Hello, California!

Considering Oregon State? We have a lot to offer. More than 200 undergraduate degree programs where you can earn your degree in four to five years. No impacted majors. Scholarships — 2/3 of California students received scholarships and/or gift aid this year. A beautiful campus in a safe, welcoming college town. Undergraduate research, internships and other experiential learning. Themed residence halls, a roommate matching service and the ability to pick your own room. 400+ student clubs. See yourself here with a campus visit.

About Oregon State

Oregon State University is Oregon’s leading public research university, with 12 colleges and more than 200 undergraduate degree programs. We attract more high-achieving students than any other school in the state, and our graduates earn more, too. Corvallis is one of America’s smartest, safest, greenest small cities, close to the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Range and Portland. And we field 7 men’s and 9 women’s teams in NCAA Division I Pac-12 Conference athletics.

California Admissions Advisors

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Northern California Admissions Advisor

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Southern California Admissions Advisor

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#9 Bike-Friendly Campus

With bike lanes on 97 percent of major city streets, Corvallis is one of the most bike-friendly cities in America, and 30 percent of Oregon State students bike to campus. Free bike repair is available at Dixon Recreation Center.

#7 College Town

Ranked for innovation, education, entertainment and overall livability, Corvallis is consistently among the top 10 college towns in the nation.
Source: American Institute for Economic Research

#10 Greenest University

Oregon State has been named a "top green school" by the Princeton Review, the Kaplan Guide and BestColleges.com. The journal Nature places us 20th in the world for Earth and environmental sciences -- one reason why Corvallis, Oregon, is so often named among America's top green, sustainable and livable cities.

Student Body Profile

50 states represented

3,260 California students

(largest group of out-of-state students)

Men: 53%  Women: 47%

New freshmen average high school

GPA 3.63

110 Countries Represented


Total students: 31,904

Undergraduate 26,480 - 83%

Graduate 5,424 - 17%

International students 3,828 - 12%

Students of color 7,976 - 25%

New freshman 3,778



Beginning in Fall 2021- Oregon State University will be a participating institution with the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program. WUE scholarships are competitive and awarded based on a holistic review of the admissions application. Students who are not awarded WUE will still be considered for other admissions based scholarships and can apply for additional awards through the Scholar Dollars application.


Oregon State University is the top public university in Oregon for mid-career salary according to Payscale.com



2019-2020 Estimated Expenses

Nonresident tuition



Other Expenses

Personal expenses $2,142
Books and supplies $1,200
Housing and meals $12,306

Global Study

USP scholars are strongly encouraged to pursue research and/or study experiences abroad. Oregon State recognizes the value of international perspectives in its mission to promote economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for people at home and abroad. OSU scholarships, financial aid, and many college resources can be used to fund global study and research.

Other Information

University Scholars Program

University Scholars LogoThe University Scholars Program (USP) serves all recipients of OSU scholarships. USP provides leadership and service opportunities to enhance students' campus experiences through networking. As part of the USP, scholars are provided direction to be competitive for elite scholarship programs such as the Fulbright, Marshall and Truman Scholarships upon graduation from Oregon State.

National Merit Scholarships

OSU collaborates with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) to award merit-based scholarships.  Students selected as National Merit Finalists who list OSU as their first-choice school on the NMSC application will receive scholarship support totaling at least $2,000 per year for up to four years total.  This support may include a scholarship award from the NMSC, a scholarship award from OSU, or both.

IB Diploma Scholarship

Students participating in an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program may qualify for the IB Diploma Scholarship.  To qualify, entering freshmen must have scored a total of 30 or higher on the IB exam and complete the IB Diploma.  Award offers will be finalized once scores are verified by the IBO in July.  Awards are $3,000 annually and renewable for up to 3 additional years (up to $12,000 over four years).

OSU College and Departmental Scholarships

OSU's colleges and departments offer donor-funded scholarship opportunities to students who are currently enrolled, or plan to enroll (incoming freshmen or new transfers), in an academic program within their college or department.  OSU's colleges and departments typically award over $10 million dollars in donor-funded scholarships to thousands of students each year!

Most colleges and departments accept applications for these scholarship awards through OSU's scholarship management system, OSU ScholarDollars.  ScholarDollars begins accepting applications on November 1st each year.  Most scholarships have an application deadline on or after February 1st, but individual deadlines may vary.  Submit your application before February 1st to maximize your scholarship opportunities!

Go Beyond the Classroom


We don’t just allow undergraduate research. We encourage it. Every year, more than 2,000 Oregon State undergraduates make real contributions to faculty research or pursue projects of their own. Some students even get grant funding and publish their findings before they graduate.


See the world — and give your education a global perspective. Oregon State offers more than 200 Study Abroad programs on all seven continents, along with international internships and research in over 70 countries. 


See how what you’re learning in class works in the real world. Internships give you valuable on-the-job experience and professional contacts that can give you a head start on your career. In some cases, an internship can lead to a full-time job offer after graduation.


Challenge yourself in the Honors College — offering small classes with top professors, outstanding research opportunities and a collaborative, supportive community that encourages curiosity and rewards creativity.


An Oregon State education is a smart investment. The median income for our alumni is 50 percent greater than the median income of college graduates nationwide. And their average salaries are higher at mid-career than graduates of any other college or university in Oregon. 71% of our graduates get jobs in areas they studied.