University of Oregon
Eugene, OR, USA

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University of Oregon
3.85 Average Rating

Hyon Shim

a past student here
18 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Strolling through the campus with Autumn's crisp, cool air swirling around my cardigan-draped form; fleeting snow on a chilly Winter's day enticing everyone to join in on a snowball fight; biking carefree after Final's in the wistful enchantments of Spring. These were the moments experienced by an individual during her undergraduate years at this solid establishment, renowned for its academia as well as its provisions for the imagination and spirit.
Tips for prospective students
Prospective students, beware: you may never want to pursue the Real World after your dream-like musings of four years at the University of Oregon. Instead, you might try to hole up in one of the many trees planted throughout the campus, convinced that you are a fairy squirrel destined for a simple life of nuts, philosophical ramblings with interesting characters that pass you by, and of course, wild goose-chases from the DPS that land you in some random person's drunken house party where everyone is singing in hand-held unison, tuned into a frequency mean and green.
Academic Rigor
The academics at this institution are absolutely of high-caliber. The classes are conducted very professionally. It is a walk in the park to get in contact with your professors if need be. There are so many resources that students have access to: tutoring services, mentoring help, adviser meetings - you name it! Exams are all relevant to what you have been taught. This school does not baby you. You get out what you put in! With that said, however, professors are very understanding about life circumstances that happen one's way in life every so often, and most are willing to make compromises in terms of grades, deadlines, and make-ups.
Dorm Life
Most of the newly-built dorms are quite spacious and host many social events for people to get to know one another. The RA's are quite good at their jobs and address any complaints or concerns in a swift and thorough manner.
Food and Dining
The food appeases everyone's palate - from raw vegans to the carnivorous caveman. It is easy to eat a healthy, balanced, and nutritious meal at any of the venues. There are so many cafe and pastry venues to choose from that are open until late. The meal plans are quite reasonable and efficient, using a point-based system.
What to do for fun
The university offers various events that cater to individuals of all groups throughout the year. There is always something going on throughout the week, whether it's a big multi-cultural event such as a Hawaaiin Luau or swing-dancing on a Tuesday night.
Bang for the buck
As others have mentioned before, the school's tuition is rather reasonable for in-state students, but a bit expensive for out-of-state students. However, the atmosphere, available resources, and high-quality academics quite make up for the cost.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
My favorite building at the University of Oregon is the Knight Library. It is architecturally exquisite and the ambience is quite lovely inside. I loved going to this library whether to study, research, meet up with friends at the cafe located on the basement floor, or just to leaf through the multitude of vintage books.
Campus Safety
I've never had any security issues on campus before. I feel that the grounds here are safe. If there are any problems, one can always press one of the emergency buttons that are strewn throughout the campus for a speedy dispatch to DPS.
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Jessie from Eugene, OR

a current student here
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Am learning a lot
If you know what you want to study, take the time to visit that specific department. This is good advice regarding any college. Do your best to learn about the research interests of faculty and graduate students in the department, but at the least, ask the undergraduate advisor what makes the department at the UO special. I was lucky that that linguistics department at the UO is a hidden gem, and I am so grateful now that I didn't get into Brown University, which was my top choice school. While the UO is a big school, if you want to take your studies seriously, you can. It is also worthwhile applying to the honors college. While the honors college may not be as tight-knit as the brochures try to tell you, the classes and the professors there are very interesting, and there are many advantages to being in the honors college--from a private, cozier library to the chance to write an honors thesis, which will look great when applying to grad schools.
Am enjoying being here
The University of Oregon campus is beautiful, and there are a lot of great things to love about Eugene. Being from Arizona, I find the Pacific Northwest to be a very welcoming place. Besides the number of places you can visit a short drive out of town, Eugene is a nice place to live. The people are quirky, and it's easy to make friends. The only thing I don't like is the downtown, which is severely lacking. Eugene is a smaller city than I expected it to be. Also, food in the Northwest is very bland for someone from Arizona, and you won't get a lot of good Mexican food up here.
Bang for the buck
I think the UO is worth it--if you can get some scholarships. It is more expensive for me to go here because I am an out of state student, but I have been awarded the Western University Exchange Award, partially because I am from another west coast state, that enables me to pay only 150% of resident tuition. However, it is still very pricey if you are from out of state. I don't regret even for an instant that I went to school in Oregon instead of Arizona, but maybe my bank account will in a few years! I believe it is a variety of things (such as the friendly people and my outstanding department) that make the price tage relatively worth it for me.
Tips for prospective students
Again: visit the department of the major you're interested in. If you just have a few in mind, visit all of them. Apply to the Honors College. Though it has a different curriculum which can sometimes be a pain, it's worth it. Also, make sure to look into clubs and other extracurricular activities at the UO. Don't just look at the academic programs! If there are any events (lectures, etc.) going on on campus when you visit, go to those too! You might get an idea of what sorts of interesting events will be taking place on campus.

