To: OSU Community Members

From: Edward Feser, Provost and Executive Vice President

January 14, 2020

Dear OSU community members,

I am very pleased to share the good news that Oregon State University is ranked No. 5 in the nation in 2020 for online bachelor’s degree programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. While earning rankings such as this is never the goal of our educational mission, we are pleased when our work receives national recognition.

This marks the sixth consecutive year that OSU has been ranked in the nation’s top 10 and the third time OSU has earned a top-five ranking.

U.S. News also ranked Oregon State 12th nationally for Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs. OSU’s College of Engineering offers master’s degrees online in engineering management and radiation health physics.

As part of the Ecampus online program for undergraduate and graduate education, nearly 1,000 Oregon State faculty members bring OSU’s expertise to learners everywhere. I congratulate the Ecampus team and the many faculty, colleges and departments throughout the university that have developed and offer excellent online academic courses and programs.

A total of 353 institutions were evaluated this year by U.S. News & World Report. The ranking evaluates schools based on student engagement, student services and technology, faculty credentials and training, and expert opinion. The high ranking reflects the expertise of OSU faculty and Ecampus’ ability to teach online with the same high quality instruction, and student support and engagement found in OSU’s classrooms in Corvallis, Bend, Newport and Portland.

Ecampus delivers more than 1,300 classes and over 70 undergraduate and graduate programs to learners in all 50 states and more than 50 countries. This fall, 7,467 students were enrolled at OSU exclusively in online degree programs – an increase of 13.7% from a year ago.

OSU’s work in online education is an essential part of the university’s land grant mission and our commitment to delivering an outstanding education in formats and modalities that best serve a population of learners with increasingly diverse needs and goals.

Congratulations to all involved in Ecampus and OSU’s online educational programs.


Edward Feser
Provost and Executive Vice President