About the University of Oregon

Mission Statement

Serving the state, the nation, and the world since 1876.

The University of Oregon is a comprehensive public research university committed to exceptional teaching, discovery, and service. The university is a community of scholars, helping members of its community to question critically, think logically, reason effectively, communicate clearly, act creatively, and live ethically.


The university community strives for excellence in teaching, research, artistic expression, and the generation, dissemination, preservation, and application of knowledge, devoted to fostering the next generation of leaders and informed participants in the global community. Through these pursuits, the social, cultural, physical, and economic well-being of the students, the state, the nation, and the world are enhanced.


The university community aspires to create a preeminent and innovative public research university encompassing the humanities and arts, the natural and social sciences, and the professions, seeking to enrich the human condition through collaboration, teaching, mentoring, scholarship, creative inquiry, scientific discovery, outreach, and public service.


The university community values

  • the passions, aspirations, individuality, and success of the students and the members of its faculty and staff who work and learn here
  • academic freedom, creative expression, and intellectual discourse
  • diversity, and seeks to foster equity and inclusion in a welcoming, safe, and respectful community
  • the unique geography, history, and culture of Oregon that shapes its identity and spirit
  • a shared charge to steward resources sustainably and responsibly

Inspiration and Discovery

Generations of leaders and citizens have studied at the University of Oregon since it opened in 1876. Today’s students, like the more than 250,000 alumni before them, have access to the most current knowledge in lectures, laboratories, and seminars conducted by active researchers. By sharing their research through teaching, faculty members are better able to articulate their findings and to integrate their specialized studies with broader areas of knowledge.

University of Oregon students select courses from departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and from six professional schools and colleges and the Robert Donald Clark Honors College. Some 1,949 faculty members, 43 librarians, and 1,437 graduate and research assistants serve as mentors, colleagues, and friends to the 22,298 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the university.

Although more than half of all students are from Oregon, 44 percent are from other states and 5 percent are from other countries. The mix of backgrounds gives students a chance to know people they might not meet otherwise—a real asset in a world where national and international relations influence everyday life.

Teaching, research, and a spirit of sharing are characteristics of the campus community. Faculty members and students engage in research programs that bring to the university approximately $172.5 million in competitive research awards. The university’s science departments receive national attention for their work in such areas as computer science, genetics, materials, optics, and neuroscience. Twelve current faculty members belong to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as five emeritus faculty. Seven current faculty members have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, as well as five emeritus faculty. One current faculty member has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

Connection to Community

The sharing of knowledge and the love of learning do not stop at the campus borders. Public service is important to the university.

Members of the UO faculty share their experience and knowledge in community activities that include service in local and state governments. They also serve as consultants for businesses, industries, school districts, and government agencies. Students work as interns in a variety of educational programs in the community and volunteer for service activities.

University programs that serve the public include Academic Extension, which offers for-credit and noncredit activities throughout the state. Planning and technical assistance from the Community Service Center helps Oregon communities solve local problems and improve the quality of life in rural Oregon. For more than four decades, the Oregon Bach Festival has offered an annual program of concerts and master classes to music lovers in the Pacific Northwest. The UO’s classical music radio station, KWAX-FM, is an affiliate of the Public Radio International Classical 24. KWAX programs are rebroadcast on translators in several coastal and central Oregon communities and cybercasts entertain listeners around the world. A second radio station, KWVA-FM, serves the Eugene-Springfield metropolitan area and has a live internet stream, playing a varied mix of music in addition to talk shows and live college sports broadcasts. KWVA is a voice for UO students as well as a place for them to gain broadcast, production, and operation experience.

The university’s presence is evident at its off-campus facilities—Pine Mountain Observatory in central Oregon near Bend—and its academic programs in Portland and at the coastal Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston. Access is enabled through several online and hybrid programs.

The university is one of the largest and most stable employers in the state, directly employing 9,227 people. Overall, University of Oregon activity affects more than $989 million in household earnings and 25,917 jobs in the state.

The Campus Experience

The university’s 295-acre campus is an arboretum of more than 4,000 trees of approximately 500 species, located in the lush Willamette Valley, between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains. Campus buildings date from 1876, when the UO’s first building opened, to the present, with the recent opening of the Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center; Willie and Donald Tykeson Hall, the university’s hub for academic and career advising, and home to the College of Arts and Sciences, University Career Center, and Division of Equity and Inclusion; and the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact.

