University of Oregon

Colleges Oregon
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1585 East 13th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97403
Phone: (541) 346-1000

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Known for both its appealing location and goals, the University of Oregon, dedicated to diversity and research, attracts highly qualified students and faculty from around the world. Founded in 1876, the institution’s 295-acre campus in the verdant Willamette Valley provides a delightful setting between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains. Renowned for its research prowess and commitment to teaching, the university brings together nearly 23,000 students, of diverse backgrounds and ideologies.

 With a Carnegie Classification of “highest research activity“, the university offers 19 research centers and institutes, 5 colleges including Arts/SciencesBusinessDesignEducation, and Honors, plus 7 professional schools offering 316 undergraduate and graduate degree programs covering AccountingArchitecture/ EnvironmentArt/DesignJournalism/ CommunicationLaw, Music/Dance, Planning/Public Policy/Management .  

UO Ducks, best known for football and track and field, compete with 18 varsity teams in the Pac-12 Conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association

 Our accessibility tour begins with the Ford Alumni Center, where we find two accessible parking spots across the street in the visitor parking area.

This is a new building with push button power front and side doors. On the first floor, after coming through the entrance, there is a ramp connecting to the second floor.  From there an elevator connects all floors. Accessible washrooms are available throughout.

Next we try the Mathew Knight Arena box office (see photo), but the front ticket area is closed at the time of our visit, so we go on to the 

Jaqua Academic Center, a very modern all glass exterior building, offering push button power doors from both front and side.  This building houses the athletic, academic and student center. On the first floor we find a cafe offering Peet’s Coffee. The second and third floor are reserved for athletes. The first floor offers a ramp, to a lower floor, and an elevator connects all floors.

On to Deschutes Hall, Science area and computer labs, which offers a push button power door and accessible washrooms.

Next is Carson Hall, an older structure, built in 1949 with 5 stories and a short walk from anywhere on campus. It is not accessible from the front, but is, however, accessible from the rear, via a path although there is no power door entrance available to the rear.  Residential housing, and a dining area are found here. There are a total of 9 residence halls on campus and disabled students can discuss their particular needs with the Accessibility Center described below. 

Dedicated to addressing a diverse population of disabled students, the Accessibility Education Center, part of the Undergraduate Studies Division of Academic affairs, located in Oregon Hall, is a primary resource for those seeking maximum inclusion at the University of Oregon. UO’s Transportation System is also committed to effectively serving the needs of all students of limited mobility.

The impressive ERB Memorial Building, named after Donald M. Erb, is a very large, modern building housing a student center, an information area, outdoor patios, and numerous food options. There are push button power entrances, elevators, and ramps, with accessible washrooms throughout.  In the cafe area, some of the food options are “Fresh Corner Market”, “Jamba Juice”, “Townshends Tea Company”, “Starbucks”, “Chipotle”, and “Joe’s Burger”. A student radio station, a computer lab, a craft center, a student bar and an ATM are also located here. The second floor brings you to a patio that is accessible via a ramp. Just outside the front of the building is a bus stop, plus a parking lot can be found to the rear of the ERB, offering four accessible parking spots. 

Knight Library, which is the largest library on campus is an older building, which has been completely renovated.  It is handicap accessible from the lower level, which offers push button power doors. It is not accessible from the main entrance. The library’s four floors are connected via elevator. The first floor houses a computer area, and the second has periodicals. The lower level, which is the ground floor, offers a café called “Cafe Verso”.

Nearby Lillis Business Complex, a new building, has push button power entrances. All floors are accessible by elevator.

There is a café called “Tapingo” in the main lobby.  

The impressive Computer Center, offers a ramp entrance from both sides, plus an elevator inside.  

Not to miss is the Student Recreational Building, which offers a ramp entrance, push button power door, and an elevator connecting the floors.  Inside is the Duck Store, tennis courts, a pool, basketball courts, and treadmills. The Duck Store, student store, has a cafe and a market, along with school apparel.

The front entrance offers a push button power door.  

Hard to checkout was Hayward Field, under construction at the time of tour. Continuing on the athletic route we viewed the impressive Stadium Complex, which offers nineteen accessible parking spots and an additional hundred designated accessible spots on tarmac to the rear. The stadium is completely accessible, providing elevators, along with accessible washrooms. Four up front accessible parking spots are found outside of the football practice field, and the soccer field has seven handicap accessible spots next to it.

In the future the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, described as “a singular design where impact and curiosity will come to life” will become an amazing addition to the campus.  Still in architectural renderings, illustrations and models, this amazingly modern design—striking in appearance—will provide cutting-edge labs and open spaces, illustrating the billion-dollar vision, intent on speeding the evolution of scientific discoveries into authentic advancement for human kind.

Summary

The campus in general is relatively flat, with modest hills in sections. With many new accessible buildings, the University of Oregon campus rates a nine out of ten for accessibility.
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