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Oregon State University has a holistic admissions process which looks at the following items for each of our applicants, with the goal of identifying and admitting students who have the skills, abilities, and drive to succeed at OSU:
Test scores, if you elect to submit them, are never the sole or primary reason for an admissions decision; they are always considered in context and as supplemental information.
OSU does not require letters of recommendation except when a student is appealing a denial. Letters of recommendation provided may be reviewed in our holistic review process.
Note that OSU is no longer accepting Fall 2022 applications for new, first time freshman students wishing to enroll on our Corvallis campus. Interested students should consider enrolling at OSU-Cascades or through OSU Ecampus for the Fall 2022 term.
Initial admission selections are competitive and based on a holistic assessment of the criteria listed below:
OSU is test-optional. Learn more about what your options are.
If you choose to submit standardized test scores, 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.
High school students must graduate from standard (private) or regionally accredited (public) high schools.
Preferred Subject Area Courses
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 GED student requirements or nontraditional student requirements.
Submit a complete application by: December 12, 2022
We notify you of status by: 3-6 weeks later
Submit a complete application by: March 6, 2023
We notify you of status by: 3-6 weeks later
Submit a complete application by: June 26, 2023*
* 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 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.
In order to ensure you will not need to apply through our Office of International Admissions, please provide one of the following documents with your application depending on your current immigration status:
If you are a permanent resident of the united states, please submit a copy of the front and back of your Permanent Resident Card. If your card is expired, please submit a copy of your expired card and your extension approval document.
If you are an asylee or refugee, please submit a copy of your approved I-94 document. If your asylee or refugee application is still pending, please contact your admissions advisor or our customer service team so we can assist you with applying through international admissions.
If you are an undocumented student, please reach out to your admissions advisor for further assistance.
If you are a Citizen of American Samoa, Palau, the Republic of Marshall Islands, or the Federated States of Micronesia, please submit a copy of your passport or I-94 document.
If you will need a visa to attend OSU, or are currently in the United States on any kind of visa, please apply through our Office of International Admissions
Students who completed a significant amount of their education in a country outside the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, English-speaking Canada, or New Zealand may be asked to submit English proficiency test scores. The tests must have been taken within the last two years from the term you are applying for.
Oregon State University requires all applicants to submit official transcripts from any regionally accredited institution they have attended. While it may be possible to conduct an admission evaluation based on unofficial documents, we strongly recommend applicants educated abroad submit their official transcripts as early as possible to avoid delays. Applicants who are admitted on unofficial transcripts will receive a hold on their student record which cannot be moved until official documents are received. It is in your best interest to submit your official transcripts earlier rather than later so your course registration is not impacted.
Once all documents are received, our specialized international admissions team will review your application. Please note this process may take an additional 2 weeks beyond OSU’s standard admissions review time. We encourage applicants who are educated abroad to apply early whenever possible.
As a general rule, you will be asked to submit whichever documents are standard for your country in the college/university application process. Oregon State University strongly recommends you submit your official documents at the time of your application. Although we may be able to conduct a review based on unofficial documents, you will receive a hold preventing course registration on your student record which cannot be moved until all official documents are received. Generally, these documents might include, but are not limited to:
If your documents are not issued by your institution in English, we will request an official copy of your documents in the Native Language, as well as a certified English translation.
Oregon State University does not accept WES evaluations.