the student body is a pervasive and serious issue. Sexual assault is especially problematic. I advice taking precautionary measures to assure that you do not become the victim of a crime. This is not very difficult though - as I said, in three years attending this school, I've never had an incident, and that's just by living my regular daily routine.

4 College Senior

Academics: I really have no complaints about the academic environment at the UO. I have enjoyed every single class I have taken and feel like I've retained a lot of the information I learned, too. The art major (mine) is great. The workload is reasonable and the curriculum is engaging. I'm sure there are internship opportunities within the art department, but I have yet to investigate them.

4 College Senior

Academics: I am happy to say that every professor I have had at the UO I have enjoyed. Not a single dud among them. I know some people aren't as fortunate, but for me the UO's academic environment has been excellent. Registration can be somewhat frustrating, but even though I've had a few missed registration opportunities, I have always been able to work around them and take the classes that I wanted during a different term. I assume that once I'm a senior I'll have less difficulty with that.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: I have little experience eating in the on-campus dining facilities. I usually eat off-campus or at home. But from what I've seen the options are good and generally healthy, which is a huge plus.

4 College Senior

Majors: I felt that the process for applying to the art major was very straightforward and simple. You are required to provide a portfolio of work to be accepted, but I feel that their expectations are reasonable and it wasn't very difficult to produce/submit.

3 College Senior

Majors: I have really loved every art class and art history class I have taken in this program. One criticism I would offer is that the curriculum is certainly less technically-based and more theoretically-based. So if you are interested in boosting your technical skills, the classes offer little more than practice time. But if you want to get an edge on the art world as a theoretical artist (that's really hot these days), and to improve your artist statement writing and the like, then you are in a pretty good place.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I love each and every off-campus dining "facility" (restaurant) I have eaten at. The are all very tasty, manageable cost, and definitely a plus for me, very very vegan friendly. My favorite is probably Cafe Yumm, which has multiple locations around Eugene.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I don't actually have much experience testing the limits of the UO's campus policies' strictness, but from what I see on a day-to-day level, things are pretty much just as they should be. If anything, some behaviors should be cracked down on more.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: We have very good off campus housing and many options.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is awesome! It is super popular but also very laid back.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: UO has the best menu options around! We love to eat healthy but there is always room for delicious munchies!

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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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