UO School and College Descriptions

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About the Ballmer Institute

The University of Oregon’s Ballmer Institute for Children's Behavioral Health in Portland is establishing a new national model for behavioral healthcare for children and families by creating the nation’s first undergraduate program in child behavioral health. The institute prioritizes the needs of youth who have been historically or persistently underserved and seeks to make real system change by: Creating a new mental health profession that addresses existing barriers and gaps in mental health services, delivering support in schools and the community, training existing youth-serving professionals, developing new approaches to support child behavioral health and transforming the Pacific Northwest into a national model of thought and action. Launched in March 2022, this groundbreaking institute was made possible by an extraordinary gift from Connie and Steve Ballmer, co-founders of Ballmer Group Philanthropy.

About the College of Arts and Sciences

The University of Oregon’s College of Arts and Sciences supports the UO’s mission and shapes its identity as a comprehensive research university. With disciplines in humanities and social and natural sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences serves approximately two-thirds of all UO students. The College of Arts and Sciences faculty includes some of the world’s most accomplished researchers, and the more than $75 million in sponsored research activity of the faculty underpins the UO’s status as a Carnegie Research I institution and its membership in the Association of American Universities.

About the Lundquist College of Business

The University of Oregon’s Charles H. Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students gain hands-on experiences working on projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide. It boasts top-ranked programs in sports business, entrepreneurship, sustainable business, marketing, finance, and accounting, and is housed in the nation’s first certified environmentally friendly business school facility.

About the Robert D. Clark Honors College

The University of Oregon’s Robert D. Clark Honors College offers both a liberal arts education through small, discussion-based classes along with the chance to conduct hands-on research within the larger university. Our award-winning faculty encourage and embrace the intellectual curiosity and growth of students, mentoring them to strengthen their communication skills and critical thinking. We also empower students to think collaboratively and creatively, guiding them as they develop passion for their career choices and skills to become transformational leaders. Clark Honors College students study the world’s most urgent challenges and develop ideas about how to solve them.

About the College of Design

The University of Oregon’s College of Design is home to creative practitioners, social scientists, biologists, and planners. It offers numerous undergraduate degrees and graduate accredited degrees, independent centers and institutes, and a myriad of minors and certificates at the UO’s Eugene and Portland campuses. The college is comprised of the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, School of Architecture & Environment, School of Art + Design, and School of Planning, Public Policy and Management.

About the College of Education

The University of Oregon’s College of Education is a community of leading researchers and practitioners dedicated to transformational scholarship, integrated teaching, and collaborative practice designed to enhance individual lives and systems. The College of Education is UO’s highest-ranking and largest research-contributing college known for its innovative teaching and research in special education, counseling psychology, human services, education, and prevention science. The college is a leader in culturally responsive Indigenous and bilingual teacher preparation programs as well as community-based research.

About the School of Journalism and Communication

The University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication, founded in 1916, is a national leader in scholarship and education in the fields of advertising, journalism, media studies, public relations, and strategic communication. The school offers doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate degree programs that challenge students to become ethical communicators, critical thinkers, productive scholars, and responsible citizens in a global society. The School of Journalism and Communication’s award-winning faculty contribute innovative research and professional projects that lead the field in an evolving media landscape.

About the Knight Campus

The University of Oregon’s Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is a hub of discovery and innovation where teams of world-class bioengineers and bioscientists are driving groundbreaking scientific research and providing an innovative approach to technical training, professional development, and entrepreneurship. Made possible by a $500 million lead gift from Penny and Phil Knight in 2016 and a second $500 million gift in 2021, the Knight Campus is home to several research centers of excellence and offers a PhD in bioengineering, a bioengineering minor, and an accelerated master’s degree program with multiple industry-focused tracks.

About the School of Law

The University of Oregon’s School of Law is the state of Oregon’s first and only public, ABA-approved law school. Oregon Law has trained exceptional legal and dispute resolution professionals since 1884. In addition to the Juris Doctor (JD) degree, the school offers a Master of Laws (LLM) degree; a conflict and dispute resolution master's degree; concurrent degrees in fields such as business, public administration, and journalism; and an undergraduate legal studies program. Oregon Law boasts three top programs in legal research and writing (#1), environmental law (#9), and the dispute resolution program (#11) is the only top-ranked program of its kind in the northwest.

About the School of Music and Dance

The University of Oregon’s School of Music and Dance serves as an educational and cultural resource for the institution, the local community, and the state of Oregon. The school prepares students to lead enriching lives by providing comprehensive programs for professional arts-based careers, as well as those seeking to gain a fully realized liberal arts education. The School of Music and Dance has the largest full-time, in-residence music faculty between Los Angeles and the Canadian border. Each faculty member is renowned in their field and actively performs and presents research all over the world. The School of Music and Dance offers over 40 music and dance programs and presents more than 300 concerts and events during the academic year featuring scholars, guest artists, faculty artists, and student ensembles.


Last updated: September 28, 2023

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