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Corvallis, OR 97331
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Oregon State University

Oregon State University Rating: 4.1/5 (66 votes)

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Introduction

Oregon State University (OSU) is a public, four-year university in the city of Corvallis. It is the flagship university of the Oregon University system; the Cascades campus is a branch campus located in the city of Bend.

Founded in 1868 as a small college, the school received university status in 1961 and has served over 200,000 students since its inception. The university currently awards bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees. Its Carnegie classification is Doctoral/Research-Extensive.

Oregon State’s mission is “to stimulate a lasting attitude of inquiry, openness and social responsibility”. It is one of only two educational institutions and the only public university in the United States with land grant, sea grant, space grant, and sun grant designations.

Academics

In addition to the Graduate School and Honors College, OSU is comprised of the following academic colleges:

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Business
  • Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Forestry
  • Liberal Arts
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health and Human Sciences
  • Science
  • Veterinary Medicine

Undergraduate degrees are awarded in over 200 different disciplines. Some of the most popular majors include agriculture studies, American studies, botany, computer science, environmental engineering, forest engineering, horticulture, liberal studies, merchandising management, nutrition and food management, psychology, range land resources, and wood science and technology. Students must take a number of baccalaureate core courses emphasizing writing, world cultures, the arts and sciences, literature, creative thinking, diversity, and global awareness.

Graduate degrees are awarded in more than 100 programs including a handful of interdisciplinary programs. Other professional degrees that are awarded include the DVM and the Pharm.D.

Research

OSU has a strong research orientation, and offers many opportunities for students at all levels to participate in original research projects. The university is home to the internationally renowned Center for Gene Research and Biotechnology. The University also operates the Hatfield Marine Science Center, in Newport, Oregon, which is associated with a number of federal and state agencies, and the Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory.

Library Resource

The library system boasts nearly 2 million print volumes, over 240 research databases, over 71,000 online academic journals, and over 20,000 downloadable ebooks. The OSU libraries, which boast a large special collection of the original papers of scientist Linus Pauling, belong to the Orbis/Cascades Alliance, which allows students to easily borrow any of the millions of volumes housed in area libraries.

Distance Education

Students can pursue online degrees, lifelong learning, and K-12 outreach through the school’s distance education arm. It is possible to earn degrees in agriculture, anthropology, economics, environmental sciences, fisheries and wildlife, horticulture, human development and family sciences, liberal studies, natural resources, political science, sociology, and women’s studies entirely online.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Linus Pauling Institute

Oregon State is home to the Linus Pauling Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The Institute advocates the study and use of vitamins and plant chemicals in maintaining health and preventing disease. It was established in 1996.

Master Gardening

The Master Gardener Program was originally founded to develop in-state experts to diagnose problems and diseases in plants throughout Oregon. Today there are thousands of active Master Gardeners with an OSU education who contribute substantially to environmental health and food production throughout the state.

Admissions

Admissions are competitive. The average GPA for incoming first-year students is 3.5. Prospective students are expected to have studied four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, two years of science, and two years of a foreign language.

Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid and determine aid eligibility, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year.

In addition to the usual assortment of state and federal aid options available to any college or university student in the state of Oregon, OSU administrates dozens of its own scholarships. Institutional scholarships awarded by the school include Presidential scholarships, Provost’s scholarships, diversity scholarships, and a unique International Provost Scholarship program.

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Ranks 4052nd for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Campus is home to over 300 student clubs and organizations, literally offering something for nearly every student’s personal or professional interest. There is an active residential Greek system on campus, as well as a large network of residence halls and dining facilities.

OSU is notable for its Coalition for Community Dialogue (formerly known as Team Liberation), a student-driven initiative offering human relations workshops to address racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, ageism, ableism, religious, effective community communication, and leadership development.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

Oregon State’s athletics teams are known as the Beavers. The Beavers compete on the intervarsity level in NCAA Division I. Men’s competitive sports include baseball, basketball, football, rowing, golf, soccer, and wrestling. Women’s competitive sports include basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming, track, and volleyball. The Beavers have won three NCAA championships.

Students can also participate in more than 30 intramural sports and many club sports. The Dixon Recreation Center (DRC) is home to swimming and diving facilities, as well as workout equipment, game courts, and weight rooms. There are exercise machines at the DRC hooked up to the grid, allowing students to produce energy by expending energy!

