Dean's Academy

Benefit from honors curricula, smaller class sizes and exclusive access to thought leaders in business and the community.

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Dean's Academy

The Dean’s Academy is an academic forum for high-achieving first-year students, transfer students, and current undergraduate students on the Corvallis campus who wish to maximize the educational and experiential aspects of their college experience.

With designated smaller class sizes and access to exclusive leadership events, Dean's Academy students are invited into an educational process designed to encourage intellectual curiosity and active community engagement, and to develop standout graduates who are visionaries and responsible citizens.

The Dean’s Academy is an invitation-based experience with academic standards of achievement for these majors: accountancy, apparel design, business administration, business information systems, design and innovation management, finance, interior design, management, marketing, merchandising management, or supply chain and logistics management. Please discuss this with your College of Business advisor.


  • Core business classes with honors-level curriculum
  • Smaller classes with Dean’s Academy peers
  • Invitations from the dean to attend exclusive forums, seminars, and events.
  • Exclusive career development and networking opportunities, such as “How to Stand Out in a Crowd” workshops
  • A transcript visible degree option

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The option in dean's academy is available to students enrolled in the following programs:

Today's accountants are tech-savvy problem-solvers, insightful planners and strategic thinkers. Many of the “number-crunching” tasks formerly thought to be part of an accountant's world have long ago been replaced by sophisticated software. Instead, you can expect a satisfying and challenging professional career as an accountant, with lucrative and stable employment in a respected profession.

Creative, driven and a design trailblazer? Turn your passion into a career with a degree in apparel design. Apparel design harnesses creativity and artistic skill with cutting-edge technology, process and design thinking. We're the No. 1 apparel design program in Oregon, and ranked 14th in the nation.

Our business administration degree provides you with broad business skills in accounting and quantitative methods, an understanding of the legal and social environment of business, and a background in management and organizational behavior, marketing, finance, and operations management.

You'll learn through hands-on experience and case study to be able to bridge real-world problem with technical solutions. The main goal is to train people who understand how to extract insight from data and translate the insight into competitive advantage.

You'll graduate not only with strong technical skills and proficiency in various data analytics tools, but also the ability to identify opportunities for data-driven solutions. You'll also understand the financial and operational implications of data-driven solutions you've discovered.

As businesses continue to improve their competitive advantage, Information systems such as databases, web services and business applications are supplying strategic and operational opportunities for business leadership and decision making. You'll learn to harness technology to help organizations gain the right insights, improve operations, make the right predictions and achieve a competitive advantage in today's rapidly changing environment.

Our design and innovation management degree focuses on the intersection of design and business, bringing together analytic and creative problem-solving skills. You'll focus on how design can be integrated into an organization from a management and strategic perspective and learn the value that design and innovation can bring to an organization.

Finance is harnessing the power of money to make things happen. Effective financing enables life-saving research, ground-breaking engineering, and building of infrastructure on which communities and nations depend. On a more personal scale, financial planning and markets enable homeownership, entrepreneurial successes, and comfortable retirements.

Our interior design program explores how spaces look, feel, and function. Using a human-centered approach, students learn how the design of the built environment impacts our productivity, health, and emotions. We prepare critical thinkers who can work both independently and as effective members of design teams.

Your degree will prepare you for management in both goods-producing and service enterprises for fluency in the management of systems, personnel and/or quality. The job sector is expanding faster than many other occupations, and it is a competitive job market. You’ll gain the strategic communication and leadership tools to run teams, divisions and entire companies.

The heart of marketing is creating value in a complex, advanced economy. Marketing consists of a sequence of activities: identifying customer needs, developing goods and services to satisfy those needs, communicating information about products to potential customers, and distributing the products to customers.

You’ll graduate with a solid business foundation in merchandising topics including global sourcing, consumer behavior, retail merchandise planning and others. And, you're learning with the best — our program is ranked No. 12 in the nation, and No. 1 on the west coast for fashion merchandising by

As companies seek increased efficiencies and competitive advantages across production and product life cycles, supply chain and logistics management is a growing career.

While studying supply chain and logistics management, you'll train to be operations and procurement managers for companies and government agencies within manufacturing and service sectors around the globe.

Change from the top-down and bottom-up

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

Our goal: to amplify the voices of women in business to influence business decisions and growth.

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Meet Regan Mott

As freshman year gets underway at Oregon State, Mott isn’t worried about how she’ll pay for college. Thats because she has been awarded the Anne E. and David A. Thompson Family Scholarship through the College of Business, which covers the cost of attendance for four years, including support for experiential learning, professional leadership and development.

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Here's why you should be a College of Business student

A success plan for life

Professional, personal and leadership skills form the backbone of successful careers. Blueprint, our award-winning series of classes, is focused on professional and leadership development and financial literacy. With Blueprint, you’re on track to graduate on time, with the skills and network to choose your career, and the savvy to make the big decisions at the right time.

We're not just business; we're family

Our first-year students live in one of our business-themed residence halls. This learning-focused, student-first, open-door culture makes the big Oregon State campus feel like the supportive place it is – and feel a lot smaller and easier to navigate than you might think.

We’re the only college at OSU that has a dedicated Career Success Center for our students. We help you find an internship, write a resume and find a job.

Ranked and accredited

Oregon State is ranked in the top five for online education with U.S. News & World Report. The College of Business overall, as well as our accounting program, is accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency for degree programs in business and accounting.

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