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Oregon State University is a public institution that was founded in 1868. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 20,621, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 577 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Oregon State University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 139. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,082 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $22,212 (2012-13).
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 80 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 with, 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.
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Oregon State University, a Carnegie Research University (very high research activity), is one of only two American universities to hold the Land-, Sea-, Sun- and Space-Grant designations. OSU is comprised of 11 academic colleges with strengths in natural resources, earth dynamics and sustainability, life sciences, entrepreneurship and the arts and sciences. About 25,000 students attend the Corvallis and Cascades Campus locations. OSU has facilities and/or programs in every county in the state, including 13 regional experiment stations, 36 county extension offices, a major marine science center in Newport, and a range of programs and facilities in the Portland region.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to Oregon State University, it's important to note the application deadline is September 1, and the early action deadline is February 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 77.7 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||77.7%|
|Application deadline||September 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||September 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Oregon State University is 20:1, and the school has 33.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Oregon State University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Human Development and Family Studies, General; Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies; Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General; and Natural Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 82.0 percent.
Oregon State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 20,621, with a gender distribution of 52.9 percent male students and 47.1 percent female students. At this school, 21.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 79.0 percent of students live off campus. Oregon State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
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|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Oregon State University, 58.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,593.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$8,082 (2012-13)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$22,212 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$10,074 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data