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Eugene, OR 97403
Tel: (541)346-3111
Admissions: (541)346-3201
Fax: (541)346-5815
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of Oregon University System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1872. Setting: 295-acre urban campus. Endowment: $267.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $85.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $2912 per student. Total enrollment: 20,295. Faculty: 1,116 (780 full-time, 336 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 9,623 applied, 91% were admitted. 21% from top 10% of their high school class, 52% from top quarter, 87% from top half. 14 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 14,890 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 1,459 students, 52% women, 48% men. Students come from 56 states and territories, 87 other countries, 20% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 2% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 12% 25 or older, 21% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 83% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; communications/communication technologies. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 3 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, 2 recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/1 for early action. Notification: 3/15, 12/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $4071 full-time, $103 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $15,501 full-time, $407 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1479 full-time, $346 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, course load, degree level, program, and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, course load, degree level, and program. College room and board: $7331. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 250 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 8% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Political and Environmental Action, cultural organizations, student newspaper, club sports. Major annual events: University Day, Homecoming, Family Weekend. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 3,197 students; 3,292 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Knight Library plus 4 others with 2.6 million books, 2.9 million microform titles, 18,180 serials, 1.4 million audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $14.7 million. 1,600 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Eugene, the center of a vast recreational area, is an important high-technology and software center. Bicycles are a major form of student transportation. Airline, bus and train transportation are available. Eugene's facilities include more than 80 churches, a large public library, a YMCA, YWCA, three hospitals, and a number of motels. Eugene is 60 miles east of the Pacific Ocean and 60 miles west of the Cascade Mountains. The Willamette National Forest nearby provides fine hunting and fishing opportunities and skiing is enjoyed at the Hoodoo Ski Bowl and Willamette Pass Ski area.