A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B+
Oregon State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Pac-12 Conference
Address
1500 S.W. Jefferson Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97331

Oregon State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
78%
SAT Scores Range
980-1230
ACT Scores Range
21-28
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Oregon State University

Cost

Net Price
$16,462/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $14,804/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,186/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,945/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,458/ year
  • $110k+
    $22,061/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
66%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.165 responses
56%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.161 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.161 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
18,477Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
29%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 101 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    52%
  • White
    16%
  • Diverse
    14%
  • Athletic
    8%
  • Stressed
    8%
  • Horny
    1%
  • Motivated
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
43%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.191 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.242 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 126 responses
Report
  • Beaver Nation!
    70%
  • Engineering Oriented
    12%
  • Your graduation matters
    6%
  • Opportunity
    6%
  • Science
    4%
  • Environmental
    1%
  • I need to be done already
    1%

After Oregon State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$46,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
63%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
79%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.128 responses

Oregon State University Reviews

2,490 reviews
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The school has a strong nuclear engineering program that is small and focused. Each class is interesting and each professor is different, although they all have one thing in common: they are very smart. The program allows students to engage in (as close as one can get to) hands on activities with reactors, radioisotopes, and readings. My favorite experience so far has been getting to stand on top of the OSU TRIGA reactor and watch the Cherenkov radiation glow and then flash as the reactor was pulsed. Getting to see quantum mechanics in action was awesome!
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Oregon State University is a great school! The campus is gorgeous and all of the buildings are very close together; you can get anywhere in 10 minutes. It's also right next to Monroe Avenue which has so many great choices for food. There is a ton of diversity and a wide array of majors and minors to chose from. The nightlife isn't very big outside of Greek life, and since the town is so small, there isn't a whole lot to do on the weekends.
The campus is beautiful, although the NW weather can turn the grassy ground to mush. Virtually the entire campus is foot-trafficked, with no vehicles save emergency and maintenance allowed on narrow campus roads. There are a lot of bikes and foot traffic.

The college curriculum is challenging. It is a particularly science-heavy school, so the depth and challenge of the studies definitely necessitates study time. Class sizes range from auditoriums of hundreds of students in bacc-core classes, to around 20 in upper-division classes.

The town of Corvallis is very student friendly. Bus fare is free for students, and most venues are w/in walking distance of campus. Shops, restaurants, and bars are all close to the college, so a car is not NECESSARILY required. But it is extremely helpful to have, as most housing is difficult to find w/in a reasonable distance. Convenient, affordable housing is probably the most difficult aspect of the Oregon State experience.