Undergraduate Study

If you're looking for a classic American university, you've found it in OSU! Our undergraduate programs generally take four years to complete. The minimum GPA to gain entry to OSU as an undergraduate student is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. If your GPA is below a 3.0, you should consider applying to the Undergraduate Pathway program. See below for more information.

For a complete list of classes, visit the undergraduate course catalog here.

Undergraduate Pathway Programs

A combination of intensive English and academic courses, Pathway Programs offer students a clear path to the university. After successfully completing the program, students become degree-seeking students. The academic and English language requirements are lower to enter a Pathway program, giving students an opportunity to enter OSU.

Undergraduate Transfer Program (UTP)

Students that have received credits from another college or university can transfer to Oregon State University. Students can transfer directly into OSU or choose the Undergraduate Transfer Program (UTP) which is designed specifically to support international students through the process of transferring.

The UTP provides a customized path for students seeking a bachelor’s degree. Before arriving, students credits will be personally evaluated and given an estimate of transferable credits to make sure there is no repeated coursework. After arrival, our friendly staff will be available to help students transition into a four year public research university. Students will have access to helpful resources including academic, English language and cultural support.

Undergraduate Conditional Admission

The Undergraduate Conditional Admission program is now being offered through the Undergraduate Pathway program which provides appropriate language training and access to academic courses for students who meet GPA and language requirements.  (Please see description of Pathway programs and majors above). 

Students who plan to receive government sponsorship for their studies from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Libya or Oman that meet the academic requirement for direct undergraduate admission but not the English language requirement will be issued a letter of admission stating academic admissibility for sponsorship purposes. 

Postbaccalaureate

Do you already have a bachelor's degree and are looking to earn a second bachelor's? You'll enroll as a postbacc student. The requirements are mostly the same as for direct-admit students, but the college you're applying to will make the final admission decision. English language requirements are a TOEFL of 80 or higher with a minimum subscore of 16 in each section, or an IELTS of 6.5. Conditional Admission with low or no TOEFL/IELTS score is not possible. Find more admissions information here.

University Honors College

As a small degree-granting college within Oregon State University, the University Honors College (UHC) offers OSU's most prestigious undergraduate degree, the Honors Baccalaureate, in any undergraduate major.

The UHC offers:

  • Challenging and creative curricula for students of all majors
  • Unique honors classes, typically limited to 12 or 20 students
  • OSU's finest professors, often chosen by UHC students
  • One-on-one mentoring by faculty members
  • An undergraduate thesis where students can pursue their academic and research interests. 

The honors community is diverse, supportive and active in the university and the community. The UHC values and embraces a global perspective and welcomes students from all countries and backgrounds.

Admission to the UHC is competitive. Applicants meeting the minimum academic criteria will also be evaluated on their responses to the essay portion of the UHC application and on their non-academic activities and contributions to their communities.

For more information about the UHC, visit the  UHC website.