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Oregon State University Overview

Located in Corvallis, Oregon, Oregon State University is a public institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Oregon State University Known For?

6,100 Undergraduate Awards
$39,812 Avg Cost After Aid
82% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Oregon State is 3%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Oregon State.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 79% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Oregon State makes roughly $49,600 a year. This is 22% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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Oregon State University Rankings

Oregon State is ranked #423 out of 2,587 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2022 Best Colleges list. Out of the 36 colleges in Oregon, it is ranked at #6.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Oregon State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Other Resources & Conservation Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Forest Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Wildlife Management Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Forestry Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Horticulture Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Fisheries Sciences Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Student Counseling Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#59 Best History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#117 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Oregon State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Forest Engineering Schools College Factual
#1 Best Natural Resources Conservation (Other) Master’s Degree Schools College Factual
#1 Best Forest Engineering Schools College Factual
#1 Best Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations Master’s Degree Schools College Factual
#219 Best Healthcare Schools Healthcare Degree Search
#238 Best Health Professions Schools College Factual

Where Is Oregon State University?

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Contact details for Oregon State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1500 Sw Jefferson Avenue, Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: 541-737-0123

How Do I Get Into Oregon State?

You can apply to Oregon State online at: https://oregonstate.force.com/AppLogin

Admission Requirements for Oregon State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Oregon State?

82% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
65% Submit SAT Scores
Oregon State has an acceptance rate of 82%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 46% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 80%, and the acceptance rate for women is 84%.

Average Test Scores

About 65% of students accepted to Oregon State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 650. Math scores were between 540 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Oregon State University  ( 540 to 650 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Oregon State University  ( 540 to 660 )
200
800
Oregon State received ACT scores from 38% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 29. Math scores were between 21 and 28. Composite scores were between 21 and 29.

ACT English Scores for Oregon State University  ( 20 to 29 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Oregon State University  ( 21 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Oregon State University  ( 21 to 29 )
1
36

Can I Afford Oregon State University?

$39,812 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
3.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Oregon State is $39,812. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Oregon State, approximately 43% of students took out student loans averaging $7,855 a year. That adds up to $31,420 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Oregon State is 3.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Oregon State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

18,084 Full-Time Undergraduates
47% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 26,644 undergraduate students at Oregon State, with 18,084 being full-time and 8,560 being part-time.

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There are also 5,668 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 18,084 full-time undergraduates at Oregon State, 53% are male and 47% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Oregon State University students is as follows.

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,354
Black or African American 251
Hispanic or Latino 2,142
White 11,030
International Students 1,435
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,872

Geographic Diversity

Oregon students aren't the only ones who study at Oregon State University. At this time, 41 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 111 countries are represented at Oregon State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Saudi Arabia, and India.

Online Learning at Oregon State University

8,840 Took All Classes Online
16,956 Took At Least One Class Online
11.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 30 bachelor’s degree and 23 master’s degree programs available online at Oregon State. In 2019-2020, 16,956 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Oregon State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the most popular in Oregon for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Oregon State

The following table shows how Oregon State is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Germanic Languages #1 #1
Forestry #1 #1
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) #1 #1
Romance Languages #4 #7
Agricultural Economics & Business #4 #7
Fisheries Sciences #4 #4
Public Policy #4 #10
Wildlife Management #4 #4
Plant Sciences #4 #7
Natural Resources Conservation #4 #17
Economics #7 #21
General Agriculture #10 #10
Computer Science #10 #34
Statistics #10 #10
Anthropology #10 #13
Geography & Cartography #11 #14
Sustainability Science #13 #19
Natural Resource Management #16 #19
Ethnic Studies #19 #25
Philosophy #25 #28
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies #25 #34
Political Science & Government #31 #60
Industrial Engineering #31 #43
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #37 #37
Philosophy & Religious Studies #40 #85
History #42 #80
History #42 #80
Mathematics & Statistics #43 #49
Human Development & Family Studies #45 #87
Student Counseling #55 #91
Public Health #64 #97
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #73 #118

Online Growth Rankings of Oregon State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Oregon State University was 11.8%. This is the #1,327 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Oregon State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Oregon State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies 46%
Education 14%
Educational Administration 48%
Engineering 4%
Ethnic Studies 22%
General Education 22%
General Psychology 28%
Germanic Languages 11%
History 18%
History 18%
Industrial Engineering 1%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 14%
Liberal Arts General Studies 14%
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 93%
Mathematics & Statistics 18%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 4%
Natural Resource Management 16%
Natural Resources & Conservation 6%
Natural Resources Conservation 11%
Philosophy 18%
Philosophy & Religious Studies 19%
Political Science & Government 6%
Psychology 27%
Public Health 2%
Sociology 2%
Statistics 27%
Sustainability Science 23%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 22%
Wildlife Management 28%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Oregon State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Oregon State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Fisheries Sciences #1
Germanic Languages #1
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) #1
Forestry #12
Wildlife Management #13
Public Policy #15
Ethnic Studies #15
Statistics #16
Plant Sciences #18
Natural Resource Management #19
Bioethics/Medical Ethics #19
General Agriculture #20
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies #21
Sustainability Science #26
Industrial Engineering #28
Anthropology #32
Agricultural Economics & Business #38
Natural Resources Conservation #40
Romance Languages #40
Philosophy #44
Economics #51
Natural Resources & Conservation #54
Political Science & Government #64
Computer Science #65
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #67
Geography & Cartography #69
Mathematics & Statistics #73
Student Counseling #85
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #86
History #94
History #94
Sociology #96
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #99
Philosophy & Religious Studies #111
General Education #113
Engineering #147
Public Health #178
Human Development & Family Studies #197
General Psychology #219
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #247
Public Administration & Social Service #297
Social Sciences #306
Psychology #335
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #357
Educational Administration #372
Teacher Education Grade Specific #434

