University of Oregon Top Questions

Describe the students at your school.

cassidy

My classmates are diverse and open minded, very curious about the world and interested in their education.

Stacie

Most of my classmates are goal orientated and want to learn the material; there are some students that are just there and not paying attention, and they are the ones who flunk out or don't pass classes.

Mara

Attending college more for social benefits than educational benefits

Meghan

My classmates are friendly and many are liberal and care about the environment greatly as well as very artistic in some manner and intellectual.

gilbert

studious

Maret

There are two majority groups on campus: people involved in the greek system, and people who like to think they're hippies. Sometimes you'll find people who are just normal and cool, but you have to wade through a lot of extremes to find them.

Heather

UO students are wildly wonderful, creative, intelligent , thoughtful individuals.

Jessica

Open minded and driven.

Colin

Eugenian.

Jeebles

Classmates are as diverse in character as you can get.

Tam

They are ok.

Danielle

The higher in classes you get the more intellectual and interesting people

Stacey

Friendly

Joseph

My classmates are quite enthusiastic, with a couple of people who are just there to be there. For the most part all of the people in my classes are happy about being in them and are fun to be with.

Charlotte

My class mates are hard working, focused, honest, sincere, very friendly, fun to hang out with, relaxed, not high maintaince. I am able to be true to myself and feel accepted by my peers. it is a very comfortable and secure environment where i don't feel pressured to participate in activities that i don't want to.

Kimberly

My classmates are very economically diverse and open-minded.

Christine

I like that the people i have classes with are like me and i can relate to easily. They make me feel welcome and comfortable wherever class is

Jo

What University of Oregon thinks of freedom

Bob

Hippies. Hippies. Hippies. Hippies. Hippies.

Ryan

There are a lot of socio-cultural student groups at the UO. So I think a student should not feel left out more of looking for what the student needs. Most people wear t shirt and a pair of jeans. Yes different student group interact. UO students are mostly from the Oregon, California, Washington and some from overseas.

Reese

Most UO students are from Oregon. Many are from the Bay Area in California and some are from Washington. There are international students, in fact my first dorm roommate was from Japan.

Katie

Low racial diversity, but huge diversity of experience and opinion.

Jasmine

Highly variable. We have all types. We need more motivated, politically and social kids though.

Andy

There is definately a strong movement for all kinds of race/sex/orientation views at UO. Most students would feel comfortable here, compared to other schools we are very open and accepting. This is a left wing school. What does it matter what kids wear to class?

Ali

Students are mostly left wing here. It is Oregon after all, the ones that aren’t come from areas in Portland’s suburbs. All political views are accepted and there are many clubs to join, but there is an overwhelming sense of democratic support.

Jessica

You will have experiences with anti-racial, religious and anti-religious, LGBT, socio-economically aware people here. It seems like everyone has got something to say, and they say it here at UO. A student who would feel out of place at UO is an apathetic, close minded-conservative who hates the rain and learning from other people. No one dresses up for class- unless they're in the Business School- and you feel comfortable all over campus. People are friendly, a lot of kids want to go into the Peace Corps, and we like beer. The kids who are career driven and into networking socially and dressing less casually tend to be Greek students.

Cameron

Really depends on what major and what you are in to. Most UO students are from Oregon, California, and Washington. I would say the school is predominately caucasian, I would guess 75% or more. But everyone seems to find a good social group and fits in well.

Alex

UO is definitely a politically active campus, with numerous political party and political activist groups on campus.

Jesse

Lot's of diversity and tolerance here at UO! Basically a group or club for anybody with any interest. Ranging from more traditional interests like College Democrats or Republicans, or Christian groups, to more liberal or eccentric groups like LGBT and PETA. There's something for everyone! Not a lot of racial diversity, but state universities usually reflect the population of the state their located in, and Oregon is mostly Caucasion. However, we represent students from all 50 states and internationally!

Whitney

Anything goes here at UO. In any given class a dread locked hippy maybe seated next to the most uptight designer sorority girl, and both can be engaged in deep intellectual conversations. About half of the students seem to be from instate, with the others coming from all over the nation, but mostly western states. Students are very politically active and aware, predominantly liberal.

