Why Your Student Should Join Beaver Nation

At Oregon State, we point to things that show not only the value of a college degree, but the value of earning it at Oregon State.

Is your student already admitted? Check out these events to help with next steps!

Listen to our Beaver Tracks Podcast – an inside perspective on Oregon State Admissions and what goes on in Beaver Nation. (English, Español)

Study Anything

You want choices? We’ve got choices. With more than 200 majors to choose from, and world class faculty to teach them, your student is going to grow up to be exactly what they want to be.

Education's latest and greatest

To us, creating state-of-the-art educational buildings and tools students can utilize is of top priority. Oregon State donations are focused on building, renovating or acquiring more than two dozen facilities for our students, faculty and all of Beaver Nation. Example: Our $50 million College of Business mecca, Austin Hall.

Fitting in is easy

We pride ourselves in being able to offer a lot of everything outside the classroom. Students can learn about other cultures through one of our seven cultural resource centers, or join one of our clubs (a whole lot to choose from) or intramural sports. They can hit sunny events in the quad, or join an academic research team. Everything is up for grabs. No cuts or limits.

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About OSU

Out There

110 Countries Represented

50 States Represented

19,142 Oregon Residents


Total Students:  31,904

26,480 Undergraduate (23% first generation college students)
5,424 Graduate

Who We Are

Admissions Profile (mid-50%) Fall 2019

Men:  53%
Women:  47% 


International Students 3,828

Students of color 7,976

First-year students 3,778

Average high school GPA
of freshman class 3.63

Expenses 2020-2021

Resident Tuition:  $12,165
Non-resident Tuition:  $32,355

Personal Expenses: $2,166

Housing and Meals:  $13,200

Books and Supplies:  $1,200

Important Links

The Admissions Process

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

Timeline to College

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.

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  • 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.
  • 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 priority 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 (optional)
      • OSU is test-optional and does not require the ACT or SAT exams.
    • Submit all most recent transcripts

Review our 'Next Steps' page for admitted students

Attend an admitted student event

  • Our programs take place throughout the winter and spring. Parents and students can speak with OSU staff from Financial Aid, University Housing and Dining Services, and Admissions. Invitations are sent to admitted students and parents. 

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. ATD details (including exemptions) can be found here.

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