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General Admissions Questions

What is the application deadline?
Oregon State employs a Rolling Admissions policy and only accepts online applications for all domestic undergraduate applicants. Applications for fall term admission to Oregon State University are processed beginning on September 1 for the next year (e.g. September 2012 begins process for fall 2013). Applications must be submitted on or before February 1 for regular admission consideration and consideration for university scholarships.
Oregon State accepts applications for all terms (fall, winter, spring, summer). Applicants are usually mailed Admission decisions within 4 weeks of our receipt of their completed application file(transcripts, application fee, Insight Resume, test scores, etc.).

What is Rolling Admissions?
Rolling Admissions is an admissions decision program that allows for a student’s application to be considered when all of the required credentials have been submitted. Applicants are notified of admissions continuously throughout the enrollment period.

How does my student get a paper application?
The office of Admissions at Oregon State University moved to a paperless office beginning fall 2008 to streamline procedures, improve accuracy and reduce turn-around response time on first-year and transfer applications. In addition to these improvements, our online application complies with sustainable policies that positively affect our environment. The move to paperless operations was in response to the already overwhelming majority of applicants in the 3 years leading up to the change (over 90% applied online). For students wishing to work on their Insight Resume responses or Scholarship questions prior to starting an admissions application online, worksheets are available.

How does my student get an application fee waiver?
There is no authorization for waiving the application fee for anyone at any of the public four-year colleges and universities in Oregon, including Oregon State University. We can only defer the application fee for individuals with qualifying circumstances. Detailed information on the fee deferral process can be found in this post on the Oregon State Admissions Blog.

Are letters of recommendation required for applicants?
No. We typically do not use letters of recommendation in a student’s admission decision. However, if the student was denied admission and is intending to petition the University Admission Committee (UAC) for admission by exception, the student will be asked directly to provide two letters of recommendation from academic sources. Click here to view the requirements to petition the UAC.

What is the Insight Resume and why is it important?
Required as a part of the application for admissions, the Insight Resume helps the Office of Admissions better understand the contributions, qualifications, and talents of our students beyond test scores and high school grades. Students are asked to share their experience(s) in the areas of leadership and group contributions, knowledge in a field/creativity, dealing with adversity, community service, handling systemic challenges, and goals/task commitment.

How can my student check their admission status?
Your student may check the status of their application by clicking here: The student will need to use their student ID as their Login ID and their date of birth MMDDYY as their PIN. Their application will be listed under Processed Applications. Double click on the completed application.

How long does it take to receive an admission decision?
The Office of Admissions will inform the student of any missing materials or necessary documentation. Once all documents and materials have been received, you should allow 4 weeks for a decision. A student may check the status of their application by clicking here: The student will need to use their student ID as their Login ID and their date of birth MMDDYY as their PIN. Their application will be listed under Processed Applications. Double click on your completed application.

Do you participate in Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)?
Oregon State University no longer participates in the WUE program. Most WUE programs have limited slots with a very select list of majors that are eligible for the program. Oregon State offers two large out of state scholarship programs in the Provost and Tuition Grant which compare very favorably to WUE in terms of the monetary value. All eligible out of state students will be considered for the Provost and Tuition Grant programs.

Do you have tuition reciprocity with Washington (CA, ID)?
Unfortunately, Oregon State University is not part of any tuition reciprocity agreement or WUE program at this time. Students who come from Washington (CA, ID) are classified as non-residents and will be required to pay the out-of-state tuition costs. However, Oregon State has increased funding in terms of financial aid assistance to non-resident students. There are also several scholarship opportunities for out-of-state students. Click here to learn more about those opportunities.

How does my student become an Oregon Resident for tuition purposes?
In Oregon, as in all other states, tuition at publicly supported four-year universities is higher for non-resident students than for resident students. The rules used in determining residency seek to ensure that only bona fide Oregon residents are assessed the resident fee. Residence classification for tuition purposes is outlined by the Oregon University System. To learn more about that policy, please click here. To obtain a residency affidavit, please click here.

My student received a financial aid package from Oregon State. Does that mean they have been admitted?
No. If you’ve completed a FAFSA and applied to Oregon State before February 1, your financial aid package may be processed before an admission decision has been made. You are not admitted until you have received a Letter of Admission and/or you’ve been notified through your online account. If you have questions about your application status, feel free to contact the Office of Admission.

