OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Transfer Student Requirements

Transfer Student Requirements

(U.S. citizens, permanent residents and students eligible under HB 2787)


Are you a transfer student?

Domestic students who have already graduated from high school, and have 36 transferable-quarter hours (24 semester) from one or more regionally accredited colleges or universities, are considered to be transfer students and do not need to provide OSU with test scores and/or high school transcripts*.

*If you have completed one or more years of a foreign language in high school, you will need to send us an official copy of your final high school transcript (containing a graduation date) if you would like to use it towards OSU’s foreign language admissions/graduation requirement. 

If you have fewer than 36 credits, please see First-Year Student Admissions Requirements.

If you are an international student, see International Student Requirements.


What we need from you: Application Checklist

  • *Official transcripts from ALL regionally accredited institutions previously attended (including colleges attended while in high school).
  • Submission of an online application
  • $60 nonrefundable application fee
  • Completion of the Insight Resume (included in application)

*Transcripts are considered official if…

- They arrive to OSU in an official-unopened-sealed envelope of the issuing institution.

- They are sent electronically through an approved third-party company, directly from the college or university.

Note: OSU does not accept transcripts or links to transcripts sent through email.


Admissions Requirements:

  • Submit completed Insight Resume (included in application)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 on transferable credits
  • In good standing with the most recent institution attended
  • Grade of C- or better earned in the following courses:
    • College-level writing equivalent to WR 121 (English Composition), and
    • Mathematics equivalent to Math 111 (College Algebra)  - OR -  Math 105 (Contemporary Math)
  • Students who graduated from high school in 1997 or later must meet a foreign language requirement with either two years of high school level study in the same language or two quarters/semesters of college level study with a minimum grade of a C- or better. For additional information on how to meet foreign language deficiencies, click here.

Please note that meeting the minimum admissions requirements and/or an individual’s academic performance does not guarantee them admission to the university.  Applicants’ experiences, actions, and non-cognitive skills are assessed by way of the Insight Resume.  Furthermore, 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 OSU.


How will your GPA be computed?

The official policies of OSU regarding academic-record evaluation for purposes of admission include:

  • Only the highest grade for a repeated course will be calculated in the GPA
  • Only transferable college-level credits are accepted and counted in the GPA computation (a course’s grade has no bearing on whether or not it is transferable).
  • Academic bankruptcy or forgiveness of low grades is not a policy recognized by OSU.  Classes must be repeated to have a grade replaced

How to Apply:

  • Complete and submit an online-application
  • Pay the nonrefundable $60 application fee
  • Submit official college/university transcripts from all schools attended to OSU

An applicant will not be reviewed for admission until the application is submitted and all required documents have been received by the OSU Office of Admissions.

Transcripts can be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
Oregon State University
104 Kerr Admin Bldg.
Corvallis, OR 97331  


Transfer Credit Articulation:

OSU does not do an official articulation of a student’s transcripts until:

- after they have paid the Advanced Tuition Deposit and registered for START (Fall term applicants only)

- after they have been admitted to the university (Winter, Spring, and Summer term applicants)

Note: It may take up to four weeks after you pay your ATD (fall term only) or are admitted (all other terms) in order for OSU to articulate your transcripts.

Learn more about doing a self-guided, unofficial transfer credit assessment and addition details about the transfer credit process here.