About Oregon State University

Founded in 1868, Oregon State University. is a Public college. Located in Oregon, which is a city setting in Oregon, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 25,327 full time undergraduate students, and 5,027 full time graduate students.

The Oregon State University Academic calendar runs on a Quarter basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 18:1. There are 1386 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Oregon State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate77%
Application Deadline
Application Fee60
SAT Range990-1240
ACT Range22-28

Admissions at OSU are considered Less Selective, with ,118% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 26 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

90% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 56% were in the top quarter, and 26% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE Reviews

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Oregon State University.

4%
“We”re apathetic”
21%
“We know about current events and vote”
65%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
10%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
5%
“We save it for the classroom”
17%
“Sometimes, but not often”
59%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
20%
“All the time, including weekends”
2%
“I”m always terrified”
4%
“I only go out in groups”
32%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
62%
“I feel extremely safe”
3%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
28%
“We bought the gear”
69%
“We live for the big game”
11%
“It”s not really our thing”
26%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
53%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
11%
“We”re a very artistic group”
5%
“Haven”t met them”
6%
“Available in class”
68%
“They keep regular office hours”
21%
“They”re always available”
2%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
12%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
76%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
11%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
18%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
43%
“We only party on weekends”
36%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
5%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
52%
“There might be people who do”
36%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
6%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
4%
“We”re apathetic”
21%
“We know about current events and vote”
65%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
10%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
5%
“We save it for the classroom”
17%
“Sometimes, but not often”
59%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
20%
“All the time, including weekends”
2%
“I”m always terrified”
4%
“I only go out in groups”
32%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
62%
“I feel extremely safe”
3%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
28%
“We bought the gear”
69%
“We live for the big game”
11%
“It”s not really our thing”
26%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
53%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
11%
“We”re a very artistic group”
5%
“Haven”t met them”
6%
“Available in class”
68%
“They keep regular office hours”
21%
“They”re always available”
2%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
12%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
76%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
11%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
18%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
43%
“We only party on weekends”
36%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
5%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
52%
“There might be people who do”
36%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
6%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    262 Students rated on-campus housing 3.6 stars. 14 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    210 Students rated off-campus housing 3.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    288 Students rated campus food 3.6 stars. 21 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    301 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    301 Students rated class size 3.6 stars. 20 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    300 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    299 Students rated local services 4 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    301 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.

Oregon State University REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Oregon State University?

146 Students rated Oregon State University

Nathan - 05/23/2024

Oregon State University can make an impact in the community. A lifelong dream of mine involves playing in a marching band. I went to a school where marching band could not offered due to the school being in a low-income area. After learning Oregon State University offers a no-cut marching band, I knew that this school would be a good fit for me. Many schools require an audition process with marching experience required, but Oregon State University helps create an environment with equal opportunities for all students, regardless of their background. I want to be a part of this community where I can collaborate with students from different backgrounds and share my passion for music to benefit all.

Bailey - 04/10/2024

Beautiful campus that is well maintained and feels alive every time I visit. Too many clubs or extracurriculars to possibly keep track of (a good thing). I have visited maybe 5 times in total and each time I had only positive interactions with either staff or students either helping me find things or introducing me to their club and welcoming me to join. I'm not familiar with the on-campus housing but I have found off campus housing very pricey in Corvallis as I am technically dual-enrolled and intend on moving down to Corvallis for my junior year. Not too many experiences with the food but in orientation the food wasn't stellar and a couple of the presenters had even commented on the quality of the schools food being poor.

Simon - 05/31/2023

It's hard to say exactly if it's "good" or "bad", because I have things I love and hate about the school, about the classes, about the professors, etc. But I am getting a good education, I have excellent friendships that I've found here, and even though the dining halls aren't great, the cafes are.

Fen - 03/21/2022

I really like the sense of community around the campus. There are cultural centers where I can go meet other people and learn about various cultures. The environment around campus is beautiful with many trees and nice paths throughout campus and tere are numerous businesses nearby where I can easily get food after the dining halls close.

Oregon State University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Oregon State University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Oregon State University is 77%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    From being at college, I have been non-stop busy. There was always something going on somewhere or homework that could have been done. It was a good fit for me since I am a busy body and continuously like to be working on something. Also my advisors and professors aren't as strict as some may portay them. They really do care and want to see you succeed. You just have to make the effort to go talk to them. They will not come to you if you are failing a class or not showing up at all. It is your responsibility to go and talk to them.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates vary in ethnicity, socio- economic class, religious views, and political views. However, almost everyone is friendly and helpful.

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  4. What's unique about your campus?

    Our school is extremely friendsly with an absolutely beautiful campus, but our student services are fantastic. A state of the art gym, psychological services, craft center, cultural centers, computing centers, wi fi all over campus, and numerous health services, all for free. There are also other services in various departments for reduced prices for students.

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  5. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Oregon State University is an accepting school and rallys together when it needs to

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  6. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Someone who's looking for a school in a big city or is looking for a huge nightlife. The city where it is located is a college town but there isn't too much shopping or nightclubs. This school is not for someone who doesn't have school spirit.

