Oregon State University: Narrative Description

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Corvallis, OR 97331
Tel: (541)737-1000
Admissions: (541)737-4411
Fax: (541)737-6157
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://osu.orst.edu/


State-supported, university, coed. Part of Oregon University System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1868. Setting: 422-acre small town campus with easy access to Portland. Total enrollment: 19,162. Faculty: 808 (701 full-time, 107 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 24:1. 6,689 applied, 90% were admitted. 19% from top 10% of their high school class, 48% from top quarter, 83% from top half. Full-time: 13,966 students, 46% women, 54% men. Part-time: 1,747 students, 50% women, 50% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 93 other countries, 10% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 1% black, 8% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 7% 25 or older, 22% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 87% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: engineering/engineering technologies; business/marketing; home economics/vocational home economics. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the National Student Exchange, members of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 3/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $4113 full-time, $108 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $16,461 full-time, $451 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $1206 full-time. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $6786. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 300 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 14% of eligible men and 15% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Associated Students of OSU, International Students of OSU, Graduate Students Organization, Campus Crusade, MECHA. Major annual events: Civil War Football Game, Homecoming, Parents' Weekend. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, crime prevention office. Option: coed housing available. Valley Library with 689,119 books, 1.8 million microform titles, 12,254 serials, 6,225 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 2,251 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Corvallis is situated in the Willamette Valley which is noted for crops and dairy goods. Air, rail and bus transportation is available. The community includes churches of major denominations, a hospital, library, shopping areas, and civic, fraternal, and veteran's organizations. The Willamette River is nearby for fishing and boating, and the Pacific Coast is a 50-mile drive. Part-time employment opportunities are fair.

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