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Oregon State University (OSU) is a large, public university founded in 1856. The school is located in Corvallis, Oregon, which is not far from Eugene to the South and Portland to the North. The picturesque campus is surrounded by stunning nature, and it’s a relatively short drive to the beach and ocean. The small size of the city allows for students to engage and interact in an inclusive community with unique opportunities.

Overview of Oregon State University

The student population is over 31,000 with roughly 26,000 undergraduates. Students can pursue bachelor’s degrees, certificates, master’s degrees, research and scholarship PhDs, professional practice PhDs, and other educational opportunities. Students participate in programs from all states and 100-plus countries. Two campuses are available along with various extension programs and 12 experiment stations around Oregon. Roughly 400 student organizations and clubs are also open to all students.

Students can select from over 200 programs in 11 academic colleges. OSU is home to some of the best programs across the globe in a variety of areas such as agriculture, forestry, big data, mycology, oceanography, robotics, natural resources, and marine biology. The school is also a leader in online degrees and accelerator business incubators, as well as being home to an exceptional graduate school and an Honors College. And all programs center around innovation, knowledge sharing, and co-creating with the university receiving a second Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Small
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 18:1
Graduation Rate 67%
Year Founded 1868

Student Enrollment

Total Students31,719


Undergraduate Student

Male 13,911
Female 12,336

Graduate Student

Male 2,900
Female 2,572

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Male 7,581
Female 8,205


Male 6,065
Female 6,974

Acceptance Rate82%

Male 80%
Female 85%

Enrollment 3,366

Male 1,695
Female 1,671
Application Fee $65
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline September 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

In accordance with the usual way large, state schools are funded by state taxes, Oregon State University charges almost three times as much for out-of-state tuition over in-state tuition at rates of $31,200 and $11,700, respectively. Students may require additional funds of around $17,000 to pay for annual living expenses, books and fees, and other charges. Individuals who wish to participate in a social life off-campus or to take day trips, travel home, etc., should be prepared to have a higher budget for these things.

The university offers a variety of scholarships through its Scholarship Office. Scholarships are available for all types of students including first-time freshmen, transfer students, graduate students, and others. These scholarships, along with additional financial aid offerings, help to reduce the average net price to around $19,300. Around 85% of all students receive some type of financial assistance to help make completing a degree more affordable.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $19,273
Average Total Aid $8,344
Students Receiving Financial Aid 85%
Room & Board $12,306

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $11,715
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $31,215
  • Books and Supplies - $1,200
  • Room & Board - $12,306
  • Other - $2,694


Academic programs at Oregon State University offer unique opportunities in both traditional and non-traditional fields of study. Some of the most popular traditional programs include agriculture, business, education, engineering, veterinary medicine, and liberal arts. A few of the less common degrees that remain hugely popular include forestry, pharmacy, public health and health sciences, as well as earth, ocean, and atmospheric sciences.

Degrees are available in over 200 undergraduate and 100 graduate programs at 11 colleges. The school is also home to various public service programs including extension locations, agricultural experiment stations, forest research labs, and others. Professional and continuing education is also a well-regarded and popular academic area for students to continue their education throughout their professional careers on-campus, off-campus, and online.

The online and hybrid programs at OSU are booming in demand. Each year, more and more programs are available through these types of learning environments. Today, there are over 80 programs available at both the undergraduate and graduate degree levels, as well as professional certificates and development. Academic assistance is available for both in-person and online degree programs.

All of these advances, along with an 18 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio, help contribute to a great retention rate of 85%. The four-year and six-year graduation rates are around the national average of 35% and 67%, respectively. The low on-time graduation rate in four years could be attributed to a larger number of students taking courses and working full-time jobs simultaneously since part-time students are often not counted in these statistics and they often do not graduate within the optimal time frame.

Student Population Total

Student Population 31,719

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Engineering Majors 984 Total Graduates / 17%
Mechanical Engineering 263 Graduates
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 125 Graduates
Chemical Engineering 114 Graduates
Civil Engineering, General 110 Graduates
All Business Majors 936 Total Graduates / 16%
Business Administration and Management, General 375 Graduates
Finance, General 157 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 124 Graduates
Operations Management and Supervision 114 Graduates
All Computer Information Science Majors 681 Total Graduates / 12%
Computer Science 681 Graduates
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 414 Total Graduates / 7%
Human Development and Family Studies, General 282 Graduates
Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management 77 Graduates
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 37 Graduates
Apparel and Textiles, General 18 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 361 Total Graduates / 6%
Economics, General 108 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 90 Graduates
Sociology 87 Graduates
Anthropology 53 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 43%

Outcome & Salary

To better prepare students for a career after graduation, all students will have access to an academic advisor. These advisors assist students in establishing career goals and selecting degrees and courses that will lead to successful careers. They will also help encourage cultural and community participation outside of the classroom for a more well-rounded college experience.

A Career Development Center is also available for each student and numerous tools and resources exist for them including career advising, resume writing, career and major assessing, networking, and more. Both faculty and alumni also participate in the success of students after graduation and online tools and resources and career fairs can offer career assistance. These support systems have led alumni to innovate with inventions and create national companies including the computer mouse, artificial heart valves, U-Haul, Panda Express, E-TRADE, McMenamins, Reser’s Fine Foods, and others.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $56,200
College Grads Average Salary $71,954
College Grads Mid Career Salary $104,800
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $719,540
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,767,540
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $77,092
10 Year Projected ROI $642,448
20 Year Projected ROI $1,690,448
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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