It is our goal in the Office of Admissions to make the application process as smooth and transparent as possible. Please do not hesitate to encourage your students to contact the Office of Admissions directly at 800-291-4192.

Timeline to College


General Preparation Tips

Grades Matter

  • Maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher will put you on the track for college. Maintaining a 3.5 GPA or higher is even better.

Get Involved

  • Join a club, play a sport, join a choir. Find what you are passionate about. This is the prime opportunity for you to practice your leadership skills.


  • Take the time to build your own character by helping others. These opportunities may open your eyes to your own career aspirations.

Class Selection

  • Take college preparatory courses. Math, Science, Social Studies, English, World Languages, Art & Music.
  • Look into AP, IB or Honors opportunities. Knowledge in these core areas will prepare you for college level learning.

Take the pre-SAT

  • This test will help you know what to expect on the SAT




Junior Year

Visit, Visit, Visit


  • This is the year to start exploring. Attend visitation programs, take tours, & ask questions. Learn what kind of campus fits you best. Contact our Visitor Center for more information: 541-737-2626

Maintain Your GPA

  • Earning a 3.0 GPA or higher will put you on the track for college. Earning a 3.5 GPA or higher is even better.

Take the SAT or ACT

  • May/June of your Junior year is a great time to take these tests. This will allow you to complete a portion of the College Admissions process early. If you are not happy with your scores, you then allow yourself the entire summer to re-take the exam.


Senior Year



  • Many universities offer fall visitation programs. This is a great opportunity to talk with an Admissions Advisor as you narrow down which schools you are applying to.
  • Apply for Financial Aid. October of your senior year is when you will have access to the FAFSA. Please submit your FAFSA by February 28th.


  • OSU's Regular application deadline is February 1st. However, we highly recommend that you apply much earlier. The earlier you apply the better.
    • Submit Application (includes Insight Resume & Scholarship Application)
    • Send SAT or ACT test scores to OSU (Please include the writing portion for each exam)
    • Submit all most recent transcripts




If the Admission Decision=YES...

Attend an OSU Night


  • Our programs take place throughout Oregon, Washington, California & Hawaii. Here, you can speak with OSU Staff from Financial Aid, University Housing and Dining Services, and Admissions. Invitations are sent to admitted students.

Pay your ATD

  • The Advanced Tuition Deposit is a $200 payment on your Fall term tuition. By making this payment, you are indicating to us that you plan to enroll in the Fall. You must pay the ATD before you are allowed to sign up for START orientation.

Apply for Housing

  • The earlier you apply the more likely you are to get your first choice in housing. Where you live on campus is very important. You will need to submit your housing application, select a roommate and select your room. If you have more questions about housing please call 800.291.4192

Register for START, New Student Orientation

  • Remember, you must have paid your ATD. Registration for START traditionally opens in May. Select the session that works best for your schedule and remember that some sessions are for transfer students only. We also offer a bilingual session. Bring Mom and Dad, and get ready for some serious Beaver Spirit! You will walk away from START with new friends, your Beaver ID card, valuable campus knowledge, and your fall schedule!

Please ask questions

  • Remember, our goal is to help you and your student through this process. If you have any questions, please call the Office of Admissions at Oregon State University at 541-737-4411.

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