Although I graduated from the University of Oregon and went back there to complete my master’s degree, that is 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 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 very few days a year of freezing weather and very few days of extremely hot weather. The ocean beaches are just over an hour away and the mountain lakes are roughly the same distance in the opposite direction. I-5, a major highway runs along the east side of the city, making the University one of the most accessible universities in the state.
The City of Eugene is an active community offering something for everyone. If you are into the outdoors, Eugene stands out for its many miles of bike trails, especially the scenic ones along the banks of the beautiful Willamette River.
During the year, the race often stands out as Eugene claims to be the racing capital of the world. The Olympic Track and Field Trials were held at the University last summer, so that title may be more than wishful thinking.
Art exhibitions and music festivals abound. The Hult Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Eugene has something to do every day of the week, and people come from every state (and a few 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 begin their university education at a smaller institution. (See the Lane Community College website link for more information.)
Every fall Eugene’s celebration draws huge crowds come rain or shine to elect that year’s Slug Queen – a rather dubious honor, but it’s all a lot of fun. The festival continues with many other activities to capture the minds of those who are not interested in Slug royalty and it is an experience that is guaranteed to leave them looking forward to next year’s festival.
There are two major hospitals in the area, and medical care is available in almost every part of the city. An award-winning newspaper, The Eugene Register Guard, effectively covers the news, both local and national.
two. A little about the program, faculty, and 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 major liberal arts and sciences college and has been ranked by US News & World Report as one of America’s top universities not just once, but multiple times.
The faculty at the University of Oregon is outstanding, often attracting notable scholars who have taught at the best universities across the nation. 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 members of the faculty have also received various illustrious awards.
The University of Oregon has been recognized for having a higher percentage of its students join Peace Corp than any other university in the country. More than 2,000 of its graduates have joined.
3. Student Tuition and Accommodation Rates for 2010
In today’s economic climate, tuition costs have become a very important consideration when choosing a university. The University of Oregon is roughly 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 in need of 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 apartment or house off campus with a friend, or live with their own family members.
Luxury dorms and apartments in the immediate campus area 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 you tailor your needs to what is available at any given time.
Four. Transportation around campus and city.
The University of Oregon is not closed to traffic like many universities these days, but it can be difficult to find a place to park at times. Students can request parking stickers, but parking areas fill up quickly as they operate on a first-come, first-served basis. If possible, students are advised to use alternative transportation such as bicycles or the public transportation system that has bus stops at most corners of the campus area.
The public transport system has a long reach, 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 that passengers can plan ahead for bus arrival and departure times, transfers, and routes that may not be running after certain hours for the night or on holidays.
Autzen Stadium, the University’s soccer facility, has been recognized as one of the top ten in the entire United States and recently paved the way for 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.
Notable athletes like Olympic 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 University of Oregon athletic program.
The University of Oregon does not focus on a single sport in particular, but offers fifteen different sports programs for men and women. Unlike many other universities, the University of Oregon athletic program is not only self-contained, but contributes approximately $ 5 million annually 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 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 just a short drive from downtown.
There are even more good reasons for choosing 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 give it a second, and maybe even a third look. . Below you will find a link to the University of Oregon website so that you can study their programs in more depth and determine if it really is the best option for you.