Admission Appeals

Any applicant who is denied undergraduate admission to Oregon State University for academic reasons may petition to the Undergraduate Admissions Committee (UAC) for an exception. Decisions on appeal will be determined by the Undergraduate Admissions Committee. Each petition for appeal is assessed on an individual basis. Transfer students whose GPA is below 2.00 and post baccalaureate applicants will not be considered by the UAC. Students denied due to conduct reasons, including being ineligible to re-enroll at a previous institution – read on for more info.  If you would like to discuss options for applying in the future as a transfer student, please reach out to our transfer advisors.

For your application to be reviewed by UAC, the following materials are required:

  • A personal statement requesting special consideration. Your statement must specifically address:
    • The extraordinary circumstances why you did not meet and exceed Oregon State’s minimum admissions requirements
    • What you have done or are doing to mitigate the impact of your extraordinary circumstances
    • What are your strengths and how they will result in your success at Oregon State
    • Why you have chosen Oregon State University
    • Your academic and/or career goals and how you feel you have prepared for those goals
    • Any other information that you feel would help the committee to understand your unique situation and explain your special circumstances.
  • Your University application file must be complete with the most current transcripts on file with the Office of Admissions for all college and applicable high school coursework.
  • Two (2) references from academic sources are required. Your academic sources may be classroom teachers, counselors, or academic instructors. Letters from employers, relatives, family, or friends will not be considered. Each reference should identify the writer's acquaintance with you and needs to address your potential for academic success at Oregon State University. Non-traditional applicants who do not have recent enrollment or coursework can provide non-educational references. 
  • Any other information that you feel would be relevant or helpful to the Committee, such as medical documentation, additional test scores, etc.

Your intent to appeal and personal statement must be submitted through Beaver Basecamp. Once you have submitted this form, we will follow up with you with instructions on how to provide letters of recommendation and updated transcripts. 

Incomplete petitions will not be considered. Only complete petitions submitted with all supporting documents by the following deadlines will be reviewed. 

  • Summer Term: June 1
  • Fall Term: August 15
  • Winter Term: November 15
  • Spring Term: February 15

Reactivation of an application for a subsequent term is not automatic. If you wish to be reviewed for a future term, you will need to submit a new application. If you wish to be reviewed within the same academic year, you will need to reach out to us at the email below. If you have additional materials you wish to have considered in your current term appeal, please load these into your Beaver Basecamp. If you have questions, you can contact us at [email protected].

Appeals for students ineligible to enroll at a previous institution

Appeals for applicants denied admission to Oregon State University due to an applicant’s inability to re-enroll at a previous institution because of a student conduct issue may be submitted directly to Noah Buckley, Director of Admissions at [email protected]. Appeals must include a personal statement explaining the events leading to the disciplinary action, the resulting sanction issued by the prior institution, and a written release allowing OSU to contact the prior institution regarding the applicant’s disciplinary history. Appeals must also include a reflection paper describing what the applicant has learned as a result of the underlying incident, and any additional mitigating circumstances the applicant would like to be considered. Failure to submit all of these materials will result in the appeal being denied.


Should you wish to discuss your situation further, please contact an Admissions staff member at [email protected], 541-737-4411, or toll free at 800-291-4192.