OSU awards more than $20 million in merit-based scholarships annually to newly-admitted undergraduate 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:
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.
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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|
|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.)
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.
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...|
|Spring 2020||March 2, 2020||3-6 weeks later|
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
|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.
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.
It is important that applicants take the following steps: