Even though I graduated from the University of Oregon and went back there to complete my master’s degree, that’s not the main reason I encourage young people to become students there. The truth is that there are several good reasons to choose the University of Oregon and I would like to share some of them here.
1. Location and some things that the University of Oregon has to offer
The University of Oregon is located in Eugene, Oregon, a city of just over 100,000 people about 100 miles south of Portland, Oregon’s largest city. The climate is moderate with a very few days a year of freezing weather and a 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 highway that runs along the east side of the city, makes the University one of the most accessible universities in the state.
The City of Eugene is an active community that offers something for everyone. If you like the outdoors, Eugene is noted for its many miles of bike trails, especially the scenic ones along the banks of the beautiful Willamette River.
During the year, running is often highlighted 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 that title may be more than just wishful thinking.
Art shows and music festivals abound. The Hult Center for Performing Arts in downtown Eugene has something going on every day of the week, and people come from all states (and some nearby states) to attend the annual Bach Festival there.
Eugene offers excellent restaurants for every taste imaginable.
Lane Community College, an excellent Junior College is located on the outskirts of the city and offers an extensive program of technical courses, as well as university transfer classes for those who prefer to start their college education at a smaller institution. (See the link to the Lane Community College website for more information.)
Every fall, the Eugene Celebration draws huge crowds who turn out, rain or shine, to choose that year’s Slug Queen, a rather dubious honor, but it’s all in good fun. The festival continues with many other activities to capture the minds of those not interested in Slug royalty and it’s an experience that will leave you looking forward to next year’s festival.
There are two main hospitals in the area, and medical care is available in almost all parts of the city. An award-winning newspaper, The Eugene Register Guard, effectively covers the news, both local and national.
2. A bit about the program, the faculty and the size of the University of Oregon
Known 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 leading liberal arts and sciences university and has been ranked by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Universities not just once but multiple times.
The faculty at the University of Oregon is outstanding, often attracting notable scholars who have taught at top universities across the country. Student enrollment for 2010 is expected to be approximately 21,000.
According to the University’s website, 7 governors of the state of Oregon have been elected 7 from among the graduates of the University of Oregon; two faculty members have been Nobel Prize winners, ten have been Pulitzer Prize winners, 19 have been Rhodes Scholars, and 129 faculty members have been Fulbright Scholars. Many other faculty members have also received various illustrious awards.
The University of Oregon has been recognized for having a higher percentage of its students join the Peace Corps than any other university in the nation. More than 2,000 of its graduates have joined.
3. Tuition fees and student housing for 2010
In today’s economic climate, tuition costs have become a very important consideration when choosing a college. The University of Oregon is about equal to other state universities 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 need financial aid or scholarships are urged to visit their website to see what is currently available.
It is difficult to estimate the cost of housing, as much 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 their own family members.
Luxury dormitories and apartments in the immediate area of campus are available to those who can afford them, but there are plenty of off-campus rentals as well. Unless you have a relative you plan to stay with in the area, your best bet is to contact the campus housing director, who can help match your needs with what’s available at any given time.
4. Transportation around campus and the city.
The University of Oregon isn’t closed to traffic like many universities are these days, but sometimes it can be hard to find a parking space. Students can request parking stickers, but the parking areas fill up quickly as they operate on a first-come, first-serve basis. If possible, students are encouraged to use alternative means of transportation, such as bicycles or the public transportation system that has bus stops at most corners of the campus area.
The public transportation system is far reaching, even going to several nearby cities, so traveling around the area is quite easy. Students can purchase tokens at a discounted price, and a printed schedule is available so riders can plan ahead for bus arrival and departure times, transfers, and routes that may not run after certain hours at night. or on holidays.
Autzen Stadium, the University’s soccer facility, has been recognized as one of the top ten in the United States and construction has recently broken ground on a new multi-million dollar basketball facility. The University of Oregon Track and Field program is known not only throughout the United States, but throughout the world.
Noted athletes like Olympian running back Steve Prefontaine, NFL stars Joey Harrington, Alkili Smith, and Dan Fouts, track star Alberto Salazar, and many, many more have been students at the University of Oregon. Nike CEO Phil Knight has been and continues to be very active in promoting and contributing to the athletic program at the University of Oregon.
The University of Oregon does not focus on any one particular sport, but offers fifteen different sports programs for men and women. Unlike many other universities, the University of Oregon sports program is not only self-supporting, but contributes approximately $5 million a 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 walking distance. In fact, North West Christian University is right next to the University of Oregon, so it would be easy to enroll in classes at both schools at the same time. Eugene Bible College, affiliated with Bible Standard Churches, is a short drive from downtown.
There are even more good reasons to choose the University of Oregon as the perfect place to continue your post-high school education, but the ones provided above should be enough to convince you to take a second, and maybe even a third look. . Below is a link to the University of Oregon website so you can study their programs in more depth and determine if it really is the best fit for you.