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 Admission to Oregon State

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Oregon State University welcomes all students without regard to race, creed, sex, marital status, sexual preference, age, religion, handicap, or national origin who provide evidence of suitable preparation for course work at the university level.

Office of Admissions
B104 Kerr Administration Bldg.
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331


Noah Buckley, Director, 541-737-0583
Matt OgawaAssociate Director, 541-737-9807
Blake Vawter, Associate Director, 541-737-3597
Erin Rau, Associate Director, 541-737-0579
Heather Wofford, Assistant Director, 541-737-9808
Christina Nakada, Assistant Director, 541-737-5696
Alex Galbreath, Assistant Director, 541-737-3418 
Brian Palmer, Assistant Director, 541-737-2499 


Information for undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, nondegree undergraduate students is available from the Office of Admissions.

Admission applications are available at

World Wide Web:
On-campus: B104 Kerr Administration Bldg.
Telephone: 541-737-4411
Toll free: 800-291-4192
Fax: 541-737-2482
OSU code for SAT, AP, TOEFL, or CLEP reports: 4586
OSU code for ACT reports: 3482

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Admission Requirements for First-Year Students

When to Apply

See application deadlines at

The application and fee must be submitted electronically by the respective deadline.


The Admission Process

Apply online at Applicants are required to use a valid Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit card to pay the $60 nonrefundable application fee. Request that your high school send your official high school transcript to OSU, and have your official SAT or ACT test scores sent to OSU.

Telefax (Fax) credentials are considered official if faxed directly from a high school within the U.S.A. with a cover page. The fax number is 541-737-2482.

Portfolios, videotapes, essays and personal interviews are generally not required.

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Evaluation Process

Admission to Oregon State University is selective and competitive and is based on a holistic review of application materials.

Complete applications are first reviewed to confirm successful completion of the 15 high school subject requirements and GPA earned. There is no minimum SAT or ACT score requirement. However, official scores from one of these tests are required for admission and advising purposes.

Applicants for undergraduate admission are required to complete an "Insight Résumé," a written assessment designed to evaluate students' noncognitive attributes. These attributes include self-concept, realistic self-appraisal, handling the system, ability to set long-range goals, leadership, connections with a strong support person, community engagement, and nontraditional learning.

Academic performance is not the sole criterion for 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 the university. An evaluation may take into consideration current behavior and performance as well as past experiences and actions. Simply qualifying for admission does not guarantee admission.

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Policy Regarding Students' Eligibility to Return to Prior College

Applicants who disclose that they 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 to 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.

All applicants who are denied admission have the right to appeal that decision, and appeals will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

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Selection of First-Year Students

OSU’s admission requirements promote student success by assessing preparedness and academic potential in the unique context of each student’s personal experience. Admission assessment will consider all achievement, both academic and nonacademic, to enroll students with a broad range of characteristics and perspectives. These include, but are not limited to academic achievement, creativity, initiative, motivation, leadership, persistence, service to others, intellectual curiosity, exceptional personal or academic recognition, unusual talent or ability, substantial experience with other cultures, and ability to overcome significant challenges.

The admissions process provides a fair and comprehensive review of all applicants for determining potential success at OSU. It is crucial that applicants carefully complete the application process by providing thorough information. Estimating the likelihood of admission is very difficult without considering the complete application file.

Regular Admission

Initial admission selections are based on a holistic assessment of the criteria listed below.

Strength of Curriculum:

  • Quality, quantity, and level of course work throughout the entire high school program, especially course work completed beyond the minimum courses required (See the high school course requirements chart.)
  • Advanced placement (AP), international baccalaureate (IB), or college course work completed or in progress
  • Strength of the program taken within the context of the high school attended
  • Progressively challenging math sequence (beyond Algebra II), demonstrated by performance

Academic Performance:

  • A recommended high school grade-point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale as calculated by the Office of Admissions)
  • Class rank taken in context with academic rigor and size of high school attended
  • Performance on standardized tests: SAT or ACT.

Insight Résumé:

  • Understanding of you as a unique, contributing individual
  • Your accomplishments, perspectives, experiences, and talents
  • Your achievements within the context of your social and personal circumstances
  • Participation in activities that develop academic, intellectual, and leadership abilities

Insight Résumé scores are also used for scholarship selection, secondary review of applicants who do not meet admission requirements, and compiling baseline data.

Extended Admission (Admission Appeals)

Students not selected for regular admission may be invited to appeal via in the extended admission process. Extended admission decisions will be determined by the Undergraduate Admissions Committee. In addition to regular admission requirements, students participating in the extended admission review will be asked to provide additional materials for consideration. Please refer to the OSU Admissions website for specifics:

High School Course Requirements

College Preparatory Subjects

Minimum Units

Grades of C– or higher are required.


4 years



3 years

Culminating at the Algebra II level or higher

Social Studies

3 years



3 years

One year each of two different sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, etc.). One year of lab strongly recommended.

