The University of Oregon (also referred to as UO or Oregon) is a public flagship research university located in Eugene, Oregon
University of Oregon was founded in 1876. It offers 272 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Oregon as a research university with very high research activity. UO was admitted to the Association of American Universities in 1969.
Since July 2014, UO has been governed by a board of trustees. The university is organized into eight colleges: Robert D. Clark Honors College (the oldest honors college in the United States), the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education, the School of Journalism and Communication, the School of Law, and the School of Music and Dance. 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. As of 2013, there are more than 195,000 University of Oregon alumni. According to the 2010 NRC rankings, doctoral programs in Biology, Geography, Physics, and Psychology all rank very highly when compared to fellow AAU institutions. Psychology is the most popular undergraduate degree program at UO; it is closely followed by Human Physiology, Business, Biology, and Economics. As of November 2014, University of Oregon faculty, researchers, and alumni include two Nobel Prize laureates, 13 Pulitzer Prize winners, 19 Rhodes scholars, four Marshall scholars, 58 Guggenheim Fellows, and 129 Fulbright scholars.
UO student-athletes compete as the Ducks and are part of the Pacific-12 Conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). With nineteen varsity teams, the Oregon Ducks are best known for their football team and Track and Field program which has helped to make Eugene become known as “Track Town, USA”.