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Oregon State University’s Distance Learning Programs

written by: •edited by: Sarah Malburg•updated: 4/8/2009

The distance learning programs available at Oregon State University are a little different than distance learning degrees found elsewhere. What is it about OSU that makes it appealing to online students? Read on to find out.

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    OSU's Extended Campus

    If you are looking for distance learning degrees but are unsure of where to go, look into the Extended Campus (ecampus) at Oregon State University (OSU). OSU has some interesting degree programs that can’t be found just anywhere. Located in Corvallis, Oregon, this university is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

    OSU offers a variety of distance learning programs. Potential students will find undergraduate degrees available in General Agriculture, Environmental Sciences, Liberal Studies, Natural Resources and Political Science. Graduate degrees offered are Adult and Higher Education Leadership, Teacher and Counseling Education, Science and Math Education, Radiation Health Physics, Fisheries Management and Sustainable Natural Resources. Not all required courses are available to be taken at a distance, but those that aren’t can be transferred in from other institutions.

    The learning format for OSU’s distance learning programs consists of mostly online classes. Some classes also use other mediums as well such as videos, interactive t.v. and independent study. Most of the classes allow students to take tests online, but there are some that require proctored testing. OSU advisors can help answer any questions about how to select an appropriate proctor.

    The school is very friendly for the online student. They use Blackboard to conduct the classes. If you have any trouble with any classes, online tutoring is available. The library is also available to online students. OSU’s library has a chat service available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to answer any research and library questions. Online students even have the option of borrowing books and videos from the library. Materials are shipped free of charge and the student is responsible for the return mail fee.

    Tuition for OSU is reasonable. The tuition is the same whether you are an Oregon resident or not. Undergraduate tuition is $208 per credit while graduate tuition is $428 per credit. OSU is on the quarter system, which means that all online courses will follow that same schedule.

    Students can take classes at OSU as a degree seeking student or as a non-degree seeking student. Those admitted to the university as a degree seeking student are eligible to receive financial aid.

    The application process for OSU can take four to six weeks. The application fee for undergraduates is $50 and the fee for graduates is $55. A non-degree seeking student will only be charged a $25 application fee.