My student accidentally put down the wrong social security number – how do we fix it?
In order to have that changed, bring the student’s social security card in to the Office of Admissions or mail a copy to the following address:
Oregon State University
Office of Admissions
108 Kerr Administration Bldg
Corvallis, OR 97331

My student has an IEP (or documented disability). Is there a different application?
All students applying to Oregon State must meet the same criteria and must apply using the same application. Extra information (e.g. doctor’s notes, IEP, letters, etc.) should not be submitted in the initial application as it will not be considered as a part of the evaluation process. If a student is not admitted, they have the right to go through extended admissions in order to appeal a decision. At that point, additional information can be submitted and will be considered.
Once admitted, Oregon State University is committed to providing equal opportunity to higher education for academically qualified students without regard to physical or mental disability. The Disability Access Services (DAS) department has been charged with the responsibility of maintaining and improving the overall quality of student life by providing a broad range of services, which help students to successfully achieve their academic goals. Assistance is available for students who have a hearing impairment, mobility impairment, learning disability, visual impairment, or other disability. If you are a student with a disability and you are considering enrolling at Oregon State , you should contact the DAS office as early as possible to receive full benefit of services available. Services are provided on a case-by-case basis. The types of services provided are dependent on the nature of the student’s disability. For more information, please contact Disability Access Services.

Can my student use a nickname on the application?
No. All students should use their full legal name when applying for admission to Oregon State.


First Year Student Questions

Is the new version of the SAT with the writing section or the optional ACT writing test required for freshman?
We require that all first year applicants take the SAT or ACT. Whichever exam you choose to take, the writing portion is required for admission to Oregon State.

Is it better for freshman to only send Oregon State the highest ACT or SAT score if a test is taken more than once?
You are welcome to have your test information sent as they are scored. We will take your highest score in one sitting into consideration.

What is the minimum SAT/ACT score required for admission?
Oregon State does not have a minimum test score requirement. Please click here to view a complete list of admissions requirements and criteria.

What are the admissions requirements for out-of-state students?
The admission requirements are the same for all students, regardless of which state they reside in. A complete list of admissions requirements and criteria can be found here.

Does Oregon State accept dual enrollment credit from high school students?
If you have received college credit from any community college or university, please have an official copy of the college transcript sent to our office for review. Depending on the class and credit received, we will be able to decide if you will receive Oregon State University credit. Generally speaking, most courses of 100 level or above and non-vocational in nature will be accepted for credit.

Does Oregon State accept pre-college credits from Advanced Placement (AP) and/or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program?
Yes. Credit is granted based on your individual scores. Please click here for a complete list of credits granted and other important information regarding AP and IB.

What is a partial high school transcript?
A partial high school transcript is one that is submitted for evaluation before a student has completed high school. Typically, this will include progress up through a student’s seventh semester in high school. We ask that all admitted students that plan to attend Oregon State submit a final transcript after they have graduated.


Transfer Student Questions

How do I know if I’m a transfer student?
If you have completed high school and have attended another college or university, then you are considered a transfer student. To learn more about the admissions requirements for transfer students, please click here.

As a transfer student, does my GPA from my previous college transfer to Oregon State?
No. Any transferable credits will be applicable towards successful completion of your degree, but your Oregon State GPA remains separate from your GPA earned at any other academic institution.

I’m transferring to Oregon State. When will I find out if credits transfer?
A complete, official evaluation of all course work reported to Oregon State will be sent to you once you have been admitted, paid your $200 advance tuition deposit (ATD), AND registered for a START session. The ATD is required for all terms. This evaluation is referred to as an Advanced Standing Report. Your Advanced Standing Report will reflect all college and university courses taken, as documented from your academic transcripts. The report will show whether or not Oregon State accepted the course in transfer, and if accepted, how it will be counted at Oregon State.

Is there a limit to the number of credits I can transfer into Oregon State?
Persons transferring to Oregon State from a community college may have up to 124 term credits (83 semester units) accepted toward their bachelor’s degree. Students transferring from another four year institution have no limits on the number of transferrable credits; however you must earn at least 45 upper division credits while in residence at Oregon State.


Campus Life Questions

Where is Oregon State located?
Oregon State is located in Corvallis, Oregon, and is about a 90 minute drive from Portland, an hour from the Pacific Ocean, and an hour from the Cascade Mountain Range. Corvallis is a small community of approximately 50,000 residents and is certainly considered a “college town.” Corvallis provides employment opportunities for students and supports many of the activities oriented through the University including guest speakers, athletic events, and theater and music performances, to name a few.

What is Oregon State’s campus like?
A traditional residential campus, many feel that Oregon State’s campus is “what a college campus should look like.” The Oregon State main campus is the heart of Corvallis, boasting more than 400 acres of elegant buildings, stately trees, colorful flowers, and wide expanses of lawn. It’s perfect for running, walking, bicycling, or just relaxing. As a land, sea, sun, and space grant institution, we have a very active and involved faculty. Students are supported through their college journey by a faculty and staff who truly believe in the experience Oregon State offers.

Are first year students required to live on campus?
First-year students live on campus their first year as part of a dedicated first-year experience for students. Studies show that students who live on campus their first year, are more likely to persist to their second year.