Stick around for more than just the tour. Visit the art museum on campus! Don't be afraid to explore the campus or ask questions to strangers.

It is not the most difficult school to get into, so I really don't think tips for the application process would be very useful. It's more important to know how to evaluate a school, to see if it's right for you. Keep in mind, though, that you have the ability to make yourself happy almost anywhere.
Great for these types of students
I really believe that almost anyone could find a niche at the UO. Wealthy or not, ambitious or not, sporty or not. The only thing someone might not want to be is very politically conservative, but even republicans will not have much difficulty finding friends and activities at the UO.
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Claire from So Cal

a current student here
11 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
So far, I have loved this school since I started. It is extremely welcoming to every type of person and culture, and focuses not just on a social experience, but also having a good academic experience. There are a huge variety of classes, and all of the professors that I have had are very compatible with student's learning abilities and they each have their own technique to make the class fun.
Tips for prospective students
Visit the campus beforehand! Don't get your mind set on getting the LLC dorms, I have a Walton dorm and I am perfectly happy with it, personally, I think it's cleaner than LLC and more homey. In your first term, make sure not to go too hard, but take one or two hard classes and then take a couple electives, like a PE. They have plenty to offer - I have friends in their well rated Journalism school, and I myself am majoring in Human Physiology. This school has a lot of opportunities for internships and outside volunteer/work opportunities if you are interested, and they also have great programs to help you if you are struggling in any classes.
Academic Rigor
Sciences (especially chem): Hard classes! Don't think because their acceptance rate is higher than other colleges that their classes are easier.
Dorm Life
I personally love my dorm. Even though it is the double standard, my hall is very clean, and I even feel comfortable walking into the bathroom with only socks on. The room itself is very homey, especially with my own touch to the walls with posters and such. My roommate and I also have a Beta fish that makes every day better. The people in my hall are very nice, and especially my RA, who is always giving advice and giving out information if we ever need any help.
Food and Dining
There are quite a few food options, which is nice. One thing that stinks for me is there is no dining hall in my own dorm hall, so I have to go outside, but besides that the food is pretty good. We even have a Mongolian BBQ knockoff place. And, if you ever want a sandwich, I recommend the Caprese.
What to do for fun
The Craft Center has more things than you would think - you can make pottery, blow glass (if you take a class), paint, and all sorts of things. The Rec center has an amazing pool and jacuzzi to chill out in, as well as a rock climbing wall. For off campus, downtown is a fun place to visit with a quick trip on the bus, and if you have a car I would definitely suggest checking out Skinner's Butte (It overlooks the whole city of Eugene).
Bang for the buck
Out of state is going to be very expensive, just like any public school. I am from California and love it, but you definitely have to be sure to spend a bit of your time working on scholarships if you and your family don't have money pouring out of your ears.
As for in state, it is very reasonable and the schooling price tag is definitely worth it.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Coffee Grounds is open until 2am. Bonus.
Great for these types of students
Outgoing, creative students. Honestly the spirit of the school is great for anyone, and there are so many people going here that everyone can find their own crowd. I met most of my friends in the classes that I went to, and surprisingly found a lot of people in the same major as I.
Clubs and Activities
Activities like intramural sports are great, and the clubs could be a little bit better, but they have a few good options.
Greek Life
Tons of students here are into the Greek life, and I have several friends in Sororities. But don't be worried if you aren't interested in it - there are definitely a large chunk of people who aren't involved in Greek life. Also, if you are looking for cool Greek houses, this is for sure the place to go. They are mansions!
Campus Safety
I definitely always feel safe on campus. The one time my friend got sick, the medics and police came and checked on us within a matter of minutes, at no cost or punishment to us. They are very prepared and ready for an emergency, and have several 24/7 numbers to call.
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Samantha from Portland, OR

