New Students

Welcome to the University of Oregon! The UO offers outstanding graduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences and in the professional fields of design; business; education; journalism and communication; law; and music and dance. More than 3500 students from across the United States and over 70 other countries study in our nationally and internationally renowned programs. The university 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. Throughout the year, look for our series of professional development workshops and our Distinguished Alumni Speakers Program, which brings UO Graduate School alumni back to campus. We are also looking ahead to spring, when we will hold our annual Graduate Student Research Forum, where graduate share their research and scholarship with other graduate students, UO faculty and staff, and the broader community outside the university.

We are always interested in hearing from you –  by e-mail, phone, or in person at the Graduate School. You’ll find us on the first floor of venerable Susan Campbell Hall, which is also the home to the Graduate Student Center, a welcoming space dedicated to graduate students. We hope you will join our  “Write Time” sessions, an opportunity to come  together with other students for a dedicated time and space to work on your latest project . We eagerly seek your input via a variety of channels, including periodic surveys and student groups such as the Graduate School Student Advisory Board and the UO Women in Graduate Sciences.

To facilitate your start to graduate school, plan to attend our New Graduate Student Orientation, which will include an introduction to important offices and people on campus, required employee training for students who have graduate employee (GE) appointments, a resource fair, and a BBQ. 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 orientation events – plan to attend those so you can familiarize yourself with your departmental program. Graduate students on the Portland campus are, of course, always welcome to attend events in Eugene, but will have their orientations in Portland.  

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!

Janet Woodruff-Borden, Ph.D.

Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School

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