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Welcome to the Oregon State University Honors College. We are the home for changemakers, leaders and innovators from across the university, a place where undergraduates of all backgrounds and majors develop the skills and perspective to build a better future for all people in Oregon and beyond.
The Honors College provides experiences inside the classroom and out that enable students to engage deeply with their individual areas of interest, while also learning to work across differences to address and solve complex problems. With an ever-evolving curriculum of small, collaborative courses led by teachers from across Oregon State and a thesis that offers the opportunity to complete original research under the guidance of a faculty mentor, the Honors College is designed to connect students to the wealth of resources and people at Oregon’s top research university and help them realize their goals, whatever they are.
A supportive, vibrant community stands behind honors students, providing a home base for their growth and explorations. With a living learning community across two campus residence halls, over 100 co-curricular events each year and a dedicated set of alumni, faculty, family and friends eager to connect with students and help them succeed, the Honors College is committed to being a place where everyone can realize their full potential, together.
We recognize that we have work to do to realize our goals and values. I encourage you to read our 2020-2025 strategic plan or watch my most recent state of the college presentation to see how the Honors College is striving to make good on its promise to support all students’ success. I am also eager to hear from you if you have any questions or would like to learn how you can get involved in the honors community.
Serving as the dean of the Oregon State University Honors College is the privilege of a lifetime. I am inspired every day by the passion and accomplishments of honors students and by the dedication and skill of the faculty who teach and guide them. Our community leaves me with no doubt that a better future starts here.
Toni L. Doolen, PhD
Dean, Oregon State University Honors College