Honors College

Robert D. Clark

Honors College

You don’t have to choose between a small liberal arts college and a research university to get both personalized attention and large university resources.

In the Clark Honors College, you’ll find discussion-based classes that replace the normal UO general-education requirements, with average class sizes of 16 students. The goal: foster original research and an intense, creative exchange of ideas. Our award-winning faculty members work closely with a tight-knit group of exceptional students from every major, department, and school, teaching honors college courses and advising on the thesis every honors college student produces before graduation.

Putting it into Practice

The thesis is the culmination of your education, a tangible representation of your Clark Honors College journey. Over the course of your college career, you’ll work with a faculty advisor to conduct original research in your field of study, write a graduate-level academic paper, and defend your work to your faculty thesis committee. And when you’re done, your hard work will be published in hard copy to live in the Clark Honors College library.

Honors College

An average of
16
students per class, all taught by a professor
 
92%
of honors college students receive financial aid
 
21%
of Honors College students pursue more than one major
Temerity Bauer standing for a headshot, a tree in fall colors, and a river in the background

Temerity Bauer

Majors: Biology; Chemistry minor
Hometown: Henderson, Nevada

As a member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes, Temerity was determined to channel her UO education into service for her community. In just two years, she’s become a codirector of the Native American Student Union, presented on a study with the UO Institute of Neuroscience, reestablished the UO American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and researched forced sterilization of Native American women. Her interests in addressing tribal health issues earned her the prestigious Udall Undergraduate Scholarship. Up next? Research at Harvard Medical School and shadowing doctors through the Four Directions Summer Research Program.

Catalytic Learning

Research Internships Complete a summer internship at Oregon Health and Science University, one of the most prestigious medical schools in the country. Two spots are reserved for honors college students every year.

Speech, Debate, and Mock Trial We’ve competed against hearty competitors such as Yale and Harvard, winning national titles in the process. You’ll learn to think deeply, communicate clearly, and never stop questioning.

3 + 3: Six Years To A Law Degree Honors college students who meet the requirements are guaranteed admission to the UO School of Law. You’ll start graduate courses while finishing your thesis, shaving a year off the typical path to a J.D.

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