Oregon State University (OSU)

1500 S.W. Jefferson Avenue, Corvallis, OR

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Oregon State University (OSU) is a top public research university located in the idyllic scenic town of Corvallis, Oregon. Just 90 miles south of Portland, OSU students are surrounded by 400 acres of the verdant green that Oregon is famous for, and within easy reach of the Cascades and the Pacific Coast.

OSU offers more than 200 undergraduate degree programs and 80 graduate degree programs. Twenty academic degrees are offered online. More than 3,000 faculty members serve students in 36 counties in Oregon through its many Extension offices. OSU has 12 colleges and 15 agricultural experiment stations. It also runs the Hatfield Marine Sciences Center in Newport and the OSU-Cascades center in Bend, Oregon.

OSU has many nationally recognized programs, including the highest ranking in the nation for conservation biology, and high marks for agricultural sciences, nuclear engineering, forestry, fisheries and wildlife management, community health, pharmacy and zoology. The university is very "green," using renewable energy and exercise machines in the student fitness center that are connected to the power grid.

There are many historic buildings on the OSU campus, including landmarks such as Weatherford Hall, the Memorial Union, and Benton Hall, among others.


Founded as Corvallis College in the 1868 as a Land Grant university, OSU also has a Sea Grant, a Space Grant and a Sun Grant. These designations are unique to OSU, which is also the only university in Oregon to hold top honors in both research and community engagement.


The academic calendar for Oregon State University follows the quarter format, with fall, winter, spring and summer quarters.

Colleges and Schools

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Forestry
  • Graduate School
  • Public Health & Human Sciences
  • Liberal Arts
  • Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences
  • Pharmacy
  • Science
  • University Honors College
  • Veterinary Medicine

Student Life

Oregon State University is known for its welcoming campus community, and there are more than 300 student clubs and organizations available for involvement. Clubs cover interests such as student government, sports, community service, socializing, environmental awareness, theater and music. Activities and events also abound, with guest lectures, concerts, festivals and other cultural programs available throughout the year. Greek life is very active at OSU, with several local chapters of fraternities and sororities on campus.

Student resources at OSU include recreational sports, student health services, disability access services, the OSU Bookstore, a Recreation Center, Craft Center, and on-campus housing and dining services.


The official school colors for OSU are orange and black, with white as an accent color. The school mascot is "Benny Beaver," and the athletic teams are nicknamed the Oregon State "Beavers."

The traditional fight song for OSU is called "Hail to Old OSU":

OSU our hats are off to you,
Beavers, Beavers, fighters thru and thru,
We'll cheer thru-out the land,
We'll root for every stand,
That's made for old OSU.

Watch our team go tearing down the field;
Those of iron, their strength will never yield.
Hail! Hail! Hail! Hail!

Hail to old OSU.

OSU! Fight! B - E - A - V - E - R - S

The rally squad is excellent and their dance routines and cheers are a huge draw for fans at the Beavers' athletic events.


The OSU "Beavers" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its primary campus in Corvallis, Oregon, OSU has 5 agricultural experiment stations throughout the state. It also runs the Hatfield Marine Sciences Center in Newport, Oregon, and the OSU-Cascades center in Bend, Oregon.

Community Life

The OSU campus is in Corvallis, a small town in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley. The town has been voted one of the nicest and safest places to live in the U.S., and the area boasts plenty of outdoor recreation. It is also within easy distance of the Oregon Coast and the busy city of Portland. Corvallis offers great dining, local wines, live music venues and a local farmers market. Students and visitors can stroll in one of the many beautiful city parks.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give an overview of the applicants Oregon State University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at Oregon State University is about 30,000. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 12% enrolling as graduate students and 83% as undergraduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $17,700. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $60 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • In-State Tuition: $8,500-$10,000
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $27,000-$32,630
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $180-$220 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $580-$700 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid82%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships66%$7,528
Receiving Student Loans54%$6,869

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Oregon State University may offer services to students including:

  • Distance learning
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance
  • Child care

Graduation Rates

Oregon State University has an overall graduation rate which is around 61%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years30%
Graduating in 5 Years26%
Graduating in 6 Years6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dietetics Program
  • Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
  • Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Oregon State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Pac-12 Conference)
  • Basketball (Pac-12 Conference)
  • Track and Field (Pac-12 Conference)
  • Football (Pac-12 Conference)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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