Oregon State is a major research university located in Corvallis, a vibrant college town of 55,000 in the heart of Western Oregon's Willamette Valley. Founded in 1868 and accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), Oregon State serves a student body of nearly 25,000 students from across Oregon, all 50 states, and more than 100 countries. The 400-acre main campus in Corvallis includes a historic district, making Oregon State one of a select few university campuses listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As part of OSU's "Extended Campus" or "ECampus" program, OSU offers 15 online bachelor's degrees, 15 online master's degrees, and more than 800 online courses in 80 subjects in its additional distance and online programs. Tailored to the unique Pacific Northwest landscape, areas of study include, but are not limited to, agricultural sciences, environmental economics and policy, horticulture, and natural resources.
Founded in 1876, the University of Oregon is considered the state's flagship college, and offers countless resources for on-campus and online college students. The UO belongs to the exclusive Association of American Universities, one of only two AAU universities in the Pacific Northwest, and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Today, more than 22,000 students study at the main campus, located in Eugene, and many of those students opt to supplement their curriculum with online courses offered at the UO. The University of Oregon currently offers an applied information management (AIM) Master of Science degree online, and has not yet made other fully online degree programs available. However, students can browse course schedules and register for an extensive list of classes online. The UO offers degrees in subjects like business, journalism, and psychology, among many others. The University of Oregon ranked among the best national universities in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Established in 1926, and home to nearly 6,800 students, Southern Oregon University is a public liberal arts college located in Ashland, offering more than 30 majors and 100 academic programs. The school boasts a long roster of outstanding liberal arts programs that are intellectually challenging, creative and practical. SOU offers fully online courses, hybrid courses, and two-way video courses as part of their online curriculum. To obtain degrees online, students must complete the prerequisite courses for their major and many of their general education courses prior to applying for online admission. Areas of online bachelors degree study include, but are not limited to, business administration and early childhood development, and areas of online masters degree study include education/continuing teaching license, teaching – special education, and theater education with an emphasis on production and design. Southern Oregon University ranked among the top 100 regional universities (west), according to U.S. News & World Report.
More and more accredited universities and colleges now offer a vast array of online academic programs specifically designed for distance learning. This ensures that potential students have the freedom and flexibility of an online course schedule. In addition to fully online classes, many colleges and universities also offer hybrid classes (on-campus courses blended with online courses). No matter what your individual needs are, there are a growing number of ways to obtain an education, and a bachelor's or master's degree, using online technology.
Increasingly, Oregon's terrain and topography seem of special interest to students choosing areas of study like agriculture, or preservation of the environment. These trends gain momentum although, today, Oregon's largest manufacturing industries are still forest products, high technology, food processing, and metals. Leading the list of the state's most popular majors for college students are business/marketing, engineering, biology, and agriculture, followed closely by environmental science, parks and recreation, and social sciences.