Foreign Language
(not required if high school graduation of GED date prior to 1997)

2 years

May be met in any one of these ways:

  • Completing two years of the same high school-level foreign language
  • Earning grade of C– or higher in the third year of high school-level foreign language
  • Completing two consecutive quarters of the same college-level foreign language
  • Earning a satisfactory score on an approved assessment of foreign language knowledge
  • Demonstrated proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Completing grades 1 through 7 at a school in which all courses are taught in a language other than English (Documentation is required.)

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Alternatives to Subject Requirements

Students unable to fulfill the subject requirements will be eligible for consideration by:

  1. Earning a 940 total score on two SAT Subject Tests (Math level I or II and a second test of choice [foreign language recommended])
  2. Successfully completing course work (high school or college transfer) for specific subject deficiencies.

Alternatives should be completed by high school graduation.

Test Requirements

Freshman applicants (except those applying on the basis of GED scores) must submit Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT-Reasoning) or American College Test (ACT) scores. Test scores are used to determine course placement and are considered for applicants not meeting the minimum high school GPA requirement.

Official scores are required.

The institutional code for having most test scores sent to OSU is 4586.
The OSU ACT code is 3482.

High School Graduation

Public high school students must graduate from standard high schools.1 Private high school students must graduate from accredited high schools.2


1 Standard high schools are public high schools that are certified as meeting specified levels of resources, services, and quality established by the Oregon Department of Education.

2 Accredited high schools are those that are reviewed and recognized by a regional entity, such as the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, as meeting an appropriate level of academic rigor and support.

Graduates of Nonstandard or Unaccredited High Schools or Home-Schooled Students

Graduates of nonstandard or unaccredited high schools must qualify for admission by meeting institutional SAT Reasoning Exam/ACT requirements (see minimums below) and have an average score of 470 or above (940 total) on two College Board SAT subject tests.

(Math level I or II and another test of the student’s choice. An examination in a second language is strongly recommended to qualify a student for admission by meeting the language proficiency requirements. Students who do not take an SAT subject test in a second language must prove language proficiency through another approved process.)

Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Minimum ACT/SAT Reasoning Requirements for Students Who Did Not Graduate from an Accredited or Standard School

(includes Math, Critical Reading, and Writing beginning March 2005)

ACT* 23 or SAT Reasoning 1540

* ACT scores are subject to change with additional information from ACT regarding integration of the optional writing exam.

Applicants must submit scores in the SAT Reasoning or American College Test (ACT) that include a standardized writing examination. SAT subject tests are required for applicants who are graduates of unaccredited high schools, including home-schooled students. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Test scores are used:

  • as an alternate means of meeting the GPA and/or subject requirements;
  • to comply with the admission policy for graduates of unaccredited high schools;
  • in selectively admitting qualified applicants; and
  • for advising, guidance, and research purposes.


Admission Based Upon GED Scores

Achieve an average GED score of at least:

  • 58, if taken prior to January 2002, with no subtest score less than 41.
  • 580, if taken between January 2002 and December 2013, with no subtest score less than 410.
  • 680 (total score from 4 subject tests), if taken in January 2014 or later, with no subtest score less than 150.

Applicants admitted on the basis of GED scores are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Note: Students who graduate from high school or took the GED test in the 1996–97 school year and later must pass two years of the same foreign language prior to admission. Foreign language taken at an unaccredited high school does not qualify. If you have questions pertaining to these guidelines, please contact the OSU Admissions Office regarding your options for completion of this requirement.

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Petition for Admission Consideration

Students not approved for admission may appeal via the extended admission process and will be provided with information about the petition procedure. Deadlines are in effect each term for appeals. For additional information, please refer to the OSU Admissions website:

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Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

Oregon State University awards ungraded credit for achievement on certain College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations. Information pertaining to specific AP credit policies is available in high school counseling centers or may be obtained from the OSU Office of Admissions website. OSU's college code is 4586 for those wishing to have their scores sent.

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International Baccalaureate Credit

Oregon State recognizes IB achievement by awarding credit to students who score 5 or above on standard and higher level IB exams. OSU also grants additional benefits for students who complete the full IB diploma with a score of 30 or higher, as follows:

Sophomore Standing, and IB Scholarships are available. Students with a total score on IB exams of 30 or higher may choose to accept the annual, renewable scholarship award of at least $3,000 OR may compete for more substantial awards.

Students must indicate that they would like official test scores sent to OSU. The official International Baccalaureate Certificate is required in order to award credit.

Contact your IB coordinator or IB North America to request score reports.

IBO North America

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Transfer Admission

When to Apply

Apply online at Applicants are required to use a valid Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit card to pay the $60 nonrefundable application fee. Request that your high school send your official high school transcript to OSU. Official transcripts must be sent to OSU from each college or university attended.

Please refer to for application deadlines.

