In news that will shock all but the proprietors of Corvallis’ head shops and medicinal dispensaries, OSU ranks ninth best out of 200 schools in the world researched as centers of agriculture and forestry. The results were recently published in the QS World University Rankings.
Rounding out the top 10 was strong representation from the Big 10, with Purdue, University of Wisconsin, and Iowa State coming in at fifth, sixth, and eighth respectively. The California university system was well represented with UC Berkeley at number four and UC Davis at number one overall. Cornell came in at number two with schools in Holland, Australia, and Sweden taking the other top spots.
Dan Arp, the dean of OSU’s School of Agriculture Sciences, weighed in on the favorable rankings in a press release.
“Our world ranking is a testament to the continued great work of our faculty and researchers,” said Arp.
“We’re excited about another top global ranking that recognizes the breadth and depth of our research and teaching, and our great partnership with the College of Agricultural Sciences,” added Thomas Maness, dean of OSU’s College of Forestry. “It’s very satisfying to see the excellence of our faculty and students recognized internationally.”
The OSU AgSci department is enormous, encompassing 13 departments including the prestigious fisheries and wildlife, crop and soil science, food science and technology departments. Last year alone, 471 students received their undergraduate degrees and 100 more received graduate degrees from the school. Forestry is less robust, but no less important, with three departments that awarded undergraduate degrees to 170 students, and graduate degrees to 50 more last year.
All of this is to say the Corvallis beard and dreadlock scene will continue to thrive for years to come.
By Sidney Reilly