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Academics

Located in Corvallis, Oregon, “one of the safest, smartest, and greenest college towns in the nation,” Oregon State University is a “diverse school with a strong presence in the scientific community.” The university “strives for equitable education along with a fair opportunity for everyone to get their hands dirty,” and a “unique set of classes that can only be found in the Pacific Northwest.” According to students, Oregon State “is #1 in the world for forestry and Marine Biology,” and the university is one of “only a few” to “receive all the land, sun, sea, and space grants” in the country. An emphasis on sustainability is notable, and other topnotch programs include the engineering, agriculture, food science, and public health programs. The Hatfield Marine Science Center is located about an hour from the main campus and serves as a coastal campus for full-time and part-time students. “The advisors and teachers want you to succeed,” says one student. “They are very accommodating and the staff tries to do everything they can to help you.” The school offers “great research opportunities,” “mentor programs,” “access to professors and undergraduate research opportunities,” “lab experiences/jobs,” and “networking with professors and professionals in the field.” Students also praise the administration and faculty’s “transparency,” led by a “humanitarian president.” Academic resources include “study tables, tutoring, or even emotional support such as counselors or the health clinic.” Students praise the school’s “incredible infrastructure,” which offers “research labs, peer education, outreach, ministries, athletics, and other interest groups.” There are amazing undergraduate research opportunities that any student can get involved in. Oregon State fuels passions and provides avenues to take passions further. Professors are typically “engaged in their classrooms, and are trying to think of new ways to help their students succeed, especially in the more difficult classes.”

Student Body

Students cite international diversity as a standout aspect of the Oregon State student body. “My field of study contains mostly veteran students, immigrant and first-generation students,” one student comments. “Most from places like Chili, Ecuador, or Mexico.” There is a “significant number of non-binary gender students and LGBT students.” Most are “eager to further sustainability and social justice issues.” Another student notes that the school’s “location in Northern Oregon gives us a distinct Pacific Northwest feel: the number of hydro flasks and Patagonia gear gives us away.” Students are “hardworking,” “accepting,” and “kind-hearted,” “entrepreneurial,” and “motivated and passionate learners.” A majority of students are “very likely to do a lot of scientific research, even in their first year.” Along with strong sense of “school spirit,” students boast “a pretty great party scene.”

Campus Life

“Life is good” on Oregon’s State “exceedingly beautiful campus” in “peaceful” Corvalis, a town of about 60

Overview

Applicants
14,888
Acceptance Rate
79%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

37%
Over 3.75
23%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 650
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1

Regular — September 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18.2:1
Total Faculty
1,697
with Terminal Degree
1,302

955
Men
742
Women
281
Minority
97
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
33%
Graduate in 5 years
59%
Graduate in 6 years
65%

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.
  • Soil Science and Agronomy, General.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

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

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry 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.
  • Finance, General.
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Operations Management and Supervision.
  • Research and Development Management.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Education, General.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Agricultural Engineering.
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Construction Engineering.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, Other.
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.
  • Forest Engineering.
  • Industrial Engineering.
  • Manufacturing Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Nuclear 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.
  • 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 PROGRAMS.

  • Health/Medical Physics.
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other.
  • Public Health, General.

  • 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.
  • Sustainability Studies.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

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

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • 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.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Design and Visual Communications, 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

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

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
33%
Graduate in 5 years
59%
Graduate in 6 years
65%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,506

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,366

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,940

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
58%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,749

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,764

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$9,390
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$28,365
Required Fees
$1,776
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,960
Transportation for Commuters
$537

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,855
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
25,838
Foreign Countries Represented
81

Demographics

7.49%
Asian
1.36%
African-American
9.12%
Hispanic
65.38%
Caucasian
2.19%
Unknown
6.76%
International

46% female
54% male
32% are out of state
73% are full time
27% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
17%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
90%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Access Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Martha Smith

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Specific Learning Disabilities (LDs) Guidelines A full detailed evaluation or diagnostic report of the condition and impact or limitations caused as a result of the condition(s). A comprehensive psycho-educational assessment from a psychologist or learning disabilities specialist that Includes the following: 1. A clear statement of the specific learning disability with the DSM-V diagnosis. 2. A test used to measure intellectual ability, including scores and subtest scores. Acceptable IQ tests: Kaufman Adolescent and Adult Intelligence Test, Stanford Binet 4th Edition, Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale? IV (WAIS-IV), Woodcock-Johnson III General Intellectual Ability (GIA). Not acceptable: Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test (KBIT), Slosson Intelligence Test, Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence (WASI), Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children? III (WISC-III). 3. A test used to measure academic achievement, including scores and subtest scores. Acceptable achievement tests: Nelson-Denny Reading Test, Scholastic Abilities Test for Adults (SATA), Wechsler Individual Achievement Test? II (WIAT-II), Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Achievement, Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests? Revised. Not acceptable: Wide Range Achievement Test? 4 (WRAT-4). 4. A test used to measure processing ability, including scores and subtest scores. Acceptable processing tests: Detroit Tests of Learning Aptitude – Adult, Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Cognitive Abilities 5.Profile of academic strengths and weaknesses and how these relate to the academic limitation(s). 6. Clinical summary.

Documentation Required for ADHD

ADD/ ADHD Guidelines A full detailed evaluation or diagnostic report of the condition and impact or limitations caused as a result of the condition(s). A comprehensive assessment from a qualified professional might include some of the following scales/checklists: ?Clinical Assessment of Attention Deficit Adult (CAT-A) ?Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS v1.1) ?Barkley Home and School Situations Questionnaires and Barkley Adult ADHD Rating Scale-IV (BAARS-IV) ?Wender Utah Rating Scale ? (for adults) ?PEDS: Parents Evaluation of Developmental Status ?Vanderbilt Assessment Scales ?AHRQ Technical Review: Diagnosis of AD/HD ?Conners Rating Scales

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
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
400
Number of Honor Societies
12

Number of Social Sororities
21
Number of Religious Organizations
28

10% join a fraternity
16% 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.

93/99
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
32%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
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

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
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 March, 2017.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Blake Vawter
Associate Director

Address
671 SW 26th St
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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