researching this school
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Will learn a lot
Professors are very highly qualified and will teach a lot. Great learning experiences everywhere.
Will enjoy being here
Although I most likely won't go here because it doesn't offer much for my major, it has an awesome business school and pretty good art/agriculture program. I grew up with a duck fan and we pride ourselves with having one of the loudest, most-spirited stadiums in the country. I love my DUCKS!
Bang for the buck
From what I've heard and seen, tuition isn't that bad if you live in-state and there is a lot of financial aid. Great college though.
Tips for prospective students
If you get a bike, that's good campus transportation because it is mostly flat and a lot of it you can't drive through anyway. Since it's such an environmentally conscientious school, many people bike to and from class. It's really beautiful.
Great for these types of students
Green people, but also those just looking for a pretty good party scene. Great places all around (drive an hour or so east and you reach mountains great for shredding in winter or drive an hour west and get to the beautiful beach. Also the desert is a few hours over if you'd want to go there for some reason) Great well-rounded community with very friendly people. Just make sure you can pronounce Oregon right. (Or-Eh-gen)
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Katelyn from New Braunfels, TX

accepted here and planning to attend soon
7 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
The University of Oregon is by far one of the most beautiful schools I have ever seen. Everyone is extremely kind and accepting of each other. The faculty is very dedicated and they do as much as they possibly can to make college enjoyable as well as prepare students for life outside of college.
Tips for prospective students
If you're wanting to go to Oregon and you're out of state, make sure you apply for as many scholarships as possible because the out of state tuition is extremely steep and the scholarships you could potentially get from the school don't cover much.
Academic Rigor
The University of Oregon loves to challenge their students so you can expect difficult classes. However, most of the learning is hands on and the school participates in a lot of research so the material is easier to learn because the students experience it for themselves instead of merely reading a book.
Dorm Life
The University has outstanding dorms! Not only are most of them fairly new but there's a good fit for everyone. You can live by yourself or have as many as five roommates. The dormitories are also separated to fit the different lifestyles of the student body. For instance, there's a dorm for the LGBT community and a dorm for people who live very active lives and want to focus on their health and wellness.
Food and Dining
Oregon has some of the coolest dining options I have ever seen. There are plenty of healthy options as well as some great places to pig out. There's even a Mongolian grill, a sushi bar, and some cute coffee shops. To top it off, you never have to go far because there's dining options in nearly every dormitory.
What to do for fun
The University of Oregon has the perfect location when it comes to things to do. Eugene is an awesome town with tons of culture and plenty of opportunities for exploring. If you want get out of town, Eugene is about an hour from the coast and two hours from Mt. Hood. For the people who don't want to leave campus, Oregon has a really nice recreational center with tons of things to do!
Bang for the buck
Oregon seems to have it all but it doesn't come at a cheap price, especially for out of state students. If you can afford it or can get scholarships then it's definitely a great option! However, you can get a similar experience at a different college for a cheaper price.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Before every home football game the school mascot, the duck, rides into the stadium on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Great for these types of students
Oregon is a great match for all types of students! However, athletic students fit the school the best. After all, it is located in Track Town USA.
Clubs and Activities
Oregon has a lot of clubs and activities to get students involved, especially for incoming freshmen. The school offers some great freshman interest groups which give new students a chance to meet people who have the same ideals and hobbies and engage in some cool activities, some of which are dedicated to giving back to the city of Eugene.
Greek Life
Greek life at Oregon is for the most part, a major party scene but it can be a great way to make new friends and get connected.
Campus Safety
Eugene has a pretty low crime rate and the school does have around the clock campus security as well as emergency call lights all over campus. However, it is an open campus so there are opportunities for people to come on campus that shouldn't be on it but it's not a big concern.
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Jasmine from Kahului, HI

