Updated: Jul 4
It’s summertime and that means Road Trip! If you’re shopping for colleges in the U.S. then it is essential that you get on the campuses and see how they feel. Pictures and virtual tours are a nice try but they cannot reproduce the experience. The challenge with over 2,800 four year colleges and universities in the U.S. alone is where to start? We would like to help you out with a series of blogs that highlight 100 schools in 100 days.
Big schools, small schools, in between schools.
East coast, west coast, the South, the Mountains, the Midwest and everywhere in between.
Private schools and public schools.
Highly selective schools and great schools that are more accessible to more students.
The goal is to remind students that their college experience is THEIR college experience and they should choose the school that is the best fit for them, not their friends or family or anyone else with an opinion.
We love the quote that “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Teddy Roosevelt certainly lived his life with little regard for the opinions of others. The challenge is to live the life that is right for us and this includes choosing the university that is best for you without regard to rankings or social status. A great school isn’t great unless it is great for YOU.
For each post we would love to hear comments from alumni of the featured school. Any insight into your experiences there and then would be amazing. At Next Level College Application we do not have an agenda other than helping our clients find the schools that are the best fit for them.
With that, let's start our tour in my home state of Oregon. Disclaimer: Both of my daughters presently attend this school and so did both of my parents. This Road Trip is a sample to get you thinking. The best information you can get is direct from the school and we apologize if any of our information is incorrect.
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The University of Oregon
The U of O campus claims over 4,000 trees from more than 500 species. It is a green place. Famous alumni include Phil Knight, Kaitlin Olson, Steve Prefontaine and Ann Curry. Eugene is less than an hour away from their rival school Oregon State (visiting later in the tour) and the two enjoy a healthy hate.
The University of Oregon has several unique features that set it apart from other universities. Here are some of the key points:
The University of Oregon is known for its commitment to sustainability and maintaining a green campus. The campus is kept green throughout the year, and the climate of Oregon helps with this.
The university has a strong emphasis on sports, with a focus on rigorous academics as well. The university has a successful NCAA Division I-FBS athletic program and is a member of the Pacific-12 Conference.
The University of Oregon is one of the most liberal colleges in America. This means that the university has a diverse and inclusive student body that values social justice and activism.
The university has a wide range of academic programs, with over 300 undergraduate classes and nine schools and colleges. The university offers programs in business, architecture, ecology, journalism, international studies, and political science, among others.
Research opportunities: The University of Oregon is a leading research university, with over $137 million in annual research funding. This provides students with opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research across a variety of fields.
The University of Oregon has a beautiful campus that is ideally situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains. The university also has a marine station in Charleston, OR and an observatory in Central Oregon.
The University of Oregon offers 272 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and has a total undergraduate enrollment of 19,340.
Overall, the University of Oregon is unique because of its commitment to sustainability, emphasis on sports and rigorous academics, diverse and inclusive student body, wide range of academic programs, and beautiful campus.
The University of Oregon's acceptance rate was 93% for the class of 2025. The average SAT score for students who are accepted is between 1090-1330. The University of Oregon does not have an early decision program, but it does have an early action program with a deadline of November 1.
Here’s the link for admissions to learn more. https://admissions.uoregon.edu/