Educational Mission Statement

Our undergraduate educational mission is to provide a comprehensive, state-of-the-art education that prepares our students to be successful in engineering practice, advanced studies and research.

In the United States, accreditation is a non-governmental, peer-review process that assures the quality of the postsecondary education students receive. Educational institutions or programs volunteer to undergo this review periodically to determine if certain criteria are being met.

It is important to understand, however, that accreditation is not a ranking system. It is simply assurance that a program or institution meets established quality standards.

There are two types of accreditation: institutional and specialized.

  • Institutional accreditation evaluates overall institutional quality. One form of institutional accreditation is regional accreditation of colleges and universities.
  • Specialized accreditation examines specific programs of study, rather than an institution as a whole. This type of accreditation is granted to specific programs at specific levels. Architecture, nursing, law, medicine, and engineering programs are often evaluated through specialized accreditation.

Accreditation for Oregon State University

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) provides institutional accreditation for Oregon State University.

Accreditation for ChemE/BioE/EnvE 

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Inc. (ABET) is responsible for the specialized accreditation of educational programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. The Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, and Environmental Engineering undergraduate programs at Oregon State University are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. 

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs