The College of Engineering is a place of extraordinary talent, marshalling world-class expertise in nearly every major field of applied technical knowledge. Here at Oregon State University, Beavers build not only dams, but bridges and bioreactors, rockets and robots, software and solar cells — and so much more. Our shared mission is to create a better future for our planet and all who inhabit it.
Founded in 1889, our college endeavors to promote strong economies, healthy people, and a sustainable natural environment. From the beginning, Oregon State Engineers have made major impacts through their contributions in science and technology, and through their leadership and inspiration.
Our graduates find meaningful employment in industry, government, and academia. You can catch them working throughout Oregon, all over the United States, in other countries around the world — and even aboard the International Space Station. Alumni innovations include the first replacement heart valve, the computer mouse, and the concept of email, to name just a few.
Our faculty are engaged in vital research across many disciplines, with more than $60 million in external funding support annually. They’re working on creative solutions for some of the greatest challenges faced by humanity in the 21st century, including climate change, clean air and water, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and manufacturing, natural hazard resilience, and health care.
Student success is our top priority, and our faculty are recognized for their commitment to excellence in teaching. We provide support at every level, from academic coaching for first-year students to career counseling for graduating seniors. In emphasizing authentic, hands-on engineering experiences, we equip students with the knowledge, skills, and passion they need to succeed in whatever paths they choose. Experiential education goes far beyond the classroom, including research opportunities and internships with organizations such as NASA, HP, and Intel. Engineering students are also active in more than 50 student clubs, many of which participate in regional, national, and international competitions.
Within the College of Engineering, we are committed to cultivating an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone. Here we have built a community that celebrates diversity, fosters collaboration, and enables achievement. Our college ranks second nationally among land grant universities and third among the nation’s 94 public R1 universities for percentage of tenured or tenure-track faculty who are women. Among our students, nearly one-third are people of color, and more than 15% come from outside the United States.
We currently offer more than 30 unique programs of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our curriculum and degree options continue to expand and adapt to meet the evolving needs of industry. We are proud to offer one of the top-ranked fully online undergraduate degree programs in computer science. In 2021, we launched the nation’s first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary graduate program in artificial intelligence.
We strive to be the partner of choice for leading companies, agencies, and organizations by facilitating connections with engineering talent and cultivating mutually beneficial relationships. And we build strategic partnerships to turn research results into new companies and products that create jobs while helping people to lead better lives. These relationships have far-reaching impacts — training the leaders of tomorrow, helping employers recruit our talented graduates, and collaborating to create solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.