Academic Life



Knowledge is power. Get ready to power up.

We take academics seriously here — and so do our students. Year after year, more high-achieving students choose Oregon State over every other university in Oregon. So prepare to push yourself. Never settle for good enough. Because you’re not just earning a degree. You’re gaining knowledge for a lifetime.

Challenge yourself in the Honors College.

In the Honors College, Oregon State University’s highest-achieving students learn in small, investigative classes with top professors, write an Honors Thesis and participate in outstanding research opportunities. Many Honors College graduates continue on into graduate, medical and professional schools, including Harvard, Emory, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Mt. Sinai and Oregon Health & Science University.

Participate in cutting-edge research.

From alternative energy, to public health, to climate change, Oregon State students are encouraged to work on the problems they want to solve, while in school. Start a project of your own or partner with graduate students and professors to take your idea to the next level, with Oregon State’s top-notch facilities at your disposal.

Use your degree — before you graduate.

Ready to put that knowledge to the test? You can complete an internship at any time during the academic year or over the summer. You’ll gain valuable on-the-job experience and meet professional contacts who can help jumpstart your career when you graduate. And in many cases, you’ll earn a paycheck as well!

Get that global perspective.

Oregon State students have access to nearly 200 study abroad programs in more than 72 countries, many of which have a strong research component. Cool, right? We encourage you to look into our faculty-led programs in particular. They’re great matches for students who’d like support while abroad and for those who have limited to no foreign language background.

Our academics cross boundaries for the good of all.

Arts and Social Sciences

Creative problem solvers are an incredible asset in every industry. Oregon State’s liberal arts curriculum prepares students to partner with specialists to bring about change in the world, using their superpowers of critical thinking and expert communication.


The only constant in the business world is change. Companies must continuously improve and innovate to stay ahead of the game — a need that requires leaders who are adaptable, resourceful and persistent. Oregon State’s business curriculum is immersive and collaborative, and encourages students to push against the status quo and make the world what they dream it can be, for the greater good.


Engineers are constantly making and re-making the world around them — thinking through tough problems and designing solutions. Oregon State’s engineering curriculum prepares to problem solve in this way by emphasizing hands-on learning. In fact, more than 80 percent of engineering students complete at least one internship, many of which lead to job opportunities later on.

Health and Wellness

Quality of life has many dimensions, and Oregon State covers them all. With specific programs ranging from public health to nutrition, Oregon State offers many opportunities for students to engage with issues of physical, social and emotional wellness and discover new ways to promote human flourishing.

Science and Natural Resources

Food security, clean water, air quality, climate change, habitat preservation. These are the issues that face scientists every day. And these are the issues that Oregon State prepares its students to address. Oregon State’s top-rated scientific curriculum focuses on problem solving, encouraging critical observation and preparing students to use their knowledge to make the world a better, safer place.

Teacher Education

Oregon State prepares teachers, counselors and academic leaders to build better education systems through research-based teaching strategies and exceptional leadership. Not only does Oregon State’s innovative double-degree program teach the fundamentals of education, the program immerses students in their chosen specialities and encourages the application of field experience gained while on the job.

200+ academic programs

Whatever you want to study, you’ll find it here. Don’t know yet? Well help you figure it out.

11 colleges

• Agricultural Sciences
• Business
• Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
• Education
• Engineering
• Forestry

• Liberal Arts
• Pharmacy
• Public Health and Human Sciences
• Science
• Veterinary Medicine

Plus great opportunities in the Honors College and the Graduate School.