Education 2019-2020

The Oregon State College of Forestry offers six distinct and top-ranked undergraduate academic programs in a small, friendly environment where students get personal attention and guidance from faculty, staff and advisors. Career paths take students into a forest, a factory, a laboratory or an office, and graduates leave Oregon State with knowledge and skills in demand in both the Pacific Northwest and worldwide. The college enjoys a century-long reputation as a research, teaching and extended education leader. Currently, the college has more than 250 graduate students, including 35 international students. The college offers graduate degrees in four distinct areas administered by three separate departments. About 75 faculty members teach at the graduate level, and the college employs more than 300 faculty, staff and support personnel.

Undergraduate degrees offered include Forestry, Forest Engineering, Forest Engineering/Civil Engineering dual degree, Natural Resources, Renewable Materials and Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership. All programs lead to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree and allow students to focus on a particular forest landscape or ecosystem area. Graduate degrees offered include Master of Forestry (MF), Master of Science (MS), Master of Natural Resources (MNR) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).


Undergraduate Education Highlights

Oregon State University consistently ranks among the top globally for forestry, natural resources, recreation and wood science research. OSU was recently ranked number two in the world in forestry and first in the nation for natural resources management.

Dedicated to preparing the future leaders of our working forest landscapes, the college awarded 435 undergraduate degrees in FY 2019 and FY 2020, a 17 percent increase over the previous biennium.

Through the generosity of our donors, the college regularly awards more than $495,000 in undergraduate scholarships each year. During FY 2019 and FY 2020, the college awarded more than $1.05 million in undergraduate scholarship support with individual awards ranging from $1,000 to $9,000.

To provide non-resident undergraduate students affordable access to our internationally-recognized degree programs and to help meet employer demand, the future of forestry scholarship program awarded $14,000 to eligible students for the 2020-2021 academic year. The scholarship program and enrollment marketing campaign resulted in a 57 percent increase in non-resident students. The program, created in consultation with the OSU Impact Studio, was such a success OSU has decided to reenter the WUE tuition program with an aim at increasing enrollment for academic programs that are under capacity.

The college prides itself on educating and preparing its students to be competent, innovative and professional members of fields across the forest landscape. Students in all programs are encouraged, and in some majors, required, to complete work experience in their chosen fields.

The college awards funds to support COF students’ (undergraduate and graduate) participation in domestic programs or activities which support their education, professional development and leadership goals. In FY 2019 and FY 2020, the college awarded over $8,000 to 54 students to participate in experiential opportunities.

Also, the Mentored Employment Program enables faculty to hire undergraduate students on research and other projects with an expectation of at least one hour of direct mentoring per week. The program supports about 20 students per year.

The college remains a strong partner with Oregon’s community colleges. In FY 2018, the college entered detailed pathway agreements with Umpqua Community College and Southwestern Oregon Community College. This enables students to find financially accessible pathways to the college’s degree programs.

Since the launch of the college’s recruitment plan in 2017, enrollment has increased. Fall 2020 undergraduate enrollment stood at 1,049 students, the largest in college history.

In FY 2019 and FY 2020, applications and admitted students to college programs were up almost 35 percent. The college welcomed 382 new firstyear and transfer students to its degree programs in Fall 2019 and Fall 2020, a 22 percent increase over the previous biennium and the largest incoming classes in college history.

The college continues to provide leadership and facilitation of OSU faculty, staff, and Tribal partners in the development of a Native American Educational Pathways proposal. A grant proposal was approved September 2020 to the USDA-NIFA (New Beginnings for Tribal Students in Oregon) to engage Native American pre-college and college students attending Oregon State University (OSU) and Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC). The four-year program will strengthen relationships between tribes and colleges, provide outreach to pre-college Native students, support these students through internships, workshops, and strives to improve both recruitment and retention.

The college is also collaborating with OSU colleagues on an Oregon Sea Grant proposal entitled “Engaging Collaborative College Pathways for Native American Youth in Coastal Tribes,” and partners with the Intertribal Timber Council to provide an additional $2,500 in scholarships to recipients of the ITC Truman D. Picard Scholarships.

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Graduate Education Highlights

Educating the future research, teaching and outreach leaders in forest landscapes and ecosystems, the college awarded 153 graduate degrees in FY 2019 and FY 2020.

In December 2017, an initiative for recruiting Native Americans for the college’s graduate forestry programs was developed, funded partially by the department with a supplemental Graduate Laurels Block Grant. A committee including Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Intertribal Timber Council, the USDA Forest Service and Salish-Kootenai College helped identify potential graduate student candidates. Six Native American students were selected for admission in the last biennium and offered these tuition support awards.

• The Dean’s Investment Fund funded two $30,000 matches to the Provost’s Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship, awarded in FY 2019 and FY 2020. The college also awarded more than $218,000 in graduate fellowships in FY 2019 and FY 2020, with a portion from the Dean’s Investment Fund.
• To recruit and retain graduate students based on diversity and academic merit, the college awarded and administered $140,000 in tuition scholarship funding as part of the Graduate Laurels Block Grant from the OSU Graduate School.

Organized by graduate students, the college hosted the sixth and seventh annual Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium.

The symposium showcases current graduate student research and promotes academic excellence by challenging students to present their work and receive feedback from their academic and professional peers. In 2019 and 2020, the symposium showcased more than 80 combined poster and oral presentations.

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