The UO is committed to a diverse learning environment. UO Connections is a half-day college advocacy program designed for first-generation, ethnically diverse, or economically disadvantaged high school students in ninth through twelfth grades. The program provides valuable college prep information. Thirteen different Connections dates are available during the 2017–18 academic year, allowing the UO to keep group sizes small and the overall experience more intimate and meaningful.

Connections is for

  • High school student groups only. If you have a group of students (and individual students) that are not in high school please contact the Special Visit program and they will create a campus visit that is catered to your vision/request.
  • Schools/groups that can participate in the ENTIRE program. If you are not able to participate in the entire program, please contact the Special Visit program and they will create a campus visit that is catered to your vision/request.

Connections Program Goals

  1. Promote higher education
  2. Provide significant interaction with current UO students
  3. Educate high school students about admissions and financial aid
  4. Explore student life opportunities on campus

Each program will serve up to 130 students and will last approximately five hours, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. During their visit, Connections visitors will participate in information sessions that focus on admissions, financial aid, academics, and extracurricular activities.

Connections sessions are led by UO staff members and multicultural student ambassadors. Students will enjoy lunch at the university and a tour of our beautiful campus, participate in a student panel, and spend time learning about exciting academic and extracurricular programs with current students and members of the UO campus community.


Registration is offered on a space-available basis and limited to a maximum of 130 students per session. Please keep in mind that your request for the number of students you plan to bring should be one you are confident you can fill. Overestimates or cancellations may prevent other schools from attending Connections.

Registration contacts:
Brya Patterson or Romario Garcia Bautista

When registering, please include the date you wish to attend, the number of high school students you plan to bring, and your contact information (name, position, school or program, address, mobile or office phone numbers, and e-mail).

Connections 2018–19

All Connections events are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Capacity for each event is 130 seats.

  • Fall 2018
    • Thursday, October 11, 2018
    • Thursday, October 25, 2018
    • Thursday, November 8, 2018
    • Thursday, November 15, 2018
    • Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Winter 2019
    • Thursday, January 17, 2019
    • Thursday, January 31, 2019
    • Thursday, February 14, 2019
    • Thursday, March 7, 2019
  • Spring 2019
    • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    • Thursday, April 25, 2019
    • Thursday, May 2, 2019
    • Thursday, May 9, 2019

Tentative Schedule of Events

9:30 a.m. Arrive at UO campus
9:30–10:00 a.m. Check in at the Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
10:00–10:15 a.m. Welcome and Program Introduction
  Introduction of staff and themes, UO info cards
  Ambassador activity and ice-breakers
  Organize into breakout groups
10:30–11:30 a.m. College Connections Presentations
  Financial Aid Workshop
  Admissions Workshop
  Student Life Workshop
11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Lunch and Prize Drawings
12:15–12:55 p.m. Campus Tour
1:00–1:50 p.m. Interactive College Experience Workshop
2:00–2:30 p.m. UO Student Panel
2:30 p.m. Closing Remarks