What are the housing options on campus available to my student?
We have 21 living options on campus through University Housing and Dining Services. These options include different communities built on our students’ interests as well as cooperative houses that offer a different, less traditional experience. Students who apply for housing early are able to select their rooms like one would an airplane seat and participate in the roommate matching network. Both programs do a wonderful job allowing the student to have more control over their housing experience.

What are the dining options on campus?
Oregon State has many great dining options. There are over 20 different places for students to eat on campus. You’ll find that it is not the traditional dining hall – but has been designed to model a food court where students can choose from a wide variety of dining options. Check out the University Housing and Dining Services menus to see some of what is available. You can also check additional dining choices offered through the Memorial Union Shops.

Can my student bring a car to campus?
Yes. It is important to understand that parking is not guaranteed near your place of residence. Also, all cars are required to post an official Oregon State student parking pass. For more information about where students can park and the assigned costs, please click here.

What is there for students to do on campus for fun?**
Oregon State University is home to over 300 student organizations, the most of any college in Oregon. Students are sure to find people who share their interests as well as additional support networks through these organizations. Programs on campus are designed to encourage students to make friends, develop leadership skills, participate in sports and recreation activities, learn to work in groups, pursue professional interests, and enjoy music, art, drama, film and intercollegiate athletics.

Can students graduate in four years?**
It is possible for students to graduate in four years. However, much of this responsibility is put on the student and the time it takes to graduate will depend on course load, whether or not a student changes his/her major, and the degree program they are pursuing. Most students can graduate in four years if they take an average of 15 credits per term. College advisors are present to help students stay on track for graduation and in many majors it is crucial that students meet with their advisor once a term.

Does Oregon State have resources for students who are undecided?
Oregon State's University Exploratory Studies Program (UESP) is the academic home for students who consider themselves undecided or have chosen to explore their options before declaring a major. Here, students will work with highly qualified advisors who will help them discover the best academic journey for their future.

Where is the closest airport?
There are two options: Eugene is about 45 minutes away and has a small regional airport (EUG); the largest airport closest to Corvallis is Portland International (PDX) and it is located in northeast Portland and is approximately 1 ½ hours away.

How can we visit Oregon State & when is the best time to see campus?
You are able to visit our campus at anytime during the year. We offer daily visits M-F that can be tailored to your individual needs and interests. For example, you can take a campus tour, visit with an Admissions Adviser, and tour our Residence Halls. We also offer opportunities for you to meet with an academic representative, eat in our dining centers, as well as tour our prestigious College of Engineering. We welcome you to join us for Fall Preview or Beaver Open House during the fall. During the spring, we host Oregon State Spring Preview, which are half day and day long programs that are designed to allow students an in-depth look at all of the opportunities and resources that await your arrival to Oregon State.

How safe is campus?**
Corvallis was recently voted the safest small city in America by Farmers’ Insurance and Oregon State boasts the lowest reported crime rate among PAC-12 campuses. One of the top priorities at Oregon State University is the safety of students, faculty, staff, and guests. The primary mission of Oregon State Public Safety is the protection and safety of persons, property, and buildings on campus and they are available 24 hours a day in conjunction with a number of other services offered to help you feel safe on campus. Oregon State campus crime activity reports are available from Oregon State Security Services.

Do you recommend students work while going to school? If so, are there jobs available?**
On and off-campus employment opportunities are a great way to earn money, build leadership skills, and get involved on campus. Many departments and programs have positions available on an hourly basis. Students will want to check with Career Services for job listings either in the office or online once they have enrolled in classes. If a student is on work-study, they will need check with the Financial Aid office to find out what type of positions may be available to them. Other off-campus jobs can be found through the Corvallis Gazette-Times classified ads.

How do I pay my student’s tuition?
The Business Affairs office at Oregon State is responsible for providing accurate and efficient student financial transaction for the campus community. To view information specifically for parents of new students to Oregon State provided by the Business Affairs office, please click here.

Are there times during the year for me to visit my student?
Parents are welcome on campus year round, however Oregon State also provides planned opportunities to visit your student during the academic year. The two most popular are Dad’s weekend (Fall term) and Mom’s weekend (Spring term). These events are hosted by our Memorial Union Program Council (MUPC) and more information can be found by clicking here.

What kind of tutoring services are available at Oregon State?**
There are many tutoring options available on campus. Some are free and others charge reasonable fees per session. Several colleges offer tutoring services for students within the college and there are also services available from many other offices on campus. The most utilized tutoring services on campus are offered through the Writing Learning Center and the Math Learning Center.

University Housing & Dining Services FAQ
Financial Aid FAQ
Disability Access Services FAQ

**These questions were found at http://oregonstate.edu/parents/frequentlyasked, hosted by the New Students Programs & Family Outreach office. Some have been altered. Additional questions pertaining to support on campus for your student may be found there as well.