With an increasingly competitive job market, the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University is dedicated to providing opportunities for students to set themselves apart from their peers.

Partners in the agriculture industry have indicated CAS students leave OSU with remarkable technical skills but in many cases need some additional development in the soft skills also critical for career success. The College of Agricultural Sciences responded by creating the Leadership Academy. 

The Leadership Academy is a one-year program open to all undergraduates in the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry. Selected students evaluate their leadership strengths and areas for growth and set goals for long- and short-term leadership development. Working closely with a faculty mentor, students identify on- and off-campus activities, professional development workshops and organizations that will help them take steps toward reaching their leadership development goals. Students also seek out academic coursework that will enhance their growth and complement the requirements of their chosen degrees.