Minimum Requirements for Admission Consideration

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents:

  1. Successful completion of no less than 36 quarter (24 semester) graded, transferable credits from (an) accredited U.S. institution(s). Students with at least 12 quarter hours but fewer than 36 graded transferable hours will be considered on the basis of their high school records and test scores, and must have a 2.25 GPA on all collegiate work attempted.
  2. Only college-level, transferable credits are counted in those accepted in the GPA computation (professional-technical course grades are not included).
  3. Grade of C– or better earned in the following courses:
    • College-level writing equivalent to WR 121 (English Composition) or equivalent.
    • Mathematics course with course content of College Algebra for which the prerequisite is Intermediate Algebra.
    • Two terms of the same foreign language in college will be required of those high school graduates of the class of 1997 and beyond who did not successfully complete two units (years) of foreign language while in high school. For additional information on how to meet foreign language deficiencies, see
  4. Eligibility to return to the most recent college or university attended.
  5. Academic performance is not the sole criterion for 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 the university. An evaluation may take into consideration current behavior and performance as well as past experiences and actions. Simply qualifying for admission does not guarantee admission.

Consideration will be given to applicants with a 2.00 GPA and an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree from an Oregon community college, but admission is not guaranteed.

Evaluation and Transferability of Credit

Only official records are used to evaluate eligibility for admission and transferability of credit.

Official transcripts of all college work attempted must be submitted directly from the Registrar's Office of each institution. Telefax (Fax) credentials are considered official if faxed directly from a U.S. school with a cover page. OSU's fax number is 541-737-2482.

OSU considers transfer college-level courses successfully completed at colleges or universities accredited by an appropriate accreditation agency. An advanced standing report acknowledging the courses accepted by the university will be sent via email by the Office of Admissions after the official letter of admission.

Persons transferring to OSU from a community college may have up to 124 quarter credits (83 semester units) accepted toward their bachelor's degree. If the school previously attended used the semester system, one semester credit equals 1.5 quarter credits at OSU.


Applicants who want credit for College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests should have official test scores sent to Admissions using college code 4586. Additional details are available in the OSU Credit Opportunities brochure and on the OSU Admissions website.

For information on OSU's acceptance of professional-technical courses, please see Academic Regulation 2, paragraph b below.

Acceptance of Credit from a Two-Year Institution
(OSU Academic Regulation 2):

Credit From A Two-Year Institution (Undergraduate Students)

  1. College Transfer Credits: Oregon State University accepts for credit toward a baccalaureate degree all college transfer work completed at an Oregon or other accredited community college up to 124 lower-division quarter credits. For Institutional Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees, see AR 25. Students are encouraged to work with the relevant academic unit to ensure that transfer credits meet department and college requirements for the degree. It would be unlikely for an individual student to be able to use all 124 credits toward an OSU baccalaureate degree. Transfer credits and grades are not used in calculating the OSU cumulative GPA. Students who hold OSU-approved direct transfer degrees from Oregon or other accredited community colleges (e.g., the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer) or who have 90 or more credits accepted in transfer will be granted junior standing.1 Students who hold OSU-approved direct transfer degrees will be considered to have met the Perspectives and Skills (except WIC) areas of the Baccalaureate Core. In addition, they must complete the upper-division Synthesis areas of the core. Students transferring from Oregon or other accredited community colleges who do not hold approved direct transfer degrees ordinarily will be given baccalaureate core credit in the Perspectives and Skills area on a course-by-course basis for work that is judged to be equivalent in content.

  2. Transfer of Professional-Technical Credits: a maximum of 12 quarter credits (8 semester credits) of professional-technical course work applicable in an associate's degree or certificate program at an accredited institution can be accepted upon admission to OSU as general elective credit (graded as Pass) and as part of the 124-quarter credit total that can be applied toward a baccalaureate degree.

  3. Transfer of Professional-Technical Course Credits through Articulation Agreements: Lower-division OSU credit may be awarded for specific professional-technical community college courses when those courses are validated by articulation agreement with the appropriate OSU department. This may be above the 12 quarter credits of general electives (graded as Pass) allowed when a student is admitted to OSU. Credit will be awarded only upon the recommendation of the appropriate department and college, and approval by the Curriculum Council. Community college professional-technical course work is not equated to upper-division OSU course work. These course credits will count as part of the 124 quarter credits defined in paragraph 2a above. OSU departments who have articulation agreements with community colleges regarding community college professional-technical courses shall review the agreements annually and forward a dated list of the articulated community college courses to the Curriculum Council.

1 Junior standing does not necessarily imply that OSU institutional, college, division, and/or departmental requirements, which are normally satisfied by OSU students prior to their junior year, have been satisfied.

Petition for Admission Consideration

Transfer students not approved for admission may complete the extended admission requirements and will be provided with information about the petition procedure. Deadlines are in effect each term for appeals.

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Nondegree Status

Nondegree enrollment status is designed for students who want to take courses but do not want to pursue a degree. In some instances nondegree students may not meet regular admission requirements. Nondegree students are part-time students who are expected to enroll in no more than 8 credits a term. Students who want to enroll for more than 8 credits a term must apply for regular admission.

Nondegree enrollment status requires no formal admission process and has no requirements for entrance. Nondegree applications should be submitted electronically. Approval is granted for a specific term. Students who are unable to attend the specific term and want to enroll later should contact the Office of Admissions (undergraduate nondegree) or the Graduate School (graduate nondegree).

Nondegree students are given grades and academic records, and are reviewed according to university standards of good academic progress.

