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On five continents, a record 1,680 Oregon State students earn their degrees online

3 minute read Nearly one in four members of the Oregon State University graduating Class of 2022 completed their degree requirements online through Oregon State Ecampus. Among them is Zak Evans, a former OSU wrestler who supplemented his on-campus undergraduate studies several years ago with some online classes during wrestling season. That experience planted a seed and led to him pursuing his MBA in Business Analytics online.

Now at Harvard, Oregon State online grad still “over the moon” with religious studies

3 minute read Monique Lanier is a graduate of Oregon State’s religious studies online bachelor’s program, and the experience profoundly impacted her — academically and in myriad other ways. And her alma mater helped pave her path to one of the world’s most prestigious institutions.

Oregon State Everywhere: Geospatial technology, natural resources make a perfect pair online

3 minute read I was not a typical grad student. For years I’ve wanted to go back to school and get my master’s degree, but due to a number of life circumstances it just didn’t happen. Then, when I was about to turn 50 (yes, 50!) the opportunity came.

Distance learning, remote working bring a new mom’s tech dreams closer

4 minute read Ravonne was nearly 30 and had a newborn. Was it too late to start a tech career? The answer: no. Now she’s in Oregon State’s postbaccalaureate online computer science program, learning a suite of skills as part of a large community of students, and it’s been a perfect fit.

Computer science student earns Department of Defense SMART scholarship

< 1 minute read Vidhi Kadakia, a second-year undergraduate in OSU’s College of Engineering, has been selected for the Department of Defense’s Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation scholarship program, known as SMART. A computer science student who learns online with OSU Ecampus, Kadakia is eligible for up to five years of full tuition as well as mentorship, summer internships, a stipend and full-time employment with the DOD upon graduation.

Former NFL standout Steven Jackson creates greater diversity for a stronger OSU

3 minute read Former Oregon State and NFL running back Steven Jackson — who now serves as an OSU Foundation Trustee and on the advisory board for OSU’s director of athletics — made a gift to create the Jackson Family Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fund. It aims to help Oregon State pilot a new program designed to help the university recruit underrepresented faculty and staff.

A photo of Fiona Wylde holding a paddleboard and paddle. Fiona is a geography and geospatial science student

Winning on the water and in the online classroom

3 minute read Fiona Wylde needed a rigorous degree program that would allow her to further her education while offering the flexibility to sustain her career as a world champion stand-up paddleboarder and windsurfer. She found everything she needed online with Oregon State.

Headshot of Alyssa Fuentez, a student in Oregon State's hybrid M.S. in Education degree program.

7 simple words led ‘Promising’ scholar to hybrid education master’s program

3 minute read Alyssa Fuentez can trace the altered trajectory of her career to a single conversation. Engaged in discussion with an environmental ethics professor, Fuentez became distressed as she wondered how society could curb the enormous issues of climate change. In seven words, her future was rewritten.

‘Extraordinary connections’ a highlight of religious studies online degree program

3 minute read Seated in her bedroom, Emma Sargent gazed into a computer screen. She was on Zoom with classmates and professors from Oregon State’s religious studies online program for a long-distance graduation celebration. Events of such magnitude are meant to be shared in person, but if you were looking for disappointed faces, you were looking in the wrong place.

A view of a bay with bright blue water in Hawai'i, taken from the Ala Kahakai Trail.

A biological, cultural approach to conservation begins at home – and online

3 minute read Cayla “La” Crivello wanted to find a way to impact her community without having to leave it. What she found was Oregon State University Ecampus and an environmental sciences degree that she could complete without having to leave Hawai’i. And now? She’s engaging with her local and state government and working in conservation.