a current student here
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Am learning a lot
Moving from Hawaii to Oregon was a huge culture shock for me, but definitely worth it. I had to learn how to navigate around the city, apply for classes, and do everything on my own, without my parents. Not only did I have to adjust to the heavy course load of college classes, I had to learn how to live alone for the first time in my life. I also had to learn how to live with a roommate, which is such a fun and different experience. I am also learning a lot about the city of Eugene, which is by far the most diverse and beautiful city I've ever been to!
Am enjoying being here
At first I was homesick, as all students will be moving away from home to an entirely different city, at a school where you know absolutely no one. However, once I got to know my roommate, make friends, and realize that the world is such a big, beautiful place, I fell in love with the idea of being on my own. Especially in a town like Eugene. The people are so nice and supportive here, and the environment is amazing. There are trees everywhere and the people are always smiling. Not to mention all the fresh air!
Bang for the buck
Most definitely worth every penny. The professors are incredible and definitely make time for you, and ensure that you succeed. I have found that being in large lecture classes of over 500 students isn't really at all that different from being in a small class of 30 students. The professors take their time to try and get to know you in every class, which is a nice feeling because it makes you feel important, and motivates you to do well.
Tips for prospective students
Don't get too set on a major. Sure, you might think you know what you want to do in your life when you apply to colleges, but once you get there, you're going to be faced with a lot of different people pursuing different degrees and you will acquire new interests as well. For example, when I was applying to colleges, I wanted to be an architect, now I want to go into psychology or become a teacher. Just keep your minds open and be positive throughout the whole application process. Sure, its long and it can be repetitive and tedious, but keeping a positive attitude will ensure a positive attitude on your applications as well!
Great for these types of students
The University of Oregon is great for everyone! But in particular, people who love the outdoors, fresh air, and smiling. Also, for people who don't necessarily need the sun to survive...it rains a lot.
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Katharine from Claremont, CA

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
The University of Oregon is not only a beautiful campus but offers the kind of liberal arts studies that I prefer. The excitement of living on campus and attending favored sporting events has contributed to my enjoyment at this school. I look forward to finishing my education at U of O.
Tips for prospective students
Get your FAFSA in on time and if you are coming from a different state make sure you get it in by March 1st. My state gave me a different date and my mom is now working double time to pay for my education on her own.
Academic Rigor
The academic structure is rigorous and requires focus and effort. Teachers are willing to help if you approach them and are sincere in wanting to meet your responsibility for that class. No excuses; just figure out what needs to be done to finish what you started out to do.
Dorm Life
My roommate and I get along so well that we have become good friends. The showers are really bad but I have a great view out my window and am always comfortable. The girls on my floor are quiet and we have not had any problems regarding noise or stealing. I like dorm life and am looking forward to getting my own apartment someday!
Food and Dining
The food in the dining hall is good but sometimes a little more variety would be nice. The bottom floor of my dorm has a store and coffee house which is nice when the weather is bad and walking across campus can be challenging.
What to do for fun
I spend time with my friends going out to eat or shopping. My favorite time is during football season and try to make it to each game. I live right across the parking lot from our new basketball arena and go to different events held there, as well.
Bang for the buck
There is no sales tax in Oregon.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Walking across to Autzen stadium for football games in a pack. It just makes the excitement that much more fun.
Great for these types of students
Students who want a well-rounded education and being in the center of a PAC 12 school. The campus is large and very beautiful with a great deal of history and carries with it its own momentum.
Clubs and Activities
There are so many clubs and activities that most interests have been addressed.
Greek Life
My roomie is a sorority girl and loves it.
Campus Safety
The police have a strong presence on the campus and when class gets out late they emphasize that people, particularly women, walk in pairs. They work 24/7.
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Ariana from Elk Grove, CA

