Students Say

Oregon State University is a spirited, science-driven school, says a bioengineering major. Students at OSU enjoy the "exceptional 'green living' education" on campus. Even the exercise machines at the recreation center help power the university's grid. "My school is about creating a sustainable environment in which people from all different backgrounds can excel," says a construction engineering major. Known for its excellent reputation in "diversity and sustainability" many students are drawn to OSU's outstanding engineering, forestry, biology, and geoscience programs.

Overview

Applicants
14,115
Acceptance Rate
78%
Average HS GPA
3.59

GPA Breakdown

41%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
6%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
480 - 610
SAT Math
500 - 620
SAT Writing
460 - 590
ACT Composite
21 - 28

Deadlines


Regular
September 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA

Overall

Students Say

Oregon State University is a spirited, science-driven school, says a bioengineering major. Students at OSU enjoy the "exceptional 'green living' education" on campus. Even the exercise machines at the recreation center help power the university's grid. "My school is about creating a sustainable environment in which people from all different backgrounds can excel," says a construction engineering major. Known for its excellent reputation in "diversity and sustainability" many students are drawn to OSU's outstanding engineering, forestry, biology, and geoscience programs. Professors are admired for their "expertise" and "great knowledge." One earth science major states, "The geosciences department is full of incredible professors who have shaped my future career as an academic. They have stimulated, pushed, and only occasionally bored me." With the growing student body, classes are "larger than desirable, making academic experience the sole responsibility of the student." Beware classes taught by graduate students, is one student's caveat, but overall undergrads appreciate the diversity and depth brought to the curriculum. Study abroad programs garner high praise.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18.7:1
Total Faculty
1,596
with Terminal Degree
1,208

953
Men
643
Women
238
Minority
74
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
31%
Graduate in 5 years
56%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agricultural Business and Management, General
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agriculture, General
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Food Science
  • Horticultural Science
  • Range Science and Management

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Microbiology, General
  • Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance, General
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Operations Management and Supervision

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Education, General

  • Engineering

  • Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Construction Engineering
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Forest Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Apparel and Textiles, General
  • Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
  • Housing and Human Environments, General
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Health/Medical Physics
  • Public Health Education and Promotion
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Natural Sciences
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Sustainability Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
  • Forest Management/Forest Resources Management
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management
  • Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Interior Design
  • Music, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Linus Pauling
Only person ever to win two unshared Nobel Prizes

Timothy S. Leatherman
Inventor of the Leatherman tool

Vince DeBar
The first Bozo the Clown; Childrens Song Writer

Mercedes Bates
Other wise know as Betty Crocker

Douglas Engelbart
Inventor of the computer mouse

Stacy Allison
First American woman to summit Mount Everest

Edward C. Allworth
Recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
69
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,392

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,966

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,727

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$21,955

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
57%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,501

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,650
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$24,822
Required Fees
$1,472
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,965

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Globally aware is how one mechanical engineering student describes fellow students. "Inquisitive and friendly," observes another. With OSU's growing student population the face of typical undergrad is difficult to define. "There is no typical student," says one student. "An impressive array of older-than-average, international, younger-than-average, brilliant, idiotic, motivated, stoner, cowboy, hipster" is how one undergrad sums up the indefinable student demographic. Some are prone to wearing "OSU gear or North Face jackets" while some are simply "motivated academically and like to have fun and get involved." Another student adds, "There are older students, younger students, those who live on and off campus, those involved in athletics, and Greek life." Basically, one student summarizes, "there is a corner on campus for everyone!"

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
23,903
Out of State
27%

International
9%
Foreign Countries Represented
71

Demographics

7.43%
Asian
1.49%
African-American
8.51%
Hispanic
72.03%
Caucasian
2.61%
Unknown
8.53%
International

