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Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon

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Oregon State University overview
Location Corvallis, Oregon
Online oregonstate.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Small City
Oregon State University overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Oregon State University (OSU), located in Corvallis, a quintessential college town nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, is approximately 90 minutes south of the metropolitan area of Portland. Established in 1868, OSU is a public research institution that encompasses a historic campus known for its distinctive Mission-style architecture. OSU is recognized for a broad spectrum of academic programs, including highly regarded disciplines in forestry, oceanography, and robotics. The university offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees, maintaining a moderate level of application selectivity. On-campus living is provided through multiple residence halls and specialized living communities. OSU competes in NCAA Division I athletics as the Beavers, with particular notability in baseball, where the team has secured multiple national championships.

In the most recent statistical year 25,651 prospective students applied, and 21,169 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 4,513 enrolled in the school.  23,189 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 11,103 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $10,425 plus fees of $2,239. OSU is ranked 363 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












OSU is rated within the top 39% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Oregon State University overview
SAT 1120/1370
ACT 21/28
GPA 3.61

Applications Accepted

Oregon State University overview
Applications Due Feb 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $65

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Annual Cost to Attend

Oregon Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Oregon State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$600
Other Fees$2,239
Room and Board $14,238
Budget for Other Expenses$2,841
Total One Year Cost$30,343

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Oregon State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$600
Other Fees$2,239
Room and Board $14,238
Budget for Other Expenses$2,841
Total One Year Cost$51,118

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$53,900 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

61% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Oregon State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 15%
Engineering 15%
Work and Family Studies 11%
Biology 6%
Natural Resources Conservation 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=209542 IPEDS survey data for Oregon State University.

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