Traditions

Orange and black have been official school colors since 1892. The current mascot, Benny Beaver, is the fourth mascot at OSU, after the school went through a coyote, a man named “Doc,” and another beaver of a different name. Today Benny graces the football, basketball, and other major athletic competitions.

Local Community

The city of Corvallis is home to approximately 55,000 people and is notable for having nearly as many students as permanent residents. Located in the Willamette Valley, the Corvallis area offers numerous outdoor recreation opportunities, including fishing, hiking, backpacking, skiing, and more.

“Corvallis” is a variation on the French couer vallee, or “heart of the valley,” and this town lives up to its name. Biz Demographics has listed Corvallis as the 7th city in the nation for great places to conduct business. The National Arbor Day Foundation awarded Corvallis the “Top Tree City” award in 2002, and the Orange County Register picked Corvallis as the Pac-10 Conference’s best campus.

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Ranks 7th in Oregon and 373rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.01
Robbery 1 0.00
Arson 1 0.00
Burglary 37 0.15
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 30 0.12
Arrest 70 0.28

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 43 0.08
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 13 0.02
Robbery 15 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 287 0.52
Larceny 1,421 2.58
Vehicle theft 45 0.08

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Corvallis, OR 97331
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population1,349 (1,349 urban / N/A rural)
Households10 (1.80 people per house)
Median Household Income$31,250
Families5 (2.60 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4104

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 702nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,876 $6,876 $22,068
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,446 $1,446 $1,446
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $191 $191 $613
FT Graduate Tuition $11,664 $11,664 $19,197
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,446 $1,446 $1,446
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $432 $432 $711
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $23,559 $23,559 $38,751
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $23,442 $23,442 $38,634
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,864 $12,864 $28,056

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $20,160 $34,704
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $1,446 $1,446
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Tuition $19,872 $39,753
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Required Fees $1,446 $1,446

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,600 $8,138 $7,600 $8,138 $21,316 $22,322
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,854 $1,908
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,444 $10,563
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,577 $2,616
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,444 $10,074
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,577 $2,616
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,577 $2,616

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$60
Graduate Application Fee$60
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 12,414 (6,445 male / 5,969 female)
Admitted 9,799 (4,875 male / 4,924 female)
Admission rate 79%
First-time Enrollment 3,516 (1,847 male / 1,669 female)
FT Enrollment 3,324 (1,742 male / 1,582 female)
PT Enrollment 192 (105 male / 87 female)
Total Enrollment27,902

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Pacific-10 Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Pacific-10 Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Pacific-10 Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Pacific-10 Conference

ACT Test Admission

321st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 34%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 27
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 28
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27

SAT Test Admission

346th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 76%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 600
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 630
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 970 / 1230

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity4,524
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$7,356
Board Fee$3,339

