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University of Oregon—Short Version

Founded in 1876, the University of Oregon is the flagship institution of the state. It brings together almost 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and over 90 countries. The UO offers more than 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its many schools and colleges.

University of Oregon—Intermediate Version

Founded in 1876, the University of Oregon is a Carnegie R1 research university, a member of the Association of American Universities, and the flagship institution of the state. The UO enrolls almost 25,000 students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries. It offers more than 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its many schools and colleges. The UO faculty includes a Nobel Prize winner, a MacArthur fellow, two National Medal of Science recipients, two American Cancer Society Fellows, three Pulitzer Prize Winners, nine National Academy of Science Members, and 41 Guggenheim Fellows, and a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. The UO has more than 500 student-athletes who compete in 20 sports. More than 250,000 alumni live in 148 different countries. Eight Oregon governors, eight US senators, and 20 members of the US House of Representatives are Ducks.

University of Oregon—Extended Version

At the University of Oregon, we pursue innovation, answer tough questions, explore the world through research, and prepare students to tackle some of society’s biggest challenges. 

The top public university in Oregon, according to US News & World Report, we are one of only two Pacific Northwest schools in the Association of American Universities and a Carnegie Tier One institution with the top RI rating for research activity. 

Located in the lush Willamette Valley, between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, our 25,000 students come from 50 states and more than 90 countries. We celebrate our many differences and diverse experiences. We are a top 20 public school for graduating underrepresented students. We know it takes intention, humility, and a willingness to listen to and learn from the people around us.

We are continuously paving the way for Ducks to define brilliance across a multitude of fields. With eight schools and colleges—and more than 300 academic programs—we offer more than 2,500 undergraduate classes, challenging students to think critically, creatively, and globally. Our top majors include architecture, biology, business administration, computer and data sciences, economics, human physiology, journalism and communication, political science, and psychology.

Our Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact and Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health are creating new industries, professions, products, and approaches to improving human health and wellness.

With more than 300 student organizations and more than 60 multicultural and identity-based centers and groups at the UO, our students have endless opportunities to explore new ideas, grow as individuals, and find their true passions. 

Ducks are everywhere, serving as leaders in business, industry, education, journalism, the arts, government, nonprofits, and in their communities. Our graduates include winners of the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, Guggenheim Fellowships, Olympic medals, Emmy, Oscar, Grammy, and Tony awards, MacArthur Genius Grants, Rhodes Scholarships, the National Humanities Medal, and countless other honors for achievement, innovation, and public service. 

Our graduates form a network of professional and personal support for those who follow in their webbed footsteps. As we like to say, “Once a Duck, always a Duck.”


Last updated: May 10, 2024