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The University of Oregon (U of O) may be more attractive to students because it is a public university. It’s located in Eugene, which is a mid-size city with other educational and cultural attractions. These include the Museum of Natural Cultural History and the Springfield History Museum. Other museums include the Adventure Children’s Museum and the Oregon Air and Space Museum.

Once students have decided where they want to earn their college educations, they should make plans for a detailed in-person tour. They will be able to learn where academic buildings are and can also narrow down the locations of campus housing, which are traditional dorms and a campus apartment complex.

Overview of University of Oregon (U of O)

The University of Oregon is a large campus, spread across several acres of Eugene. Students may want to bring their vehicles so that they aren’t limited to buses, ride sharing (Uber and Lyft), or getting rides with fellow students and friends.

The student population is 22,500+, which includes undergraduate and graduate students. This makes the student-faculty ratio 17 to 1, giving professors and instructors a busy load.

The University of Oregon awards bachelor’s, post baccalaureate certificates, master’s, post-master’s certificates, and doctoral degrees (for research and professional practice).

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Midsize
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 17:1
Graduation Rate 74%
Year Founded 1876

Student Enrollment

Total Students22,517


Undergraduate Student

Male 8,688
Female 10,200

Graduate Student

Male 1,669
Female 1,960

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U of O Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 11,460
Female 15,749


Male 9,053
Female 13,229

Acceptance Rate82%

Male 79%
Female 84%

Enrollment 4,462

Male 1,970
Female 2,492
Application Fee $65
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Considered But Not Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline November 15
Common Application Accepted NA

U of O Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

As of the 2019-2020 school year, the sticker price of attendance at the University of Oregon was $28,764. The “sticker price” consists of tuition (in- or out-of-state, which differs for public schools), books, supplies, room and board, and other fees. The in-state tuition was around $12,700 and out-of-state students paid around $36,600.

However, students and their families may not have to worry about paying the full cost. This university, like other colleges and universities, offers access to financial aid. The average net price for all students in the 2018-2019 year was $16,080. The university tracks how much students end up owing based on their family’s annual income. This is the net price by income. In the same academic year, families who earned between $48,001 and $75,000 paid $15,109.

Students who fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and prove their financial need received this help from the university. Just over 75% of first-year students qualified for aid and 62% received grants or scholarships of $9,946. Slightly fewer (59%) received institutional grants and scholarships of $7,060.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $16,080
Average Total Aid $9,946
Students Receiving Financial Aid 77%
Room & Board $12,400

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $12,720
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $36,615
  • Books and Supplies - $1,178
  • Room & Board - $12,400
  • Other - $2,466


Incoming students may want to get their hands on a few statistics. This allows them and their parents to know how the University of Oregon rates for its academics. One of the first statistics you might find is the retention rate. Here, it is 86%, which is particularly high. This measures the percentage of first-year students who return for their second year of school and, therefore, are believed to find that the school offers everything they need to succeed.

The next statistic is the 4-year graduation rate, which is 56% within the normal time frame, though the 6-year graduation rate is 74%. Since the average graduation rate nationally is in the 60s, this evens out to be about average overall.

It happens more often than students may want to experience that they have a time conflict with an on-campus or off-campus job. They may have chosen a required class that meets on set days and times. Just before or when that class starts, they may realize the class time conflicts with their working hours. These classes may even be required for graduation.

The university has one option students can make use of - distance learning. Evening classes aren’t offered, but some online courses are available for students who are experiencing a time crunch and need a little flexibility.

The five most popular degree programs offered are social sciences; business, management, marketing and related support services; communication, journalism and related programs; biological and biomedical sciences; and visual and performing arts.

Student Population Total

Student Population 22,517

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Social Science Majors 996 Total Graduates / 22%
Social Sciences, General 371 Graduates
Economics, General 263 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 166 Graduates
Sociology, General 117 Graduates
All Business Majors 645 Total Graduates / 14%
Business/Commerce, General 521 Graduates
Accounting 124 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 594 Total Graduates / 13%
Advertising 285 Graduates
Public Relations/Image Management 169 Graduates
Journalism 124 Graduates
Mass Communication/Media Studies 16 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 349 Total Graduates / 8%
Physiology, General 209 Graduates
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 105 Graduates
Biochemistry 25 Graduates
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 10 Graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 341 Total Graduates / 7%
Intermedia/Multimedia 75 Graduates
Film/Cinema/Media Studies 64 Graduates
Art/Art Studies, General 56 Graduates
Music, General 39 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 36%

Outcome & Salary

Once students are close to graduation, they may begin sending out applications for jobs. Graduates early-career salaries are around $52,700 and their mid-career salaries increase to $98,800.

After working for a decade, graduate’s 10-year salary earning potential is $656,160 and their 20-year salary earning potential is $1,644,160. The 4-year cost of education averages around $64,320, which makes their 10-year return on investment (ROI) $591,840 and their 20-year ROI $1,579,840.

High school graduates who don’t go to college earn a national average salary of $37,960. Their 10-year projected income is $379,600 and their 20-year projected income is $759,200.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $52,700
College Grads Average Salary $65,616
College Grads Mid Career Salary $98,800
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $656,160
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,644,160
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $64,320
10 Year Projected ROI $591,840
20 Year Projected ROI $1,579,840
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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