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History is located at East 15th Avenue and Columbia Street. Across campus, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, a member of the American Alliance of Museums, is noted for its collections of Asian and Northwest art.

The UO Libraries, a member of the Association of Research Libraries, is an important research facility for scholars throughout the Northwest. The free Oregon Card Program allows Oregon residents who are sixteen or older to borrow from the libraries’ three-million-volume collection.

Campus athletic facilities include the 54,000-seat Autzen Stadium, the Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Center, the Casanova Athletic Center, the Moshofsky Center, Papé Field, Jane Sanders Stadium, PK Park, Hayward Field, Matthew Knight Arena, and the Student Tennis Center.

Student-guided tours of the university are available Monday through Saturday. Tours may be arranged by calling 541-346-1274. Campus maps and pamphlets describing university programs, answers to questions about services and office locations, and general information about the university are available at the information desk in the main lobby of the Ford Alumni Center.

The university’s website has daily news updates and information about programs and events: www.uoregon.edu.

Equal Opportunity

The university is committed to equal access to programs, course offerings, facilities, admission, and employment for all of its employees, students, and campus community members. It is the policy of the university to maintain an environment free from harassment and discrimination against any person.

The Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance, formerly the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity and the Office of the Title IX Coordinator, offers the UO community a place to discuss and report issues, concerns, and conflicts regarding discriminatory or harassing behavior. The office also helps identify how such concerns and conflicts may best be addressed and resolved. The office supports the university’s compliance with federal and state laws regarding discrimination and harassment, affirmative action, and equal employment opportunity.

The office works with students, members of the faculty and staff, and campus community members by:

  • Promoting a learning and working environment free from discrimination and harassment.
  • Receiving concerns and complaints from any member of the UO community (i.e. students, faculty and staff members, visitors, and program participants) regarding issues of potential discrimination and discriminatory harassment at the university.
  • Investigating reports and complaints of discrimination and harassment. As investigators, the office does not act as advocates, but serve in a neutral and impartial capacity.
  • Addressing and resolving concerns and complaints of discrimination and harassment through referral and collaboration with stakeholders and partners across campus.
  • Explaining and clarifying university policies and procedures as well as federal and state laws and regulations regarding discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and equal opportunity.

Direct related inquiries to the Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance, 677 E. 12th Ave., Suite 452, 5221 University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403-5221; telephone 541-346-3123.


The University of Oregon was elected to membership in the Association of American Universities in 1969. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Individual programs in the university’s professional schools and colleges are accredited by the following organizations:

  • Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • American Alliance of Museums
  • American Bar Association
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
  • Council for Interior Design Accreditation
  • Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board
  • National Architectural Accrediting Board
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
  • Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration
  • Planning Accreditation Board

University of Oregon Board of Trustees

The University of Oregon is an independent public body governed by the Board of Trustees of the University of Oregon. The trustees have broad authority to supervise and manage the university and may exercise all of the powers, rights, duties, and privileges expressly granted by law or that are incident to the board’s powers, rights, duties, and privileges. Except for the university president, who is an ex officio, nonvoting member, the trustees are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate.

The names of the members follow. The expiration date for each term is June 30 of the year shown.

  • Ginevra Ralph, BA ’83, MA ’85, board chair, 2023
  • Steve Holwerda, MBA '91, board vice chair, 2023
  • Marcia Aaron, BA '86, 2025
  • Tim Boyle, BS '71, 2025
  • Renée Evans Jackman, BA '97, 2025
  • Toya Fick, 2025
  • Elisa deCastro Hornecker, BA ’82, 2023
  • Ross Kari, BS '80, MBA '83, 2023
  • Julia Lo, student, 2023
  • Ed Madison, PhD '12, faculty member, 2023
  • Jimmy Murry, non-faculty staff member
  • Connie Seeley, BS '92, 2023
  • Michael Schill, ex officio
  • Dennis Worden, BA '06, 2025


While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this catalog, the University of Oregon has the right to make changes at any time without prior notice. This catalog is not a contract between the University of Oregon and current or prospective students.

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