Become an SOJC Duck

SOJC Ducks are curious, creative, and tenacious. We’re passionate about changing the world for the better and telling stories that matter. Sound like you? We want you to join our flock.

You’ll be in good company. We’ve got talented advertising strategists and documentary filmmakers, driven journalists and sports communicators, gifted broadcasters and esports producers, inquisitive media researchers, and passionate public relations professionals.


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Undergraduate Degrees

Your journey at the SOJC starts when you declare pre-advertising, pre-journalism, pre-media studies, or pre-public relations as your major. After you wrap up a few pre-major requirements, you can apply as a full SOJC major (or double major) with a concentration in:

Discover SOJC Majors

Apply as an Undergrad

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Graduate Degrees

If you’ve graduated from an accredited four-year college, you’ve already met the first requirement. The next step is deciding which of our immersive grad programs is best for you. No matter which path you take, you’ll get to work alongside some of the best faculty and researchers in the field. We offer:

Explore Grad Programs


Undergraduate Students in 4 majors
graduate students in 6 programs
transfer students
student groups, agencies, and publications
INSTRUCTIONAL faculty members
alumni (and growing)

Visit the SOJC

Come see why the SOJC is one of the top journalism and communication schools in the nation. Start with a virtual tour, then schedule a visit to our stunning Eugene campus to explore Allen Hall, or to the historic White Stag Block to see SOJC Portland. If you’re interested in a professional master's program, sign up for a graduate information session to get all your questions answered.

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Jenna Yuille speaks during a meeting of the House Committee on Rules on Senate Bill 941, which requires background checks for private gun sales and transfers, at the Oregon State Capitol. 
What Our Alumni Say

“I wouldn’t trade my journalism and communications education for the world. It trained me to communicate clearly and effectively as an advocate, and to think about policy and politics from a marketing and PR perspective to change people’s minds and make progress.”

—Jenna Yuille Passalacqua, BA ’11, Associate, Guidehouse

Read Jenna's Profile

Learn and Live Together

Want to harness the power of media for good? If you’re a first-year student passionate about using your communication skills to change the world, join like-minded friends in our Media and Social Action Academic Residential Community (ARC). You’ll live together, attend classes together, and take meaningful, real-world action together. You can also explore communication-related themes in a first-year interest group.

Explore the media & social action arc

Costs and Tuition

Ready to invest in a fast-paced creative or media career? See how much our typical undergrad and grad student spends per year. And find out more about available scholarships, financial aid, and graduate employee benefits. Below are approximate costs for typical students. 

per year, resident undergrad
per year, nonresident undergrad
$18,500 - $40,200
per year, resident grad student (varies by program)
$27,500 - $55,000
per year, nonresident grad student (varies by program)

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Laptop Policy

Your laptop is your lifeline. It keeps you connected wherever you are, on campus or off. We expect all students to have reliable access to one, and some instructors even require it for class. Need a computer? Get a recommendation from our tech folks, and choose a vendor that offers educational discounts—like the UO Duck Store.