Five Year Report

commencement ceremony

Five Years of Excellence

President's report on a new era in governance at the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon made extraordinary progress during its first five years of institutional governance. Read details of the University of Oregon's transformation and upward trajectory below.

headshot of President Micheal H. Schill
Looking back, working forward

“Under the UO Board of Trustees, the university has invested in academic and research excellence, student access and success, equity and inclusion, and creating outstanding student experiences. Since 2015, the UO met goals of increasing four-year graduation rates by more than 10 percentage points, added dozens of additional research faculty, launched innovative academic programs, welcomed record-breaking freshman classes, inspired historic philanthropic giving, increased campus and inclusion, and boosted scholarships for students with need. I want to emphasize that the progress we have made is not the work of any one individual or one group of individuals. It is shared amongst our entire community. But there is still work to be done. The University of Oregon is deeply committed to giving a world-class education to the next generation of Oregonians. Our entire campus is committed to doing that and continuing a legacy of creating meaningful impact for the state and society.”

Michael H. Schill
President, University of Oregon

Academic Excellence

72
additional positions for tenure-related faculty
20%
increase in total research and development expenditures since 2015
5
UO researchers recognized with national science foundation career awards in 2019
Knight Campus Rendering
Established the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

Launched with the largest gift ever to a flagship public university, the campus creates the intellectual infrastructure to establish Oregon as a center for both research and development, making Oregon a place where companies can start-up, grow, and stay. The Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is a $1 billion initiative to fast-track scientific discoveries into innovations that improve the quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation, and the world. The Knight Campus has already become a hub of innovation, research and partnerships ahead of the first buildings opening in summer of 2020.

Take a virtual tour of the Knight Campus

Marian Hettiaratchi
Increased our faculty with 72 new scholars

The heart of any great research institution is its tenure-related faculty. Over the last five years, the UO has increased tenure-track positions by 10 percent and plans to add additional positions in the coming years. Among these hires are the first four tenure-track faculty hired as part of the new Knight Campus.

Meet the first four

3
Pulitzer Prize Winners
41
guggenheim fellows
$10M
licensing revenue in fiscal year 2019
Michelle Hernandez learns testing techniques in a lab with her mentor Kelly Hyland
UO undergraduate students have access to a variety of research opportunities from the moment they step foot on campus. Among them, the Knight Campus Undergraduate Scholars Program pairs promising undergraduates with research mentors and immerses them in a 12-month, comprehensive research experience in Knight Campus-affiliated labs.
Graduate student in a research lab
The University of Oregon has partnered with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to use big data to support cancer research. Data science is a critical area of focus for every industry. From entrepreneurs to environmental activism, data science makes sense of the vast amounts of information available in an ever more interconnected world.
325
degree and certificate programs
80.5%
of UO students participate in research, creative activities, or scholarship
300+
study abroad programs
A student participating in the Undergraduate Symposium
Invested in undergraduate research opportunities

Providing students with firsthand experience doing research and creating knowledge is a vital part of the academic experience. Programs like the Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement (CURE) serve as a hub for undergraduates interested in pursuing research opportunities. The center helps students find opportunities, provides funding support, and creates opportunities for students to showcase their work throughout the community, state, and nation.

Learn about CURE

President Michael Schill presenting Hanan Elsherif with the Distinguished Teacher Award
Teaching at the University of Oregon

One of the great strengths of the University of Oregon is the commitment that our faculty members have to our students, especially in terms of delivering an excellent educational experience at the cutting edge of their fields. At the UO, teaching excellence is defined as inclusive, engaged, and research-led—inflected by the university’s research mission and informed by research on how students learn.

Teaching Excellence

2019 Symposium

513
Undergraduate presenters
290
faculty mentors
75
majors represented
Natalia Narh working in a lab
Diversity and inclusion are core to the academic and research mission of the university. To expand diversity within research communities, the university has implemented a variety of programs to help under-represented students interested in performing research get a foot in the door. For example, the Students of Color Opportunities for Research Enrichment (SCORE) is an academically based, hand-on research club designed for students who are underrepresented in the life sciences.
Mitchell Scholar Joseph Yaconelli
The UO is proud to have distinguished scholarship recipients among its graduate and undergraduate students. Their work and academic interests fuel the university's research mission and contribute to the cutting edge research happening on campus. Recently, Joseph Yaconelli, a member of the UO Class of 2019, was recognized as a George J. Mitchell Scholar. Yaconelli became the second UO student and the first undergraduate to receive the prestigious scholarship.

Student Access and Success

#1
public university in Oregon for first-year retention and graduation rates
60.7%
Achieved an all-time high four-year graduation rate
16:1
student to teacher ratio
PathwayOregon students throwing the O in their caps and gowns
Bolstered innovative scholarship, advising program

The UO has redoubled its commitment to making higher education accessible to motivated, talented students regardless of their financial means. PathwayOregon, the university's promise to qualifying Oregonians, speaks to the heart of UO's mission and covers all tuition and fees for academically qualified first-year Oregonians whose family income meets Federal Pell Grant requirements.

