Eugene, OR
Tuition (in-state)
$27,653 ($8,789)
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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 Sophomore

Diversity: I feel like some American students do not that like Asian students in our school.

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.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: UO is very diverse and it is wonderful!

1 College Senior

Diversity: This school is NOT diverse (but I still love it, because those of us who are in the minority support each other).


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Amy Beemer
Pacific Palisades, CA
Grad Year
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The University of Oregon prides itself on having a diverse campus, yet white students clearly make up the majority of the population—over three-quarters—and most minority students are either Asian or Pacific Islander. Only about 20 percent of the total student body in recent years has come from a non-white background. While this rate of diversity is lower than that of the United States as a whole, it is in line with the population of the state of Oregon, and native Oregonians will probably not be surprised. This is typical of the Pacific Northwest.

Although you'll be faced with a fairly homogenous ethnic population if you find yourself at UO, the saving grace of the school is the liberal atmosphere both on campus and in the town of Eugene. Students say that they're exposed to people from many different walks of life, and the atmosphere is characterized by acceptance and tolerance of others. You probably won't find a lot of discrimination based on race, sex, religion, or other personal differences during your time at UO.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Hawaii
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 31%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 18%
25+: 16%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 6%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 8%
Native American: 1%
White: 74%
Unknown: 6%
Gay Pride
The majority of students are very open about their sexuality in Eugene, and it is well tolerated by both school and town. Groups like the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Alliance (LGBTA) offer a comfortable atmosphere to make everyone welcome.
Political Activity
The UO is a very politically active campus. Students are involved in activities ranging from student government to international protests. A great deal of students are liberal, but people of all political persuasions can be found on campus.
Economic Status
Economic status at UO spans the board. Both the town and the school are home to people from all walks of life. Many are middle class, but all economic statuses are represented
Most Common Religions
The most visible religious affiliation at the UO is Christianity, with student groups like the Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and the Christian Science Organization. Other religious views are also present, however, and on UO’s liberal campus, no single group has a strong or dominating voice.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The University of Oregon offers ethnic/cultural, international, religious, and women's groups. These clubs and organizations include: Black Student Union; Native American Student Union; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Alliance (LGBTA); African Student Association; International Student Association; Baptist Student Union; Catholic Newman Center; Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship; ASUO Women's Center; and the Women's Law Forum.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 120 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 14% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 6% Conservative
  • 32% Moderate
  • 34% Liberal
  • 10% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 120 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Conservative
  • 15% Moderate
  • 10% Not sure
  • 57% Liberal
  • 15% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 123 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 122 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 121 responses

  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 6% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 45% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 48% Very accepting.



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