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The Valley Library on Oregon State University's Corvallis Campus is home to OSU Ecampus, which delivers online bachelor's programs to learners worldwide.

Oregon State online bachelor’s programs ranked 3rd in the nation by U.S. News

Oregon State University’s place among the nation’s best providers of online education has inched closer to the pinnacle amid the release of new rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The 2019 report features Oregon State Ecampus at No. 3 among nearly 400 institutions in the category of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. It’s the fifth consecutive year OSU has made the nation’s top 10 and is the university’s highest placement yet.

Fisheries and wildlife sciences alumna Jordan wears a blue dress and beige cardigan and carries a tablet in the bend of her left arm. She is walking forward, away from a blurred background of dark green trees and red brick.

Experiential learning led to flourishing career prospects for fisheries and wildlife sciences alumna

New textbooks, classmates from all over the world, the cover of the forest, calls from birds unseen, the fresh smell of soil (and sometimes fish). These are all the well-known staples of a college classroom. At least, that’s what Jordan Levi came to expect of her learning environments while enrolled online in the Oregon State University Ecampus fisheries and wildlife sciences bachelor’s degree program.

Out of the park and into the woods

“Getting my degree was by no means ‘easy,’ as it shouldn’t be,” says fisheries and wildlife sciences alum Evan Huegel. “However, going to Oregon State made it an enjoyable and academically challenging experience. After graduating, it is safe to say I was fully prepared to take on whatever the real world had to throw at me.”

Students in the crowd at the Oregon State University commencement ceremony wear their black caps and gowns as well as white tassels, affiliated with the College of Liberal Arts. In the center of the crowd, one student with long blonde hair wears a cap with orange cutout letters that read "I did it!"

Oregon State’s online graduating class tops 1,000 for the first time

The map arrived in Lindsay Caplan’s mailbox, having traversed nearly 3,000 miles from Oregon State University to her home in Maryland. It was part of a wilderness excursion for a class in Oregon State’s fisheries and wildlife sciences online degree program – a hands-on learning activity that helped Caplan develop a strong connection to the university despite living on the opposite side of the country. Now, several years later and without ever setting foot on campus, she’s among a record-setting 1,065 students who will graduate Saturday, June 16, after completing degree requirements online through OSU Ecampus.

Fisheries and wildlife sciences alumna Erin Mathias is pictured standing to the left of a rhinoceros at the Oregon Zoo. Erin is smiling and resting one hand on the rhino's snout. She wears a gray and orange Oregon State zip-up jacket.

The first in a legacy of many

The past does not dictate the possibilities for one’s future. Erin Mathias knows this firsthand. She enrolled online in the Ecampus fisheries and wildlife sciences program to pursue her dream career, becoming the role model she needed when she was younger and serving as inspiration to her siblings and African American girls who want to enter STEM fields.

Person at computer while on a teleconference

Investing in the future of online education

Who better to help make recommendations about online education than students actually enrolled in the programs? Oregon State’s resounding answer: no one. With their eyes on the emergent future of online learning, Ecampus faculty and students are leaving their mark as members of the Oregon State University Online Education Committee.

Online student spreads her wings, lands leadership role in on-campus club

As an OSU Ecampus fisheries and wildlife sciences online student with a specialization in avian biology, Megan Blackwell wanted to stand out among her peers and knew adding club participation to her résumé would do just that.

After the Army, Ecampus student focused on doing what he loves

There was a pit in Bryan Zacher’s stomach as his 22-year Army career came to a close in 2013. He hadn’t put much thought into life after the military, so he jotted down a list of his hobbies: Fishing. Hunting. The great outdoors. Then he had an idea that changed his life trajectory: Turn what you enjoy doing into what you do for a living. That’s how he came to enroll online with Oregon State Ecampus.

Behind the scenes with Brian Sidlauskas, fisheries and wildlife sciences associate professor

“It is a real privilege to be able to reach such a diverse student population and to be able to share the awesomeness of fishes with people who would otherwise lack access to the brick-and-mortar version of my classes,” says Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Associate Professor Brian Sidlauskas.