The University of Oregon has a lot to be proud of. On top of being one of the best football teams in the nation, and probably the college with the most school spirit, their academics are highly ranked as well. The university offers the first and only comics and cartoon studies program in the country. The sports marketing program ranks number 1, and the education program ranks in the top 15. The school offers over 270 majors, minors, certificates, and preparatory programs with the College of Arts and Sciences at the heart of it all.
The university is located in Eugene Oregon, where there is plenty to do. National Geographic named the town as #1 for transportation, green space, and commitment to environmental sustainability. Eugene is a great place to be if you love the outdoors. The city has numerous parks and trail systems and is located along the scenic Willamette River. “Locally grown” is the anthem of Eugene and you are sure to find fresh cuisine on every corner. The city also offers up arts and culture with the many museums, music and art venues, including the famous Matthew Night Arena. With all the it has to offer, Eugene is a great place to visit and live!
We spoke to a University of Oregon alumni, here is what she had to say:
Name: Eliza Bryant
Year: Graduated Spring 2011
Major: U.S. History
Hometown: Boulder, Colorado
Why did you choose to attend UO?
I was looking for an out of state experience when I started applying to colleges, and visited a couple schools in the Pacific Northwest. Eugene felt very similar to Boulder, where I grew up, and I fell in love with the campus. The U of O had the programs I was interested in, and the big campus feel I was looking for.
What do you like most about UO?
For me, the best part of my time at the U of O was finding my major. I came in as an undeclared freshman, not really sure what I was going to do. I started taking classes and soon found the History Department. I was instantly hooked on the African American History classes taught by Professor Stuckey, and it quickly became my major. Outside of academics, you can’t find a better school to attend if you’re a sports fan in my opinion.
What do you like most about living in Eugene?
I chose to attend college in Eugene because of how similar it felt to my hometown, and how instantly comfortable I was there. The school spirit is contagious, everyone loves the Ducks. There is so much to do on the weekends – hiking, Saturday Market, float the rivers, football games, etc. There are great restaurants, the Oregon coast isn’t too far for a day trip, and neither is Portland. The town has a great local music scene, and I made great friends while I was living there.
What do you like to do for fun/extracurricular/hobbies?
While at the U of O, I spent most of my time outside of school working for the Eugene Family YMCA in their youth development programs. This gave me the opportunity to build relationships within the Eugene community outside of school. I volunteered as a basketball coach, and worked in the school age, summer camp, and youth sports programs.
When I wasn’t working, I attended as many Oregon football and basketball games as I could, and explored Eugene. My friends and I especially enjoyed the Saturday Market, concerts at the McDonald Theatre and day trips to the Oregon Coast.
Do you have any advice for incoming freshman?
Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone and explore what Eugene has to offer outside of the University.
If you are interested in attending the University of Oregon, you can check out the UO Online Guide to view a campus map, learn about the school history, and view the local business directory. You can also view the Ebook version of the Guide to see local restaurants and shops, view admissions information, learn about university top points of pride, academic programs, and more!