Oregon State ranked No. 3 school in the U.S. for Natural Resources


Faculty research assistants (left to right) Whitney Moore and Alex Irving take tree measurements at a university research site in Central Oregon.

Oregon State University has been named the nation’s No. 3 college to study natural resources and conservation by College Factual.

“Being ranked so highly at a national level is validation for the strong programs we have across the university that educate students and conduct research in the natural resources and conservation areas,” says Selina Heppell, interim head of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Oregon State’s international reputation for excellence and leadership in natural resources is reflected in multiple rankings, including:

No. 1 for wildlife science and No. 2 for fisheries science by the Chronicle of Higher Education

No. 9 in the world for agriculture and forestry programs by QS World University Rankings

No. 5 online bachelor’s program in the nation by U.S. News & World Report (Oregon State’s Ecampus offers seven degree programs in natural resource-related disciplines)

“It’s important to recognize the numerous partners we have — on campus and at our Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport,” Heppell says. “Many of the scientists from state and federal agencies teach and mentor OSU students, providing invaluable experiential learning that really separates Oregon State from many other universities.”

College Factual uses data from the U.S. Department of Education to rank programs on overall excellence, affordability, graduation rates and success of graduates in finding jobs. The outcomes-based data helps guide students in their college selection process.

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