Although I graduated from the University of Oregon and returned there to complete my Masters, that is not the main reason I encourage young people to become students there. The truth is, there are a number of great reasons to choose the University of Oregon, and I’d like to share a few here.
1. Location and a few things the University of Oregon has to offer
The University of Oregon is located in Eugene, Oregon, a city of just over 100,000 residents about 100 miles south of Portland, Oregon’s largest city. The climate is moderate with very few days per year of freezing weather and very few days of extremely hot weather. Ocean beaches are just over an hour away, and mountain lakes are about the same distance in the opposite direction. I-5, a major freeway runs along the eastern part of the city, making the university one of the most accessible colleges in the state.
The town of Eugene is an active community that offers something for everyone. If you’re the outdoorsy type, Eugene is known for its many miles of biking trails, especially those that run along the banks of the beautiful Willamette River.
Running is often in the spotlight throughout the year, as Eugene claims to be the running capital of the world. The Olympic track and field trials were held at the University last summer, so this title may be more than just wishful thinking.
Art exhibitions and music festivals abound. The Hult Center for Performing Arts in downtown Eugene has something to do every day of the week, and people come from all states (and a few neighboring states) to attend the annual Bach Festival.
Eugene offers excellent restaurants for every taste imaginable.
Lane Community College, an excellent Junior College is located just outside the city and offers a large program of technical courses as well as transfer courses for those who prefer to start their college studies at a smaller institution. (See link to Lane Community College website for more information.)
Every fall, the Eugene celebration draws huge crowds who show up, rain or shine, to elect this year’s Slug Queen — a rather dubious honor, but it’s all fun. The festival continues with plenty of other activities to capture the minds of those not interested in Slug royalty and it’s an experience that promises you to look forward to next year’s festival.
There are two large hospitals in the area and health care is readily available in almost all parts of the city. An award-winning newspaper, The Eugene Register Guard, effectively covers current affairs, both local and national.
2. A bit about the University of Oregon program, faculty, and size
Recognized for its excellence, the University of Oregon offers professional programs such as journalism, education, law, performing arts, music, architecture, planning and public policy. It is a great university of liberal arts and sciences and has been ranked by US News & World Report as one of America’s top colleges not once but several times.
The faculty at the University of Oregon is exceptional, often attracting notable academics who have taught at top colleges across the country. The number of students enrolled for 2010 is expected to be around 21,000.
According to the University’s website, 7 governors of the state of Oregon were elected 7 from the graduates of the University of Oregon; two faculty members were Nobel Laureates, ten were Pulitzer Prize winners, 19 were Rhodes Fellows, and 129 faculty members were Fulbright Fellows. Many other faculty members are also recipients of various illustrious awards.
The University of Oregon has been recognized as having a higher percentage of its students joining the Peace Corp than any other college in the country. More than 2000 of its graduates have joined it.
3. Tuition fees and student accommodation for 2010
In the current economic climate, tuition fees have become a very important consideration when choosing a college. The University of Oregon is roughly equal to other state colleges of the same size when it comes to college costs. Tuition for fall 2010 is estimated to be around $ 7,428, with another $ 1,050 for books and supplies. Students who will be in need of financial aid or scholarships are encouraged to visit their website to see what is currently available.
It is difficult to estimate the cost of housing because it all depends on whether a student plans to live in a college dorm, share an off-campus apartment or house with a friend, or live with members of their own family.
High-end dorms and apartments in the immediate vicinity of campus are available for those who can afford it, but there are plenty of off-campus rentals as well. Unless you have parents who you plan to stay in the area with, your best bet is to contact the campus housing manager who can help you match your needs with what’s available at any given time.
4. Transportation around campus and around town
The University of Oregon is not closed to traffic like many colleges are these days, but parking can be difficult at times. Students can request parking stickers, but parking lots fill up quickly as they operate on a first come, first served basis. If possible, students are advised to use alternative means of transportation such as bicycles or the public transit system which has bus stops at most corners of the campus.
The public transport system is very extensive, even reaching a number of neighboring towns, so getting around the area is quite easy. Tokens can be purchased by students at a reduced price, and a printed calendar is available so passengers can plan in advance for bus arrival and departure times, transfers, and routes that may not work after certain hours at night or on public holidays.
Autzen Stadium, the university’s football facility, has been recognized as one of the top ten in all of the United States and the field has just been opened for a new multi-million dollar basketball center. dollars. The University of Oregon track and field program is known not only throughout the United States, but around the world.
Outstanding athletes such as Olympian runner Steve Prefontaine, NFL stars Joey Harrington, Alkili Smith and Dan Fouts, track star Alberto Salazar and many more have all been students of the University of the Oregon. Nike CEO Phil Knight has been and still is very active in promoting and contributing to the University of Oregon athletic program.
The University of Oregon doesn’t focus on just one particular sport, but offers fifteen different athletic programs for men and women. Unlike many other colleges, the University of Oregon athletic program is not only self-sustaining, but also contributes approximately $ 5 million per year to academic programs in other areas of the University.
Eugene, where the University of Oregon is located, has many churches to choose from, as well as two Bible colleges within commuting distance. In fact, North West Christian University is adjacent to the University of Oregon, so it would be easy to enroll in classes from both schools at the same time. Eugene Bible College, affiliated with Bible Standard Churches, is only a short drive from the city center.
There are even more great reasons to choose the University of Oregon as the perfect place to pursue your post-high school education, but the ones provided above should be enough to convince you to take a second, and may -be even a third look. A link to the University of Oregon website follows so you can study their programs more in depth to determine if this is truly the best fit for you.