Cora Bennett, Director, Student Orientation Programs
450 Oregon Hall
5263 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-5263

Student Orientation Programs introduces new and prospective students and their families to the university’s intellectual climate, improving the quality of the new-student experience by providing assistance with academic, social, and personal adjustment to the university.

Ambassador Program

Through the Ambassador Program, undergraduate student leaders participate in various recruiting, public relations, and leadership activities for prospective new students and visitors to the university. Ambassadors assist with weekly campus tours six days a week at at various times throughout the year; please visit the website for current list of tour offerings. In addition, ambassadors participate in campus open houses, college fairs, and high school visitations. Ambassadors are trained to interact with potential UO students, answer general questions about the university, and help ease anxieties about college life at the University of Oregon.


This is an orientation and transition program for new students and their families, which takes place for each academic term. University faculty and staff members and trained undergraduate student leaders coordinate programs that offer information about the University of Oregon’s academic programs and support services. New students meet with an academic advisor and register for courses for their first term. During the program, participants may live in the residence halls, become familiar with campus, and acquire college survival skills before Week of Welcome activities in September. In addition to the student program, a separate but concurrent parent and family program is offered during each two-day program.

Week of Welcome

This five-day orientation and transition program is held in September before the start of fall term. Faculty members and returning students help ease incoming first-year and transfer students’ transition to the University of Oregon by presenting dozens of academic, social, and cultural activities. During the orientation, new students meet other students, start their college careers smoothly, and discover the campus and community resources vital to the their academic success.