How do I get an OSU catalog?
In an effort to save resources and contribute to an environmentally sustainable campus community, the Office of Admissions is no longer printing catalogs for distribution. Our full catalog is available free of charge online.
How do I get an OSU pennant sent to my school?
We appreciate your enthusiasm for OSU and your willingness to support our institution in your office or classroom. Contact us and we'll do our best to accommodate your request. OSU pennants as well as a variety of Beaver gear are also available for purchase through the OSU bookstore.
How do I request the attendance of an OSU staff member at my event?
You can request that an OSU staff member attend an event by emailing email@example.com. Oregon State University's priority is to attend all National (NACAC), Regional (PNACAC), and Oregon Transfer fairs. All other requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis and selected at the discretion of budget allowances. The Office of Admissions will do its best to accommodate your request; however we cannot guarantee that someone will be available due to our many busy travel times throughout the year. Also, if you would like to find out who your OSU representative is, please refer to our recruit map. You will be able to click on any state, see who your Admissions representative is, read through events information, and find useful information about OSU students from your state.
Do you offer application-fee waivers?
OSU offers fee waivers to students who are eligible for a variety of financial-support options, TRIO-type programs, and to active duty and U.S. veteran applicants. A full list of what qualifies a student for a fee waiver can be found at the end of the undergraduate admissions application by clicking on the “Request Fee Waiver” button. We do not offer fee waivers on our non-degree and post-baccalaureate applications.
How does a student request fee waiver?
Students who qualify can request a fee waiver by completing the “OSU Fee Waiver Request” form located at the end of the undergraduate admission’s application.
How can I check on a student's admission status?
If you have any questions about a student that you're advising, please contact the Admissions Advisor for your location. You may find this information by referring to our recruit map.
What are your most popular majors?
Oregon State University offers over 200 unique academic programs for our undergraduate students. It would be difficult to narrow it down to a few. Currently, the most popular majors among undergraduates are Business Administration, General Science (specifically for health-related fields), Exercise and Sport Science, Human Development and Family Sciences, Biology, Liberal Studies, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology, Education and Computer Science. However, we do not require students to declare a major before applying to Oregon State. Many students start their first year at Oregon State University as part of our undeclared program, University Exploratory Studies Program (UESP). For more information about all of our academic programs, please visit our Majors, Programs, and Career pages.
Where can I get a paper admissions 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 long does it take to receive an admission decision?
The Office of Admissions notifies students of admission decisions based on posted decision dates affiliated with application deadlines. Students who meet OSU’s Early Notification Round deadline of November 1st will hear from the Office of Admissions no later than December 20th regarding their admission decision. Those who complete their application after November 1st, but meet OSU’s Priority Application deadline of February 1st, will hear back no later than March 15th. A student may check the status of their application online. The student will need to use the same Web ID and Pin Number used at the time of application to view their admission’s status. Students who have forgotten their Web ID and/or Pin Number can email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Do you consider letters of recommendation as part of the student's admission decision?
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, two letters of recommendation from academic sources are required. Click here to view the requirements to petition the UAC.
How can a student change their entry term once the application has been submitted?
A student may change terms once for a given application. The term change form can be found online. Please note that applicants are only allowed one change of term within the academic year that the student initially applied for. The academic year runs from summer to spring; an applicant for summer could change terms to fall, winter or spring of that academic year. If an applicant wishes to change terms for a second time or to a term outside of the academic year that was initially applied for, the student will need to submit a new application and $60 fee.
What is there 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 recreational 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 complete an average of 15 credits per term. College advisors are available to help students stay on track for graduation and in many majors it is crucial that students meet with their advisor once a term.
Many students take advantage of the internship and study abroad opportunities to further their education and employability after college. These opportunities along with double degree programs (education, International Degree, etc.) can add additional time to a student's completion of a degree. However, most find the experience to be well worth the time.
Does OSU have resources for students who are undecided?
OSU'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 while also fulfilling Baccalaureate Core requirements.
Who teaches OSU classes?
At OSU 94% of our classes are taught by professors. Select graduate students may teach a course or lab and lead a recitation or study group.
Where is the closest airport?
The largest airport closest to Corvallis is Portland International (PDX) and it is located in northeast Portland and is approximately 1.5 hours away. Eugene, about 45 minutes south of Corvallis, has a small regional airport that can serve as a convenient alternative to PDX. There are various ways to obtain transportation between the Portland International Airport and Corvallis. Options include the Amtrak Train, Greyhound Bus, and Hut Shuttle.
How can I visit OSU & when is the best time to see campus?
You are able to visit our campus at anytime during the year. We offer daily visits Monday through Friday that can be tailored to your individual needs and interests. For example, you can take a campus tour, visit with an Admissions Advisor, and tour our Residence Halls. We also offer opportunities for you to meet with an academic representative, eat in our dining centers, and tour our College of Business, College of Engineering and College of Science. We welcome you to join us in the fall for Preview OSU or Beaver Open House. During the spring, we host OSU Spring Visits, 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 at OSU.
If you would like to request a group visit to Oregon State University, please fill out our online request form and a member of our Campus Visitor Center staff will contact you. Group visits are also only scheduled M-F and are on a first come, first served basis. Curious to see campus now? The Campus Visitor Center would encourage you to take an OSU 360 online virtual tour.
How safe is campus?
Corvallis was recently voted the safest small city in America by Farmers Insurance, and OSU 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 OSU 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. OSU campus crime activity reports are available from OSU Security Services.
What is the average class size?
Class sizes fluctuate depending on a number of variables. The further a student moves into his/her major, the smaller the classes tend to be. A typical class will sit 30-70 students, while larger lecture halls have the ability to seat up to 400 students. Lecture classes typically allow for personalization through labs and small group sessions, called recitations, which tend to be about 20 students in size. Only 17% of our classes seat over 100 students.
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 our Career Development Center 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.
What kind of tutoring services are available at OSU?
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. Additionally, university professors and advisors are available to meet with students during their office hours and address class related needs or concerns.
For students who may have special needs, OSU's Disability Access Services can assist with a number of services for students with documented disabilities. For more visit the Disability Access Services FAQ.
Additional FAQ pages at OSU
Does OSU participate in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program?
Oregon State no longer participates in the WUE program. OSU also does not have reciprocity agreements with any of our border states (California, Idaho, Nevada or Washington). Since withdrawing from WUE, OSU has bolstered the number and amounts of scholarship and grant money to non-resident students.
Oregon State is a WICHE member which is for graduate/professional programs only. At OSU, those are Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy (PharmD).