Why Give?

Importance of private gifts

Tuition alone does not cover the cost of a UO education, even when combined with state support. In fact, less than 10 percent of the university’s budget comes from tax dollars—a figure that continues to decline.

Despite some of the deepest funding cuts handed to any public university in the U.S., the UO has responded with energy and imagination. We’ve become one of the nations leanest, most agile, most effective, and most efficient centers of higher education. We have taken the future into our own hands. Investments from donors and corporate partners have made it possible.

A great investment

The UO is the state’s flagship institution and one of only two in the Northwest with membership in the prestigious sixty-two member Association of American Universities. That means we consistently rank among the best in the country when it comes to teaching and research. For more than 125 years, we have provided distinguished scholarship and service to the state of Oregon, the nation, and the world.

Largely because of private gifts, the UO has maintained—and exceeded—its standards of excellence. Enrollment is up. National rankings continue to climb. This year, the average GPA of incoming freshmen tied with 2003 as an all-time high.

This is a place where students learn and grow, then go on to become Oregon governors and U.S. senators, CEOs of multinational corporations and small business owners, artists and musicians. Ducks graduate to become scientists and teachers, writers and editors, activists and athletes, judges and generals, novelists and nobelists.