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Oregon State University

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50% of 7 students said this degree improved their career prospects
57% of 7 students said they would recommend this school to others
By the OnlineU team | Updated 1/19/2023



Oregon State University (OSU) is a public, four-year university located in the city of Corvallis. With over two decades of experience developing high quality online courses, the OSU Ecampus now offers over 100 online degrees and programs, including undergraduate and graduate degrees. Distance learners have access to academic advising, free tutoring, library resources, exam proctoring, and disability access services. Online students can even work one-on-one with a student success coach.

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Salary Score for Online Degrees at Oregon State University

Bachelor's Degrees

Psychology, General $22,813 $31,612 73
Agriculture, General $25,000 $39,422 72
Natural Resources Conservation and Research $22,190 $35,527 72
Anthropology $25,500 $27,550 70
Public Health $21,929 $36,574 69
Education, General Not Reported $38,091 67
Computer Science $21,875 $74,600 67
Forestry Not Reported $39,710 62
Sociology $19,500 $32,584 61
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management $29,951 $27,857 61
Business Administration, Management and Operations $21,572 $43,896 59
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services $23,986 $30,413 59
Political Science and Government $23,125 $34,568 54
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology $22,403 $33,227 51
Zoology/Animal Biology $24,825 $24,267 51
Health and Physical Education/Fitness $22,000 $28,252 48
Plant Sciences $22,916 $36,397 48
Marketing $21,000 $40,969 47
Animal Sciences $20,554 $29,345 45
History $22,168 $28,343 41
Natural Resources Management and Policy $27,701 $31,321 39
Biology, General $22,417 $25,537 35
Geography and Cartography Not Reported $32,965 34
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities $21,058 $29,198 33
Botany/Plant Biology Not Reported $26,293 26
Economics $20,833 $39,302 23
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Not Reported $24,077 12
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Not Reported $23,198 8

Master's Degrees

Forestry Not Reported $47,934 81
Natural Resources Management and Policy Not Reported $46,635 57
Education, General $20,500 $48,362 41
Business Administration, Management and Operations $40,798 $64,131 38
Public Health $40,114 $49,105 37
Educational Administration and Supervision Not Reported $48,706 29

FAQs About Oregon State University

Is an Online Degree from Oregon State University Legitimate?

An online degree from OSU is legitimate because a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency institutionally accredits the school. Accreditation means that a verified agency routinely reviews the school’s accounting practices and academic programs to ensure they are ethical, meet high standards, and deliver on promises made to students. 

OSU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Many of the university’s degree programs are programmatically accredited as well to ensure the curriculum meets industry standards.

What Is Oregon State University Known For?

OSU has been known for delivering distance education for over 150 years. In the 1880s, OSU began offering “farmers’ institutes” in remote rural locations throughout the state. In 1982, it started delivering its liberal arts program via correspondence and video to distance learners. In 2002, OSU used advanced technologies to provide an online curriculum to students worldwide. 

Which Degrees at OSU Provide the Highest Earnings for Graduates?

OSU’s online bachelor’s degrees in computer science provide the highest earnings for graduates at an $84,460 annual median salary. The online computer science program is also the largest program the university offers. 

OSU’s bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees have salary scores of 53, 50, and 76, respectively. OnlineU’s proprietary Salary Score ranks colleges by how much their alumni earn compared to graduates with the same degree across the country.

How Difficult Is It To Get Into OSU?

It is not very difficult to get into OSU — it accepts 82% of applicants. At OSU, entrance exams are optional. Therefore, SAT or ACT scores are considered supplemental information.

What Are the Admission Requirements for OSU?

First-year students at OSU must submit the following admission requirements: 

  • An application and a $65 application fee
  • Official high school transcripts showing class rank and a preferred cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher in 15 required subject area courses, such as math, foreign language, science, and social studies
  • GED scores in place of a high school diploma
  • Transcripts from college courses or dual-credit courses 
  • personal essay
  • Information about unique talents, achievements, experiences, and any diverse perspectives you may offer

Student Reviews

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Dencil Powell

Reviewed: 5/23/2019

Degree: Environmental Science

This school will not properly articulate transcripts leading to never ending registration issues. Advising is a waste of time, because they will not follow through with tasks that need to be accomplished for a student to determine exactly what course work is required of them. If you ask any status update questions, no one at the university will even respond to your emails. If you file a complaint, the resolution you receive is only a "status" update on the original problems and never an actual resolution.... Read More

Layla B

Reviewed: 4/26/2018

Degree: Cultural Studies

I transferred to Oregon State from my current university because I loved the program options available and felt passionate about the major I chose. I was incredibly excited to join the Women, gender, and sexuality studies program. I spoke to my College of Liberal Arts advisor and things went well. I was awaiting an appointment with the advisor from my major, so I decided to research textbooks and how they are purchased. Both of my previous schools, my community college and the university at which... Read More


Reviewed: 12/15/2017

Degree: Biology

The admissions department here is one of the worst Ive ever seen. Absolutely no contact from them at all. They dont care about you as a student here at all. While working through admissions, I was never called, emailed or sent any mail about the process or how things were coming along. Why would you ever spend that much money at at school that couldnt care less about you...?


Reviewed: 7/13/2017

Degree: Agriculture

I'm only writing this review to give others a helpful insight on my disappointing experience with this University as a Veteran of the Armed Forces and 100% education benefits {Post-9/11 GI Bill} college recipient. I applied as a full time student for the fall semester B.S. in Horticulture with a dual degree in Sustainability. I was proactive in meeting all their requirements months in advance. I sent transcripts, a copy of my DD from 214 proof of active duty service, received my eligibility certificate... Read More

Marissa Humphreys

Reviewed: 3/16/2017

Degree: Environmental Science

Great program and great faculty. I have obtained two degree from Oregon State University and I would have it no other way. The staff are always helpful and I felt like the education I received prepared me well for the field I was entering. The classes provided great information and resources.

Sarah Calvo

Reviewed: 8/3/2016

Degree: Human Services

I attended Oregon State University and graduated in 2015. I majored in Human Development and Family Sciences. I was an online only student. This program was perfect for me at the time I attended. I was a preschool teacher looking to finally finish my bachelors degree, but wasn't sure an education degree was what I wanted. I already had a certificate in Early Childhood Education and had been teaching for about 5 years at that point. I moved to Oregon with my parents and began looking for programs... Read More


Reviewed: 7/22/2016

Degree: Environmental Science

This is a great school! The teachers are great, willing to help when you need it.