University of Oregon

University of Oregon Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

The University of Oregon is known as the state's flagship university and first opened in 1876. Learn about its ranking, financial aid and student life, and get the pros and cons of studying at UO.

Is the University of Oregon the School for You?

Located in Eugene, Oregon, the University of Oregon (UO) is a public institution that offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Students at UO can enjoy aspects of the city, while also having access to woodland surroundings. Check out the following information to see if UO is the school for you.


  • U.S. News & World Report ranked UO #115 among National Universities and #55 among Top Public Schools in 2013
  • In 2010, UO's acceptance rate was 13.5 percentage points higher than the national average
  • In 2011, graduates from UO, on average, had comparatively lower student debt


  • In-state UO students paid $4,916 more than the national average for 2011-2012 total expenses
  • The student-to-faculty ratio is higher than the national average

Rankings & School Analysis

Not only has UO been ranked by U.S. News & World Report, but other organizations have awarded the university additional accolades. The Huffington Post deemed UO one of the top 25 universities that were supportive of LGBT rights and causes in 2012. Furthermore, UO has been ranked #13 by Sierra Magazine as one of the most environmentally conscious campuses in the nation.

Data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) showed that 79% of applicants were accepted to the university in 2010, which was higher than the national average of 65.5%. NCES reported that the student-to-teacher ratio was high at 24:1 when compared to the national average of 16:1. Information from U.S. News & World Report indicated that in 2011, 46.2% of classes had 20-49 enrolled students, and 37% of classes contained fewer than 20 students.

Total expenses for in-state students attending UO, including tuition, fees, room and board, were higher than average for the 2011-2012 school year at $22,052, according to NCES. Nevertheless, student debt averages for UO graduates were only $22,736 in 2011, which was $3,924 less than the national average that same year.

Admissions & Financial Aid at the University of Oregon

Admissions requirements for incoming freshmen include the completion of several high school college preparatory courses. Applicants also must earn a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, according to UO's admission page. When applying to the university, you need to submit scores for either the ACT or SAT, high school transcripts and an application essay. The middle 50% of ACT composite scores for accepted students listed on UO's website ranged from 22-27, and the middle 50% ranges for SAT scores were 500-620 for math, 490-610 for critical reading and 490-600 for writing.

Although UO has a high acceptance rate of 79%, according to NCES 2010 records, only 27% of accepted students enrolled that year. The cost of on-campus housing and a standard meal plan at UO was $10,260 during the 2012-2013 school year, which was only $945 more expensive than the national average, reported U.S. News & World Report. In 2010-2011, NCES reported that 72% of full-time, beginning undergraduates received some form of financial aid. During that same school year, the average grant or scholarship aid received by UO undergraduates was $6,570. A total of 46% of UO beginning undergraduates took out loans to pay for their schooling in the 2010-2011 school year, and the average loan amount reported by NCES was $6,281.

Applications & Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) January 15***
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013-2014) March 1***
Rolling Admission Notification Start Date (2013-2014) September 15***
Application Fee (2011-2012) $50**
Acceptance Rate (2010) 79%**
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)$9,258 for in-state students
$28,653 for out-of-state students*
Percent of Students with Need Fully Met (2011) 9.4%****
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011)$22,736****
Student Loan Default Rate (2009)4.5%**

Student Life at the University of Oregon

On the UO campus, nearly 2,500 students are involved in fraternities or sororities, and there are about 250 other student organizations on campus. College Board reported that there are many sports programs available on campus for both men and women, including basketball, badminton, golf, cross country, softball, racquetball, soccer, tennis and volleyball.

Information from College Board also indicated that there are several unique facilities at UO, including a natural and cultural history museum, a mountain observatory, an art museum, a marine biology institute and a green chemistry laboratory. Available student services include tutoring, legal services, career counseling, health services, on-campus day care, substance abuse counseling, remedial coursework, women's services and disability services.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Medium-sized city**
Student Population (2012) 24,591*
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 49% to 51%**
% of Full Time Students (2011) 91%**
% of In-State Students (2011) 50%**
% of International Students (2010) 6%**
Retention Rate (2011) 86% for full-time students**
Campus Housing Available Yes*
% of Undergraduates Living on Campus 20%***
Extracurricular Activities Over 250 student organizations, multiple sports programs and Greek life*

Sources: *University of Oregon, **NCES, ***College Board, ****U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, 1217 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1217
  • Phone: (541) 346-3201