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The University of Oregon (UO) is a flagship public research university in Eugene, Oregon, with a strong focus in the liberal arts. UO was founded in 1876, making it one of the oldest universities on the West Coast. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Oregon as a Tier 1 RU/VH (very high research activity) university. UO is regarded as a high-calibre research university, and as such was admitted to the Association of American Universities in 1969.
UO is governed by an institutional board. The current UO student body is composed of students from all 50 of the United States, the District of Columbia, two U.S. territories, and 89 countries around the world. According to the 2010 NRC Rankings, UO's top-ranked programs are in Biology, Communications, Human Physiology, Geography, and Psychology. Psychology is the most popular undergraduate degree program at UO, it is closely followed by Human Physiology, Business, Biology, and Economics.UO does not operate engineering, medical, or agricultural schools.


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The Oregon State Legislature established the university on October 12, 1872, despite the new state's funding woes. The residents of Eugene struggled to help finance the institution, holding numerous fundraising events such as strawberry festivals, church socials, and produce sales.

In total they raised $27,500, enough to buy eighteen acres of land at a cost of $2500.[10] The doors officially opened in 1876, with Deady Hall its sole building. The first year of enrollment contained 155 students taught by five faculty members.

The first graduating class was in 1878, graduating five students.[9] In 1881, the university was nearly closed, it was $8,000 in debt before Henry Villard donated $7,000 toward to help pay for the debt. In 1913, and again in 1932, there were proposals to merge the university with what is now referred to as Oregon State University. Evidently, both proposals were defeated.

Maturity as a university During Prince Lucien Campbell's tenure as president from 1902 to 1925, the university experienced tremendous growth compared to its early years. The budget, enrollment, facilities, and faculty members all grew several times its amount prior to his presidency. Numerous schools were also established during his tenure, including the School of Music in 1902, the School of Education in 1910, the School of Architecture, the College of Business in 1914, the School of Law in 1915, the School of Journalism in 1916, and the School of Health and Physical Education in 1920. University of Oregon 1917 football team However, the University of Oregon lost its School of Engineering to Oregon Agricultural College, now known as Oregon State University.[11] The Zorn-MacPherson Bill in 1932 proposed that the University of Oregon and Oregon State College (now "University"), to be merged into one university. 

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The University of Oregon is a comprehensive research university that serves its students and the people of Oregon, the nation, and the world through the creation and transfer of knowledge in the liberal arts, the natural and social sciences, and the professions.

It is the Association of American Universities' flagship institution of the Oregon University System.



Gene D. Block, M.S. (1972) and P.h.D (1975), chancellor of UCLA Lee Bollinger, B.S., president of Columbia University Phil Knight, B.A. (1959), co-founder, chairman, and former CEO of Nike; 47th richest person in the world Ken Kesey, B.S. (1957), author best known for writing One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Chuck Palahniuk, B.A. (1986), author of Fight Club, Choke, and Lullaby Ann Curry, B.A. (1978), The Today Show anchor person and co-host of Dateline NBC Suzanne Bonamici, B.S. (1980), J.D. (1983), U.S.

Representative for Oregon's 1st congressional district Peter DeFazio, M.A. (1977), U.S. Representative for Oregon's 4th congressional district Ron Wyden, J.D. (1974), senior United States Senator for Oregon Kent Beck, B.S., M.S. (1987), Software engineer, creator of the Extreme Programming and Test Driven Development software development methodologies, also named agile software development Pamela J. Bjorkman, B.A. (1971), biochemist, Max Delbrck Professor of Biology at the California Institute of Technology PZ Myers, Ph.D. (1985), founder and co-author of the Pharyngula science blog, noted critic of intelligent design (ID) and the creationist movement.




The campus is spread over 295 acres (119 ha) and holds sixty major buildings, as well as providing a home for more than 500 varieties of trees.[60] Eugene is located near many prominent geographic features such as the Willamette River, Cascade Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Also within a two-hour drive is the Portland metropolitan area.