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Facts and figures

Facts and figures

Leaders in 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




Graduate students


Tenure/tenure track faculty


Total faculty and staff


Average GPA of incoming students

Points of pride


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


Goldwater Scholars from the College of Science


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


Of all OSU Honors College students are science majors


Biology is Oregon State’s top program for study abroad


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)


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


University Distinguished Professors


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


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


Of our undergraduate students receive science scholarships


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


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


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



First in family to attend college


Underrepresented minority students


Departments led by women faculty


International students



OSU Science alumni network around the world



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.