Oregon State University is a comprehensive, research intensive public land-grant university. OSU is one of only two land-, sea-, space- and sun-grant universities with such designation in the country. Oregon State programs and faculty are located in every county of the state and investigate the state's greatest challenges. The state of Oregon is OSU’s campus but our mission is to serve the state, the nation and the world. The university works in partnership with the P-12 school system, Oregon community colleges and other colleges and universities to provide access to high-quality educational programs. Strong collaborations with industry and state and federal agencies drive OSU's research enterprise.


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.

This mission is achieved by producing graduates competitive in the global economy, supporting a continuous search for new knowledge and solutions and maintaining a rigorous focus on academic excellence, particularly in the three Signature Areas: Advancing the Science of Sustainable Earth Ecosystems, Improving Human Health and Wellness, and Promoting Economic Growth and Social Progress.


To best serve the people of Oregon, Oregon State University will be among the Top 10 land grant institutions in America.


  1. Provide outstanding academic programs that further strengthen performance and pre-eminence in the three Signature Areas of Distinction: Advancing the Science of Sustainable Earth Ecosystems, Improving Human Health and Wellness, and Promoting Economic Growth and Social Progress;
  2. Provide an excellent teaching and learning environment and achieve student access, persistence and success through graduation and beyond that matches the best land grant universities in the country; and
  3. Substantially increase revenues from private fundraising, partnerships, research grants and technology transfers while strengthening our ability to more effectively invest and allocate resources to achieve success.

Core Values

  1. Accountability. We are committed stewards of the human, fiscal and physical resources entrusted to us. We are also stewards of the loyalty and good will of the people of Oregon; the university’s students, faculty, staff, alumni, and donors; and the communities in which we live and work.
  2. Diversity. We recognize that diversity and excellence go hand-in- hand, enhancing our teaching, scholarship, and service as well as our ability to welcome, respect, and interact with other people.
  3. Integrity. We value responsible, accountable and ethical behavior in order to maintain an atmosphere of honest, open communication and mutual respect throughout the Oregon State community.
  4. Respect. We treat each other with civility, dignity and respect.
  5. Social responsibility. We contribute to society’s intellectual, cultural, spiritual and economic progress and well-being to the maximum possible extent.