OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Admission Requirements

The admission criteria and review procedures are the same for all freshman applicants, regardless of the deadline type; we are not more or less likely to admit an applicant based on their deadline selection.

Deadline Type & Term Submit a complete 
application by...
We notify you
of status by...
Early Notification: Fall
 
November 1 December 20
Priority Application: Fall
 
February 1 – Application deadline
February 13 – Transcripts and test score deadline

Applicants who do not meet these deadlines will be considered for admission on a space-available basis.
March 15
Winter term December 8, 2014
3-4 weeks later
Spring term March 2, 2015
3-4 weeks later

Oregon State's Summer Session offers 4-week, 8-week, 12-week and special section options and, given its unique format and modified services, is not recommended for traditional first-time freshman entry.  Freshmen who wish to apply for summer will be considered for admission in the same manner and with the same deadlines as freshmen applying for fall term.

  • complete application consists of the application, fee, and all required support documents (i.e. transcripts, test scores, citizenship documents, etc.).
  • New freshmen wishing to be considered for admission as part of the Priority Application round must apply by February 1. Documents required to make a student’s file complete must be received by the Office of Admissions by February 13th.
  • Applicants who do not meet these deadlines will be considered for admission on a space-available basis.
  • Online applications must be submitted before 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time to meet the deadline.
  • You are responsible for submitting all materials well in advance of the deadline in order to avoid complications/delays in delivery and because additional information may be required before your application can be fully processed and reviewed.

Early Notification

Oregon State's Early Notification option provides some applicants with an earlier admission decision and scholarship notification (if eligible) and allows applicants more time to make campus visits and to consider their options.

Early Notification is non-binding; it does not obligate applicants to select Oregon State if admitted.

Early Notification and Priority Application (normal round) applicants are reviewed according to the same admission criteria and procedures in the holistic review process.

Prime candidates for Early Notification are seniors who have a strong high school record and who have taken the ACT or SAT before November of their senior year.

To apply to Oregon State University through the Early Notification pool, submit a complete application and all required documents no later than November 1.

Early Notification applications not completed by November 1 are rolled into the Priority Application (normal round) pool.


Notification of Application Status


  • You should check your application status online for the most current information; instructions to do so typically are emailed within 72 hours after an application has been submitted online. 
  • Because each application is given full holistic review, some applications take longer to review than others. Early Notification and Priority Application applicants are reviewed according to the same holistic review process, and there is no advantage given to applicants in either pool by nature of the deadline selected.
  • Applications may be held for consideration within the context of the competitiveness of the applicant pool and/or additional information may be requested before a decision can be rendered, particularly when applicants do not meet priority consideration standards. For example, some Early Notification applications may be rolled into the Priority Application pool to allow time for students to strengthen their applications with additional academic work (7th semester transcripts).
  • The application for admission also includes an application for admission-based scholarships. Notification of scholarship awards begins in mid-November and continues through March. 

E-mail is a primary communication tool for Admissions

    It is important that applicants take the following steps:
  • keep a valid e-mail address on file with the Office of Admissions at all times
  • check their e-mail at least once a week during the admission process, and
  • ensure they can receive e-mail from admissions@oregonstate.edu by adding that address to their address book and/or safe senders list.

Selection of First Year Students

Oregon State's admission requirements promote student success by assessing student preparedness and academic potential in the unique context of each student's personal experience. Admission assessment will consider all achievements, both academic and non-academic, to enroll students with a broad range of characteristics and perspectives. Considerations include, but are not limited to: academic achievement, creativity, initiative, motivation, leadership, persistence, service to others, intellectual curiosity, exceptional personal or academic recognition, unusual talent or ability, substantial experience with other cultures, and ability to overcome significant challenges.

The admissions process consists of a fair and comprehensive review of all applicants to determine potential success at Oregon State. It is crucial for applicants to carefully complete the application process by providing thorough information. Estimating the likelihood of admission is very difficult without considering the complete application file.

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.

Freshmen/First-year Admission Requirements

Test Scores

The newest version of the SAT and ACT exams include a written essay portion. OSU requires students graduating in the year 2006 and beyond to submit scores for the new SAT Reasoning Test including the written essay test, or ACT test scores including the ACT writing exam.

Note: Only scores sent electronically from College Board (SAT) and/or ACT will be considered official and used for admission purposes.

It is not an advantage to pay extra for "rush" scores and in some cases may add to the time it will take to process the scores within our office.

The SAT college code for Oregon State University is 4586.
The ACT college code for Oregon State University is 3482.

Testing Contact Information

Initial admission selections are competitive and based on a holistic assessment of the criteria listed below:

Strength of Curriculum:
  • Quality, quantity, and level of coursework throughout the entire high school program, especially coursework completed beyond the minimum courses required (see high school course requirements chart).
  • AP, IB or college coursework completed or in progress.
  • Strength of the program taken within the context of the high school attended.
  • Completion of a progressively challenging math sequence, demonstrated by performance.
Academic Performance:
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and completion of 15 required subject area courses.
  • Class rank taken in context with academic rigor and class size of high school attended.
  • Performance on standardized tests: SAT I, or ACT. SAT II subject tests will be considered when available.
Insight Resume:
  • Understanding of you as a unique, contributing individual.
  • Your accomplishments, perspectives, experiences, and talents.
  • Your achievements within the context of your social and personal circumstances.
  • Participation in activities that develop academic, intellectual, and leadership abilities.

High School Course Requirements

High school students must graduate from standard (private) or accredited (public) high schools. (See Home School Requirements for additional information.)

Required Subject Area Courses
College Preparatory Subjects Minimum units Grades received must be C- or above in each class.
English 4 years  
Mathematics 3 years Culminating at the Algebra II level or higher
Social Studies 3 years  
Science 3 years At least one year each of two different sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc.)
Foreign Language
(not required if high school graduation or GED date prior to 1997)
2 years May be met in any one of these ways:
  • Completing two years of the same high school-level foreign language
  • Earning grade of C- or higher in the third year of high school-level foreign language
  • Completing two consecutive quarters of the same college-level foreign language
  • Earning a satisfactory score on an approved assessment of foreign language knowledge
  • Demonstrating proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Completion of grades 1-7 at a school in which all courses are taught in a language other than English. (Documentation is required.)

Additional Factors:

Oregon State is also looking for students who will lend educational and cultural diversity to our campus.  We are looking for students who go above and beyond the minimum whether in talent, academic ability or potential.  Combined with academic strengths, evidence of these characteristics may be considered in our review of applicants for admission.