Pre-College Resources

Preparing for College

  • College Essay Tips: Learn the dos and don'ts of writing a college admissions or scholarship essay. These helpful tips and essay example prompts will help guide you through the writing process.
  • Watch Our Youtube Videos
    • Advice to a High School Student (March 1, 2022): Hear from college students at the University of Oregon about what advice they'd give to a high school student.
    • Advice to a High School Student (March 14, 2018): University of Oregons students answer questions about the application process and college life.
    • Tips and Tricks for College (March 14, 2018): UO students break down the tips and tricks they've learned while navigating their college experience.
  • Choosing a College
    • College Scorecard: Search by location, size, academic program and many other criteria. It also includes what students actually pay after financial aid is included (the net price), graduation rates, and information about how much students typically borrow.
    • College Greenlight: Helps you find the perfect school and sends you reminders about application deadlines and scholarships matches.
    • Unigo: Advice and reviews from current college students, including videos and photos. College counselors and other experts offer information and advice.

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Paying for College

  • Federal Student Aid: FAFSA, Parent Plus Loan application, Undergraduate Entrance Counseling, and Undergraduate and Parent Master Promissory Note, information about different forms of aid and loans, and loan servicer information.
  • UO Financial Aid: Scholarships for incoming freshman, applying for aid, different aid types, costs, financial aid checklist.
  • UO Financial Wellness: How to plan a budget, financial wellness, financial aid seminars, workshops about budgeting, loans, credit management, savings, post-grad, and obtaining scholarships.
  • PathwayOregon: Covers tuition and fees for 4 years at UO, connecting with pathway advisors, tutoring, and workshops.
  • College Budget Calculator: Access our spreadsheet that will walk you through setting a budget for your college experience.

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Picking a Major and Career

  • Explore Majors: This webpage on the Academic Advising site offers information about the process of picking and declaring a major. 
  • Majors and Minors: Check out all the majors and minors available at the University of Oregon on this Admissions webpage.

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