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Oregon State University Overview

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

What Is Oregon State University Known For?

5,981 Undergraduate Awards
$39,007 Avg Cost After Aid
79% Acceptance Rate
  • The 4% student loan default rate at Oregon State is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Oregon State.
  • In 2017-2018, 77% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Oregon State with a bachelor's degree make about $49,600 a year. That's 22% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Oregon State University Rankings

Oregon State is ranked #6 out of 31 schools in Oregon.

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.

Oregon State has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#17 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#64 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#127 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#241 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

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 Wildlife Management Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Forest Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Construction Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Forestry Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best General Agriculture Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Horticulture Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Sustainability Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best International Studies 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
#7 Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation College Factual
#18 Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences College Factual
#35 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#37 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#39 Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education College Factual
#66 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual

Where Is Oregon State University?

Location of Oregon State University

Contact details for Oregon State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1500 Sw Jefferson Avenue, Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: 541-737-0123
Website: https://oregonstate.edu

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?

79% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
68% Submit SAT Scores
Oregon State has an acceptance rate of 79%, 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 47% of accepted students are men and 53% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 76%, and the acceptance rate for women is 81%.

Average Test Scores

About 68% 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 530 and 650.

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

SAT Math Scores for Oregon State University  ( 530 to 650 )
200
800
Oregon State received ACT scores from 47% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 28. Math scores were between 21 and 28. Composite scores were between 22 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Oregon State University  ( 21 to 28 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Oregon State University  ( 21 to 28 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Oregon State University  ( 22 to 28 )
1
36

Can I Afford Oregon State University?

$39,007 Net Price
52% Take Out Loans
3.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Oregon State is $39,007. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Oregon State, approximately 52% of students took out student loans averaging $7,242 a year. That adds up to $28,968 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Oregon State is 3.9%. 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

18,554 Full-Time Undergraduates
46% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 26,247 undergraduate students at Oregon State, with 18,554 being full-time and 7,693 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Oregon State

There are also 5,472 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 18,554 full-time undergraduates at Oregon State, 54% are male and 46% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Oregon State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Oregon State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,447
Black or African American 229
Hispanic or Latino 1,997
White 11,248
International Students 1,790
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,843

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

6,565 Took All Classes Online
13,482 Took At Least One Class Online
9.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 22 bachelor’s degree and 13 master’s degree programs available online at Oregon State. In 2017-2018, 13,482 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 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Oregon State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Oregon State University was 9.9%. This is the #1,343 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
Agricultural Economics & Business 7%
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 9%
Business Administration & Management 18%
Business, Management & Marketing 8%
Computer & Information Sciences 17%
Computer Science 17%
Education 1%
Engineering 5%
Fisheries Sciences 17%
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 11%
Forestry 1%
General Agriculture 11%
Geography & Cartography 30%
Natural Resource Management 15%
Natural Resources & Conservation 12%
Natural Resources Conservation 4%
Plant Sciences 23%
Political Science & Government 32%
Psychology 1%
Public Administration & Social Service 44%
Public Policy 44%
Romance Languages 30%
Social Sciences 8%
Statistics 10%
Student Counseling 16%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 29%
Wildlife Management 29%

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 #2
Wildlife Management #2
Forestry #2
Natural Resource Management #4
Plant Sciences #5
General Agriculture #6
Sustainability Science #6
Statistics #6
Agricultural Economics & Business #7
Anthropology #9
Public Policy #9
Economics #11
Multilingual Education #12
Romance Languages #12
Ethnic Studies #15
Natural Resources Conservation #15
Industrial Engineering #17
Natural Resources & Conservation #19
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies #19
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #19
Geography & Cartography #21
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #22
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #23
Sociology #25
Political Science & Government #26
Mathematics & Statistics #28
History #29
History #29
Student Counseling #31
Computer Science #33
Finance & Financial Management #36
Public Health #49
Human Development & Family Studies #60
Engineering #64
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #74
General Education #75
General Psychology #90
Social Sciences #103
Teacher Education Subject Specific #108
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #110
Public Administration & Social Service #117
Psychology #125
Teacher Education Grade Specific #146
Computer & Information Sciences #199
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #244
Liberal Arts General Studies #244
Education #365
Business Administration & Management #445
Health Professions #475

