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The University of Oregon is a member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities, and holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The university offers 272 undergraduate majors, minors, and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines across nine schools and colleges: the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Charles H. Lundquist College of Business, the College of Education, the Robert D. Clark Honors College, the School of Journalism and Communication, the School of Law, the School of Music and Dance, and the Graduate School. The university has broad-based academic strengths with eight professional programs and 12 doctoral programs ranked among the top 20 percent nationally.

In 2014, the university launched an ambitious fundraising campaign focused on supporting faculty excellence in teaching and research, creating access for outstanding students, and enriching the student experience.


The provost serves as the chief academic officer at the University of Oregon, fostering excellence in undergraduate education, graduate education, research, and service to Oregonians. The position reports to the university president, and oversees the institution's academic leadership.

Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs

As the chief academic officer for the university, the provost provides leadership for matters that affect academic programs, research, and outreach involving faculty members, students, and staff members. The provost oversees the quality of programs of instruction and research through collaborative work with vice presidents, academic deans, vice provosts, and numerous other units related to the university. Additionally, the provost is responsible for overseeing academic and budgetary planning and priorities.

University Priorities

President Michael H. Schill established a strong set of priorities for the University of Oregon. These fundamental goals include building tenure-related faculty and promoting academic research, ensuring access and graduation success for students, and delivering a rich, excellent educational experience for our students in a diverse, inclusive and equitable environment.

 Fundraising Campaign

The University of Oregon reached the halfway mark of its ambitious $2 billion fundraising campaign in July 2016. The university launched the public phase of the campaign in October 2014 in the largest fundraising effort ever by an organization in the state of Oregon. The campaign will fund unprecedented levels of access for deserving Oregon students, excellence in teaching and research, and a greatly enriched student experience.

Facts and Figures

The UO’s beautiful, 295-acre campus features state-of-the art facilities in an arboretum-like setting. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body while raising average GPAs and test scores for incoming students. Under the leadership of President Michael H. Schill, the university is in the process of hiring  80 to 100 additional tenure-related faculty members over a five year period.

Unique Eugene

The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 157,000 with outstanding cultural and culinary offerings, a pleasant climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.