Nondegree students who wish to seek full admission and pursue a degree must do so by submitting an undergraduate, postbaccalaureate or graduate application for admission. In all cases, an admission application fee is required. Successful enrollment as a nondegree student does not guarantee regular admission. Credits earned while enrolled under nondegree undergraduate status will be applied to a student's record.

Nondegree graduate students who decide to seek admission to a specific degree program during the course of their studies should note that any credits taken as a nondegree student may or may not be applicable for that degree, depending upon a variety of factors, their chosen program, and the policies of the Graduate School. Graduate students are further advised that academic residency must be completed after full admission as a degree-seeking graduate student, regardless of the number of credits previously earned while in nondegree status. Please refer to “Reclassification of Postbaccalaureate Students, Nondegree-Seeking Students, and Graduate Certificate Students” at

Nondegree students follow the registration procedures and policies as outlined in the Registration Information Handbook. The Schedule of Classes is available through the Web at Registering students are expected to obtain a student identification card through the ID Center in the Kerr Administration Building.

Tuition and fees for nondegree students enrolled in fewer than 9 credits are assessed at resident rates based on undergraduate- or graduate-course level. Payment of the health service fee is optional. Enrollment in excess of 8 credits requires that tuition and fees be assessed at the same rates as regular students and requires full admission as a regular student.

Registration holds in place prior to applying for nondegree status must be satisfied before registration as nondegree student will be allowed.

Academic Regulation 1. Admission for Nondegree Students

  1. Nondegree enrollment status for undergraduate students is designed for students who wish to take 8 or fewer credits per term, but do not wish to pursue a degree or a specific postbaccalaureate credential.
  2. Nondegree enrollment status for graduate students is designed for students who wish to take graduate courses, but do not wish to pursue an advanced degree. Nondegree graduate students are not limited as to the number of courses (credits) per term.
  3. Credits earned as a nondegree undergraduate student may be used to satisfy degree requirements upon admission as a degree-seeking student.
  4. Credits earned while enrolled as a nondegree graduate student will not necessarily apply to a graduate program upon admission to degree-seeking status. Communication with the Graduate School and specific academic programs is advised.
  5. Nondegree students seeking admission to a degree program must do so by submitting an undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, or graduate application for admission.

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International Undergraduates as Nondegree Students

International students who are currently in the U.S. on visas such as an F-1, F-2, B-2, J-1, etc. and do not have a valid immigration document from OSU should consult with OSU's International Student Advising and Services (ISAS) (email: before submitting the OSU non-degree application for admission. Students will be required to turn in copies of their immigration documents to move forward. Only certain visa types allow an individual to pursue part-time or non-degree-seeking course work and still maintain one's visa status.

International students who plan to enroll with OSU as non-degree exchange students should use the application form that is made available at each partner institution. For a list of exchange partner institutions, go to

Undergraduate students who wish to enroll with OSU for one or more terms, but who do not plan to complete degree requirements at OSU and will not participate in an established exchange program, should contact International Admissions at for further information, and before applying.

International students who wish to enroll in Academic English, Undergraduate Pathway or Graduate Pathway programs should contact INTO Oregon State University at for further information.

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Select a Major

Undergraduates and postbaccalaureate applicants are asked to select a college and a major within that college. The University Exploratory Studies Program is a choice available to undergraduates who are undecided about a major. Students may change their major in consultation with an academic advisor.

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Admission of Postbaccalaureate Students

Students who want to earn a subsequent undergraduate degree or are fulfilling prerequisites for a degree program from OSU may apply for postbaccalaureate admission through the Office of Admissions. Applicants for consideration must meet the same application deadline and GPA requirements as transfer applicants. The GPA is computed on the first baccalaureate degree plus any subsequent credit earned. Applicants must include a statement of objectives of 150 to 200 words with their application. A $60.00 application fee must be included with application. Academic departments may impose additional requirements.

Admission of Subsequent Minor, Credential or Certificate

Students who want to earn a subsequent minor, credential or certificate from OSU may apply for nondegree credential enrollment status. Students must complete the current requirements for a minor, credential or certificate and receive the dean's approval. Students must also achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 and complete a minimum of 15 credits in residence. A nonrefundable $60.00 admission application fee is charged.

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Admission with Graduate Standing

To be considered for admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, as well as a scholastic record, background, or other evidence that indicates the ability to do satisfactory graduate work. See Graduate Admission Procedures in this catalog:

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Admission of International Undergraduate Students

International students are admitted to OSU based on meeting the minimum OSU academic requirements, English language proficiency requirements and evidence of funding requirements (if an F-1 or J-1 visa is needed). Visit the Office of International Admissions online at

In general, international applicants must have completed their high school diploma or secondary school certificate with a minimum 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, an average "B" grade (A–F), or the equivalent.

Applicants transferring from a recognized college or university outside the U.S. must have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5, meet OSU's math requirement for transfer students (if you have earned 36 or more transferrable credits) AND be eligible to return to the most recent institution attended.

Applicants transferring from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. must have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.25, meet OSU's math and writing requirements for transfer students (if you have earned 36 or more transferrable credits), AND be eligible to return to the most recent institution attended.

