Mission, Values and Vision

Mission, Values and Vision


As a land grant institution committed to teaching, research, and outreach and engagement, Oregon State University promotes economic, social, cultural, and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation, and the world.

Our Foundational Values

As we embark on this next chapter in Oregon State University’s story, we affirm our collective commitment to our underlying values of excellence, knowledge generation, environmental stewardship and equity. We will:

  • Support the excellence and diversity of faculty work: traditional and alternative ways of knowing; basic, applied and engaged scholarship; transdisciplinary collaboration; and innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Continually work to remove barriers and create equitable outcomes for communities denied access to opportunity.
  • Value and integrate the diverse lived experiences, perspectives and viewpoints within Oregon State and the communities we serve.
  • Broaden our distinction in collaborative, team-based and solutions-oriented work.
  • Engage communities to build resilient relationships, advance shared goals and ensure sustainable futures.


From our vantage points across Oregon and beyond, we see an inspiring constellation of strengths and the makings of a bright future. Oregon State University will be a driving force for prosperity that is equitable, scalable and sustainable.