Selection of First Year Students

Oregon State's admission requirements promote student success by assessing student preparedness and academic potential in the unique context of each student's personal experience. Admission assessment will consider all achievements, both academic and non-academic, to enroll students with a broad range of characteristics and perspectives.

Please note that academic performance is not the sole criterion for admission to the university. 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 the university. An evaluation may take into consideration current behavior and performance as well as past experiences and actions. Simply qualifying for admission does not guarantee admission.

Initial admission selections are competitive and based on a holistic assessment of the criteria listed below:

Strength of Curriculum:
  • Quality, quantity, and level of coursework throughout the entire high school program, especially coursework completed beyond the minimum courses required (see high school course requirements chart).
  • AP, IB or college coursework completed or in progress.
  • Strength of the program taken within the context of the high school attended.
  • Completion of a progressively challenging math sequence, demonstrated by performance.
Academic Performance:
  • Preferred cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and completion of 15 required subject area courses.
  • Class rank taken in context with academic rigor and class size of high school attended.
Test Scores

OSU has adopted a test-optional admission policy for students entering in Fall 2021 and beyond.  Learn more.

Note: Oregon State University prefers that scores are sent electronically from College Board (SAT) and/or ACT, but will also accept scores included on official high school transcripts.

It is not an advantage to pay extra for "rush" scores and in some cases may add to the time it will take to process the scores within our office.

The SAT college code for Oregon State University is 4586.
The ACT college code for Oregon State University is 3482.

Testing Contact Information

Insight Resume
  • Understanding of you as a unique, contributing individual.
  • Your accomplishments, perspectives, experiences, and talents.
  • Your achievements within the context of your social and personal circumstances.
  • Participation in activities that develop academic, intellectual, and leadership abilities.
  • Students applying through Ecampus (online courses) or to Portland hybrid courses are not required to complete the Insight Resume
High School Course Requirements

High school students must graduate from standard (private) or regionally accredited (public) high schools. (See Home School Requirements for additional information.)

Required Subject Area Courses

College Preparatory Subjects Minimum Units Grades received must be C- or above in each class
English 4 years  
Mathematics 3 years Culminating at the Algebra II level or Higher
Social Studies 3 years  
Science 3 years At least one year each of two different sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc.)
Foreign Language (not required if high school graduation or GED date prior to 1997 2 years May be met in any one of these ways:

Earning a C- or better in two years of the same high school-level foreign language

Earning grade of C- or better in the third year of high school-level foreign language

Earning a C- or better in two consecutive quarters or semesters of the same college-level foreign language

Earning a satisfactory score on an approved assessment of foreign language knowledge

Demonstrating proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL)

Completion of grades 1-7 at a school in which all courses are taught in a language other than English. (Documentation is required.)

Additional Factors

Oregon State is also looking for students who will lend educational and cultural diversity to our campus.  We are looking for students who go above and beyond the minimum whether in talent, academic ability or potential.  Combined with academic strengths, evidence of these characteristics may be considered in our review of applicants for admission.

Applicants who are ineligible to re-enroll at any college or university that they attended within the last seven years for student conduct reasons will be automatically declined admission at OSU.  Applicants who are unable to re-enroll at a previous college or university for academic reasons will be considered for admission only if they meet OSU’s minimum academic requirements.

High School Graduates or GED holders with less than 24 (quarter) transfer credits

Applicants who have already graduated high school or received a GED and have earned fewer than 24 transferable quarter college credits (16 semester credits) will be reviewed for admissibility based on BOTH high school work or GED scores, and any transferable coursework. Applicants who have already graduated high school are not required to submit SAT/ACT scores to be reviewed for admission.  Learn more about transfer requirements.

Deadline Type & Term Submit a complete application by... We notify you of status by...
Summer 2020 June 22, 2020*

*Freshmen who wish to apply for summer will be considered for admission in the same manner and with the same deadlines as freshmen applying for fall term.
3-6 weeks later
Fall 2020 Early Action (freshman/first year) November 1, 2019 - Application, transcripts and test score deadline. December 13
Fall 2020 Regular Application (Freshman/first year) February 1, 2020 - Application deadline
February 14, 2020 - Transcripts and test score deadline
Applicants who do not meet these deadlines will be considered for admission on a space-available basis
March 13
Fall 2020 (transfer) February 1, 2020 - Scholarship Consideration Deadline
August 26, 2020 - Admissions Deadline
4-6 weeks later
Fall 2020 (post-bacc) August 26, 2020 - Admission Deadline*

*Applicants are encouraged to contact the department that they want to apply for admission to determine the department's deadlines, notification times, and any other restrictions. 
4 - 6 weeks later
Winter 2021 December 7, 2020 3-6 weeks later

Oregon State's Summer Session offers 1-week, 3-week, 4-week, 8-week, and 11-week accelerated section options. Given its unique format and modified services, is not recommended for traditional first-time freshman entry. Freshmen who wish to apply for summer will be considered for admission in the same manner and with the same deadlines as freshmen applying for fall term.

  • A complete application consists of the application, fee, and all required supporting documents (i.e. transcripts, test scores, citizenship documents, etc.). Note: It can take days or weeks for your transcripts and test scores to arrive, so we recommend requesting these items be sent to our office well in advance of the deadline date.
  • New freshmen wishing to be considered for admission as part of the Priority Application round must apply by February 1. Documents required to make a student’s file complete must be received by the Office of Admissions by February 14.
  • Applicants who do not meet these deadlines will be considered for admission on a space-available basis.
  • Online applications must be submitted before 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time to meet the deadline.
  • You are responsible for submitting all materials well in advance of the deadline in order to avoid complications/delays in delivery and because additional information may be required before your application can be fully processed and reviewed.

Early action, all documents due by November 1

Oregon State's Early Action option provides some applicants with an earlier admission decision and scholarship notification (if eligible) and allows applicants more time to make campus visits and to consider their options.

Early Action is non-binding; it does not obligate applicants to select Oregon State if admitted.

Early Action and Regular Application applicants are reviewed according to the same admission criteria and procedures in the holistic review process.

Early Action applications not completed by November 1 are rolled into the Regular Application pool.

  • You should check your application status online for the most current information; instructions to do so typically are emailed within 72 hours after an application has been submitted online. 
  • Because each application is given full holistic review, some applications take longer to review than others. Early Action and Regular Application applicants are reviewed according to the same holistic review process, and there is no advantage given to applicants in either pool by nature of the deadline selected.
  • Applications may be held for consideration within the context of the competitiveness of the applicant pool and/or additional information may be requested before a decision can be rendered, particularly when applicants do not meet priority consideration standards. For example, some Early Action applications may be rolled into the Regular Application pool to allow time for students to strengthen their applications with additional academic work (7th semester transcripts).
  • The application for admission also includes an application for admission-based scholarships. Notification of scholarship awards begins in mid-November and continues through March.
  • Any applicant who is denied undergraduate admission to Oregon State University may petition to the Undergraduate Admissions Committee (UAC) for an exception. Decisions on appeal will be determined by the Undergraduate Admissions Committee and are subject to Oregon Public University System guidelines for special admissions. Each petition for appeal is assessed on an individual basis. Learn more about the appeals process. If you would like to discuss options for applying in the future as a transfer student, please reach out to our transfer advisors.

E-mail is a primary communication tool for Admissions

It is important that applicants take the following steps:

  • keep a valid e-mail address on file with the Office of Admissions at all times
  • check their e-mail at least once a week during the admission process, and
  • ensure they can receive e-mail from by adding that address to their address book and/or safe senders list.