Applicants for a bachelor's degree must submit official records of all secondary, middle and high schools attended (in general, these represent years 9–12) AND all colleges, universities and/or professional schools attended. Results of comprehensive examinations are required in the original language and on the official form of the institution, government, or other examining or certifying agency.

Applicants must present proof of English language proficiency, if available, by submitting TOEFL, IELTS or an acceptable alternative, e.g., IGCSE, SAT, ACT, or AP results.

Exceptions to the English proficiency test requirement are:

  • Individuals who have completed a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or other English speaking country (See list below).
  • Citizens of the following countries: Anguilla, Antiqua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (English speaking provinces), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Ireland, Jamaica, Montserrat, New Zealand, St. Kits and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United Kingdom, U.S. Virgin Islands.
    **For citizens of African countries whose official language is English, waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis if the medium of instruction is English.

INTO OSU Pathway Programs:

Undergraduate Pathway

INTO Oregon State University's Undergraduate Pathway programs combine intensive language study, academic skills development and academic course work in a carefully constructed program designed to move students successfully through one to three terms of undergraduate study in their degree program. Entry requirements vary based on the length of program chosen. All students have a study plan and receive academic advising that is reflective of their specific Undergraduate Pathway program.

Successful completion of Undergraduate Pathway progression requirements allows students to complete one to three terms of undergraduate study and progress to their undergraduate degree at Oregon State University in their respective field of study.

Conditional Undergraduate Pathway

Academically qualified applicants for Undergraduate Pathway who are unable to provide a language proficiency score (or provide one that is below the minimum) will be conditionally admitted to the Undergraduate Pathway program and required to complete INTO OSU Academic English through Level 4 before beginning the OSU academic course work portion of the program. All students have a study plan and receive academic advising that is reflective of their specific Conditional Undergraduate Pathway program.

Graduate Pathway

INTO Oregon State University's Graduate Pathway program is a pre-Master's program that provides international students a direct path to various graduate degrees at the university. The program gives students the academic foundation, essential language skills and GMAT/GRE test preparation to successfully move on to the Master's degree. Entry to this program requires satisfactory completion of a four-year undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject with at least a 2.75 GPA or equivalent overall and a minimum of 2.75 GPA for the final year of study and a 70 iBT TOEFL or equivalent test score (some options have higher entry requirements). All students have a study plan and receive academic advising that is reflective of their specific Graduate Pathway program.

Successful completion of Graduate Pathway progression requirements secures students a place in full-time graduate studies at Oregon State University in their respective field of study.

Conditional Graduate Pathway

Academically qualified applicants for Graduate Pathway who are unable to provide a language proficiency score (or provide one that is below the minimum) will be conditionally admitted to the Graduate Pathway program and required to complete INTO OSU Academic English through Level 5 before beginning the OSU academic course work portion of the program. All students have a study plan and receive academic advising that is reflective of their specific Conditional Graduate Pathway program.

When to Apply: International Undergraduate Students

The Office of International Admissions recommends that international undergraduate applicants submit a complete application and supporting documents preferably 4 to 6 months before the intended term start date.

Term for 2016–2017

Start Date
(First day of classes)

Summer 2016

June 20

Fall 2016

September 21

Winter 2017

January 9

Spring 2017

April 3

Summer 2017

June 26


For information about Admission of International Graduate Students, please see the Graduate Admissions Requirements section at

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Admission to Summer Session

Students who wish to begin work on a degree during summer session at OSU must satisfy regular admission requirements and apply by the specified deadlines.

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Admission to Professional Programs

Professional programs are accredited according to requirements set by professional societies. These programs often have more rigorous requirements for admission, continuation in the program, and acceptance of transfer credit. Therefore, admission to OSU is separate from admission to a professional program and does not guarantee such admission.

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OSU-Cascades Campus

Oregon State University’s campus in Bend, Oregon, provides students excellence in academics, practical and experiential learning opportunities, and the lifelong advantages of a premier research university—all on a growing campus community of 1,200 students and faculty.

OSU-Cascades features outstanding faculty in degree programs that reflect Central Oregon’s vibrant economy, abundant natural resources and commitment to sustainability. Sixteen undergraduate majors, 30 minors and options, and three graduate programs include fields such as computer science, energy systems engineering, kinesiology, hospitality management, and tourism and outdoor leadership. Experiential learning options include faculty research, internships and study abroad programs in 80 countries.

OSU-Cascades’ new campus opens to students in September 2016. It is located near downtown Bend, and is walking or biking distance from many services and amenities used by students. A bus system provides students free transportation, including to Central Oregon Community College.

OSU-Cascades awards master’s and bachelor’s degrees.

