The Story of Oregon State Ecampus

Our dedication to education spans decades and continents

Oregon State University Ecampus is widely considered one of the nation’s best providers of online education. It’s a distinction we have spent decades cultivating, with roots in distance education that stretch back to the 1880s when the university delivered pioneering programs on rural farms.

Jessica Graziano, OSU Ecampus graduateOSU’s first complete distance degree program was offered in liberal studies via correspondence and video in the 1980s. Oregon State Ecampus, as the unit exists now, began delivering degree programs and courses online in 2002, and our unit has grown rapidly in recent years in order to meet the 21st century educational needs of learners throughout the world.

In 2008, Oregon State offered eight undergraduate degree programs online. In the 2022-23 academic year, there are now more than 100 bachelor’s and graduate programs available online and at a distance. We're proud to serve students in all 50 states and more than 60 countries, and more than 10,000 distance students have earned an Oregon State degree online through Ecampus since 2002.

But we are not merely interested in growth for growth’s sake. Each new program we deliver online is accompanied by a renewed commitment to academic excellence, teaching innovation and enriching student experiences. Our tireless efforts have not gone unnoticed: For the ninth straight year, Oregon State is ranked among America’s best online universities — including No. 8 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2023.

We didn’t earn that reputation by accident. We earned it by ensuring our programs and courses are of the highest quality. We earned it by giving students a wealth of options as they seek to improve their lives. And we earned it by doing everything in our power to help students achieve success.

Our standards of excellence will never change. It is our mission to bring Oregon State’s expertise to students whenever and wherever they need to learn, making a high-quality education more accessible than ever through OSU degrees online.