The UO’s 2021 freshman class breaks barriers and records

Class of 2025 on Autzen field in the shape of an "O"
A Class for the Record Books
The University of Oregon’s entering class for fall 2021 is the largest ever, and it lands a few more records as being the most academically prepared, the most diverse and the first to be recruited virtually.
Roger Thompson, vice president for Student Services and Enrollment Management
“This is a day for the record books, and I could not be prouder. I knew as record applications began to roll in this year we had an incredible amount of interest in the University of Oregon, but I am even more pleased to know that we grew without sacrificing the qualities we value in our students. We broke records again across the board and this is a remarkable day.”
Roger J. Thompson, Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management

Preliminary data indicate that the UO’s first day of classes brought in 4,602 first-year students to campus, which represents a growth of 17 percent over last year's and 53 percent over the last 20 years. “The UO has been on a trajectory for more than a decade now,” Thompson said. “The academic quality, incredible access to facilities, outstanding programs, top faculty and many other reasons make this a special place and many high school students are taking notice.

New Ducks also established several records for academic achievements and more

Average high school GPA
Underrepresented students (domestic)
Transfer students
New undergraduate students

There is no doubt these records represent team effort,” Thompson said. “Everyone worked together to welcome our new students and their families. Many team members helped with virtual events, called students, assisted with our 25 IntroDUCKtion sessions and so much more. This is a great day to celebrate.”