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Degree Partnership Programs – Dual Admission and Enrollment at Designated Community Colleges

Oregon State University offers special Degree Partnership Programs (dual admission and enrollment) with most of Oregon's community colleges:

  1. Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton
  2. Central Oregon Community College in Bend
  3. Chemeketa Community College in Salem
  4. Clackamas Community College in Oregon City
  5. Clatsop Community College in Astoria
  6. Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles
  7. Klamath Community College in Klamath Falls
  8. Lane Community College in Eugene
  9. Linn-Benton Community College in Albany
  10. Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham
  11. Oregon Coast Community College in Newport
  12. Portland Community College
  13. Rogue Community College in Medford
  14. Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay
  15. Tillamook Bay Community College in Tillamook
  16. Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario
  17. Umpqua Community College in Roseburg

OSU also has Degree Partnership Programs with four of Hawaii's seven community colleges:

  1. Hawai'i Community College in Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
  2. Kapi'olani Community College in Honolulu, Oahu
  3. Leeward Community College in Pearl City, Oahu [Pending]
  4. Maui College, University of Hawaii, in Kahului, Maui

These programs provide students with simultaneous access and admission/enrollment status at both OSU and the community college. There is one application process to attend both schools, advising is available at either campus, and the student has the opportunity to access services and participate in college life on both campuses. There is flexibility in scheduling with access to more classes, financial aid is available for qualified students while attending both schools, and admitted students have access to library and computer lab resources at both campuses. For more information on Degree Partnership Programs (dual admission and enrollment), please contact the admissions office at the community college, OSU Degree Partnership Student Program, 541-737-2790, or the University Partnership Programs Web page at or http://partnerships/

Transfer Student Services and Degree Partnership Programs
B102 Kerr Administration Bldg.
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
Websites:; and and http://partnerships/ 

Rick DeBellis, Associate Director for Enrollment Management
Degree Partnership Programs

Kayleen Salchenberg-Steeves, Transfer Student Services Manager

Application deadlines for Degree Partnership Programs vary. Please refer to the DPP website at to assure that you meet the appropriate deadline.

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Credit for Military Experience

Students are recommended to seek advice from their Academic Advisor prior to transferring in their Military Credits. Oregon State University grants up to 45 credits for military education as recommended by the American Council on Education's (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. This is in accordance with transfer credit policies at Oregon State University. Students may request evaluation of military credit by furnishing the Office of Admissions with a Joint Services Transcript or Navy SMART transcript or U.S. Coast Guard transcript. Transcripts may be obtained through these homepages:

Oregon State University will grant 1.00 quarter credit for the course HHS 241 Lifetime Fitness Lab. For HHS 241 credit to be granted, please submit either the DD214 or an official ACE transcript. Credit will also be granted if one of the following military science courses has been completed successfully: Physical Fitness, Physical Education, or Physical Conditioning. To receive credit, please submit an official transcript from the institution.

Oregon State University will assess and award block transfer credit upon review of your military record. An evaluation report showing block transfer credits will be sent to you. Your major college will receive a copy of your evaluation report and the ACE recommendation guideline. For a better understanding of how each college uses the 45-credit block of general elective credits there is a web page on the OSU Veterans website (go to, click on Current Students, then click on Military Credit) outlining this information. In addition, if you believe a specific military course, training, experience, etc. directly relates to a university course, you can complete a form to petition for Military Credit Course Substitution (go to, click on Current Students on the right side, then click on Military Credit on the right side of the page).

Any student receiving GI Bill education benefits while attending Oregon State University is required to obtain transcripts from all previously attended schools and submit them to the school for review of prior credit.

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Placement Examinations

High school seniors planning to enter OSU must take the SAT or the ACT. These tests provide academic advisors with valuable information about a student's educational development, abilities, and aptitudes.

New students are required to take an online Math Placement Test (see Students who enter the university with previous language training from another institution and who wish to continue their study of the language are required to take a language proficiency examination to determine placement level. Please call the OSU School of Language, Culture, and Society at 541-737-4603. Other placement examinations may be required in certain majors.

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Registration Procedures

Once admitted to Oregon State University, students are eligible for course registration. Complete registration instructions, procedures, schedules and deadlines are detailed in the Schedule of Classes on the Web. A student is officially registered and eligible to attend classes only when all procedures have been completed. Students who make arrangements to pay outstanding university debts and who do not adhere to the agreed upon plan may be dis-enrolled.

In addition to the basic information regarding registration, the Registration Information Handbook is an essential resource to the student for the academic calendar, fee schedule, academic and other student regulations and procedures, final examination schedule, and listing of baccalaureate core courses.

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Undergraduate students who wish to re-enroll in the university after an absence may do so providing they were eligible to re-enroll their last term of attendance. Students who have been absent four or more terms, not including summer terms, should contact the Office of the Registrar to reactivate their records, at which time the current catalog becomes their catalog of record for graduation requirements. The university reserves the right to consider a student's status with respect to voluntary or involuntary leave, as well as any existing student conduct issues when requesting to re-enroll. Students who have been absent less than four terms are still considered active and register following the registration instructions in the current Registration Information Handbook in PDF format in the online catalog at International students who wish to re-enroll after an absence should check in with the Office of International Services (OIS) to make sure they have the required documents to return.

Re-enrolling students who have attended another college or university since their last term at OSU are required to report that enrollment at the time of re-entry. Official transcripts must be forwarded to the Office of Admissions. Returning students with an OSU cumulative GPA below or very near 2.00 are reminded of the OSU graduation requirement (Academic Regulation 25e), which stipulates 2.00 as the minimum OSU cumulative grade-point average required to earn a baccalaureate degree from OSU.

