Because we understand the critical role that you play in the decisions of prospective college students, we created this site to provide information and answer many important questions about your student's interest in attending Oregon State. The blog is a place for you to browse but if you ever want to speak to someone about Oregon State, please call or email us using the contact information below.
Let me take this opportunity to thank you for being a great partner in helping students find their appropriate college destination. We greatly value your work and, as well, your continued support of Oregon State University.
Oregon State students enjoy a quality university experience, one that emphasizes research and internships within a vibrant traditional collegiate campus environment. This quality of student experience has led to a retention rate of 84 percent among OSU freshmen returning for their second year – a retention rate that outpaces most other research institutions of our size. The quality of the OSU student experience has also resulted in increasingly more students seeking to enroll at Oregon State. While our enrollment for Fall 2013 is not final, we expect a significant increase in the number of new freshmen enrolling. While we welcome such strong interest in Oregon State, our goal is to maintain the quality of the student experience offered at Oregon State as we plan for future growth.
To do so, Oregon State is announcing alterations to its process for making admission decisions. Beginning this application cycle, for new freshmen applying for Fall 2014, Oregon State University is implementing a modified process for making admission decisions, including the addition of a wait-list policy.
Used by many other universities, a wait-listing procedure will allow Oregon State to continue admitting students in accordance with the university’s goals and mission, but to also have an opportunity to offer admission, as space is available, to some less-qualified applicants that we feel will be successful at Oregon State.. As a result of the changes to our process, most new freshmen will be considered for admission to Oregon State either at the conclusion of our November 1 “Early Notification” round, or following our February 1 “Priority Application” deadline. More details about the process and deadlines can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/admissions/main/admission-requirements-1. Please see our deadlines below.
Deadline Type & Term
Submit a complete application by…
Notification of status by…
Early Notification: Fall
Priority Application: Fall
Oregon State’s commitment to provide an accessible higher education remains unchanged. Ideally, Oregon State will be able to admit all students who meet our qualifications for admission and no student, who qualified for admission, would need to be placed on the wait-list. Our changes simply provide the control mechanism to ensure that we are responsible in our commitment to the student experience should the demand by students be greater than the university’s freshmen capacity.
As your partner, each of us in Oregon State University Office of Admissions will do our best to communicate with you and your students how the process will unfold, and provide information and assistance as to what students can do to give themselves the best opportunity to join Beaver Nation.
Director of Admission
Oregon State University
P.S.: Please be sure to mark your calendars for May 28-30, 2014 for the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admissions Counseling (PNACAC) Conference to be held at Oregon State University!
Oregon State University is again hosting the annual High School Journalism Institute at the Corvallis campus.
Institute participants this year include ethnic minorities, low-income students, students who will be the first in their family to attend university and students achieving through disabilities. Many face multiple disadvantage factors.
All of the students have voices and backgrounds that are underrepresented in America’s newsrooms. These are students who have overcome some of life’s toughest challenges and hail from families struggling with poverty, health problems, refugee experiences, the criminal justice system and other issues. The stories they have to tell are the exact stories that journalism often fails to adequately cover.
Below is a list of the participating students:
Fernando Aguilar, Glencoe High School, senior
Jzalana Bethune-Summers, Madison High School, senior
With the passage of HB 2787, the Office of Admissions is prepared to assist and process students that believe they qualify for in-state tuition under this bill. We encourage interested students, parents and high school counselors to visit http://oregonstate.edu/admissions/tuition-equity to learn more about what steps they can take for consideration for fall term 2013 at Oregon State.
Governor John Kitzhaber: “The passage of tuition equity is great news for Oregon. Young people who work hard in our schools deserve equal access to post-secondary education, and House Bill 2787 opens up that opportunity to them. This will help our state capitalize on the investment we’ve made in these students through the K-12 system while giving them their shot at the American dream. I appreciate the hard work of so many Oregonians to make this possible.”
Yesterday the Oregon Senate voted to pass HB 2787 (known as the Tuition Equity bill). In anticipation of the eventual passage of Oregon House Bill 2787, I want you to know that we have been meeting to iron out the processing implications of this new and exciting legislation. As soon as Governor Kitzhaber signs the bill into law (which is expected), we will send to you specific instructions on how impacted students can proceed.
If you identify students/families who may need to communicate in Spanish, please have them contact my bilingual staff listed below.
With counselor to student ratios going through the roof in many states, Oregon State announced the addition of a new masters degree in counseling
Oregon State University is addressing the state’s need for additional K-12 counselors with a new off-campus master’s program in school counseling.
The new master of science in counseling program – offered by the College of Education and delivered in a flexible online and face-to-face format by Oregon State Ecampus – should help bring comprehensive counseling services to all students, increase college attendance rates among underrepresented populations, and increase student success, said OSU President Ed Ray.
