The UO is on a quarter system, and you'll spend about one third of your education on each of three areas of course work: the general education requirements, requirements for your major, and elective credit. Your general education requirements will include courses in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities as well as multicultural course work.
Upon acceptance to the UO, qualified students will be invited to join the College Scholars Program. You'll have access to specialized courses, internship opportunities, and scholarships. Faculty members assist you in developing a plan to achieve department honors or professional distinctions upon graduation.If the University of Oregon excels at anything, it is in providing students with a wealth of academic opportunities. Indeed, students feel it is “a perfect place for someone seeking a well-rounded liberal arts secondary education,” a school that has “all of the creative perks of a small learning environment with all of the excitement of a big school.” Sports are a big deal here, “but there is also an emphasis on rigorous academics.”
Those attending UO should be self-motivating, since “the weight falls on the students to create relationships with professors.” It is worth the effort, though, as “doing so can open many doors.” When it all clicks—and many students report that once that once they were focused on their major things began to fall into place—students have enjoyed an education that “deeply altered the way I see things.”
With 18 NCAA Division 1 teams, as well as 45 club sports, you'll have your choice of sports to play or teams to cheer. The excitement begins in the fall, when you'll root for the Ducks' football team at Autzen Stadium. In the winter, the men's and women's basketball teams thrill the crowds at the Matthew Knight Arena. In the spring, UO track stars compete at the world-famous Hayward Field, often the site for NCAA championships and US Olympic Track and Field Trials.