Meet the 2019 pathway graduates

Graduation rates reach an all-time high

Upon his arrival at the university in 2015, President Michael H. Schill launched a number of student success initiatives and challenged the university to improve the four-year graduation by 10 percentage points by 2020. That goal was met a year ahead of schedule thanks in no small part to the nearly 20 student success initiatives implemented since 2016 aimed at reducing institutional barriers and ensuring all students are well-supported.

Experience the 2019 graduation celebration

Class of 2023

3.65
highest ever average high school GPA
1206
average SAT score
34%
are Pell Grant eligible

Gay pride parade

Named as one of the top 30 LGBTQ-friendly institutions in the nation, the University of Oregon is recognized as the most LGBTQ-friendly college in Oregon. The university was given five out of five stars by Campus Pride, based on categories that included institutional commitment, student life, housing and residence life, campus safety, health and counseling services, and retention and recruitment efforts.

two students wearing UO virtual reality goggles

Incoming UO students can take a virtual tour of campus without leaving the comfort of their homes. The new students can experience football game day from the field and get a birdseye view of campus through a set of cardboard VR goggles and an app.

Expanding Academic Environments

75,000
Square Feet of renovated laboratory and research space
200,000
additional square feet being planned, designed, or constructed
$448.3M
supporting capital construction and improvements
Chapman Hall

Chapman Hall
Renovated 2018

Bean Hall
Justice Robert Sharp Bean Hall
Renovated 2019
Science Library entrance
Allan Price Science Commons and Research Library
Renovated 2016
Exterior of Tykeson Hall
Opened new hall dedicated to academic and career advising

Student success at the University of Oregon has entered a new era with the opening of Willie and Donald Tykeson Hall. Twenty-three new advisors, six career readiness coaches, and many other advising and support professionals fill this building with approachable, accessible student support and have established the building as a conduit to other student advising and resources across campus.

Explore Tykeson Hall

Erb Memorial Union on a sunny spring day
Erb Memorial Union
Renovated 2017
University Rec Center entrance
Student Recreation Center
Renovated 2014
Health Center rendering
University Health Center
Renovation to be Completed in 2020

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

36%
of new freshmen identify as a member of a minority group
6,733
Oregon students identify as a student of color (2019-20)
32%
of oregon freshmen are first-generation college students
Black Cultural Center
Celebrated the opening of the UO's Black Cultural Center

With the opening of the Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center (BCC), the University of Oregon has realized the dream of generations of activists: an academic, cultural, and social home for the UO's Black students and the community. Spurred by student demands, the center is named for Lyllye Reynolds-Parker, a civil rights activist and UO alumna who touched countless lives of UO students in her career as an academic advisor. The BCC is a welcoming and supportive space that helps Black students harness the resources necessary to navigate their social, cultural, and academic experiences.

Learn about the center

Alvy Macias-Gonzalez
Invested in showcasing our diverse heritage

The UO continues to make steady progress in improving campus diversity. The university has invested in several dozen initiatives and programs over the last five years designed to recruit, hire, retain, support, promote, and engage historically underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. To celebrate the diversity that makes our community vibrant and enriching, the UO recognizes annual heritage months and highlights the experiences of students, staff, and faculty. 

Learn about UO Patos (Ducks)

Student Experience & Impact

22,615
current students
86.2%
retention rate for freshmen
19
median class size
Manju Bangalore: Mission to Mars

UO students apply their studies in a variety of ways, including working for NASA. Fueled by a desire to travel to space, physics major and NASA intern Manju Bangalore proves that focus, determination, and failure are all necessary to achieve new heights of success.

Meet Manju

kids looking out at the ocean at a lighthouse
Kevin Frazier: Passport Oregon

While the UO provides a gateway to education for Oregonians, our students are dedicated to giving back to their state. One of many examples, Kevin Frazier, BS '15, founded Passport Oregon, a nonprofit dedicated to providing an opportunity for city kids to see the wonders their state has to offer.

Read about Kevin's impact

Creating Economic Impact

$2.2B
Economic impact
$2.29B
Raised towards the new campaign goal
$381.8M
for student support
Oregon Quarterly magazine covers

The university is honored to have many great innovators, inventors, game-changers, trailblazers, humanitarians, and—simply put—inspirations among its ranks of alumni. In 2019, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Oregon Quarterly, the university's alumni magazine, 100 alumni were recognized for their contributions to making our world better.  

Kaylee Domzalski

The value of a degree from the University of Oregon can be seen immediately after graduation. Many of the university's recent graduates are already deeply invested in their careers and are striving to emulate many of the alumni who came before them. These are just a few stories of what the young UO alumni are doing with their degree.

Fundraising for the Future

27%
growth in endowment in four years
108,798
donors who contributed to campaign
$1.32B
raised for faculty, programs, and kinght campus
Created an international academic powerhouse with $10M gift

In 2016, a $10 million gift from Gwendolyn and Charles Lillis endowed additional research positions in the UO's Department of Earth Sciences. Today, the department's Oregon Center for Volcanology has become the largest dedicated academic group devoted to volcanoes in the United States.

Learn about our Volcanic Footprint

UO researcher in a science lab
Fundraising campaign posted second-highest annual total

Alumni and friends posted one of their most generous years ever with gifts totaling $254.65 million for the University of Oregon during the fiscal year ending June 30.

Read the giving highlights