OSU Ranks Among Top 1.4% of Universities Worldwide, Second Year Student Faith Townsend Chosen as Udall Scholar

Orange and Black Scores Another Win: Oregon State University has been ranked in the top 1.4% out of 20,531 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide this year by the Center for World University Rankings. 

Oregon State ranked 90th in the nation and 273rd in the world in the center’s 2023 rankings. The list is available here: https://cwur.org/ 

The rankings measure the quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty and research output, without relying on surveys and university data submissions. 

Oregon State received its highest mark in the quality of faculty category, coming in at 217th in the world. That category is measured by the number of faculty members who have won major academic distinctions. 

Oregon State ranked 243rd in the quality of education category, which is measured by the number of alumni who have won major academic distinctions relative to the university’s size. 

The Center for World University Rankings is a consulting organization providing policy advice, strategic insights and consulting services to governments and universities to improve educational and research outcomes. Its rankings are the largest academic ranking of global universities, in terms of how many universities are analyzed. 

Faith Townsend Selected by Udall: A second-year student at Oregon State University is among 55 students nationwide chosen as 2023 Udall Scholars. 

OSU’s honoree is Faith Townsend of Vacaville, California, and she was selected in the scholarship program’s environment category. Townsend, Oregon State’s 12th Udall Scholar overall and fourth in the last 10 years, is majoring in oceanography and environmental science in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. She is also pursuing a certificate in geographic information systems. 

This year’s Udall Scholars were chosen from a field of 384 applicants nominated by 172 institutions. The scholars were selected based on their academic achievement, record of public service, leadership potential and commitment to a career related to the environment, Tribal public policy or Native health care. 

The scholars represent 28 states, the District of Columbia and 14 Tribes. Each scholar will receive up to $7,000 for eligible academic expenses for the 2023-24 scholastic year. 

In addition to having a Udall Scholar, Oregon State also had two students earn honorable mentions, both in the environment category: Emma Baughman, a junior in the Honors College majoring in environmental sciences, and Faisal Osman, a junior studying public policy with minors in business and sustainability. Baughman and Osman were two of 55 applicants to receive honorable mention status. 

The Morris K. Udall Foundation was established by Congress in 1992 as an independent executive branch agency to honor the Arizona congressman’s impact on the United States’ environment, public lands and natural resources and his support of the rights and self-governance of Native Americans and Alaska Natives. Udall served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1961 to 1991. He died in 1998. 

In 2009, Congress enacted legislation to also honor Stewart L. Udall, Morris’ older brother, for his half-century of leadership in environmental and Native American policy. Stewart Udall, who died in 2010, represented Arizona in Congress for three terms as well as serving as Secretary of the Interior from 1961 to 1969. 

The agency is known today as the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation and is headquartered in Tucson. 

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