Oregon State University

Oregon State University

Oregon State University was established in 1868, and is a coeducational research university situated in Corvallis, Oregon. The university offers doctoral, graduate and undergraduate degrees. The academic programs of OSU are divided into 2 schools and 12 colleges, which are the:

  • College of Agricultural Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Forestry
  • College of Health and Human Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Science
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Defense Education College (ROTC)
  • Graduate School
  • University Honors College

The sports teams of the university are nicknamed the Beavers. Oregon State University has basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, track, and volleyball teams. Linus Pauling, 1962 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; William Oefelein, NASA astronaut; Cecil D. Andrus, former Governor of Idaho; John Ensign, former U.S. Representative of Nevada; and Douglas McKay, former Governor of Oregon are among the famous alumni of the university.

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Oregon State University
Corvallis , OR 97331
General Phone: (541) 737-0123

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Oregon State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts654American studies, Latin American studies, Hispanic-American studies, minority and gender studies, comparative language, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, ...
Business and Management556business management, business administration, accounting
Engineering540bioengineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, water resources engineering, electrical engineering, engineering physics, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, ...
Science514biology, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, plant physiology, botany and plant biology, call and molecular biology, microbiology, zoology, genetics, toxicology, ...
Education and Teaching471education, educational admin and supervision, school counseling, adult education, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, agricultural teaching, ...
Family and Social Work366merchandising and retailing, food and nutrition, housing, family studies, public policy analysis
Conservation and Resource Management261environmental science, natural resources management, wetlands management, fisheries sciences, forestry, forest sciences, forest management, wood science, wildlife management ...
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy175parks and recreation studies, health and physical education
Medicine173gerontology, pharmacy, public health, medical physics, veterinary medicine
Computer Science and Engineering115computer and info science, computer engineering
Therapy and Counseling113psychology
Agricultural Science and Management99agriculture, agricultural management, agricultural economics, food science, various food science courses
Animal Science and Care74animal science, poultry science
Medical Administration68health care administration, pharmacy courses, occupational health, public health education
Art Studies66visual and performing arts, art studies
Landscaping and Horticulture61applied horticulture, plant sciences, agronomy, horticultural science, range management, soil science
Mathematics55mathematics, statistics, mathematics and statistics
Design32interior design
Construction Trades27apparel and textiles, apparel and textile marketing
Religion and Philosophy18philosophy, ethics
Medical Support and Technology2comparative animal medicine

Number of programs and degrees for Oregon State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree3,26775
Master's degree67476
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship17346
Postbaccalaureate certificate22913
Doctor's degree - professional practice1182

Oregon State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Oregon State had a total enrollment of 19,738 students (18,217 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 52%
Women 48%
Full-Time 95%
Part-Time 5%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 79%
Graduate 21%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 70%
Black 2%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 8%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 11%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 27%
20-21 28%
22-24 21%
25-29 12%
30-34 5%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)2%

Oregon State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 82 %
Part-Time 59 %

Oregon State Room and Board (2007)

Oregon State offers campus housing for 4,204 of its 18,217 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Corvallis, Oregon for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Oregon Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Oregon State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal460580
SAT Math490610
ACT Verbal1825
ACT Math2027
ACT Composite2026

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT79%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT19%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Oregon State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,187
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,823
Room and board $ 8,208
Books and supplies $ 1,527
Other expenses $ 2,403

Financial Aid:
Oregon State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 321000)

Oregon State Faculty

Oregon State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track14988
Non-tenured and not on tenure track438351

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year36$113,9928$120,078
Associate professorcalendar year23$90,62011$91,319
Assistant professorcalendar year26$84,90625$81,582
Instructorcalendar year20$60,55413$56,319
No academic rankcalendar year7$53,8325$40,236
All faculty totalcalendar year112$89,13862$79,645

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year97$93,60028$83,997
Associate professoracademic year88$74,10369$65,837
Assistant professoracademic year73$71,58050$60,435
Instructoracademic year51$43,92555$41,748
No academic rankacademic year12$91,9712*
All faculty totalacademic year321$75,294204$60,544

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Oregon State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Pacific-10 Conference
Basketball Pacific-10 Conference
Baseball Pacific-10 Conference
Track Pacific-10 Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports184260

Oregon State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agricultural Economics
Agriculture, General
Food Science
Food Science and Technology, Other

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General
Poultry Science

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management
Forest Sciences and Biology
Forestry, General
Natural Resources Management and Policy
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management
Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management
Apparel and Textiles, General

Interior Design

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Construction Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Physics
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Forest Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Materials Science
Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Ocean Engineering
Operations Research
Water Resources Engineering

Family And Social Work
Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Housing and Human Environments, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Public Policy Analysis

Landscaping And Horticulture
Agronomy and Crop Science
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
Horticultural Science
Plant Sciences, General
Range Science and Management
Soil Science and Agronomy, General

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Applied Economics
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
General Studies
Geography, Other
German Language and Literature
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
History, General
International/Global Studies
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Linguistic/Comparative/Related Language Studies & Services, Other
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics and Statistics, Other
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other
Public Health Education and Promotion

Medical Support And Technology
Comparative and Laboratory Animal Medicine (Cert, MS, PhD)

Health/Medical Physics
Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Religion And Philosophy

Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Botany/Plant Biology, Other
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry, General
Genetics, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Hydrology and Water Resources Science
Microbiology, General
Natural Sciences
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
Physics, General
Physics, Other
Plant Physiology
Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
Zoology/Animal Biology

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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