Your First Year

Your First Year

Welcome to the Clark Honors College class of 2025! You become a part of our community even before classes begin.



Check These Off Your List As Soon As Possible

You're a Duck! You've been admitted and are planning on enrolling at the University of Oregon and in the Clark Honors College in the fall. Make sure you have all your ducks in a row and get things done by the deadlines listed below.

Freshman Admissions Checklist


When You're Admitted: Register for Housing

Clark Honors College students are given priority registration for the Global Scholars Hall (GSH) and nearby Justice Bean Hall. The honors college's Academic Residential Community (ARC) has a home in both locations, where returning students working as resident assistants are also students in the honors college, and events and programming on the evenings and weekends cater to CHC students.
Most first-year CHC students choose to participate in the honors college ARC, however you do not have to. Some honors college students choose instead to participate in one of the many other ARCs offered by the UO, or in the Carnegie Global Oregon First-Year Interest Group (FIG). That's okay. Even if you don't live at GSH or Bean you can still participate in the honors college events that take place there.

Global Scholars Hall

Dorm room in Global Scholars Hall
global scholars hall library commons
Global Scholars Hall

By May 1st: Let Us Know You're Joining Us

You're admitted, but are you planning to attend? Let us know by completing your Intent to Register for both Clark Honors College and the University of Oregon by visiting your "Application Status Portal" by May 1st.

Sign up for IntroDUCKtion

Welcome and congratulations on your admission to the Clark Honors College and University of Oregon! The IntroDUCKtion experience is hybrid in 2021, which means you will have both online activities, and come to campus for other parts of the experience.

IntroDUCKtion is the summer orientation program for new students and their families to become acquainted with the University of Oregon and the Clark Honors College.

Registration is available in the admissions portal for all students who have completed their Intent to Register (ITR). There are plenty of in-person sessions available. Register today!

CHC students must complete the online components on IntroDUCKtion on the Community pages to ensure you are accessing the correct CHC information.

Complete the Clark Honors College Fall 2021 Advising Prep course where you will learn all about the vibrant community of the Clark Honors College and learn about your specific curriculum and requirements. This is the only advising module you should complete on the IntroDUCKtion pages. You should review the materials here and then get ready to take a short quiz to complete the module.

Note: You can have your advising appointment before you attend your on-campus IntroDUCKtion session! You have to register for an on-campus session to be contacted for advising.



You're Almost There

It's now time to become acquainted with the UO campus and the Clark Honors College, and have opportunities to discuss university life with current students and faculty and staff members.
Flock Party
Student Orientation


July: Participate in IntroDUCKtion Programming

IntroDUCKtion is our summer orientation experience for all incoming students to the University of Oregon and Clark Honors College. During IntroDUCKtion students will learn what it means to be a CHC Duck and will be able to meet other admitted students to the University of Oregon.

CHC Move-In Update! 

Incoming CHC students will move into the residence halls on Monday, September 20, 2021. University Housing will be in contact with additional information.

students moving in to residence halls
students moving in to residence halls
students moving in to residence halls

CHC New Student Orientation (NSO)

Clark Honors College students, will experience and in-person orientation on Tuesday, September 21, 2021! We will introduce you to other new students, honors college faculty and staff. Look for specific details in the weeks to come!

September: Week of Welcome

UO Week of Welcome programming and related events are still being finalized, however here are the dates September 23-26. Please visit the Week of Welcome site for a list of traditional exciting events for all incoming students!

Ducks forming the O at the Flock Party 


Try Everything

“Find every excuse not to just sit in a room as a first-year student. Go try everything and then decide what you like best.”
—Hannah Fuller, BS '15

Meet With Your CHC Faculty Advisor

You must meet with your CHC faculty advisor at least once during your first fall term. They will check in with you to make sure you're settling, that you're doing well in your classes, and connect you to resources across campus.

Clark Honors College Student Association, 2015 Officers

Go to a CHC Student Association Meeting

The Clark Honors College Student Association (CHCSA) cultivates a sense of community within the Clark Honors College. Events and opportunities are aimed at creating new friendships, not only between students, but also between students and faculty, and between students and the community at large. Weekly meetings are open to all honors college students!

Visit Office Hours

The number one piece of advice graduates say they wish they had gotten as new students is "go to office hours!" All of your professors post their office hours each term, so go—ask questions, listen closely, and establish a rapport with faculty members who want to see you succeed.

UO Diplomas

When You're Ready—Declare a Major

There are 77 undergraduate majors available to you at the University of Oregon. Go ahead and pick one, or two, or three! If you are still exploring your options you do not have to declare a major right away, but we do suggest that you have one lined up by the end of your second year.

Visit the Registrar's Office for information on how to declare your major.

Explore Majors »

It's a Bit of a Balancing Act

You are a superstar in the classroom, but we want you to be well-rounded and make the most of your college experience. That means getting involved outside of the classroom as well. There are so many things to do at the University of Oregon, we're sure you will find something that is the right fit for you.