All re-enrolling students are reminded of their responsibility to update any outdated information, such as address, in their OSU records. Contact the Office of the Registrar to make changes.

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Oregon Transfer Module-OSU Version

The Oregon Transfer Module (OTM) provides a one-year curriculum for students who plan to transfer to a state of Oregon two-year or four-year college/university of higher education. The Oregon Transfer Module is neither a certificate nor a degree; it represents the successful completion of certain general education courses. OTM completion will be noted in the student’s record. The Oregon Transfer Module documents that a student has met a subset of the common general education requirements at all Oregon community colleges and state universities in Oregon.

The Oregon Transfer Module requirements at Oregon State University are:

  • 45 lower-division credits—minimum of 12 credits must be OSU course work according to the attached list
  • Minimum grade of C– for each course
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0 at time Oregon Transfer Module is completed
  • Students are allowed 3 S/U credits per full time term or a maximum of 9 S/U credits in the Oregon Transfer Module.

OSU students planning to complete the Oregon Transfer Module must file the OTM Completion Application with the Registrar’s Office. Students should fill out the form when the module is completed or they are in the last term of completion.

Upon successful review by OSU and completion of the Oregon Transfer Module, a notation will be added to the student’s OSU record indicating the module is complete and the date. The notation will appear on the transcript as follows:

"Oregon Transfer Module Completed day-month-year"

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Oregon Transfer Module Courses


Foundational Skills (12–13 credits)


Writing (6 credits)

Select two writing courses from the following:
HC 199. Honors Writing (3)
PHL 121. Reasoning and Writing (3)
WR 121. English Composition (3)
WR 201. Writing for Media (3)
WR 214. Writing in Business (3)
WR 222. English Composition (3)
WR 224. Introduction to Fiction Writing (3)
WR 241. Introduction to Poetry Writing (3)

Oral Communication (3 credits)

Select one speech course from the following:
COMM 111. Public Speaking (3)
COMM 114. Argument and Critical Discourse (3)
COMM 114H. Argument and Critical Discourse (3)
COMM 218. Interpersonal Communication (3)
COMM 218H. Interpersonal Communication (3)

Mathematics (3–4 credits)

Select one mathematics course from the following:
MTH 105. Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics (3)
MTH 111. College Algebra (4)
MTH 112. Elementary Functions (4)
MTH 211. Foundations of Elementary Mathematics (4)
MTH 241. Calculus for Management and Social Science (4)
MTH 245. Mathematics for Management, Life, and Social Sciences (4)
MTH 251. Differential Calculus (4)
MTH 251H. Differential Calculus (4)

Introduction to Disciplines (30 credits)


Arts and Letters (9+ credits)

Select a minimum of three courses:
ART 101. Introduction to the Visual Arts (4)
ART 204. Introduction to Art History-Western (3)
ART 205. Introduction to Art History-Western (3)
ART 206. Introduction to Art History-Western (3)
ENG 104. Introduction to Literature: Fiction (3)
ENG 104H. Introduction to Literature: Fiction (3)
ENG 105. Introduction to Literature: Drama (3)
ENG 106. Introduction to Literature: Poetry (3)
ENG 201. Shakespeare (4)
ENG 202. Shakespeare (4)
ENG 204. Survey of British Literature: Beginnings to 1660 (4)
ENG 205. Survey of British Literature: Restoration to Romantic Era (4)
ENG 206. Survey of British Literature: Victorian Era to 20th Century (4)
ENG 207. Literatures of Western Civilization: Classical-Renaissance (4)
ENG 208. Literatures of Western Civilization: 18th Century to Present (4)
ENG 210. Literatures of the World: Asia (4)
ENG 211. Literatures of the World: Africa (4)
ENG 212. Literatures of the World: Meso/South America, Caribbean (4)
ENG 213. Literatures of the World: Middle East (4)
ENG 215. Classical Mythology (4)
ENG 221. African-American Literature (4)
ENG 253. Survey of American Literature: Colonial to 1900 (4)
ENG 254. Survey of American Literature: 1900 to Present (4)
ENG 260. Literature of American Minorities (4)
ENG 275. The Bible as Literature (4)
FILM 110. Introduction to Film Studies: 1895-1945 (3)
FILM 125. Introduction to Film Studies: 1945-Present (3)
FILM 220. Topics in Difference, Power, and Discrimination (4)
FILM 245. The New American Cinema (4)
FILM 265. Films for the Future (4)
FR 270. France Today: Cultures Within and Beyond Its Borders (3)
LING 208. Western Culture Study Abroad (3)
LING 209. Cultural Diversity Study Abroad (3)
LING 251. Languages of Oregon (3)
MUS 101. Music Appreciation I: Survey (3)
MUS 102. Music Appreciation II: Periods and Genres (3)
MUS 103. Music Appreciation III: Great Composers (3)
MUS 108. Music Cultures of the World (3)
MUS 121. Literature and Materials of Music I (3)
RUS 231. Russian Culture (3)
RUS 232. Russian Culture (3)
RUS 233. Russian Culture (3)
TA 147. Introduction to the Theatre (3)

Social Sciences (9+ credits)

