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Update on Fall 2020 classes (5/28/20)

Beavers are known for their hard work, and since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone at OSU has been working tirelessly to prepare for the Fall, 2020 term.  We feel fortunate that Oregon—and the counties where Oregon State and OSU Cascades are located—have been generally less affected by the pandemic than other parts of the country, and that fact has been factored into our thinking.

We’ve recently made some announcements about how Fall at OSU will look, and want to share them with you.  At the same time, we want to let you know that the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff is our highest priority, and thus, should the spread of COVID-19 infections being to escalate, we may have to make changes; if we do, you will be among the first to know.

  • We expect class sections with enrollments over 50 people will be delivered using a remote modality. Exceptions are possible in some circumstances; college leadership will guide those conversations.
  • We expect many class sections with enrollments 50 and below to be delivered in-person.
  • The 50-student cutoff is a current estimate and will remain fluid, and will not automatically apply to every course.  But the net effect of this is about half of all sections at OSU will be remote in the fall.
  • Class sections delivered in-person will, whenever possible accommodate learners who need a remote option; remote learning technology is being installed in all classrooms in Corvallis and Bend to accommodate this approach.
  • On the Corvallis campus, fall term face-to-face teaching will end on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, and week 10 face-to-face classes and fall term final exams and activities will be delivered remotely. Thus, Corvallis students will not need to return to campus after the Thanksgiving break to complete the fall term. This will provide an additional important measure of public health protection for students, faculty, staff and the Corvallis community.
  • All on-site courses will be held in classrooms that satisfy physical distancing guidelines. We will implement comprehensive, enhanced sanitation and cleaning at least through fall term.

For admitted students that have already cancelled their OSU application for Fall 2020 - if this information changes your plans, please reach out to the Admissions Office for steps to reactivate your application and financial aid.

Campus Visits and OSU Student Recruitment Events

As a result of university efforts to engage in social distancing to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Oregon State University Office of Admissions recruitment and visit programs will be canceled until further notice. This includes Orange & Black Days, Beaver Previews, Destination Beaver Nation, group tours and all daily tours. We apologize for these cancellations and appreciate your understanding as we work to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19 locally, nationally and globally.

The good news is that we’ve worked to bring you a virtual visit experience that replicates our on-campus visit programs! Learn about how you can visit campus from the comfort of your own home.

Office of Admissions Operations

The Office of Admissions continues to operate, just differently.  Applications are being processed (yes, we are still accepting Fall 2020 applications!), mail is being opened, and letters of admission are being sent.  But, some of us are working on behalf of Beaver Nation (current and future) from our homes with screaming kids trying to interrupt our Zoom meetings. Yeah, we're ready to get back to doing this in-person too.  Ahh, the good old days. 

Our office is closed, but with the exception of in-person meetings, we're here to answer your questions through live chat, email, Zoom appointments, and a growing number of scheduled live events online.  Yes, you might meet our kids (two-legged or four-legged varieties).

Fall 2020 Admitted Students

New students for Fall 2020 are encouraged to visit our new admitted student resource pages for incoming freshmen and transfers, designed to answer the burning questions for admitted students who might otherwise be visiting OSU at this time of year to answer:

  • Is OSU a good fit for me? 
  • Why might OSU be a better home for me than XYZ University? 
  • Where will I live? 
  • What will I eat? 
  • How will we afford it?
  • What do I need to do if I want to attend? 
  • What's the timeline? 
  • Suggested technology checklist
  • The site also includes a growing number of ways that students and families can communicate with us during this time. 

Confirming your enrollment and declaring your intent to enroll -

To help relieve some of your anxiety, we've further extended our confirmation / deposit deadline to September 1, 2020.  This is the date by which you must finalize your decision on whether or not to attend OSU in the Fall.  Any Advance Tuition Deposits ($200) made to confirm your enrollment are refundable so long as you let us know of your change of plans by end of day on September 1. Confirming your enrollment is required to participate in new student orientation (see START below). 

We have also relaxed our policy on waiving deposits.  If you are experiencing financial difficulty and it is preventing you from confirming your enrollment at this time, you may request a deposit waiver at the confirmation link above.

Deferring your enrollment to a future term -

Admitted students for Fall 2020 who wish to defer their enrollment to a future term or year may review our policy for deferring admission and scholarships here.

Grades and transcripts -

We understand that high school or college courses that were in progress when school was closed or course delivery methods were changed may be displayed as incomplete or with pass/fail grades or they may simply show that they were never really completed.  We also understand that the changes over the last several weeks may have impacted your performance in courses in progress.  OSU will not rescind admission or scholarships based on the grading decisions made at your high school during this time.  Final high school transcripts, when available, will need to be sent to OSU indicating you’ve graduated.  College transcripts, regardless of the current grades must be received and credit transfer will be determined using existing policy and process.

High school students who may have to continue instruction or have unforeseen delays in providing a transcript/diploma showing graduation date (required for disbursement of financial aid), we will be as flexible as the law allows.  Please contact our office to discuss your particular situation.

AP and IB credit -

AP - If you are taking AP exams at home this term you will be awarded credit based on the score earned in the same way we would have if you were at school and taking the longer exam.

IB - The IB Organization has indicated that there will not be exams at the end of the year but that they will provide similar score to colleges and universities based on an evaluation of your work in your IB courses thus far. We will continue to award credit for these scores according to our published exam credit policy based on these "exam-less" scores provided by IB.

Check out our AP and IB credits by subject/exam.

Transfer credit / "Pass" grading -

OSU will transfer coursework completed as Pass credit. Spring 2020 term transfer courses completed as Pass credit can be used to complete major-specific requirements for graduation.

Writing and Math courses needed to qualify for transfer admissions may also be considered with a Pass grade.

Orientation (START) -

New student orientation (called START) will be offered virtually this summer.  Registration to participate in orientation programming (including advising and course registration) will be available to students who have confirmed their enrollment beginning Monday, May 18th at 2pm (Pacific).  Visit our START page for more details.

Late applicants -

Yes, OSU is still accepting applications for Fall 2020.  Admission will be considered holistically, taking into account educational disruptions students are currently encountering. For students who have not taken an ACT or SAT, you will be given the option to request that we consider your admission without test scores once you have submitted your application.

Please note that some OSU scholarships consider SAT or ACT scores during their selection processes. If you choose to not submit test scores, your eligibility for these scholarships may be impacted. Please email the Scholarship Office at with any questions about how test scores affect scholarship eligibility

Affording OSU -

We know college can be expensive.  If you have already filled out a FAFSA and received an award offer, and you have now had a significant change in your family’s financial situation, please contact the Office of Financial Aid to discuss your options.  You can reach the Office of Financial Aid at 541-737-2241.

If, in the end, you just can't afford to start at OSU and plan to start at an Oregon community college, be sure to enroll in the Degree Partnership Program.  This allows you to enroll at your community college while keeping your admission to OSU active, having your credits transferred automatically each term, and providing you with access to OSU advisors who can work with you as you plan your eventual transition to OSU.

Fall 2021 prospective students - about those tests...

OSU will be test-optional for Fall 2021 applicants.  Learn more here.

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