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5 College Student

Academics: Fantastic programs and facilities, most people I know graduate in 4 years, which is becoming relatively uncommon for students at other comparable public colleges. We don't have an engineering program (you'll have to go to OSU for that) but if you're not interested in pursuing a career in engineering, that's a good thing! At most colleges, most of the funding is funneled into their engineering program, but without one at UO, that means that all of our other programs get sufficient funding and many opportunities.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: I believe the academics here is top notch. Great teachers. Great programs. Lots of useful resources, and a good job outlook post-graduation.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: It's a great school with a lot of options in classes

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Slight apathy among undergrads- passionate BFAs

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Heavy workload- slightly intimidating but great

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With a school as large as the University of Oregon, it can be easy for students to become lost in the crowd or feel distant from professors and faculty. However, the UO's small-feeling community at a large public campus really does apply to the academics as well. Professors at the UO always make themselves readily available during office hours and through email. Professors naturally vary in teaching styles, and most are passionate about their subjects.The most popular majors are usually business, journalism, psychology, political science, and sociology. More than 70 minors are offered as well, and they are easy to fit into most schedules.

The workload is what you make of it. If you aren't strong in math and science, try and take only one per term instead of overloading with difficult subjects. As long as you pick a schedule suited to you, the workload is very manageable. Because it is a large public school, a lot of classes consist of 100 or more students. Most big lecture classes will also have a discussion section where a smaller group of students will meet once a week to discuss topics in more detail with a GTF (graduate teaching fellow). Here you can ask more specific questions and get more of a one-on-one experience, which is very helpful.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
22:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
856
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
384
Total FT Faculty
1,290
Faculty with Terminal Degree
91%
Average Faculty Salary
$79,932
Full-Time Retention Rate
85%
Part-Time Retention Rate
47%
Transfer-Out Rate
7%
Graduation Rate
67%
Programs/Majors Offered
115
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 37%
  • 20 to 49 students: 46%
  • 50 or more students: 17%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Charles H. Lundquist College of Business
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Education
  • Robert D. Clark Honors College
  • School of Architecture & Allied Arts
  • School of Journalism & Communications
  • School of Music & Dance
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 4%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 2%
  • Psychology: 3%
  • Sociology: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • English (including composition)
  • Humanities
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Online courses are offered in subjects from astrology to economics to geography. There are no current full-time online degree programs. Online classes are a nice way to fit in a few extra credits in your schedule without having to make it to a weekly class. However, online classes do require a few hours of work every week and are not for everyone. Because there is no face time with a professor, sometimes managing to learn from text on a computer can be challenging. Professors are available through e-mail, though some are better than others about getting back to students.
Best Places to Study
  • Architecture & Allied Arts (AAA) Library
  • The Buzz
  • EMU Common Areas
  • Jaqua Academic Center
  • Knight Library
  • Law Library
  • Lundquist College of Business
Tips to Succeed
  • Balance your time between relaxation, fun, and work.
  • Don't be afraid to go to an academic adviser. They are very helpful if you want to bounce around ideas about your major or just talk about what classes you should be taking.
  • Go to class. With some of the bigger lecture classes, it may seem easy to skip out of class once in a while, but you will get behind and regret it.
  • Meet with your professors outside of class. If you get to know them, your grades will reflect that. They are more than willing to help with essays or questions you may have.
  • Take advantage of the resources at UO. There are free tutors in almost every subject available.
  • Take more than the minimum amount of credits. It is not too overwhelming, and you will be more on track for a four-year graduation.
Did You Know?
  • Two University of Oregon graduates are Nobel Prize honorees, 10 are Pulitzer Prize winners, and 19 have been Rhodes Scholars.
  • There are more than 75 majors and 60 minors to choose from at the UO. There are 18 preparatory programs, as well, ranging from business to law to medicine to even something like forensic science.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 174 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 92 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 91 responses

  • 26% This was my dream school.
  • 56% This was one of my top choices.
  • 18% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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