Oregon State University

2,470 reviews
  1. Corvallis, OR
  2. 4 Year
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  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 Range
980-1230
ACT Range
21-28
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

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

Reviews

2,470 reviews
  • Excellent
    367
  • Very Good
    984
  • Average
    895
  • Poor
    170
  • Terrible
    54
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!
  • College Sophomore
  • 4 months ago
I knew that Oregon State University was the perfect school for me as soon as I stepped onto campus for a tour. The brick buildings surrounded by an abundance of trees nestled in this iconic college town is just beautiful. The atmosphere and people here instantly made it feel as if I belonged.

I began my year undeclared, but had a hunch to pursue elementary education. During my first term, I took a class from the top rated professor at OSU on ratemyprofessors.com and knew that this was something I was passionate about. He was so engaging, knowledgeable, and thought provoking. The program at Oregon State for aspiring teachers is so organized and the advisers have the best interest for the students. They are determined to help us to succeed!

Initially, I didn't intend on joining Greek Life. My roommate recommended it and I thought, "Why not?" I ended up becoming apart of Kappa Delta where I found my mentors, role models, and best friends. They go above and beyond to help their sisters. While still undeclared, I asked a senior in the house who was studying to be an elementary school teacher as well to help me figure out my path. She helped ignite the spark in me just by speaking of her experiences over the past four years. She generously offered to drive me to the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis every Wednesday so that I had the opportunity to volunteer in the Elementary Learning Center to help kids with their homework.

The school pride is unparalleled. The student section at sporting events is like nothing else. Reser Stadium, Gill Coliseum, and Goss Stadium are a sea of black and orange which is so much fun to be apart of!
  • College Sophomore
  • Aug 20 2015
I love OSU! I love that our university is so diverse. We have students from all over the world, of differing cultures, religions, ethnicities, ages, political affiliations, etc. and OSU values that diversity as well. Tolerance is taught, encouraged, and promoted. Most of my professors have gone above and beyond to ensure that I have what I need to succeed, and have been very supportive. There have been a couple that made me feel like they are there for the paycheck and decidedly unhelpful, but they have been the minority. Research projects are plentiful, research methods are top notch, and the things being researched are things that make our world a better place to live. I have a great deal of love for and pride in my chosen university.
  • College Junior
  • 9 months ago