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Glass art piece reflecting light from wall

Adorning the walls of Linus Pauling Science Center, this series of four light paintings by Boston artist Stephen Knapp draws inspiration from Linus Pauling’s work.

Transforming the world through Team Science

The College of Science at Oregon State University is an inclusive, powerful force for good — changing the world for the better, enhancing the university as a whole, and preparing tomorrow’s science leaders.

We pursue knowledge wherever the questions lead, connecting our drive to understand the universe with the practical means to improve it, and for all to thrive within it.

Our work to advance the endless frontier of science is inseparable from our aim to advance inclusion and equity in Oregon and beyond. We strive to ensure that everyone can participate in the life-changing learning opportunities a robust science education provides.

Here, students experience, experiment, explore and learn — and build a foundation that opens up endless possibilities.

Science is better at Oregon State.

By the numbers






High-achieving students


Average admit rate to medical school


Research funding, 2022-23


Graduate students

A global leader in science education, research and innovation

A Tier 1 Research University

One of only 40 public universities nationwide (out of 1,705 ranked institutions) with the Carnegie Foundation’s Tier 1 Very High Research Activity and Community Engagement designations

#78 Top Public Universities

According to U.S. News & World Report, 2021

#34 Most Innovative Schools

According to U.S. News & World Report, 2021

1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities


Top 1.4% of universities worldwide

Center for World University Rankings in 2022

“Advancing knowledge and technology must go hand in hand with promoting equity – in alignment with the university’s plan for shared prosperity.”

Eleanor Feingold

Interim Dean of the College of Science

Our stellar faculty

Leaders in outstanding scientific research and teaching

The strong science programs we offer are defined by the quality of the faculty who lead them. College of Science faculty are recognized for doing research at the forefront of science—making contributions to society that help cement OSU's place as a top 1% university in the world.

Meet the science leaders in our College who are advancing groundbreaking research and preparing future scientists to tackle real-world concerns.

In the news

Our College is home to home to some of our nation and world's most influential scientists in the fields of marine science, data science, materials science and biohealth science. Read how Science faculty are building knowledge and enhancing our impact through engagement with practitioners, policymakers and entrepreneurs who put our research to use.

We love Corvallis

Come visit and learn for yourself why Corvallis is one of the nation’s top-ranked college towns. Walk along our beautiful tree-lined streets past historic brick buildings. Enjoy live music, art shops, independent restaurants, biking along miles of trails or beachcombing only an hour away. Meet students and scientists from all over the world who enjoy our small-town vibe and our big vision for making a better world.

You'll see why Corvallis is a great place to visit, and an even better place to call home.

Two women running in downtown Corvallis, surrounded by lush trees
A woman and man discuss a piece of artwork
A young man considering produce at the farmer's market
Beaver swimming with stick in creek

With hundreds of miles of trails for hiking and biking and the ocean just an hour away, Corvallis offers many ways to unwind and clear your mind to focus deeply on science.

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One of the top-ranked college towns, Corvallis is a place where creativity and innovation collide, and community festivals, music and the arts thrive.

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More than 51% of people walk, bike or skateboard to campus (OSU has more parking spaces for bikes than cars!), and our students enjoy food made from ingredients from local farms and campus gardens.

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Corvallis is located in a tech-savvy region that’s been referred to as the “Silicon Forest.” It's where brilliant minds connect, earning attention from publications like Forbes and U.S. News & World Report as a place where innovation thrives.

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