About

We’re a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities—one of only 36 public universities committed to scientific exploration and interdisciplinary research. We’re founded on and committed to a tradition of classic liberal arts education. One dedicated to overcoming barriers and discovering how much there still is to discover. We’re driven by what we don’t know, and to finding the answers.

Just the Facts



  • The Best, the Bright, the Curious

    We’re increasing our scholarships, growing our Honors College, and expanding our doctoral fellowships so we can attract students who love to create and discover—who aren't afraid to stumble and get back up again. Students who want to learn about dirt and bugs and fish, about how our brains work, about how to design the Next Big Thing. Students who grew up in Portland or Pasadena. Paris, Texas, or Paris, France. Students who want to change the world.


  • Faculty Rock Stars

    We’re expanding the size and reach of our faculty. We're hiring 150 world-class thinkers and researchers over the next five years. We're changing the way the world thinks about volcanoes, childhood obesity, sports products, green chemistry and life at the nano-scale. We’re creating Clusters of Excellence—groups of faculty who are experts in their fields. Working together to become greater than the sum of our parts. 


  • Access and Success

    We’re committed to giving all students the opportunity to learn. We’re expanding Pathway Oregon—our benchmark program for high ability students with demonstrated financial need—by 65 percent. We’re launching programs to help students stay in school. To finish what they started. And we’re creating new assistance grants. It’s all about removing roadblocks to student achievement.


  • Building Boom

    Watch out for cranes on campus. We're building and rebuilding. Expanding and growing. We’re renovating the Student Rec Center and our student union. We’re building new research labs and investing in “Big Data” technology infrastructure. We're increasing our classroom and faculty spaces. We're renovating our residence halls and building one that’s brand new.

 
Competitive Excellence Plan
  • The Best, the Bright, the Curious
  • Faculty Rock Stars
  • Access and Success
  • Building Boom