46% female
54% male
27% are out of state
77% are full time
23% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Oregon State is located in Corvallis, which is considered to be "super safe." While some undergrads feel that "Corvallis does not have a lot to do at night" it seems to suit the "unique hippie" population just fine. With "cool restaurants and bars" Corvallis provides a perfect "college town" feel to the surrounding campus. For students at OSU "life doesn't entirely revolve around school;" there are plenty of diversions from parties to "sports games on the weekends." Other students appreciate the usage of Dixon Recreation Center, which includes a "huge rock [climbing] wall," and find that using the gym is a welcome change from hitting the books. Overall, the population is more concerned with studying than hardcore partying; some students even invite professors to come and hangout with them to bolster more meaningful discussions. "My week is usually devoted to school and studying," says an industrious biology major. We have "a great, huge library and tons of social opportunities," says another student. "Campus has great resources for someone outdoorsy and active like myself." Students can also take advantage of "humanitarian trips to Central America" or "study abroad in South America." With its "big, beautiful campus" and proximity the natural beauty Oregon has to offer, most students find their school life enriching and fulfilling.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
18%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
79
First-Year Students living on campus
90%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
75

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Tracy Bentley-Townlin, Ph.D.

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Appropriate documentation from a psychologist/psychiatrist must include educational testing.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
335
Number of Honor Societies
12

Number of Social Sororities
20
Number of Religious Organizations
21

13% join a fraternity
18% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

3% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Beavers)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Football
Golf
Soccer
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Beavers)
10 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Students using the recreation center’s elliptical machines are simultaneously helping to generate power for the building, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. OSU has a history of creating innovative projects to reduce energy use and meet its goal of climate neutrality by 2025. In 2008, it won a Green Power Leadership Award from the EPA. In 2011, OSU became a member of the Founding Circle for the “Billion Dollar Green Challenge,” which encourages the college and university community to invest a total of $1 billion in self-managed revolving funds that finance energy efficiency improvements. As of early 2014, OSU brought online five ground-mounted solar electric arrays, to total 2.9 megawatts of solar power. Recycling is also big on campus: The school placed first in the 2006 RecycleMania competition and today boasts an overall waste-diversion rate of 55 percent. OSU encourages students and faculty to leave their cars at home by offering secure bicycle parking and showers, an electronic ride matching system, and a campus growing up—not out. Administrators have pledged to build within existing campus boundaries, so that students can walk between classes in a maximum of ten minutes. OSU offers a degree in ecological engineering (among other environmentally focused majors) and operates the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute. Best of all, OSU will help you put that academic knowledge into practice: it hosts a Nonprofit Career Day, with significant participation from national and local green groups. Student-organized green job events are also held throughout the year.

Green Rating
98
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
17%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
9

Average Number of PC's per Lab
330

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Description
Not really. Standard Educational pricing from Dell and Apple available at OSU Bookstore.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Scott Brueck
Program Coordinator for Group Tours

Address
104 Kerr Administration Bldg.
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331

Phone
541-737-2626

Email
visit.osu@oregonstate.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Memorial Union
Valley Library
Kelly Engineering Center
Dixon Recreation Center
Reser Stadium
The Memorial Union is the center of campus where students eat, study, and talk with friends. Valley Library is where the serious studying happens, it is open 24 hours a day during the week! The state of the art Kelly Engineering Center always has many students studying and working on group projects. Dixon Recreation Center is an expansive facility with multiple basketball courts, cardio rooms, an indoor track, a pool, and a 42ft climbing wall. Reser Stadium is home base for Beaver football!

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Newport, OR (Pacific Ocean)
Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort
McDonald Research Forest
Saturday Farmers Market
Block 15 Restaurant and Brewery
Corvallis is an hour away from sandy beaches and snow-capped mountains. Near campus is the McDonald Forest with hiking and biking trails. On Saturdays from spring to fall the downtown is full of people buying fresh food from local farms. It is always crowded at Block 15 where students and professors go for great beer brewed on-site.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
541-737-2626

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Hourly 9am-3pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Hut Shuttle from Portland International Airport (PDX). Greyhound Bus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Traveling on Interstate 5, take the Highway 34 exit which reads "Corvallis /Oregon State University" (exit number 228). Go west on Highway 34 for about 10 miles to Corvallis. Cross the Willamette River Bridge onto Harrison Blvd. Two blocks from the bridge you will need to turn left (south) onto 4th Street. Continue on 4th Street until you reach SW Western Blvd, then turn right (west). Continue on SW Western Blvd until you reach SW 26th street, then turn right (north).

Local Accommodations
Hilton Garden Inn - near campus and stadium
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Key Stats

14,115
Applicants
23,903
Size
78%
Acceptance Rate
1100
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists