Oregon State University (OSU) is a public university that is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). It is also authorized to offer online courses through its Extended Campus (Ecampus).
Credits earned through Oregon State University’s Ecampus is treated the same as those earned in on-campus courses. In fact, transcripts and diplomas for online undergraduate and graduate degree programs are the same as traditional ones. However, no credits appear on the OSU transcripts for online professional certificate programs and non-credit programs, although certificates are awarded.
Online degree programs offered in the Ecampus include those in the field of Agriculture, Environmental Sciences, Economics, Anthropology, Political Science, Education, and more. The Ecampus’ online program in Natural Resources has earned great reviews and even won a national award in 2002 and 2003 for Excellence in Distance Education from the American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC).
Admissions in OSU for online degree programs are based on the quality, quantity and level of coursework taken by the applicant during high school. Official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT tests are required. An applicants overall accomplishments, experiences, and abilities will also be taken into consideration.
Per-credit tuition for online programs at OSU is the same as traditional, on-campus programs. For Ecampus online undergraduate degree programs, the basic OSU tuition is $185 per credit with a $75 distance education fee, for a total cost of $260 per credit. For online graduate degree programs, basic OSU tuition is $421 per credit, for a total of $496 per credit. Some undergraduate and graduate programs have differential tuition rates; check the Ecampus website for more information.
Financial aid is available to fully-admitted students of the Ecampus in the form of need-based grants, Federal and State financial aid, and scholarships.