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3 College Junior

Diversity: There are always people that are not very accepting. There are groups that will accept you but I think that you will face others.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very accepting and diverse school located in a liberal hippie town. However, I wouldn't recommend coming to this school if you are conservative or if you don't embrace political correctness.

10 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Diversity: It is very diverse and accepting of those in the LGBTQ community. However I find that many Chrisians and Catholics are not as accepted, understood, or welcomed by some of the campus community.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Student

Diversity: Although the majority of students at UO are white, the campus as a whole is still pretty diverse. Most students are very liberal and accepting of others. In fact, a few of the fraternities here became some of the first greek organizations in the country to accept trans men! So proud of my ducks!

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I have a class soon so I need to keep my answers short. I think the ethnic diversity here is great. However, there is still work to be done to do with racial discrimination.

4 people found this useful Report
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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
2%
Asian
5%
Hispanic
7%
International
12%
Native American
1%
White
66%
Unknown
2%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
52%
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
44%
Male Faculty
56%
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 129 responses

  • 12% Progressive/very liberal
  • 33% Liberal
  • 33% Moderate
  • 5% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 14% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 193 responses

  • 29% Progressive/very liberal
  • 49% Liberal
  • 11% Moderate
  • 2% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 8% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 199 responses

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

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 103 responses

  • 9% Republican
  • 52% Democratic
  • 19% Independent
  • 3% Other party not mentioned
  • 17% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 73 responses

  • 79% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 19% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 1% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 102 responses

  • 77% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 21% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 2% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 129 responses

  • 48% Very accepting.
  • 44% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 6% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.

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