Transfer Student Requirements

(U.S. citizens, permanent resident card holders and students eligible under HB 2787)

Domestic students who have already graduated from high school, and have 24 transferable-quarter hours (16 semester) from one or more regionally accredited colleges or universities, are considered to be transfer students and do not need to provide OSU with test scores and/or high school transcripts*.

*If you have completed two or more years of a foreign language in high school with a C- or better, you will need to send us an official copy of your final high school transcript (containing a graduation date) if you would like to use it towards OSU’s foreign language admissions/graduation requirement. 

Applicants who have already graduated high school or received a GED and have earned fewer than 24 transferable quarter college credits (16 semester credits) will be reviewed for admissibility based on BOTH high school work or GED scores, and any transferable coursework.  See First-Year Student Admissions Requirements for more info on how high school work is considered.  Transfer requirements are below.

If you are an international student, see International Student Requirements.

Holistic Transfer Admissions

Oregon State's admission process is intended to promote student success by holistically assessing student preparedness and academic potential in the unique context of each student's personal experience. Admission assessment will consider academic achievements and life experiences to enroll students with a broad range of characteristics and perspectives.

A strong transfer application typically includes:

  • Completion of 24 or more quarter hours OR 16 or more semester hours. (Students with less credit will also be evaluated on their high school and college work.)
  • Achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher.  Note that grades from courses taken more recently are weighted more heavily than grades earned years ago.
  • Completion of college-level writing equivalent to WR 121(English Composition) with C- or higher
  • Completion of college-level math equivalent to MTH 111 (College Algebra) or MTH 105 (Contemporary Math) with a C- or higher*

Additional transfer admission policy:

  • Completion of college-level mathematics is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for students applying to STEM-field majors to be on-track for participation in upper division coursework and timely graduation.
  • Students admitted without a college-level mathematics or college-level writing course must complete those at OSU within their first 45 credits.
  • Being admitted as a transfer student does not guarantee you have met the pre-requisites to begin coursework specific to your major.
  • Students who graduated from high school in 1997 or later must meet a foreign language requirement with either two years of high school level study in the same language or two quarters/semesters of college level study with a minimum grade of a C- or better. Foreign language taken at an unaccredited high school does not qualify.  For additional information on how to meet foreign language deficiencies, view this PDF.
  • Applicants who are ineligible to re-enroll at any college or university that they attended within the last seven years for student conduct reasons will be automatically declined admission at OSU.  Applicants who disclose that the reason for their ineligibility is for academic reasons will be admitted only if they meet OSU’s minimum academic requirements.
  • Applicants who are denied admission have the right to appeal that decision, and appeals will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  Learn more about the appeal process.

Please note that meeting the minimum admissions requirements and/or an individual’s academic performance does not guarantee them admission to the university.  The university may evaluate a person’s behavior and background to determine their ability to maintain the standards of academic and professional conduct expected at OSU.

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.


How will your GPA be computed?

The official policies of OSU regarding academic-record evaluation for purposes of admission include:

  • Only the highest grade for a repeated course will be calculated in the GPA
  • Only transferable college-level credits are accepted and counted in the GPA computation (a course’s grade has no bearing on whether or not it is transferable).
  • Academic bankruptcy or forgiveness of low grades is not a policy recognized by OSU.  Classes must be repeated to have a grade replaced
Transfer Application Deadlines
Academic Term Deadline

Fall 2021

March 15, 2021 – Priority Application Deadline for scholarship consideration.  Note that transfers applying after this date will be considered for limited scholarships on a funds-available basis and that there are some competitive scholarships for transfers that may have earlier deadlines.

August 25, 2021 – final admissions deadline (all required documents due to be considered) 

Winter 2022 December 6, 2021
Spring 2022 February 28, 2022
Summer 2022 June 20, 2022
Fall 2022

March 15, 2022 – Priority Application Deadline for scholarship consideration.  Note that transfers applying after this date will be considered for limited scholarships on a funds-available basis and that there are some competitive scholarships for transfers that may have earlier deadlines.

August 24, 2022 – final admissions deadline (all required documents due to be considered)

How to Apply

  • Submission of an online application
  • Transcripts from ALL regionally accredited institutions previously attended (including colleges attended while in high school).
    • Note that you will have the opportunity to upload unofficial college transcripts to be considered for admission initially, but we must eventually get official current college transcripts in order to do any official evaluation of credits.  We highly recommend requesting these immediately upon submitting your OSU application.

    • Transcripts are considered official if they arrive to OSU in an official, unopened, and sealed envelope from the issuing institution, or are sent electronically through an approved third-party company, directly from the college or university.  OSU does not accept transcripts or links to transcripts sent through email. Submitting official transcripts and other documents

  • AP, CLEP, IB scores - to meet admissions subject requirements (Math 111, WR 121) and to award appropriate transferable credits

  • $65 nonrefundable application fee

Transfer Credit Articulation:

OSU does not do an official articulation of a student’s transcripts until each of the following has been met:

- paid the Advanced Tuition Deposit and registered for START (Fall term applicants only)

- paid the Advanced Tuition Deposit (Winter, Spring, and Summer term applicants)

- official transcripts from all colleges you have attended and/or are attending have been received

Ecampus students will be eligible for transcript articulations after they have been admitted, have confirmed their enrollment via their Beaver Basecamp admission portal, and followed the steps for newly admitted Ecampus students. 

Learn more about doing a self-guided, unofficial transfer credit assessment and additional details about the transfer credit process.