New Students and Orientations

Welcome to the University of Oregon! More than 3,500 students from across the United States and over 70 other countries study in our nationally and internationally renowned programs.

The UO is home to an intellectually rich and vibrant community of scholars, cutting edge research, creative ideas, and interdisciplinary connections, and is the only university in the state of Oregon to have earned membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.

The Graduate School’s role is to promote excellence in graduate education and research. We are committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for a diverse group of graduate students.

The career paths, opportunities, and needs of graduate students across disciplines are changing rapidly, and we provide programs and resources that will enhance the quality of your graduate experience and prepare you for your career.

We look forward to meeting you in the days and months ahead and to providing you with any information that will help you begin your graduate career. We are delighted that you have chosen to join us at the University of Oregon!


Getting Started

Here are a few brief tips for making sure you get off to a great start:

  • Each graduate program has a director of graduate studies (DGS) and a graduate coordinator or secretary. We strongly urge you to identify these key people —they can be excellent resources.

  • Obtain any writing materials from your department that describe requirements for satisfactory progress and degree completing. Keep these items in a permanent file.

  • Become familiar with the Graduate School's general requirements and policies for all graduate students.

  • Take a guided tour of campus. Tours are offered Monday through Saturday. Call 541-346-3201 or sign up at Campus Tours.

Admitted Students


Training and Orientations