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  7. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about my school is that there is bad lighting at night, which makes it unsafe for students to walk around after sunset. Also, the financial aid department does not offer enough opportunities for scholarships and grants because I come from a low income family and get good grades, but I don't receive much help. The only offer loans.

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  8. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Before I came to Oregon State University, I wish I would have known how dead it is on the weekends. Also, I wish I would have known how focused students were on their entertainment over schooling. I wish I would have known how rude people are and that they do not want to make new friends.

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  9. What kind of person should attend this school?

    A student should attend Oregon State if they want a well-rounded academic experience and don't mind not having too much to do outside of school.

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  10. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    My school is best known for its engineering and science based majors. However, they are also known for having one of the best education programs called the Double Degree program. I plan to apply to be a part of this program, so I am able to graduate with two degrees in four years and can teach right out of college.

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  11. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Nothing really. The school is very accomodating. I don't have anything that frustrates me.

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  12. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

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  13. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    good

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  14. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I brag about how involved my school is. Almost everybody on campus is involved in extra activities outside of the classroom; tutoring, athletics, jobs, internships, etc.

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  15. What are the academics like at your school?

    good

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  16. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Oregon State University has the reputation of being awesome. What makes us so awesome is that we were started as, and still are, an agricultural school. There are many varieties of studies available, but only at OSU will you find that camouflage, trucks, cowboys, sheep, and country western bars are acceptable and encouraged. We're not just limited to that, however. Those same people you see in cowboy hats, country swinging at the bars, may also be involved in the large Greek system here on campus. Are people wrong when they call OSU a farming school? Not at all, but we offer much more than just that!

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  17. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Ultimate frisbee seems to be incredibly popular on campus. I'm not sure why but there are always people playing it and there are tournaments on the weekends, it gets pretty intense. Athletic events are really popular also. Since our school has so much school spirit, many students attend the athletic events throughout the year.

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  18. Where is the best place to get work done on campus?

    Personally I like doing all my work in my dorm, but for most people they love going to Valley Library. That's our library on campus and it is really nice. There are study tables, rooms you can reserve, and a bunch of other stuff. Honestly I've never studied in the library so I can't go into too much detail about it just because I prefer my room. However, I've been in there for class before and it's a great place to get work done. There is a coffee shop in there and the librarians there are extremely helpful. If you need to find anything to ask anything they will definitely have a great answer for you.

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  19. Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

    Athletics associated with Oregon State have had their ups and downs over the years. But once you put on that beaver orange you become part of Beaver Nation. Beaver Nation no matter win, or lose is always their to support their teams. Our football program has been through a lot since I began attending Oregon State in 2008, but our coach Mike Riley is a real class act. His program is ran almost like a family, and his players go on to be successful in life afterward. The athletic facilities are catching up with the rest of the PAC-12, but sometimes it is hard to keep up when you have Phil Knight in your back pocket like Oregon. One thing if you choose to come to Oregon State you will learn is that our Civil War rivalry is the most bitter, ruthless, battle in the nation. No matter the sport, no matter what record any given team has, all that matters at the end of a season is that you beat Oregon! Plus who could forget our amazing baseball team. I personally work at the baseball games operating a camera. Let me tell you nothing is better then taking a break from your course load and going and watching Pat Casey and the Oregon State Baseball team on a evening in the late spring.

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  20. Describe the dorms.

    Each dorm hall is different, and even every floor in the same dorm hall can be different. I've lived in Bloss, on the 5th floor, and it is by far a quiet floor. However, there are other floors that are much noisier. The best way to find out if a dorm hall is a good fit for you is to take a tour of it, not just the online tour. The rooms look significantly bigger online.

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  21. Describe a day on campus you'll never forget.

    I was in a cultural diversity class my freshman year, and BLM had spread a pamphlet about a "die-in" they were conducting on campus that day. My professor told us that, for a grade, we would either have to participate in this or record it (pictures, video, etc.). The march itself said the white people could not talk to media, shouldn't be on the outside of the march, and shouldn't hold signs. When the class marched out to one of the cultural centers, I simply went back to my dorm room. OSU is great, but they have a tendency to vigorously push a far left agenda.

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Student Body

Students

46%

female

54%

male

25,327

Total Undergrad Enrollment

5,027

Total Grad Students

27%

Out-Of-State

71%

In-State

2%

International

Organizations

300

Student Organizations

21

Fraternities

14

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

18%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1%
% Asian/Pacific Islander
7%
% Black or African-American
1%
% Hispanic/Latino
9%
% White or Caucasian
64%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

85% of students attending Oregon State University receive some sort of financial aid. 29% were awarded federal grants. While 54% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$28,846

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,551

Books and Supplies

$11,874

Room and Board

42,271

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$16,102
$30 - $48K
$16,737
$48 - $75K
$19,410
$75 - $110K
$24,198
$110K & UP
$24,593

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

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