The University of Oregon (UO) is a public, coeducational research university in Eugene, Oregon, United States. The third-oldest public university in the state (behind Western Oregon University and Oregon State University), the UO was founded in 1876 and graduated its first class two years later.
The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Oregon as a RU/VH (very high research activity) university, the highest classification for an academic institution. It is one of 108 universities to have such a designation. Additionally, the UO is one of only two Association of American Universities members in the Pacific Northwest.
As one of the two flagship institutions of the Oregon University System, the UO is one of the nation's premier public teaching and research universities. 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.
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. 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.
Libraries and museums :
The multi-branch University of Oregon Libraries serves the campus with library collections, instruction and reference, and a wide variety of educational technology and media services. The UO is Oregon's only member of the Association of Research Libraries. The main branch, the Knight Library, houses humanities and social sciences, Learning Commons, Music Services, Government Publications, Maps and Aerial Photos, Special Collections & University Archives, Media Services, the Center for Educational Technologies, and a Cinema Studies lab to be available in Winter 2010. Other branch locations are:
- The Architecture and Allied Arts Library in Lawrence Hall
- The John E. Jaqua Law Library in the Knight Law Center
- The Science Library in Onyx Bridge
- The Mathematics Library in Fenton Hall
- The Portland Library & Learning Commonsin the White Stag Block in Portland, Oregon
- The Loyd & Dorothy Rippey Library at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston, Oregon.
The UO Libraries hosts Scholars' Bank, an open access (OA) digital repository created to capture, distribute and preserve the intellectual output of the University of Oregon. Scholars' Bank uses open-source DSpace software developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Hewlett-Packard.
The Libraries' Educational Video Group maintains the UO Channel, which uses streaming media to provide access to campus lectures, interviews, performances, symposia, and documentary productions.
The UO is the founding member and host of the Orbis-Cascade Alliance, a consortium of academic and research libraries in Oregon and Washington. The combined collections of the Alliance exceed 20 million volumes and can be searched via the Summit union catalog.
The University of Oregon is home to the Jordan
Schnitzer Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural and Cultural History.
There are multiple galleries around the main campus, including (but not limited to):
- The LaVerne Krause Gallery in Lawrence Hall
- The Adell McMillan Gallery in the Erb Memorial Union
- The Aperture Gallery in the Erb Memorial Union
- The art gallery on the second floor of the Knight Law Center
- The Washburn Gallery in the FAS Ceramics building.
The Erb Memorial Union (EMU) is the student union, which provides many various student life amenities and sits on the southeast corner of 13th and University. It contains a food court, restaurants and cafes, student groups, meeting rooms and performance spaces, the campus radio station 88.1 KWVA, the Break Pool Hall, and offices for administration. South of the Erb Memorial Union across a small quad is the Student Recreational Center (SRC) which is an exercise and recreation facility. It includes fitness equipment, rock climbing walls, a swimming pool, racquetball courts, an indoor elevated running track and basketball courts. Covered tennis courts and several turf fields, and outdoor tennis courts within a running track are located near the recreation center.
There is currently a proposal to renovate and expand the EMU, as well as the SRC. This proposal includes a 1500 seat concert hall. The $161 million project's designs are expected to be completed by April 2012. However, its current construction timeline is uncertain, as some members of the ASUO have voiced concerns about the project.