“As the state’s land-grant university, Oregon State is charged with providing educational opportunities to citizens throughout the state, working with partners across the education continuum,” Ray said. “We produce high-achieving graduates who contribute to a healthy economy, and skilled school counselors are critical partners in efforts to provide enriching services to all Oregon students.”
Oregon’s K-12 school system posted a student-to-counselor ratio of 553 to 1 during the 2010-11 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Education. That’s the eighth worst ratio in the nation and more than double the rate recommended by the American School Counselor Association….
To provide schedule flexibility for students, half the instruction will be delivered online and half will be conducted in face-to-face classroom meetings, held on weekends twice a term at Chemeketa Community College in Salem. The program will also encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics career awareness and concerns.
“Math is the gatekeeper for students meeting college entrance requirements,” said Eakin, “and if we don’t address the STEM anxiety issues, where will our scientists, mathematicians and engineers come from if we don’t have as many students entering and graduating from college?”
The program is now accepting students for its 2013 cohort.
For those students affected by Hurricane Sandy, the University Honors College (UHC) is extending their early application deadline. Please contact the UHC to discuss your situation and necessary accommodations.
If you were impacted by hurricane Sandy and were unable to apply to the UHC by the Nov. 1st early round deadline, please contact our office (541-737-6400 / firstname.lastname@example.org) to request an extension to the deadline.
Much has been made about the increasing cost of higher education recently, and some have even questioned the value of getting a college degree. At Oregon State, we point to some very tangible things that show not only the value of a college degree, but specifically earning it at Oregon State:
VALUE: The Fiske Guide to Collegesrecently named Oregon State a ‘Best Buy’ school. Fiske has designated 41 such institutions—20 public and 21 private—as Best Buys. All of the Best Buy schools fall into the inexpensive or moderate price category, and most have four- or five-star academics ratings.
Oregon State is the only Oregon school to make the list
As the only ‘Best Buy’ school in the State of Oregon, we are showing not only affordability but quality. Along with that, the $140 million in new scholarship funding is helping our students achieve their academic goals. Add to that some 3,000 Oregon residents that benefit from Oregon State University’s ‘Bridge to Success‘ program (which pays full tuition and fees from state, federal and institutional sources), and getting that college degree is within reach.
Another thing: Internships=jobs. At Oregon State, the chance for students to find opportunities and be career-ready once they graduate is everywhere but none more visible than the MECOP/CECOP internship program in the College of Engineering where students have two paid internship opportunities before graduating. All of these experiences at Oregon State lead to….
RESULTS: A recent study by Payscale.com showed that Oregon State graduates enjoy higher mid-career earnings on average than any other college or university in Oregon. And our graduates exceed national averages on professional certification exams and admission to graduate and professional programs (medical, veterinary, etc.). From the Provost’s Report:
Performance of OSU students continued to be excellent in professional certification exams:
Engineering—93 percent on Fundamentals of Engineering exam (national average 79 percent)
Exercise Science—67 percent on national athletic training association exam (national average 52 percent)
Nutrition—92 percent on American Dietetic Association exam (national average 82 percent)
Pharmacy—first time pass rate above 97 percent over the past five years, ranking us among the top 20 percent of all professional programs
Veterinary Medicine—100 percent on North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (national average 95 percent)
Accounting—63 percent on Unified Certified Public Accounting exam (national average 41 percent)
Acceptance rate for pre-medical students from OSU was over 77 percent, with students accepted to Oregon Health and Sciences, University of Southern California, University of Michigan, University of Washington, Dartmouth, University of Wisconsin and others.
Which brings us to the question of if a college degree is really worth it…Georgetown University recently published a study that showed the rates of unemployment during the most recent economic downturns. The results?
Jobs that require bachelor’s degrees have been the big winner, increasing by 2.2 million jobs since the recession began. Those jobs that required some college or an associate’s degree declined by 1.8 million in the recession but have regained 1.6 million of those job losses since the recovery began in 2010. At the same time 5.8 million jobs for those with high school or less have been lost since the recession began.
We encourage you to use these messages about the value of college to your students. While we hope that students find Oregon State a good fit, we want them to know that higher education is worth the investment.
We are happy to announce that Oregon State has been chosen as one of the Fiske Guide ‘Best Buy’ institutions! For 2013, Fiske Guide to Colleges has designated 41 such institutions—20 public and 21 private—as Best Buys. All of the Best Buy schools fall into the inexpensive or moderate price category, and most have four- or five-star academics ratings.
Oregon State is the only Fiske ‘Best Buy’ in Oregon!
Oregon State not only has excelled at providing students with an exceptional academic experience through undergraduate research and internship opportunities, but we’ve done our best to offset the costs of college for our students by providing scholarships that meet students’ needs. Scholarships are considered for students that apply prior to February 1.