Toby

Least diverse campus in the nation, enough said. Religion exists at the U of O? Gays are welcomed adored and loved in the Euge. no one can really tell who's rich and who's just a drunk or a hippie until they get in their car. A conservative. Most students are from Oregon (mainly Portland and Southern Oregon). Mostly upper-middle class students. Students are very politically aware and sometimes active (there were riots here and there is an anarchist group that blows up car dealerships here). Predominately indifferent or liberal. No, never.

Jeff

Definitely a lot of social activism on campus. Some is a bit outrageous, but for the most part people are respectful. One time, there was a religious movement protesting abortion and they showed dead fetuses and connected the brutality to the Holocaust. I thought that was extremely ignorant and full of misrepresentation. I have met so many different people since coming here, I feel like it has affected me positively. I enjoy diversity and I feel like UO has some, but could be better. On the other hand, I think you can find it if you really want to. Most students tend to be from Portland area, or Eugene.

Lee

About 99% of the student body is middle to upper class and moderate to very liberal. There are a few gays and the student body is very accepting of all sexual orientations. Most students don't dress up to go to class. Many are in sweatpants and look like they just rolled out of bed. The beginning of my freshman year a group of girls from LA all wore their heels to class for about a week but that was about as dressy as it got. The vast majority of students are from the Portland area, followed by California and Seattle. The only real cliques formed are the Greeks and the jocks. Other than that there are groups of friends from class and and dorms. Since UO tends to be so liberal it's kind of difficult to take the conservative stance. I'm a Democrat and also pro-life. Last year I spoke up about that in one of my classes and everyone rolled their eyes or started shouting at me I eventually just said I didn't have anything else to add and sat silently while they bounced ideas they all agreed with off of one another. I left UO after one year because it felt too much like high school. Two hundred fifty kids from my graduating high school class attended and three girls and a boy were in my building of forty five rooms. You may hear "It's such a big campus, you'll never see anyone you know" but that isn't true. Everyone from out-of-state absolutely loves it though. Most students are pretty relaxed when it comes to academics. Most are driven to earn B's, not A's and most aren't very career minded, at least not yet.

Elizabeth

I can't think of anyone who would be out of place at the UO. It's pretty diverse. Most students dress casually, but some dress to impress. Some people wear sweats. It's legal to go topless in Eugene, and I've seen a couple people do that as well. I think UO students generally lean to the left politically, but there are exceptions.

Jack

The LGBT community is SMALL. Granted, because it's a university campus it's bigger than smaller towns, but it's nowhere near as diverse as it should be. In spite of this, the LGBTQA seems like a good enough group for networking and support, though I've never actually been associated with it. Wear what you want to class. If you don't care, professors probably won't. Students here seem mostly politically left to moderate, but as a result, those who are to the right are extremely to the right. Do students talk about how much they'll earn one day? You're bound to find a bunch who do in Lillis. But that's the exception rather than the rule.

Taylor

If you are conservative, be prepared to not agree with a lot of people. But its not too bad. I guess I understand other points of view a little better.

Michele

Most of the students at UO are from Oregon, so when I get asked where I'm from I usually say "West Linn" or "the Portland area". The majority of out-of-state students are from along the West coast. A lot of people I know don't have a lot to spend on school, so staying close to home is a good way to save money. Many students are on financial aid, so it's nothing to be embarrassed about. Student clothing depends a lot on what term it is. It rains a lot in Eugene, but many of us don't use umbrellas. (It's only water!) In the fall and winter, I see a lot of people in sweaters and jackets. In the spring, there's a lot of sun, so people love to put on their shorts and study on the grass. In the business school, I also see a lot of people dressed up to give presentations for their classes. At UO, just like in Oregon in general, there are a lot of white people, but minorities are definitely accepted. There are several student clubs and activities on campus to promote diversity. As an employee at UO Disability Services, I think UO does a good job of accommodating students with disabilities. I work with students who have difficulty hearing lectures, and they are generally quite successful with their classes.