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Facts and figures

Facts and figures

Leaders in outstanding science research and education

May Nyman in the lab with students
The College of Science produces leaders of society and equips students to serve our communities and the world at every level.

Where unbridled curiosity and creativity produce every form of success

The College of Science is a vibrant scientific community of more than 3,400 students and more than 200 faculty. Home to the core life, statistical, physical and mathematical sciences, the College is recognized nationally and globally as a center for excellence in science research and scholarship.

Our seven departments offer nine undergraduate majors, eight master’s programs, eight Ph.D. programs, and 13 interdisciplinary programs, including a fully online M.S. in Data Analytics. The College houses an impressive Electron Microscopy Facility—one of only two such facilities at a U.S. university—and the Natural Products and Small Molecule Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility, providing state-of-the-art instrumentation for chemistry-related researchers throughout the university and across the state.

Quick Facts

3,000

Undergraduates

425+

Graduate students

124

Tenure/tenure track faculty

300

Total faculty and staff

3.66

Average GPA of incoming students

Points of pride

66%

Medical school admittance rate (on average), one of the highest in the country

13

Goldwater Scholars from the College of Science

10

Students have won highly competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships in the last three years

33%

Of all OSU Honors College students are science majors

#1

Biology is Oregon State’s top program for study abroad

12%

Oregon State University is among the top 12% of public universities in the country and the top 1.5% of global research universities (U.S. News & World Report)

48

New technologies produced and 18 U.S. patents awarded since 2011

22

University Distinguished Professors

16

AAAS Fellows; 2 National Academy of Science members; 1 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow

Scholarships

Delaney Smith standing in the LINC
Delaney Smith, 2018 Goldwater Scholar, Honors biochemistry and biophysics major. Photo by Hamza Molvi.

41%

Of our undergraduate students receive science scholarships

$2.1M

Amount awarded by the College of Science to about 250 returning students (2019)

$2.95M

Amount awarded from the College of Science to more than 800 incoming freshmen

$165,000

Amount awarded every year for student summer undergraduate research in labs on campus and across the country

Diversity

30%

First in family to attend college

32%

Underrepresented minority students

4/7

Departments led by women faculty

7%

International students

Alumni

30,000+

OSU Science alumni network around the world

Donations

$43M

Secured in federal, philanthropic, corporate and foundation funding—an average of approximately $14M per year—since 2015

Historical milestones

Old film photo of Kidder Hall in 1919
Kidder Hall in 1919 when it was known as the Oregon Agricultural College Library. Via the OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center

While the College of Science at Oregon State was formally established in 1932, science programs and departments have shaped the evolution of research and education at OSU since its 1868 land grant designation. The College is proud to have played a significant role in the establishment of several distinguished academic fields of study and pioneering research centers.