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
There is such a wide variety of studies on campus. Not only do you learn an incredible amount in a short amount of time but you actually get to pick something that interests you. Every term I take such different classes that all can count towards my general education. The teachers are so available to the students that I have a relationship with all of the my professors.
Am enjoying being here
The vibe of Oregon is by far my favorite part. The campus is so relaxed, and green all the time. Though I will admit it rains a lot it also stays green and lush all year around. I genuinely love every second I get to be on campus and walk around with all the rest of the Ducks. You never go more than five feet without seeing some type of Duck gear. The eclectic mix of hippies and die-hard football fans makes UO different than any college I have ever been to.
Bang for the buck
For me to go to school here from out of state is has become quite expensive, but it has become just as expensive to attend any school in my home state of California. Oregon's academics and free tickets to any sporting event make me glad I am spending my money here.
Tips for prospective students
Don't be afraid to approach professors, they don't want to fail you. Don't put them on a pedestal, go to their office hours and don't leave till you get that question answered! My second piece of advice is to be spirited and take pride in being a Duck. There are so many clubs and events happening nonstop on campus, try to go to as many as possible you meet so many people that way.
Great for these types of students
Oregon is the place for relaxed, chill students. This is not the campus for high maintenance and materialistic. The people of Eugene are friendly and chill and so should you be if you're going here.
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Alexandra from San Diego, CA

a current student here
20 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I went to a top-rated, public high school and thought I was going to coast in college. I am taking 2 chemistry classes, math and English and am really being challenged. I have also been able to get the help I needed from professors and affordable tutors
Am enjoying being here
I did not know how I was going to feel about being away from southern California and the sunshine. The environment here more than makes up for it! The campus is everything I hoped for and more. I love the school spirit and there are so many activities to choose from. This turned out to be a perfect fit for me. I have met so many great people here.
Bang for the buck
Absolutely worth it. I wish I lived in Oregon so I could pay in-state tuition, but with my scholarship from the school, I am not paying much more than I would for an in-state California University.
Tips for prospective students
Go see the school and talk to some of the students. Be prepared for rain, but it's no big deal. Consider a bike with fenders.
Great for these types of students
I can't imagine anyone who would not enjoy being here. The education is terrific, the people are awesome and the school spirit is unbelievable and so exciting.
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Rita from Gibsonia, PA

a current student here
20 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The U of O is a great college where the classes and professors create an awesome environment for learning. Teachers help students find a suitable field of study and the different ways to go about it. All the lower level classes are interchangeable with different majors so you are not wasting time or money.
Am enjoying being here
Eugene is a wonderful place to start your life. It is a very nice community and a great college town. The school itself is small enough to feel the individual attention yet large enough to surround you with positive enforcement.
Bang for the buck
Oregon utilizes their tax money and puts a large effort into education. In-State tuition is affordable for the majority of families and encourages people to get a college degree.
Tips for prospective students
Do as best as you can in high school and apply early to the university. There are more and more students applying each year and that makes it a little more hard to get accepted. Having a strong high school transcript helps along with extra circular actives.
Great for these types of students
Adventurous, hard working, open minded, and goal oriented students are all welcome to the university. Anyone who has a will to continue their education will fit in and grow at this university.
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