You've Been Admitted... Now What?


Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Oregon Graduate School. Whether you have just been accepted to the UO or have just arrived in Eugene, we're sure you have lots of questions. Bookmark this page and let it serve as a central hub for the answers to your questions. 


Finances are a key consideration when deciding on graduate school. Fortunately, UO offers a wide range of fellowship and award opportunities to help make school more affordable.

 Did You Know?
Approximately 83% of full time doctoral students and 31% of full time Master's students are supported by Graduate Employee positions.

Approximately 1,500 graduate students are awarded Graduate Employee Positions (GEs) each term. GEs are graduate teachers and research assistants at UO. GE support includes monthly salary, a tuition waiver, fee subsidy and health insurance premium coverage. The total annual value of GE support (not including summer term) is over $45 million.

Additionally, donor, UO, and state-funded fellowships and awards administered directly by the Graduate School amounted to more than $1 million (including tuition costs) during the 2016-17 academic year. These funds are primarily available for continuing students.

The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships maintains a UO award database and can answer your questions on how to apply for scholarships and help domestic students secure financial aid.

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Finding a place to call home in a new town can be a challenge, especially if you are searching from out of state or out of the country. Fortunately, there are a lot of residential areas immediately surrounding campus that offer lots of options depending on your needs.

Family Housing and University Apartments offers a wonderful environment suited for students with children, students who are married or in a domestic partnership, and students who are at least twenty years old. Options range from studio apartments to five-bedroom houses. 

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Whether on campus or off, you'll find that the University of Oregon's classic college-town setting embraces students seeking everything from outdoor adventures and nightlife to sporting events and classical music performances.

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Eugene, a quintessential college town, frequently turns up on lists of the best places to live, as well as lists of green and bicycle-friendly cities. There's a lot to do! Start here.


Students are encouraged to leave their cars at home and take advantage of the other modes of transportation offered by the Eugene/Springfield metro area.

Bicycles are popular for commuting. Our community has more than 100 miles of bike paths and lanes, making commuting safe and convenient. UO offers a DIY maintenance shop at the Erb Memorial Union (EMU) and various campus repair stations offered by the Outdoor Program. The Lane Transit District (LTD) provides bus service between the UO campus and rest of Eugene/Springfield, and with a UO ID card students can ride any LTD bus free of charge. You can even bring your bike on the busses!

For students with cars, parking permits for campus parking are available through UO Department of Parking and Transportation for a fee. Carpool permits are offered at a lower price for students who ride together.

The Eugene Airport offers numerous domestic flights that can get you anywhere in the world.

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The birthplace of Nike and the home of the legendary distance runner Steve Prefontaine, Eugene is an active and healthy community with bicycle and jogging trails. At UO, the Student Recreation Center features a cardio and weight training center, swimming pool, climbing wall, suspended track, several gymnasiums, tennis, and racquetball courts, multi-purpose rooms, and GroupX classes. Outdoors, it offers lighted synthetic and natural turf  fields, tennis courts, and a jogging track.

In addition, the University Health Center is equipped to address a wide range medical care needs including illness and injuries, preventive exams, sexual health concerns, mental health issues, dental exams, and specialty care.

UO offers a comprehensive platinum-rated health insurance plan to eligible UO students. GEs have access to GE-specific insurance during each term of an appointment. The insurance is administered by the GTFF.

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The Office of International Affairs provide information and assistance to international students, from helping incoming students obtain social security cards to assisting students with visa issues and mid-program and post-graduation work and internship opportunities. Additionally, upon arrival at campus for new students, the Graduate School offers an orientation to prepare international students for live at the UO.

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Student parents face unique challenges balancing their school and life commitments. The University of Oregon recognizes the importance of supporting students through a variety of resources specifically for families.

If you are in need of child care it is important to start the process early, as the University’s child-care centers and ASUO Child Care Subsidy open applications in June. Student parents receive first priority and a tuition discount at the two campus child-care centers listed below. Contact Work-Life Resources for information about additional child-care options in the Eugene-Springfield Community.

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The core purpose of Graduate School is to promote graduate education by fostering excellence, innovation, and inclusive communities. For graduate students across disciplines at the UO, that means more funding to reward and support graduate student research, more professional development and interdisciplinary opportunities, and more advocacy for graduate students and for graduate education.

The Graduate School also promotes personal and professional development through workshops, offers spaces for students to meet in the Graduate Student Center, and hosts an annual Graduate Student Research Forum to provide an opportunity for graduate students to present their work and learn about the research and artistry taking place across disciplines.

Upon arrival at campus for new students, the Graduate School offers several orientations to prepare students for live at the UO. Click here for last year's orientation schedule.

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