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(Excerpted from the OSU General Catalog)
Oregon State University provides diverse educational opportunities through the undergraduate and graduate programs of its 11 colleges. Academic choices include studies in scientific, technological, interdisciplinary, and professional, as well as liberal arts fields. A land grant, sea grant, space grant, and sun grant university with beginnings in the 1850s, OSU is now home to more than 28,800 undergraduate, graduate, and first professional students, representing 90 countries, every state in the nation, and every county in the state of Oregon.
You may view the OSU mission statement at http://oregonstate.edu/main/mission.
The OSU "Guiding Principles" are listed in the general catalog. The highlight of these principles reads:
"We have the responsibility to students, staff, and faculty to help them grow personally and professionally. We have a responsibility to society to contribute to its social, aesthetic, and economic well-being."
For more information about OSU, please visit the About OSU page.