Centers & Strategic Initiatives

Hands-on, experiential learning takes your coursework and applies it to real-world situations.

Learn by doing

Put yourself out there

Let’s face it: you were never meant to just sit in a classroom; you need to learn by doing. We create opportunities for you to explore options and find your individual passions. We know there’s not a one-size fits-all approach to your college experience, so get out of your seat and see for yourself all that our college has to offer.

Our centers and academies go beyond the academic experience of our majors and programs. They connect students to the Oregon business community and help transfer and translate what students learn in the classroom into real-world applications.

With focus areas in marketing, sales, family business, gender inclusiveness, and analytics we connect with industry leaders, build professional networks, and work and conduct research with faculty and alumni.

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Empowering students

Center for Advancing Financial Education

The Oregon State University Center for Advancing Financial Education (CAFE), housed in the College of Business, provides research-based curriculum for all OSU students; and through workshops, training, counseling, a peer mentorship program and other resources, provides services and support to students at OSU and to communities across the state.

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Center for the Advancement of Women in Leadership

The path to change is never a straight line. Which is why we are empowering students, alumni, business professionals, corporations, and people of all genders with tools, education, and training to foster inclusiveness.

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Center for Business Analytics

We develop and deliver executive training events to facilitate the expansion of expertise in using analytical methods to translate organizational data into business opportunities. The center also leverages the experience of faculty and students from different disciplines to create data-driven solutions to issues confronted by organizations.

Our focus is on applying analytics technology such as data/text mining, data visualization/exploration, predictive modeling and optimization — to identify opportunities and to provide solutions.

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We know how to mix family and business

Center for Family Enterprise

For more than 30 years, Oregon State University’s Austin Family Business Program has guided family enterprises down a path to success – by addressing challenges, offering solutions and serving as a constant source of support. By creating a community to advance family business success AFBP designs educational programs for families, students and professional advisors.

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Center for Marketing and Consumer Insights

The Center for Marketing and Consumer Insights provides professional market research and consulting services in order to provide insight into markets, businesses, and today’s consumers.

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Innovation X

InnovationX is OSU's hub for student entrepreneurs, innovators and changemakers. InnovationX supports students who have ideas, who have already started a business or who are simply passionate and drawn to innovation.

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Sales Academy

The OSU Sales Academy is dedicated to promoting leadership and professionalism in the field of sales. Our goal is to introduce sales fundamentals to students through the use of hands on workshops and sessions led by leading industry sponsors.

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