University of Oregon Summary

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Basic Statistics

Eugene, OR
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Mid-sized city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
73 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Extreme school pride
  • Beautiful location and campus
  • College town atmosphere
  • Small community feel within a large school

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • It rains a lot and can get pretty cold.
  • Greek system gone dry
  • Not a lot going on in the city besides the University
  • Not extremely diverse

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Oregon Student Reviews

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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.


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