Select a minimum of three courses:
AEC 250. Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
AEC 253. Environmental Law, Policy, and Economics (4)
ANTH 110. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
ANTH 208. Western Culture Study Abroad (3)
ANTH 209. Cultural Diversity Study Abroad (3)
ANTH 210. Comparative Cultures (3)
ANTH 251. Language in the USA (3)
DHE 270. Appearance, Power, and Society (4)
ECON 201. Introduction to Microeconomics (4)
ECON 201H. Introduction to Microeconomics (4)
ECON 202. Introduction to Macroeconomics (4)
ES 101. Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3)
ES 212. Survey of Chicano/a-Latino/a Studies (3)
ES 213. Contemporary Latino/a Culture and Issues (3) 
ES 221. Survey of African American Studies I (4)
ES 223. Survey of African American Studies II (4)
ES 231. Introduction to Asian American Studies (4)
ES 233. Asian Pacific American Activism and Empowerment (4)
ES 241. Introduction to Native American Studies (4)
ES 243. Native American Assimilation and Activism (4)
FST 260. Food Science and Technology in Western Culture (3)
GEOG 105. Geography of the Non-Western World (3)
GEOG 106. Geography of the Western World (3)
H 210. Introduction to the Health Care System (3)
H 225. Social and Individual Health Determinants (4)
HDFS 201. Contemporary Families in the U.S. (3)
HST 101. History of Western Civilization (4)
HST 101H. History of Western Civilization (4)
HST 102. History of Western Civilization (4)
HST 102H. History of Western Civilization (4)
HST 103. History of Western Civilization (4)
HST 103H. History of Western Civilization (4)
HST 104. World History I: Ancient Civilizations (3)
HST 105. World History II: Middle and Early Modern Ages (3)
HST 106. World History III: The Modern and Contemporary World (3)
HST 201. History of the United States (4)
HST 202. History of the United States (4)
HST 203. History of the United States (4)
HST 203H. History of the United States (4)
NUTR 216. Food in Non-Western Culture (3)
PHL 150. Great Ideas in Philosophy (3)
PHL 160. Quests for Meaning: World Religions (4)
PHL 170. The Idea of God (4)
PHL 201. Introduction to Philosophy (4)
PHL 205. Ethics (4)
PHL 207. Political Philosophy (4)
PHL 220. World-Views and Values in the Bible (4)
PHL 251. Knowers, Knowing, and the Known (4)
PHL 280. Ethics of Diversity (4)
PS 201. Introduction to United States Government and Politics (4)
PS 201H. Introduction to United States Government and Politics (4)
PS 204. Introduction to Comparative Politics (4)
PS 205. Introduction to International Relations (4)
PS 205H. Introduction to International Relations (4)
PS 206. Introduction to Political Thought (4)
PS 206H. Introduction to Political Thought (4)
PSY 201. General Psychology (3)
PSY 202. General Psychology (3)
SOC 204. Introduction to Sociology (3)
SOC 205. Institutions and Social Change (3)
SOC 206. Social Problems and Issues (3) 
WGSS 223. Women: Self and Society (3)
WGSS 223H. Women: Self and Society (3)
WGSS 224. Women: Personal and Social Change (3)
WGSS 280. Women Worldwide (3)

Science/Math/Computer Science (12+ credits)

Select three courses, including at least one biological or physical science with a laboratory.
ANS 121. Introduction to Animal Sciences (4)
BI 101. General Biology (4)
BI 102. General Biology (4)
BI 103. General Biology (4)
BI 211. Principles of Biology (4)
BI 211H. Principles of Biology (4)
BI 212. Principles of Biology (4)
BI 212H. Principles of Biology (4)
BI 213. Principles of Biology (4)
BI 213H. Principles of Biology (4)
BOT 101. Botany: A Human Concern (4)
CH 122. General Chemistry (5)
CH 123. General Chemistry (5)
CH 202. Chemistry for Engineering Majors (3)
CH 231. General Chemistry (4)
        and CH 261. Laboratory for Chemistry 231 (1)
CH 232. General Chemistry (4)
        and CH 262. Laboratory for Chemistry 232 (1)
CH 233. General Chemistry (4)
        and CH 263. Laboratory for Chemistry 233 (1)
CSS 205. Soil Science (4)
   or SOIL 205. Soil Science (3)
FES 240. Forest Biology (4)
GEO 101. The Solid Earth (4)
GEO 102. The Surface of the Earth (4)
GEO 201. Physical Geology (4)
GEO 202. Earth Systems Science (4)
GEO 203. Evolution of Planet Earth (4)
MB 230. Introductory Microbiology (4)
OC 103. Exploring the Deep: Geography of the World's Oceans (4)
PH 104. Descriptive Astronomy (4)
PH 106. Perspectives in Physics (4)
PH 201. General Physics (5)
PH 202. General Physics (5)
PH 203. General Physics (5)
PH 211. General Physics with Calculus (4)
PH 212. General Physics with Calculus (4)
PH 213. General Physics with Calculus (4)

Electives (3+ credits)

One additional course as required to bring the total to 45. The course may be from any of the Introduction to Disciplines areas (Arts and Letters, Social Science, or Science/Math/Computer Science).

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