New Students

Welcome to the University of Oregon, as a graduate student! The UO offers outstanding graduate programs of national and international reputation to more than 3,500 students from across the United States and over 70 other countries. The university is a hotbed of cutting edge research, creative ideas, and interdisciplinary connections, and is the only university in the state of Oregon to have earned membership in the elite Association of American Universities.

The Graduate School’s role is to help foster excellence in graduate education and research. We are committed to creating a supportive community for a very diverse group of graduate students. 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 on a wide range of useful topics and our Distinguished Alumni Speakers Program, which brings UO Graduate School alums back to campus to tell us about their adventures after grad school. We are also looking ahead to spring, when we will hold our annual Graduate Student Research Forum, where grad students get a chance to share their research with other graduate students, UO faculty and staff, and the broader community outside the university.

We are interested in hearing from you – we hope you know our doors, email boxes, and phone lines are open! 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 – come sit a spell there, or bring your laptop and coffee mug and get some writing done on your latest project during our “Write Time” sessions. We eagerly seek your input via a variety of channels, including student groups such as the Graduate School Student Advisory Board and the UO Women in Graduate Sciences.

To ease the transition into your new graduate program, we invite you 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 (and grad students in Portland programs will have orientations there).

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’re so happy you’ve chosen to join us and we can’t wait to see all the wonderful things our new Grad Ducks will add to our university community!


Sara D. Hodges, PhD

Interim Dean of the Graduate School

Professor of Psychology



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