the University of Oregon

A Beautiful and Historic Campus
The University of Oregon is in Eugene, a medium-sized city nestled in the lush Willamette Valley, just west of the Cascade mountain range that divides the state. It is an ideal location for the adventuresome scientist — just an hour from the coast and an hour and a half from the mountains.

The campus resides within a spectacular 280-acre arboretum with over 475 tree varieties. Campus architecture is varied and historic, including beautiful brick structures built over a 130-year history. Early construction on campus includes Deady Hall, built in 1876, and Villard Hall, built in 1886. Both buildings continue to house classes, over one hundred years later. Newer buildings include the $45.3 million science complex. This monumental project consists of four new buildings and the renovation of existing buildings. New additions to the science complex include the elegant magnificence of Willamette Hall and Streisinger – and new buildings that are on the drawing board today. Construction projects throughout campus continue to help the university grow and evolve with time.

Nationally Recognized
The University of Oregon is the only Oregon member of the Association of American Universities; one of just 60 nationwide. The moderate size of the university (approximately 20,000 students) gives students the opportunity to experience a comprehensive research university and still enjoy personal interactions with faculty.

The quality of our research has been noted by others. The UO ranked fifteenth in the nation for faculty research in public universities, according to an analysis that examined research grants, fellowships, and publications. The Swiss Center for Science and Technology Studies ranked the UO 44th among the world’s universities in terms of the impact of published research articles. Impact rankings were based, at least in part, on journal quality, how frequently publications were cited, and the number of published articles. Eight faculty members belong to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and five are members of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. Fifty three UO faculty members have received Guggenheim fellowships. Oregon has one of the nation’s highest grant-faculty ratios.

The National Science Foundation gave the UO a Recognition Award for the Integration of Research and Education for outstanding use of technology in education. The UO was one of only ten institutions to receive the award.

The university has long been recognized as a leader in sustainability. Students have been recycling since the mid-1970’s, with the Campus Recycling Program making its official debut in 1991. The UO received the National Recycling Coalition Award in 1997 and established an Environmental Issues Committee in 1991 to help guide the university in sustainability issues of concern to the UO community. In 2003, the UO debuted Lillis Hall, an impressive example of green building techniques. The building features photovoltaic panels embedded into the towering glass walls that line the front of the building. Unique classroom lighting takes advantage of natural light, reducing the need for electrical lighting.

The chemistry department is a leader in green organic chemistry education. The UO was the first university in the world to offer green organic instructional labs to undergraduate classes. All undergraduate organic chemistry classes are now taught in the green format. The UO provides annual workshops for educators wanting to incorporate green chemistry into their curriculum.

Keeping Pace with the Information Age
The university has an impressive campus computer information system. Educause, an association for managing and using information resources in higher education, gave the UO its 1996 Award of Excellence for having an exemplary university computer network. New students receive an e-mail account and access to the Internet at no charge when they register for classes.

Students can also take advantage of free computer workshops and telephone computer support through the Computing Center. Information on all aspects of university life is readily available on the UO web page, a great resource while on campus—and while contemplating the virtues of joining the university. The page has links to everything from registration to athletics:

Five Libraries on Campus
In addition to electronic information, the university also has the largest library system in Oregon, housing more than two million books. The system includes five libraries that specialize in different areas: Knight Library (the general library), architecture and allied arts, science, map and photograph, and law. The library system is also accessible online. Students can research topics and search for books from computers at home or on campus and have access to several electronic resources including SciFinder, Biosis, MedLine, Natural Products Update, and numerous others. This wealth of information is free for all registered students.

Students also have access to an electronic library consortium. The holdings of several regional colleges and universities are available through the interlibrary loan system. Students can search through more than twenty-seven million volumes, check their availability, and request to borrow them. Turn around time is two days.

The Science Library offers a wealth of information specific to the sciences including on-line journals, indexes, and abstracts. The facility also houses the Information Technology Center, which provides computers, scanners, and digital scanners for students to use.

Athletics at the UO
The UO has a proud athletic tradition – one the community enjoys cheering for. Teams in football, track & field, and basketball receive a lot of public and media attention. A favorite pastime of students is watching the contests unfold as the Ducks take on the competition at McArthur Court, Autzen Stadium, or Hayward Field. The success of UO intercollegiate teams has allowed them to be self supporting – they do not receive funding from the general university fund and actually give back five million dollars to the university every year.