The UO Excellence Scholarship is awarded automatically to outstanding out-of-state freshmen who qualify for this scholarship. It is among the most prestigious awards for out-of-state students.

Award Information

The UO Excellence Scholarship awards out-of-state top scholars $60,000 over four years—$15,000 per year. The UO Excellence Scholarship can be combined with other UO scholarships, including Diversity Excellence, and General University Scholarships. It cannot be combined with the Summit Scholarship nor the Apex Scholarship. Students enrolled in five-year degree programs will receive the UO Excellence Scholarship for a fifth year. These degrees include BFA (Fine Arts), BLA (Landscape Architecture), BIARC (Interior Architecture), and BARCH (Architecture).

You must enroll at the UO in the fall term of your freshman year and you must enroll in 12 University of Oregon credits each term to receive this award.

Selection Criteria

UO Excellence Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen based on these criteria:

  • Out-of-State residency
  • Minimum 3.90 high school GPA on a 4.00 scale (students who receive an International Baccalaureate diploma at the completion of high school may waive the GPA minimum requirement)
  • Minimum test scores: 1450 SAT or 33 ACT
  • Have not attended another college after high school graduation

Note: If you do not meet the above criteria, you may qualify for the Summit Scholarship or Apex Scholarship.

How to Apply

You will be automatically considered for the UO Excellence Scholarship—no separate application is required. Simply:

  • Apply for admission by January 15
  • Meet the criteria with grades and test scores on file with the Office of Admissions by February 15

Document Deadline

All application materials, including test scores, must be received by the February 15 document deadline.

Electronic submission of standardized test scores is preferred. When you take the test, list the UO as one of your score recipients. Our school code number for the SAT is 4846; our code for the ACT is 3498.

Scholarship Renewal

UO Excellence Scholarships are renewable for up to 12 academic terms (excluding summer) within a five-year period, or 15 academic terms within a six-year period for students seeking a BFA, BLA, BIARC, or BARCH degree. Renewal awards require a minimum 3.00 cumulative UO GPA and completion of 12 credits per term / 36 credits per year.