Apply to the Family and Human Services Program

Family and Human Services has restricted enrollment. Students are admitted to the FHS major on a competitive basis.

Not all students who meet the minimum requirements are admitted.

Application Information

Admission to the FHS major is a separate process from admission to the University of Oregon.

If you are transferring from another institution, you must apply to be an FHS major and apply for admission to the UO. The UO Office of Admissions provides information on university admission deadlines and procedures.

Application Timeline

You should apply the winter of your second year via the online application form.

Applications are made available in November each year via the FHS website and are due in early February.

Admission decisions are communicated in early spring term. Most students begin the program the junior year or third year at UO.

Admissions Requirements

All applicants of the family and human services program must:

  • Complete a minimum of 50 credits by the time of application
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Demonstrate satisfactory progress toward completion of general university requirements to include the following:
    • WR 121 College Composition I (or equivalent) — 4 credits
    • WR 122 or 123 College Composition II or III (or equivalent) — 4 credits
    • Group I: Arts and Letters — 8 credits of the required 16 credits
    • Group II: Social Science — 8 credits of the required 16 credits
    • Group III: Science — 8 credits of the required 16 credits
  • Demonstrate competence in FHS pre-major core courses
    • FHS 213 Child/Family Issues and Problems — 4 credits
    • FHS 215 Exploring Family and Human Services — 4 credits
    • FHS 216 Diversity in Human Services — 4 credits
  •  Each of the pre-major core courses must be taken graded and passed with a C- or better.

    Applicants can be admitted without having the pre-major core courses complete.

    But it is advantageous to have all three pre-major core courses done by the time the application is due.

    However, not all applicants may be able to meet this condition, most notably, transfer students.
  • Have evidence of volunteer work with children, youth, adults, and/or families, preferably within a community agency or other structured setting.

    A minimum of 60 hours of volunteer work is strongly recommended, as students will be required as part of their application to obtain a letter of reference from someone who has supervised their volunteer work within the past seven years.
  • Complete an FBI criminal background check and be subjected to a UO Conduct Check upon admission into the FHS major.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit:

  • Demographic information
  • Two essays
  • Recommendation form
  • Transfer students who have not yet been accepted into the University of Oregon must also submit:
    •  Copy of unofficial transcripts for all institutions of higher education that they have attended to date.

Students needing assistance with the application should contact