Oregon State University

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104 Kerr Administration Building

Corvallis, OR 97331

Phone: (541) 737-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Sep. 1
application deadline

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#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. National Universities

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Oregon State University is a public institution that was founded in 1868. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 21,812, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 422 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Oregon State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 142. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,538 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $23,469 (2013-14).

Oregon State University is located in Corvallis, about 90 minutes south of Portland and an hour drive from the Pacific coast. Undergraduates at Oregon State can explore more than 200 academic programs, and graduate students can choose from more than 100 master's programs, including those in the schools of business, engineering and education. Oregon State, often called OSU, is the state's largest public research university, which specializes in studies of marine sciences, forestry, sustainable food systems and more.

Outside the classroom, OSU students can choose from hundreds of clubs to join, several fraternities and sororities to pledge and many events to attend, such as the Battle of the Bands. Student athletes can play at the intramural level or try out for the many Oregon State Beavers varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Pac-12 Conference. Each year, OSU students gather to compete in the historic "Civil War" football game against University of Oregon.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Oregon State University has always been a place with a purpose - making a positive difference in quality of life, natural resources and economic prosperity in Oregon and beyond. Through discovery, innovation and application, we are meeting challenges, solving problems and turning ideas into reality. Founded in 1868, Oregon State is the state's Land Grant university and is one of only two universities in the U.S. to have Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant designations. Oregon State is also the only university in Oregon to hold both the Carnegie Foundation's top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification. As Oregon's leading public research university, with $242.3 million in external funding in the 2012 fiscal year, Oregon State's impact reaches across the state and beyond. With 12 colleges, 15 Agricultural Experiment Stations, 35 county Extension offices, the Hatfield Marine Sciences Center in Newport and OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon State has a presence in every one of Oregon's 36 counties, with a statewide economic footprint of $2.06 billion. Oregon State welcomes a diverse student body of over 26,000 students from across Oregon, all 50 states and more than 100 countries. They can choose from more than 200 undergraduate and more than 80 graduate degree programs, including over 30 degrees online offered through Oregon State Ecampus. Oregon State increasingly attracts high-achieving students, with nationally recognized programs in areas such as conservation biology, agricultural sciences, nuclear engineering, forestry, fisheries and wildlife management, community health, pharmacy and zoology. Oregon State also ranks high in sustainability, fourth among universities nationwide for using renewable energy and first in the Pac-12 Conference. And our students literally help power the university: 22 exercise machines at Dixon Recreation Center are connected to the grid. Oregon State is located in Corvallis, a vibrant college town of 55,000 in the heart of Western Oregon's Willamette Valley. Corvallis consistently ranks among the best and safest cities to live in the U.S., as well as among the most environmentally responsible.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1868
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar quarter
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $465,961,054


When applying to Oregon State University, it's important to note the application deadline is September 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due September 1. The application fee at Oregon State University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 78.8 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 78.8%
Application deadline September 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by September 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Oregon State University is 21:1, and the school has 27.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Oregon State University include: Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; and Natural Resources and Conservation. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 82.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 21:1
4-year graduation rate 29%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Engineering 15%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 14%
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 11%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 6%
Natural Resources and Conservation 6%

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Student Life

Oregon State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 21,812, with a gender distribution of 53.5 percent male students and 46.5 percent female students. At this school, 20 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 80 percent of students live off campus. Oregon State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 26,393
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Oregon State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Oregon State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Oregon State University, 19 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Oregon State University.

Students who have cars on campus 19%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Oregon State University, 57.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $3,220.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,538 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $23,469 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,578 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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