Image of a science graduate dancingPhoto of Claire Skach (’15, B.S., Biology) by Nicki Silva

Part of what I’m passionate about is how do we close achievement gaps and how do we raise the level of success for everybody? 

Excellence in the arts and sciences is at the core of every great national and international research university, and Oregon State University will be no different.

—Ed Ray, President, Oregon State University



  • About 3,000 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students.
  • One-third of Honors College students are science majors; highest minority student enrollment at OSU.
  • 11 of the 14 Goldwater scholars at OSU since 2004 have been science students.
  • Biology is Oregon State’s #1 program for study abroad.
  • We teach everyone: all undergraduates take a science/math course.
  • Our free online tools promote access: textbook Biochemistry Free & Easy was downloaded over 140,000 times since 2012; our 440 YouTube videos had over 3.1 million views.


  • 48 new inventions disclosed and 18 U.S. patents received since 2011.
  • Faculty shared science with the public at several “Science Pub” outreach events across the state in a fresh, accessible way in an informal atmosphere.
  • We have more than 26,000 science alumni worldwide 
  • Science alumni and friends contributed more than $95 million in total to the $1 billion Campaign for OSU.


  • Our medical school admit rate averages 75%, one of the highest in the country.
  • 19 University Distinguished professors; two National Academy of Science members; 11 AAAS Fellows; a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow.
  • Distinguished alumni: reproductive biologist and leader in human parthenogenic stem cell research; first African-American president of the American Meteorological Society; researcher on the team that discovered the antidepressant Prozac; co-founder/CEO of Panda Express; founders of leading scientific data-collection technology company; leader of the development and commercial launch of Fuzeon, the first of a novel class of drugs to treat HIV infection; and university presidents.


  • In 2014, the College received $26.7 million in research funding, explosive growth of 230% from 2013.
  • Researchers conducted the most comprehensive study of a marine disease, attracting global attention on sea star wasting disease on the West coast. 
  • Biochemists used a known copper compound to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in mice, showing great promise as a valuable new human therapy for ALS. 
  • Materials chemists and physicists helped to build the foundational transistor technology of modern flat-panel displays.
  • Investigators discovered a new durable, environmentally friendly blue pigment—the first of its kind since the 1800s–that has led to the manufacturing of other non-toxic pigments.