Student Success

Student Success

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We say it in our mission statement: we 鈥渉elp individuals question critically, think logically, reason effectively, communicate clearly, act creatively, and live ethically.鈥 There is no goal more important to our university than educating our students and launching them into productive, fulfilling lives. That happens in every school, college, campus, and department. That focus is also reflected in our numbers. Our retention rate for first-year students is well above the national average. And at the other end of their academic journey, we've seen big gains in graduation rates over the past decade.

Such successful outcomes begin with strong undergraduate education and coordinated support. Multiple levels of engaged advisors are invested in guiding our students on pathways to success. Specialized advising programs, including support for international and multicultural scholars support students鈥 unique experiences and learning. Extending their networks beyond the campus, we also encourage students to establish mentoring relationships with professionals who work in their areas of career interest.

Preparing future stewards for sovereign nations, our new Home Flight Scholars Program provides resources and financial assistance to undergraduate Oregon residents who are enrolled as members of a federally recognized tribe. For more than a decade, the PathwayOregon program has ensured that academically qualified, Federal Pell Grant鈥揺ligible Oregonians receive full financial and wrap-around personal support. We鈥檙e also committed to the lifelong well-being of our students, creating opportunities for Ducks to flourish their entire lives. Nobody sums up the lifelong endeavor better than the UO Alumni Association when they say, 鈥淥nce a Duck, Always a Duck.鈥


Stories of Impact


Recent PathwayOregon graduates share how the advising and scholarship program changed their lives


Tykeson Halls serves as a destination for students seeking support for academic and career pursuits


Brandy N膩lani McDougall, a 2001 creative writing graduate, will serve a three-year term


The program assists students with building professional and research skills, and developing connections for future careers


Featured Student Success Champions

Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Success

Kris Winter

Kris Winter

Interim Vice President for the Division of Student Life

Marcus Langford

Marcus Langford

Dean of Students

Ron Bramhall

Ron Bramhall

Associate Vice Provost for Academic Excellence

Hiroe Sorter

Hiroe Sorter

Assistant Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Administration

jesse nelson

Jesse Nelson

Assistant Vice Provost for Advising and Accessibility

Amy Hughes Giard

Amy Hughes Giard

Assistant Vice Provost for First-Year and Transition Student Experience

Grant Schoonover

Grant Schoonover

Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Success

Kevin Hatfield

Kevin Hatfield

Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Research and Distinguished Scholarships

Paul Timmins

Paul Timmins

Executive Director of University Career Center

jim brooks

Jim Brooks

Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships

lee rumbarger

Lee Rumbarger

Associate Vice Provost for Teaching Engagement

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