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University of Oregon

Nestled in the lush Willamette Valley, with an easy drive to both the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, the University of Oregon is renowned for its research prowess and commitment to teaching.

About the University of Oregon

We exist to provide access to a high-quality education for those who want one. Students who will help us shape the future. We’re here to spread knowledge because knowledge is the wealth of any civilization. It adds depth and meaning to the world, and it can change lives on the most fundamental level, for the better. And we exist to cultivate excellence in all things, by preparing students to be active participants in a global society. Students who question critically, think logically, communicate clearly, act creatively, and live ethically. This is who we are. Who we’ve always been. And who we will continue to be.


  • Students: 23,634
  • Average GPA of entering students: 3.58
  • Retention rate for freshman: 87%
  • Ethnic and racial minorities freshman: 31%
  • First-generation college student freshman: 26%
  • Freshman who receive Federal Pell Grant: 38%


The University of Oregon is one of just two schools in the Pacific Northwest selected for membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, a consortium of 62 leading public and private research institutions in the United States and Canada.

  • #1 in Oregon
  • Tier 1 national public research university
  • 24% of undergraduates study abroad
  • 300+ degree and certificate programs
  • 17:1 student to teacher ratio
  • 20 median class size

Top 10 Majors (Fall 2016): Business Administration, Journalism and Communication, Psychology, Human Physiology, Biology, Economics, General Social Science, Computer and Information Science, Political Science, Environmental Studies

The Place for Green

The University of Oregon leads the nation in finding creative solutions environmental challenges. We rank No. 1 in the nation in sustainable design (according to America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools 2015). The Oregon MBA is the No. 4-ranked “Green MBA” in the country (by the Princeton Review). We invented green chemistry, which uses chemistry research to build more environmentally sustainable products and makes science labs more environmentally sustainable. And our Sustainable Cities Initiative lets students work with cities across Oregon to bring environmentally sustainable solutions to urban planning.

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