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About the University of Oregon

Celebrating its 128th anniversary, the University of Oregon has welcomed six generations of outstanding leaders since opening in 1876. Today’s students, like the nearly 200,000 alumni before them, have access to the most current knowledge in classes, as well as laboratories and seminars conducted by leading researchers.

Ranked 15th in the country among public universities and sixth among “rising” public universities, the university is regarded as one of the “best buys” in higher education for its high quality and affordability. Two UO graduates are Nobel Prize honorees, nine have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 18 have been named Rhodes Scholars.

UO students select courses from departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, six professional schools and colleges and the G r a d u a t e School. More than 1,500 teaching and research faculty and 1,300 graduate teaching and research assistants serve as mentors, colleagues and friends to the more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at UO.

A group of Lane County farmers and merchants donated their crops and wares to erect Deady Hall, the first UO structure, and to pay professors’ salaries. Railroad magnate Henry Villard contributed funds to complete it. The second building on campus was constructed with public funds and named in Villard’s honor. Designated National Historic Landmarks by the federal government, both still grace the campus. Today, the university’s physical plant consists of 336 structures on and off campus and is valued at more than $312 million.

The 295-acre Eugene campus is the state’s center of liberal arts and sciences education, as well as one of the nation’s best teaching and research institutions. Professional schools in architecture, business, education, journalism and communication, law and music complete the broad range of course offerings, with degrees awarded in more than 121 majors.

University science departments are winning national attention in biomechanics,
computers, genetics, lasers, neuroscience and nanotech-nology.

The Lundquist College of Business has developed a major new emphasis in entrepreneurship and sports marketing, and the College of Education, one of the best such programs in the nation, is home to a nationally recognized Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior.

Among the Graduate School’s many institutes and research centers are the internationally recognized Institute of Molecular Biology, the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology on the southern Oregon coast and the International Institute for Sport and Human Performance.

Even as UO’s academic and research programs grow, so does the university’s representation of and commitment to diversity. Students of color constitute about 13 percent of the student body, and the university promotes increased diversity through such programs as the Office of Multicultural Affairs, which provides academic and support services to minority students; the Associated Students of the University of Oregon Multicultural Center; and various initiatives, such as establishment of the Ethnic Studies Program. About 1,400 international students from nearly 80 countries represent about 7 percent of the student body.
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The university’s seven professional schools and colleges offer programs that provide training to meet specific career goals. However, all programs require a substantial number of liberal arts courses in the College of Arts and Sciences to ensure a well-balanced education.

The College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences house the state’s only honors college, bringing together some of the most promising students and specially selected faculty members in a challenging academic program with carefully designed small classes and close advising.

Many of the college’s departments enjoy national acclaim, including high rankings for the psychology curriculum and the forensics program. The National Science Foundation designated UO as one of the three original centers of excellence in Science.

The College also offers preparatory programs for the advanced study of engineering and law and health related fields such as dentistry, medicine and pharmacology.

Charles H. Lundquist College of Business of Business

The Charles H. Lundquist College of Business undergraduate program ranks 40th among all public universities in the nation, and the Master’s programs in business (MBA) rank in the top 10 percent of accredited programs in the U.S.

College of Education

The College of Education offers primarily graduate-level training programs. Currently,
Educational studies and a fifth-year secondary school licensure program are the only undergraduate majors. Its special education and graduate programs are nationally ranked, and a graduate program in athletic medicine and training is one of the most popular in the region.

School of Architecture and Allied Arts

The School of Architecture and Allied Arts has one of the nation’s strongest programs in energy-conscious design and housing research and an interior architecture programs regarded among the top three in the United States.

One of only 80 universities nationwide whose journalism programs are recognized by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, Oregon is the only institution in the western United States and one of seven in the country accredited in five professional media specializations.

School of Law

The School of Law has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1919 and was approved by the American Bar Association in 1923. It has a three-year postgraduate program leading to a doctorate degree in jurisprudence.

School of Music

The School of Music is the largest professional music school in the Pacific Northwest and one of the most significant in the western U.S. The school has more than 20 performing
groups, ranging from a symphonic orchestra to a gospel choir.

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