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 681 0 72 12 765
Business Administration & Management 537 3 63 5 608
Mechanical Engineering 263 0 48 10 321
Human Development & Family Studies 283 0 3 5 291
Health & Physical Education 264 0 13 5 282
Public Health 180 5 63 6 254
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 144 55 0 199
General Psychology 192 0 0 0 192
Civil Engineering 110 0 60 21 191
Electrical Engineering 125 0 44 22 191
Natural Resource Management 113 19 49 0 181
General Biology 163 0 2 4 169
Finance & Financial Management 167 0 0 0 167
Health/Medical Prep Programs 143 0 0 0 143
Chemical Engineering 114 0 20 6 140
Marketing 124 0 0 0 124
Fisheries Sciences 103 10 5 5 123
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 120 0 0 0 120
Economics 109 0 1 5 115
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 97 13 3 113
General Agriculture 107 5 0 0 112
Construction Engineering 104 0 0 0 104
Geography & Cartography 8 87 6 2 103
Natural Resources Conservation 67 10 21 4 102
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 0 99 99
General Education 75 0 12 6 93
Student Counseling 0 24 52 14 90
Political Science & Government 90 0 0 0 90
Sociology 87 0 0 0 87
Accounting 85 0 0 0 85
Animal Science 75 0 2 5 82
Human Sciences Business Services 79 0 0 0 79
Plant Sciences 68 0 6 3 77
Industrial Engineering 52 0 22 3 77
Forestry 14 12 34 16 76
Anthropology 53 2 15 3 73
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 62 0 6 4 72
Mathematics 49 0 15 8 72
Management Information Systems 71 0 0 0 71
Design & Applied Arts 71 0 0 0 71
Geological & Earth Sciences 30 0 17 19 66
Food Science Technology 49 0 11 4 64
Communication & Media Studies 64 0 0 0 64
Chemistry 40 0 6 18 64
Multilingual Education 0 62 0 0 62
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 0 57 0 0 57
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 57 57
Biomedical Engineering 55 0 1 0 56
Liberal Arts General Studies 52 4 0 0 56
Nuclear Engineering 38 0 10 7 55
History 49 0 0 4 53
Forest Engineering 52 0 0 0 52
Zoology 40 0 1 6 47
Agricultural Economics & Business 44 0 0 0 44
General English Literature 32 0 11 0 43
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 37 0 0 5 42
Physics 29 0 7 6 42
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 37 0 0 1 38
Agricultural Engineering 33 0 0 1 34
Environmental Engineering 17 0 12 3 32
Wildlife Management 0 18 8 5 31
Statistics 0 2 24 4 30
Romance Languages 27 0 0 0 27
Sustainability Science 27 0 0 0 27
Public Policy 0 0 20 5 25
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 24 0 0 0 24
Music 24 0 0 0 24
Other Engineering 21 0 0 0 21
Textile & Apparel Studies 21 0 0 0 21
Writing Studies 0 0 20 0 20
Biotechnology 19 0 0 0 19
Botany/Plant Biology 13 0 3 3 19
Robotics Engineering 0 0 12 6 18
Educational Administration 0 0 16 0 16
Manufacturing Engineering 15 0 0 0 15
General Social Sciences 15 0 0 0 15
Ethnic Studies 8 1 5 0 14
Philosophy 12 1 1 0 14
General Visual & Performing Arts 14 0 0 0 14
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 13 0 13
Fine & Studio Arts 13 0 0 0 13
Soil Sciences 0 0 8 3 11
Materials Sciences 0 0 6 5 11
Horticulture 0 0 6 3 9
Allied Health Professions 0 0 9 0 9
Germanic Languages 8 0 0 0 8
Hospitality Management 6 0 0 0 6
Gerontology 0 6 0 0 6
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 2 3 5
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 5 0 5
International Studies 5 0 0 0 5
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 4 4
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 4 0 4
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 3 0 0 3
Religious Studies 3 0 0 0 3
Public Relations & Advertising 0 2 0 0 2
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0 0 0
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 5,981 574 940 448 7,943

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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