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Oregon State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Computer Science 651 0 94 17 762
Business Administration & Management 422 0 86 2 510
Mechanical Engineering 284 0 48 10 342
Human Development & Family Studies 274 0 5 1 280
General Psychology 266 0 0 0 266
Public Health 166 3 76 15 260
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 184 63 7 254
General Biology 232 0 1 8 241
Health & Physical Education 223 0 5 5 233
Natural Resource Management 142 22 51 0 215
Civil Engineering 127 0 51 25 203
Electrical Engineering 120 0 51 18 189
Finance & Financial Management 169 0 0 0 169
Health/Medical Prep Programs 146 0 0 0 146
Marketing 131 0 0 0 131
Chemical Engineering 118 0 6 3 127
General Education 88 0 21 10 119
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 99 17 1 117
Natural Resources Conservation 93 1 17 3 114
Fisheries Sciences 75 18 7 5 105
Geography & Cartography 15 79 5 2 101
Construction Engineering 100 0 0 0 100
Design & Applied Arts 100 0 0 0 100
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 99 0 0 0 99
Economics 89 0 5 5 99
Political Science & Government 96 0 0 0 96
Management Information Systems 92 0 0 0 92
Student Counseling 0 34 46 10 90
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 0 90 90
General Agriculture 89 0 0 0 89
Sociology 89 0 0 0 89
Mathematics 68 0 9 6 83
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 80 0 1 1 82
Accounting 76 5 0 0 81
Industrial Engineering 59 0 14 5 78
Communication & Media Studies 77 0 0 0 77
Chemistry 49 0 10 14 73
Anthropology 59 2 6 5 72
Plant Sciences 54 0 11 4 69
Geological & Earth Sciences 42 0 18 7 67
Biomedical Engineering 63 0 2 0 65
History 63 0 1 1 65
Liberal Arts General Studies 63 0 2 0 65
Forestry 12 11 30 11 64
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 59 0 3 1 63
General English Literature 48 0 10 0 58
Zoology 50 0 2 5 57
Animal Science 49 0 5 2 56
Multilingual Education 0 56 0 0 56
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 0 55 0 0 55
Forest Engineering 53 0 0 0 53
Human Sciences Business Services 52 0 0 0 52
Nuclear Engineering 34 0 13 3 50
Manufacturing Engineering 49 0 0 0 49
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 42 0 0 1 43
Wildlife Management 0 32 4 7 43
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 4 37 0 41
Statistics 0 2 35 4 41
Food Science Technology 30 0 8 1 39
Physics 28 0 5 5 38
Music 36 0 0 0 36
Sustainability Science 35 0 0 0 35
Educational Administration 0 0 31 0 31
Agricultural Economics & Business 29 0 0 0 29
Botany/Plant Biology 15 0 7 5 27
Environmental Engineering 18 0 8 1 27
Other Engineering 27 0 0 0 27
Agricultural Engineering 22 0 2 2 26
Fine & Studio Arts 25 0 0 0 25
Romance Languages 24 0 0 0 24
Writing Studies 0 0 21 0 21
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 20 0 0 0 20
Robotics Engineering 0 0 15 4 19
Ethnic Studies 10 0 6 2 18
Public Policy 1 0 14 3 18
Textile & Apparel Studies 13 0 2 2 17
Philosophy 15 0 2 0 17
Horticulture 0 0 9 4 13
General Social Sciences 13 0 0 0 13
Biotechnology 12 0 0 0 12
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 11 0 11
Materials Sciences 0 0 7 4 11
Germanic Languages 9 0 0 0 9
Area Studies 8 0 0 0 8
Allied Health Professions 0 0 7 0 7
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 2 3 5
General Visual & Performing Arts 5 0 0 0 5
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 4 4
Gerontology 0 4 0 0 4
Religious Studies 4 0 0 0 4
Soil Sciences 0 0 3 0 3
Hospitality Management 2 0 0 0 2
International Studies 2 0 0 0 2
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 0 0 2 0 2
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 2 0 2
Public Relations & Advertising 0 1 0 0 1
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 1 0 0 1
TOTAL 6,100 613 1,032 354 8,099

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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