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 234 54 260 345 53 3,691 415 5,171
Accounting 6 9 3 1 57 5 81
Accounting and Business/Management 4 2 4 10
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 1 1 8 1 12
Agricultural Business and Management, General 1 22 1 24
Agricultural Economics 1 8 10
Agricultural Engineering 1 1 13 2 19
Agricultural Teacher Education 5 5
Agriculture, General 3 53 3 60
Agronomy and Crop Science 1 16 3 20
American/United States Studies/Civilization 4 1 5
Animal Sciences, General 1 1 4 5 76 4 93
Anthropology 4 2 3 49 8 70
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management 3 1 4
Apparel and Textiles, General 1 5 4 19 4 33
Applied Economics 1 7 9
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 1 1 7 9
Art/Art Studies, General 9 1 10
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 1 7 2 12
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General 1 1
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 1 2 3 11 1 18
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 1 1 3 1 16 1 23
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 1 4 17 1 61 6 93
Biotechnology 1 3 2 6 1 14
Botany/Plant Biology, Other 1 1 18 2 22
Business Administration and Management, General 32 2 11 15 1 118 17 200
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 1 1 2
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 1 1
Chemical Engineering 10 2 8 1 56 8 87
Chemistry, General 2 4 30 6 44
Civil Engineering, General 11 6 12 1 91 4 132
Comparative and Laboratory Animal Medicine 1 1 2
Computer Science 21 1 1 17 1 84 8 136
Construction Engineering 1 2 1 39 7 50
Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management 1 2 4 1 56 8 72
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 2 2 19 3 27
Creative Writing 6 7
Design and Visual Communications, General 2 2 17 22
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 1 5 2 8
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other 1 1
Economics, General 2 1 4 4 21 8 40
Education, General 3 6 1 73 5 91
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 1 1 3 1 13 20
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 23 2 8 61 6 102
Elementary Education and Teaching 15 2 17
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 1 3 4
Engineering, Other 10 1 11
English Language and Literature, General 2 3 1 62 3 71
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 11 11
Entomology 2 2
Environmental Science 2 7 1 70 11 95
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 3 1 2 14 1 22
Ethics 1 1
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 1 1 2
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Finance, General 11 1 9 10 1 55 6 94
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management 2 5 2 68 7 87
Food Science 5 2 4 2 28 3 44
Food Science and Technology, Other 4 5 2 11
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 4 3 1 25 7 40
Forest Engineering 1 2 1 18 2 25
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management 24 3 27
Forest Sciences and Biology 4 4
Forestry, General 3 3
Forestry, Other 1 3 4
French Language and Literature 1 3 4
General Studies 2 2
Geography 1 20 3 24
Geography, Other 1 2 48 7 59
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other 1 7 2 10
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 1 1 19 2 24
Geophysics and Seismology
German Language and Literature 2 2
Gerontology 6 1 7
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 4 2 6 13 1 139 23 190
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 1 1 2
Health/Medical Physics 1 1 2 1 17 3 27
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies 2 2 2 6
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology 1 1 1 3
History, General 4 2 1 39 7 54
Horticultural Science 1 2 1 25 4 33
Housing and Human Environments, General 1 5 6
Human Development and Family Studies, General 3 3 21 20 5 227 27 315
Hydrology and Water Resources Science 5 1 7
Industrial Engineering 8 1 1 5 2 28 1 47
Interior Design 2 2 22 27
International/Global Studies 2 1 2 11 16
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 3 5 9 8 2 134 19 185
Management Information Systems, General 3 3 5 33 1 47
Manufacturing Engineering 1 1 2 1 16 21
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 2 2 3 10 59 6 82
Materials Science 2 2 4
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 10 1 12
Mathematics and Statistics, Other 1 1
Mathematics, General 5 2 28 2 39
Mechanical Engineering 6 2 3 8 1 98 7 128
Microbiology, General 2 1 20 35 9 71
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 3 3 19 1 29
Music Teacher Education 8 8
Music, General 1 1 14 1 17
Natural Resources Management and Policy 1 3 1 77 11 95
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 1 3 5
Natural Sciences 6 1 8 43 1 82 8 156
Nuclear Engineering 4 2 2 37 3 49
Ocean Engineering 1 1
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical 1 2 2 5
Operations Management and Supervision 2 2 4 5 1 51 3 71
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 1 34 4 39
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other 2 1 3
Philosophy 1 9 1 11
Physics, General 21 1 23
Physics, Other 1 1
Plant Sciences, General 1 1 2
Political Science and Government, General 1 1 3 2 1 37 5 51
Psychology, General 3 2 10 6 1 119 13 157
Public Health Education and Promotion 1 1
Public Health, General 6 15 16 4 159 24 228
Public Policy Analysis, General 1 1 22 1 25
Range Science and Management 1 1 18 1 22
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 10 1 12
Sociology 1 9 1 3 55 6 76
Soil Science and Agronomy, General 3 3
Spanish Language and Literature 4 2 13 3 22
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 3 1 1 46 4 57
Statistics, General 6 1 7 1 15
Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other 10 2 12
Sustainability Studies
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 9 4 2 119 8 143
Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
Toxicology 1 1 2
Visual and Performing Arts, General 2 1 21 24
Water Resources Engineering 1 3 4
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management 2 10 1 13
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 1 2 3
Women's Studies 8 9
Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology 1 1 10 1 13
Zoology/Animal Biology 2 3 1 22 3 33

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 648th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $81,888 ($88,094 male / $63,591 female)
Number of FT Faculty 930 (566 male / 364 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,311
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $63,624,431
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