Access = Success
Like most good things, it started with some creative, committed people asking, “What if…?”
What if more Oregon students could attend the UO? What if we made it affordable—like, no-tuition-or-fees affordable? What if we helped more students graduate on time? What if more rural Oregonians, students of color, and first-generation college students had support navigating the ins and outs of university life?
The answer? PathwayOregon.
The UO’s promise that academically qualified, Pell-eligible Oregonians will have their tuition and fees covered. And receive the support they need to succeed, from orientation to graduation.
“I write to congratulate you on being selected as a PathwayOregon program participant,” it said. It took a minute to figure out what, exactly, PathwayOregon was all about. Then it clicked. Her dream—of a good education, a promising career—had suddenly gone from seemingly impossible to starting-right-now. She was going to college.
Making College Affordable.
For More Oregonians.
Rural students. Students of color. Students who are the first in their families to attend college. Oregon students who will thrive at a top-tier research university with an innovative program of financial, academic, and social support. PathwayOregon students.
In his inaugural all-campus address, University of Oregon President Michael Schill details his first major policy initiative, a plan to ensure that more Oregonians have access to the UO, and the opportunities an education at a top research university provides.
The year before PathwayOregon launched, the six-year graduation-rate gap between Pell-eligible and other Oregon students was 13 percent, about the national average. Just one year later, that gap shrank to less than two percent. Because that’s what students can do when you remove the barriers to success.
Providing Access, Opening Doors
“To be able to say to a Federal Pell Grant-eligible student, ‘You can come to a major research university, you can have the full college experience and not have to worry how you’re going to pay your tuition and fees.’ That’s an incredible thing.”—Jim Brooks, assistant vice president for Enrollment Management