The University of Oregon, the second oldest public university in Oregon, was founded in 1876. Two years later, the first class graduated with five members. In 1877, the first building constructed on the campus, Deady Hall, opened, and in 1893 the first dorm was completed.
The UO hosted its first football game in 1894, established its first fraternity (Sigma Nu) in 1900, and built its first women’s dormitory (Mary Spiller Hall) in 1909. The first library, Fenton Hall also opened around this time, and the Schools of Commerce and Architecture were established shortly thereafter. The School of Law, previously located in Portland, moved to Eugene in 1915.
The school’s growth and expansion continued for much of the early 20th Century, and in 1969, the University of Oregon became a member of the Association of American Universities, joining the ranks of some of the top research institutions in the country. In 2005, Campaign Oregon, the largest fundraising drive the state has seen, launched, and the school continues to improve and evolve today.
The University of Oregon’s 295-acre campus centers on East 13th Avenue and University Street, a bustling crossroads for the university. Most academic buildings line the avenue, and there are a range of architectural styles on display. The oldest building on campus, Deady Hall, dates from 1876. Another focal point on campus is the Pioneer Statue, a common meeting point and gathering place. The campus is home to over 500 varieties of trees.
Oregon’s athletic facilities are highly regarded. Hayward Field, where track and field meets take place, and McArthur Court, where the basketball team plays, are in the southern part of the campus. The recently renovated Autzen Stadium is to the north, across the Willamette River.
The UO is located in Eugene, Oregon, the state’s second largest city, with over 150,000 residents.
Eugene, located in the southern Willamette Valley, is known as the city of the arts and outdoors. Eugene definitely lives up to this label - whether it’s a night out to watch a performance at the Hult Center or a weekend trip of rafting down the Willamette River, you are sure to find Eugene residents out and about. Eugene also has a thriving downtown as well as exciting shopping centers such as Oakway Center, Fifth Street Market, and Valley River Center.
UO students are superstitious about Autzen Stadium, claiming that it never rains when there’s a football game at Autzen.
The Pit Crew, a section of UO fans, wears yellow shirts to support the team.
During the popular semiannual Street Fair events, more than 100 booths line pedestrian 13th Street.
Rick Attig (1983) and Doug Bates (1968) won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for their work with The Oregonian.
Lee Bollinger (1954) is the president of Columbia University.
Aaron Brooks (2007) is an NBA guard for the Houston Rockets.
Anne Curry (1978) is a Today Show anchor and Dateline NBC co-host.
Neil Everett (1984) is an anchor for ESPNEWS and Sportscenter.
A.J. Feeley (2000) is an NFL quarterback with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Dan Fouts (1977) was an NFL quarterback and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is a sports announcer for ABC.
Dan Siegel (1976) is a composer and record producer.
The University of Oregon’s Ducks compete in 14 sports as part of the Pacific Ten Conference and the NCAA’s Division I-A. The Ducks have won 13 NCAA championships and the track and field team boasts 60 individual NCAA champions.
Collectively, the cross country and track and field teams have won 12 NCAA championships. The football team, founded in 1893, won its first Rose Bowl in 1917. The basketball team defeated Ohio State in 1939 to win its first NCAA tournament.
Being a part of the Pac 10, we of course take pride in our football team, as is clear everywhere you look on campus: GO DUCKS! In addition to football, historic MacArthur Court, where the basketball team plays, is one of the oldest and most storied basketball arenas – and one of the most intimidating courts in the Pac 10. Construction is starting on a new arena for the popular basketball team this year. Of course, you cannot discuss sports without mentioning track and field. After all, Eugene is also known as Track Town USA and host of the summer 2008 Olympic Track and Field trials.
National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978) was filmed on the University of Oregon’s campus.
The University of Oregon will host the summer 2008 Olympic Track and Field trials.
Bill Bowerman, former track and field head coach, and Phil Knight, former UO track runner, formed Nike, so UO is often referred to as Nike University.
In past years, the residence halls on the University of Oregon campus have been rated rather subpar. In recent years, however, the UO has been working to improve on-campus living, by renovating existing buildings, purchasing new ones, and building new residential facilities, such as the Living Learning Center. These additions are very welcome. With a modern, fresh design, and sustainability as a goal, the UO is ready to accommodate the next generation of students.
Some of the residence halls at UO are Carson, the Hamilton/Bean Complex, and the new Living Learning Center (LLC). Carson, located at the heart of the campus, is the ultimate in convenience. It’s located just minutes from classes, the EMU student center, and the recreation center. Carson offers both single rooms as well as double living situations; each room has a sink in the room, which makes getting ready in the mornings or cooking a quick snack a snap.
Another Residence Hall is Bean Complex, which is slightly farther from classes but is one of the larger residence halls on campus, hosting more than 650 students. It offers a mix of singles-only halls as well as double occupancy living situations. Bean neighbors Hamilton complex, which is home to many of the on-campus dining options as well as the on campus mini-mart. The new basketball arena will open next to Hamilton in 2009.
The Living Learning Center is the newest addition to the UO in the way of residence halls, and, in fact, was the first built since 1963. The LLC combines classrooms, advising offices, theatrical performances, and dining with a comfortable living environment. It is located just across the street from the student recreation center as well as historic Hayward Field (Home of the 2008 Summer Olympic Track and Field Trials); this building offers the slightly larger ‘enhanced’ singles and doubles all in a modern environment.