The University of Oregon was founded in 1872 through a vote of the Oregon Legislature. The first classes were taught to 155 students by five teachers in 1876. The University of Oregon has overcome many struggles throughout its history, including nearly closing in 1881 due to a lack of funds. In 1969, the university was admitted into the exclusive membership of the Association of American Universities, an organization of leading research universities devoted to maintaining a strong system of academic research and education.
The school's mission is to serve "its students and the people of Oregon, the nation, and the world through the creation and transfer of knowledge in the liberal arts, the natural and social sciences, and the professions." The University of Oregon is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. In addition to the school's overall accreditation, many independent programs at The University of Oregon have also received specialized accreditation. The programs with specialized accreditation include:
- English Language
- Marriage and Family Therapy
- Art and Design
- Speech-Language Pathology
- Counseling Psychology
- Clinical Psychology
- School Psychology
Applicants are required to pay a $50 application fee, as well as submit their GPA, official transcript and SAT or ACT scores. The University of Oregon has an acceptance rate of 73%. Students who are granted acceptance ultimately decide to attend at a rate of about 25%, and those who decide to attend return for a following year of classes at a rate 86% for full-time students and 48% for part-time students.
Credits at The University of Oregon are transferable to other institutions of higher learning, and 8% of students take advantage of this and transfer to another institution. Students at The University of Oregon graduate within the four years it is expected to earn a bachelor’s degree at a rate of 41% and graduate within six years at a rate of 66%.
There are 24,396 students currently enrolled at The University of Oregon. Of these students, 20,623 are undergraduate students and 3,773 are graduate level students. Undergraduate students at The University of Oregon are mostly full-time enrollments, with 91% of students taking at least 12 credits per semester. Like undergraduate students, graduate students are also typically full-time enrollments making up 84% of the total graduate enrollment.
The gender ratio of the student body is 51% female students and 49% male students. Caucasian students make up 70% of the student body. Other racial groups include: African American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian, American Indian and Asian, in which the make up is 2%, 6%, 1%, 1% and 5%, respectively. In the student population there are 5,629 are adult learners who are over the age of 24. The student body at The University of Oregon represents all 50 states, the District of Columbia, three U.S. territories and 85 countries.
Students have a variety of options academically at The University of Oregon. There are nine colleges in which students can find a mix of over 260 programs to interest them. The colleges include:
- School of Architecture & Allied Arts
- College of Arts and Sciences
- Lundquist College of Business
- College of Education
- Graduate School
- Robert D. Clark Honors College
- School of Journalism & Communication
- School of Law
- School of Music and Dance
There are a total of 1,855 faculty members, all of which are part of the instructional faculty with the exception of 615 research and public service faculty members. These faculty members typically hold their highest degree in their specific field and place a heavy importance on student’s interaction and personalized attention. In addition to faculty members, student can also be assisted by one of the 1,434 graduate assistant students. Classes are typically of average size due to a 24:1 student-to-faculty ratio.
For students wanting to complete a degree, but who have a hectic schedule, The University of Oregon offers programs that can be completed through its distance learning program. The distance learning program offers different options and course to meet the varying needs of a diverse group of students. Students can also earn a Master of Science Degree in Applied Information Management through the distance learning program at The University of Oregon.
Students can find many ways to stay busy outside of class. One way for a student to spend free time while gaining valuable leadership and personal growth skills is through participating in extracurricular activities. There are 250 official student organizations recognized at The University of Oregon. The types of extracurricular activities available The University of Oregon includes:
- Professional organizations
- Honor societies
- Religious clubs
- Minority clubs
- Special interest clubs
- Cultural clubs
Students at The University of Oregon also have the option to become involved in athletics. There are 14 intercollegiate sports teams all competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division I and the Pacific-12 Conference.
The estimated yearly tuition and fees for enrollment at The University of Oregon is $9,310 for in-state students and $28,660 for out-of-state students. The University of Oregon offers a tuition payment plan and the assistance and guidance of its financial aid office to help students with the cost of higher education. The financial aid office can help students find and apply for grants, scholarships and loans.
Currently, 51% of the student population accepts some form of grant or scholarship aid. The average grant or scholarship package is $6,756 per student per year. Students can also take on loans for extra assistance, 44% of students have student loans and the average loan amount is $7,423.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:5,629
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