Admissions

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 creatives, driven journalists, gifted broadcasters, inquisitive media researchers, and passionate public relations strategists. And we’ve got brilliant grad students preparing to change the face of advertising and brand responsibility, media studies, multimedia journalism, and strategic communication.

 

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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

Apply AS A GRAD STUDENT

2,200+
Undergraduate Students
4
undergraduate majors
150+
graduate students in 6 programs
30+
student groups, agencies, and publications
71
INSTRUCTIONAL faculty members
16,000+
alumni (and growing)

Visit the SOJC

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

Pre-College Programs

Build your skills, and try on the SOJC for size before you apply at our NextGen Media events.

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Media Days

Middle and high school students interested in journalism and communication attend keynotes, panels, and workshops during these full-day events on our Eugene and Portland campuses. Build communication skills and learn more about career opportunities in this thriving industry.

Learn More About Media Days

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Next Generation Storytelling

For the full college experience, sign up for our weeklong summer residential learning experience. Students in grades 10–12 stay in the UO dorms and take college-level classes from advertising, journalism, media studies, and public relations professors and professionals. You can even earn college credit.

Discover Next Generation Storytelling

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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. 

“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 new 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. 

$11,900
per year, resident undergrad
$35,500
per year, nonresident undergrad
$24,000 - $35,500
per year, resident grad student (varies by program)
$34,500 - $53,000
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.