Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR 97331

School Details

Steeped in environmental research and sustainability, Oregon State University uniquely retains designations as a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant university. Founded in 1868, the public coeducational University is located in Corvallis, Oregon on a 400 hundred acre campus that contains a historic district, with an added 11,250 acres of forested prodiverty. Students from every state and approximately one hundred countries enroll in OSU. With nearly 25,000 enrolled students, the University offers 200 plus undergraduate degrees, 80 graduate degree and more than 20 online degree programs, as well as a vast array of non-degree seeking courses.

Oregon State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and authorized by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education to offer Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate, and First Professional degrees, as well as certificates at all levels. Individual schools at the University also maintain accreditations for degree-specific programs, like the accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education for the College of Education and the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission’s accreditation of elementary and secondary teachers. OSU also holds Carnegie Foundation’s top designation as a research institution with a Community Engagement classification.

Undergraduate programs at OSU require each student to complete a 54-credit core series of courses that include choices like English Composition, Lifetime Fitness, or Elementary Functions. OSU operates on a Term (Quarter Credit) system and offers over 800 courses in 80 different subjects for its online students. Students can choose between 15 different Bachelor’s degrees, including the newly added Computer Science, Environmental Economics Policy, German, and Sociology degrees. Or students may choose to pursue an Agricultural Sciences online degree in Animal Sciences, Crop and Soil Science or Agricultural Business Management. In addition, students may decide to strengthen their degree with a minor. OSU offers a variety of minors in eighteen different disciplines, including Horticulture, Popular Music, and Economics. Not only can OSU degree-seeking students enroll in a minor program, but students who have completed their Bachelor’s degree at another accredited institution may also opt to enroll in an online minor program upon acceptance by the University. Regardless of the degree program, online students receive the same professional instruction and diplomas as on-campus students at Oregon State.

Graduate students enrolling in an online graduate degrees can choose from eleven different degrees in the following fields:

  •     Adult Education and Higher Education Leadership - Master’s / Ph.D options
  •     Teacher and Counselor Education - Master’s / Ph.D options
  •     Science and Mathematics Education - Master’s only
  •     Science and Natural Resources - Master’s only

However, it is advised that students check with Oregon State University as some graduate programs include blended learning with classes held on-campus twice each term.

Students may also enroll in Graduate Certificate programs including:

  •     Fisheries Management
  •     GIScience
  •     Management for Science Professionals
  •     Public Health
  •     Sustainable Natural Resources
  •     Water Conflict Management

In addition to online degree programs, OSU offers numerous other opportunities for online learners. Interested students can choose individual courses like Online Chemistry and Lab Courses or Online Foreign Language Courses. The University Exploratory Studies program is a good option for undecided students needing more time and information before declaring a major. Or the Interagency Fire Program Management courses support continued learning efforts of fire technicians. OSU even houses a Professional and Noncredit Education department as an outreach program to meet the needs of both professionals and hobbyists. The University offers a vast number of courses based on 23 different topic areas. Teachers can enhance their degrees by completing one of the 43 different K12 QuickSkills Courses. Or maybe, you brew beer as a hobby and want to attend an online Microbiology course to learn about various brewing materials. Likewise, certificate programs, like the Master Interpretive Guide provides additional know-how to both working and volunteer interpretive guides. As demands for learning online increase, OSU continues to update and add additional online courses.

Students can apply online and complete a comprehensive online orientation session to learn more about OSU. OSU supports students through online tutoring and technical help. OSU librarians are also available via email, chat and telephone. The library also retains research materials for its online students. Tuition for undergraduate programs range from $185 to $450 per credit hour but the majority of programs cost $260 per credit hour. Tuition for graduate programs range from $496 per credit hour to $559 per credit hour. Tuition costs do not include additional fees, like the distance education fee for online delivery of video courses.

Oregon State University awards federal and state financial aid, along with public and institutional scholarships, and military benefits. To be eligible for aid, undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least six credits per term and graduate students must be enrolled in five or more credits per term. Students can work with the financial aid office to determine the best aid package for their needs.

Oregon State University has been honored by G.I. Jobs magazine’s list of the nation’s Military Friendly Schools each year since the award began in 2009. OSU accepts qualifying Military Experience Credit and supports the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Transfer education benefits are also available for spouse and dependents. OSU’s veterans certifying officers in OSU’s Office of the Registrar will help students determine eligible benefits.


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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