New Admission Policy and Selection Process

September 6th, 2013

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 Please see our deadlines below.

Deadline Type & Term Submit a complete 
application by…
of status by…
Early Notification: Fall  November 1 December 20
Priority Application: Fall  February 1 March 15

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.



Noah Buckley
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!

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