Mission, Goals and Values for OSU

OSU's Land Grant Status:
Vision, Mission & Values


Oregon State University is a comprehensive, public, research- extensive university and a member of the Oregon University System serving as the state’s land-, sea-, space- and sun-grant institution - one of only two universities with such designation in the country. OSU programs and faculty are located in every county of the state and are dedicated to investigating the state’s greatest challenges. OSU considers the state of Oregon its campus and works in partnership with the P-12 school system, Oregon community colleges and other OUS institutions to provide access to high quality educational programs. Strong collaborations with industry, and state and federal agencies drive OSU’s research enterprise.


As a land grant institution committed to teaching, research, and outreach and engagement, Oregon State University promotes economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world. This mission is achieved by producing graduates competitive in the global economy, supporting a continuous search for new knowledge and solutions, and maintaining a rigorous focus on academic excellence, particularly in the three Signature Areas: Advancing the Science of Sustainable Earth Ecosystems; Improving Human Health and Wellness; and Promoting Economic Growth and Social Progress


To best serve the people of Oregon, Oregon State University will be among the Top 10 land grant institutions in America.


  1. Provide outstanding academic programs that further strengthen our performance and pre-eminence in five thematic areas.
  2. Provide an excellent teaching and learning environment and achieve student access, persistence, and success through graduation and beyond that matches the best land grant universities in the country.
  3. Substantially increase revenues from private fund raising, partnerships, research grants, and technology transfers while strengthening our ability to more effectively invest and allocate resources.

Core Values

Accountability. We are committed stewards of the loyalty and good will of our alumni and friends of the human, fiscal, and physical resources entrusted to us.

Diversity. We recognize that diversity and excellence go hand-in- hand, enhancing our teaching, scholarship, and service as well as our ability to welcome, respect, and interact with other people.

Integrity. We practice honesty, freedom, truth, and integrity in all that we do.

Respect. We treat each other with civility, dignity, and respect.

Social responsibility. We contribute to society’s intellectual, cultural, spiritual, and economic progress and well-being to the maximum possible extent.