OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Basic Admission Requirements

Postbaccalaureate Admission

*If you are interested in pursuing Postbaccaluareate coursework please consult the major department before applying for admission.

Please note that academic performance is not the sole criterion for admission to the university. The university may evaluate a person's behavior and background to determine their ability to maintain the standards of academic and professional conduct expected at the university. An evaluation may take into consideration current behavior and performance as well as past experiences and actions. Simply qualifying for admission does not guarantee admission.

Degree Seeking Postbaccalaureate

Students who would like to earn a subsequent undergraduate degree from OSU or complete prerequisites for a graduate program at OSU may apply for degree seeking Postbaccalaureate admission through the Office of Admissions. Applicants for consideration must submit an admission application along with official transcripts of all college work by the application deadline. Applicant must meet the following admission requirements:

  • 2.25 accumulated GPA requirements. The GPA is computed on the first baccalaureate degree plus any subsequent credit earned.
  • Complete College Algebra and English Composition with a C- or better
  • Submit Statement of Objectives of 150 to 200 words with their application
  • Academic departments may impose additional requirements
  • Nonrefundable $60.00 application fee

Additional Credentials

Students who want to earn a subsequent major, minor, option, or certificate from OSU may apply for credential enrollment status using the Postbaccalaureate Admission Application. Students must complete the current requirements for a minor or certificate and receive the dean's approval. Students must also achieve a minimum GPA of 2.00 and complete a minimum of 15 credits in residence at OSU. A nonrefundable $60.00 admission application fee is charged. Students pursuing an additional credential will be categorized as Non-degree Credentials at OSU and not eligible to receive federal financial aid.

Credential Classifications

  • Minor Credential: Additional minor earned after undergraduate work is completed. Baccalaureate work can be completed at OSU or another institution. Postbaccalaureate students cannot enter the same degree program as the degree program they graduated as an undergraduate.
  • Major Credential:  Additional major earned after undergraduate work is completed at OSU.  Major credential must be completed within the same degree program.
  • Option Credential:  Additional option earned after undergraduate work is completed at OSU.  Option credential must be completed within the same degree and major program.
  • Certificate:  A structured progression of courses that constitute a coherent body of study with a defined focus within a single discipline or a logical combination of disciplines. Undergraduate Certificates can be earned by students without any prior degree (professionals in a field), or as a credential seeking, graduate student or as an undergraduate student in conjunction with an undergraduate degree. The Certificate requirements and pre-requisites are defined at the college level.

International Applicants

International applicants should also refer to the admissions procedures for undergraduate/graduate international students for deadlines, test score requirements, and additional information.