If you'd love to attend college in a political and cultural hub, don't overlook Eugene, Oregon. With its progressive-minded and activist citizens, established arts community, and great recreational opportunities, Eugene may be the perfect college town. The third-largest city in Oregon, Eugene is located about an hour from the coast at the confluence of two rivers: the Willamette and the McKenzie. The rivers provide fishing and kayaking opportunities for students at Eugene colleges and universities, and hiking and biking trails abound nearby. The town has a history of track and field greatness, thanks to the University of Oregon's legendary teams.
The large, public, University of Oregon is the best-known and largest of the Eugene colleges and universities. Students gather on the weekends during football season at Autzen Stadium to cheer on the Ducks. Other Eugene colleges and universities include Pacific University's satellite campus for its college of education and Northwest Christian College, a private Christian liberal arts school.