UO kicks off a record-breaking year for new Ducks

Class of 2026 forms the O at Autzen

The University of Oregon is welcoming the largest number of incoming students in its history and an exceptional freshman class of diverse, talented and high-achieving Ducks.

According to preliminary data, 5,338 new freshman students attended the UO on the first day of classes, which represents a growth of 16 percent compared to last year and a 36 percent increase in our freshman class over the past five years.

“I am extremely proud of our team, which has just accomplished something we have never done before, the largest freshman class ever in the history of the University of Oregon,” said Roger J. Thompson, vice president for student services and enrollment management. “It is exciting to see such high demand for an exceptional education at the University of Oregon. We have incredible momentum and an upward trajectory of students who are interested in the university, as we continue to demonstrate we are a premier destination for students around the state, nation and world.”

Incoming Ducks broke records for representation, academic achievements and more:

  • Average high school GPA: 3.76
  • Freshman students from a diverse race or ethnicity: 36 percent
  • Transfer students: 1,012
  • New undergraduate students: 6,350

“These record entering-class enrollments are a direct result of the incredible work of so many in our organization, and across our campus community,” Thompson said. “Our faculty and staff have gone above and beyond to assist with events, activities and IntroDUCKtion sessions to ensure we are delivering the full UO experience. I am deeply appreciative of everyone's efforts and the continued support of our university colleagues.”

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