Oregon State University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Weatherford Hall at Oregon State University at dusk.

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Oregon State University is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 81%. Located in Corvallis, Oregon State University is one of only two universities in the country designated as a land-grant, sea-grant, space-grant and sun-grant institution. These designations point to the strong research emphasis at Oregon State. Forestry is OSU's most highly ranked program, and the university manages well over 10,000 acres of forest. Other strong and popular programs are business and engineering. In athletics, the Division I Oregon State Beavers compete in the Pacific 12 Conference.

Considering applying to Oregon State University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Oregon State University had an acceptance rate of 81%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 81 students were admitted, making Oregon State's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 14,890
Percent Admitted 81%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 31%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Oregon State requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 69% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 540 650
Math 540 660
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Oregon State's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Oregon State scored between 540 and 650, while 25% scored below 540 and 25% scored above 650. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 540 and 660, while 25% scored below 540 and 25% scored above 660. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1310 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Oregon State.

Requirements

Oregon State does not require the SAT writing section. Note that OSU does not superscore SAT results; your highest composite SAT from a single test date will be considered.

ACT Scores and Requirements

OSU requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 45% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 21 28
Math 22 28
Composite 22 28

This admissions data tells us that most of Oregon State University's admitted students fall within the top 37% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to OSU received a composite ACT score between 22 and 28, while 25% scored above 28 and 25% scored below 22.

Requirements

Note that Oregon State does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. OSU does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Oregon State's incoming freshmen class was 3.6. This data suggests that most successful applicants to Oregon State University have primarily A and B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Oregon State University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Oregon State University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Oregon State University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Oregon State University, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, Oregon State University has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. Strong responses to the Insight Resume questions and participation in meaningful extracurricular activities can strengthen your application, as can a rigorous course schedule including AP, IB, or college coursework. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores are outside of Oregon State's average range.

In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. As the data show, the majority of admitted students had high school grades in the "A" or "B" range, ACT composite scores of 20 or higher, and combined SAT scores of 1000 or better.

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