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Oregon State University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn about Oregon State University in Corvallis. Read about its admission info, financial aid, and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About Oregon State University in Corvallis

Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis was established in 1868 and is located within the western region of the state in Willamette Valley. The public university's main campus is situated on 400 acres. Many of the structures on the school grounds are included on the listing of the National Register of Historic Places. Recognized as a land-grant university, OSU also maintains the designations of being a sea-grant, space-grant, and sun-grant institution.


OSU has 12 colleges and over 200 undergraduate programs. Those interested in graduate-level study can select from a variety of majors that include engineering, forestry, business, education, agricultural sciences, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and more. OSU has achieved recognition as being the sole educational institution within Oregon included among the Carnegie Foundation's listings of top research universities.

Popular fields of study at the undergraduate level include business administration and management, human development and family studies, liberal arts, and sciences. At the graduate level, elementary education and teaching takes the lead for the most popular master's level-program, followed by business administration and management, and civil engineering.


Students have the option of enrolling during any one of the four academic terms. The deadline for completing an application for admission during the fall term is August 27 of that academic year. Winter-term students must submit materials by December 10 to be considered for admission the following academic year. For the spring semester, the deadline for submitting an application is March 4 of the same academic year. For those students who want to start their studies during the summer term, application materials must be completed and submitted by June 24 of the same academic year.

Students seeking advanced placement through applied credits earned from proficiency exams can submit their official test scores to the Office of Admissions. OSU considers test scores from the Advanced Placement (AP) exams, College-Level Examination Program, International Baccalaureate (IB), military credit, and Advance 'A' Level - GCE (General Certificate of Education).

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and fees at OSU vary among the different programs and levels of study. The estimated cost of attendance during 2012-2013 for full-time, resident undergraduate students was $8,091 in tuition and fees covering three terms of study. Non-resident, full-time undergraduate students had an estimated cost of attendance of $22,212 in tuition and fees for the same period.

Additional expenses (regardless of residency) included within the estimated cost of attendance during 2012-2013 were books and supplies for $1,908, room and board for $10,074, and miscellaneous costs (clothing, recreation, travel, personal items) for $2,616. Financial aid is available through a variety of programs, including traditional federal student loans, work-study programs, grants, and scholarships.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, post-baccalaureate certificate, master's, post-master's certificate, doctorate**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Quarters***
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 20,260 undergraduate students and 4,342 graduate students in Fall 2011**
Student Housing 13 residence halls, International Living-Learning Center, 2 lodges, 2 houses, and The Gem apartment complex*
Schools and Programs 12 colleges; 200 undergraduate programs, graduate-level programs in a variety of majors*
Student-Faculty Ratio 23 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Business Administration and Management (242)
Master's: Elementary Education and Teaching (171)
Doctorate: Pharmacy (92)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 28% in four years
60% in six years
64% in eight years
(Students who started their studies in 2003)**
Admission Rate 81% admitted
40% enrolled
(Fall 2010)**
First-Year Retention Rates 81% (full-time students)
61% (part-time students)
Entering Class Size Approximately 3,703 in 2010**
Average ACT Scores of Admitted Students In 2010, the middle 50% had an ACT Composite score between 21 and 26**
Undergraduate Application Due Date August 27 for fall enrollment; March 4 for spring enrollment*
Decision Notification Date Decision notifications from admissions within 4 weeks of receipt of application*
Tuition 2012-2013: $22,689 for full-time, undergraduate, Oregon residents; $36,810 for out-of-state, full-time undergraduate students; rates are based on estimated cost of attendance for one full year and include tuition, room and board, books and supplies, miscellaneous and personal expenses*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) 2010-2011: Federal grants (30%), state and local government grants/scholarships (10%), institutional grants/scholarships (56%), federal student loans (56%), other student loans (3%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 85% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Oregon State University in Corvallis, **IES Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, ***U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Oregon State University, 104 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon 97331-2106
  • Phone: (541) 773-4411
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