UO Academic Extension

About Academic Extension


University of Oregon Academic Extension (AE) advances the UO missions in innovative teaching, discovery, and service, by creating entrepreneurial formats of learning to access the university’s community of scholars, beyond the conventional campus boundaries.

AE provides innovative operational support and administrative services to academic projects and programming, including for-credit and noncredit lectures, conferences, seminars, workshops, institutes, online formats, and formal courses. At AE, traditional students and community members can access a variety of credentials, from nondegree certificates of completion to a graduate degree, and pursue lifelong learning.

AE serves local, regional, national, and international audiences. Importantly, it also reaches a broad demographic and social distribution, including nontraditional and place-bound students, alumni and retirees, and those seeking professional development transition.


With offices around the state and a virtual presence beyond, the University of Oregon Academic Extension serves as a central point of information regarding academic outreach for domestic and international entrepreneurial activities.

The Academic Extension office was founded in 1912 as the UO Extension Office with the mission of bringing education opportunities to the entire state. That goal is carried on today with Distance Education, Summer Session, Continuing Education, and Lifelong Learning courses through a variety of subjects.

Most of Academic Extension programs are self-support and fee-based; they do not use state dollars. Academic Extension reports to the Division of Student Services and Enrollment Management.