Oregon State University


University seal consisting of an outer ring of text "Oregon State University 1868," within is shown an American eagle atop a shield depicting mountains, an elk, a covered wagon, and the Pacific Ocean; in the ocean a British man-of-war is departing and an American steamer is arriving; the second quartering shows a sheaf, a plow, and a pickaxe and above them a banner inscribed "The Union"

Motto :”Out there”

Type :public land-grant research university

Established: 1868; 154 years ago

Accreditation :NWCCU

Academic affiliations :Sea-grantSpace-grantSun-grant

Endowment :$819.6 million (2021)

Budget :$1.1 billion

President :Rebecca Johnson (interim)

Location: Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Students: 31,719 (Fall 2019).

Oregon State University (OSU) is a public land-grant research university in Corvallis, Oregon. The university offers more than 200 undergraduate-degree programs along with a variety of graduate and doctoral degrees.

On-campus enrollment averages near 32,000, making it the state’s largest university. Since its founding over 272,000 students have graduated from OSU. It is classified among “R1: Doctoral Universities Very high research activity” with an additional, optional designation as a “Community Engagement” university.


The university’s roots date to 1856, when it was founded as a primary and preparatory community school known as Corvallis Academy. The school’s first teacher and principal was John Wesley Johnson, a famous figure in Oregon higher education. Johnson received his secondary education in Corvallis before working at the new academy.

He later attended Yale University and was instrumental in developing other Oregon colleges. Within a decade of its inception, college-level coursework was added to the academy’s curriculum, making it the first public college in the region and a magnet for Oregon’s young adults seeking a profession.

The university has had 11 names since opening, eight of them during the 1800s. Like many of today’s land-grant colleges and universities, name changes were common during this period and helped schools better align themselves with some of the largest available grants in agricultural research.

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What GPA do you need to get into Oregon State?


With a GPA of 3.59, Oregon State University requires you to be around average in your high school class. You’ll need a mix of A’s and B’s, and very few C’s. If you took some AP or IB classes, this will help boost your weighted GPA and show your ability to take college classes.

What SAT score is required for OSU?

Scoring a 1420 SAT or a 32 ACT or above will nearly guarantee you admission. Because the school admits 53.7% of all applicants, being far above average raises the admission rate for you to nearly 100%. If you can achieve a high SAT/ACT score, the rest of your application essentially doesn’t matter.