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4 College Junior

Diversity: It's a big football university in the middle of a hippie town- party kids and peaceful stoners

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not very involved, but it appears to be quite diverse.

2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The U of O is not very diverse... but for that matter, neither is Eugene.

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.


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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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 30 responses

  • 87% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 7% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 3% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 3% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 122 responses

  • 10% Progressive/very liberal
  • 34% Liberal
  • 32% Moderate
  • 6% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure

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

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

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 126 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 124 responses

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

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 30 responses

  • 63% No
  • 10% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 20% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 3% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 3% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 30 responses

  • 10% Republican
  • 47% Democratic
  • 17% Independent
  • 3% Other party not mentioned
  • 23% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 29 responses

  • 86% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 10% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 3% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 69% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 28% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 3% 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 important is religion in your life?    Based on 30 responses

  • 3% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 20% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 27% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 50% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 122 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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