New Students

A Welcome from the Dean...
study group photoIt is our pleasure to welcome you to our academic community at the University of Oregon. Our institution offers outstanding graduate programs of national and international reputation to approximately 3,000 students from across the United States and eighty-one other countries. As the only Oregon member of the esteemed Association of American Universities, the university is also home to more than sixty research institutes and centers.  The Graduate School's role is to help foster excellence in graduate education and research.
We are committed to creating a supportive community for graduate students and to providing programs and resources that will enhance the quality of your graduate experience and prepare you for your career. To this end, we have established a Graduate School Student Advisory Board, host an annual Graduate Student Research Forum, and coordinate a workshop series that focuses on professional development, academic success, community, wellness and balance, and engagement in research. The Graduate School also supports two very active graduate student groups, the Alliance of Graduate Students for Diversity and the UO Women in Graduate Sciences, and our office in Susan Campbell Hall is home to the Graduate Student Center, a space dedicated to  (and reservable only by) graduate students. As you can see, there are plenty of  opportunities for you to get involved!
To ease the transition into your new graduate program, we invite you to attend our New Graduate Student Resource Fair and Orientation. The schedule for this event and our other orientation events can be found in the New Students section of our website. Your academic department may also be hosting an orientation event. Please be sure to attend that and familiarize yourself with departmental policies and procedures.
We look forward to meeting you in the days and months ahead. Please do not hesitate to call or visit the Graduate School if you have questions or special concerns. It is important to all of us that you begin your graduate career with the information you need and the understanding that the Graduate School is here to assist you.


Dr. Sara Hodges
Interim Dean of the Graduate School




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