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Admission: Freshman

Getting Started | Admissions Requirements | More Info

students at EOUYour future is just around the corner! This website will give you basic information on the common admissions requirements for all Oregon University System institutions.  Besides the general freshman admissions requirements for all OUS institutions listed below, some are campus-specific. Admission requirements such as grade point average and application policies and procedures vary by campus, and some academic programs have specific requirements too, so if you have your heart set on a certain campus or program, start learning about its requirements now before you apply. 

Getting Started

Be sure to contact individual university admissions counselors and programs of interest to get campus specific information and guidelines. Start at the admissions websites below:

You can also browse the following brochure for admissions guidelines. The OUS Viewbook 2015 (Key Information for Prospective Freshmen and Transfer Students at Oregon's Public Universities) provides key admissions guidelines and deadlines, financial aid information, and OUS program information to high school seniors and transfer students interested in enrolling in an Oregon public university in 2015-16. 

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General OUS Freshman Admission Requirements, 2014-15  and 2015-16 Academic Years

The requirements for entering an Oregon public university are detailed in the following policy and summarized below.

Below are the basics for all the Oregon public universities. Students must also fulfill the Campus Admission Requirements for each university they are interested in (see campus websites links above). The general requirements for entering an Oregon public university include the following:

  • Graduation from a public or accredited private high school or home schooling program. If you earned a General Education Development (GED), were home-schooled, or graduated from a non-standard or unaccredited high school, ask a counselor about OUS’s special admissions requirements.
  • A satisfactory, minimum grade point average (GPA) in all graded subjects taken toward high school graduation, or meeting one of the alternatives, for admission to an OUS university. If your GPA does not meet the campus requirement, you should still apply because you may be considered through a more comprehensive review.
  • Satisfactory completion of 15 units of specified Subject Requirements (at a grade of C- or better) or demonstrated proficiency in at least 15 units of college preparatory high school classes (with one unit defined as the equivalent of one year). This must include 4 units of English, 3 units of Mathematics, 3 units of Science (including at least one year each in two different fields of science), 3 units of Social Studies, and 2 units of a Second Language. For details on whether your classes meet these requirements, talk to a high school guidance or university admissions counselor.
  • Completion of the SAT/ACT, including the writing portion, as part of the admission process. It’s best to take either the ACT or SAT early in your senior year so that you may submit your scores when applying for admission.

If you do not meet these general requirements, talk to your guidance counselor or college admissions officer at the campus you’re interested in to understand your options. All Oregon public universities conduct more comprehensive reviews of students to assess strengths for those who do not meet the minimum requirements.

2013-14 Automatic Admission Opportunity for Oregon Students:

students at PSUOregon now offers a new Automatic Admissions option for in-state students, to recognize students who show strong preparation for college in certain assessments of the new Oregon High School Diploma. Students who wish to be considered for Automatic Admission will have the option to make this selection on the campus admissions application. Automatic admission to at least one public university in Oregon will be granted to Oregon students who: fulfill General and Campus Requirements, including Subject Requirements; submit a complete application by February1, 2013; meet the new Oregon Diploma course requirements at a GPA level of at least 3.4; and meet minimum scores on the SAT, ACT, or OAKS (Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) tests. For more information, go to the 2013-14 Admission Policy above, or go to: www.ous.edu/autoadmission

Deadlines

Make sure you are aware of priority Admissions and Scholarship Priority Deadlines listed in the OUS Viewbook, particularly if you wish to be considered for need or merit-based financial aid and scholarships. Honors Colleges and Programs have special admissions requirements and deadlines, so see campus websites for more information on those programs. 

Overview: Undergraduate Freshman Admission Requirements, Residents and Nonresidents, 2014-15 Academic Year              

See this year's full policy for details

 

EOU

OIT

OSU*

PSU

SOU

UO

WOU

High School Graduation

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Subject Requirements1

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

SAT Reasoning / ACT Scores 2

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

High School GPA

2.75

3.00

3.003

3.00

3.004

3.00

2.75

Additional Campus Review Required5

Below
2.75 portfolio may be required

2.50
to
2.99

Below
3.00; or
fewer
than 15 subject
units

Below
3.00; or
fewer
than 15 subject
units

Below 3.00

Applications     reviewed through comprehensive review process

Below 2.75

1 All OUS institutions require two years of same high school-level second language with a grade of C- or better, or two terms of a college-level second language with a grade of C- or better, or acceptable performance on proficiency-assessment options. American Sign Language or demonstrated proficiency in an American Indian language (as certified by the governing body of any federally recognized tribe) can meet all or part of the second language requirement. The second language requirement applies to transfer students graduating from high school in 1997 and thereafter.

2 Minimum test scores are not set for regular campus admissions, but test results may be used during additional campus review processes. OUS schools may require a standardized writing exam. Students submitting the SAT II Reasoning exam will be submitting a standardized writing exam. Students submitting the ACT should submit scores from the optional writing examination. For the Automatic Admission option, minimum test scores are set; for more information go to www.ous.edu/autoadmission

3 OSU requires the Insight Resume. 

4 SOU reviews applications qualitatively rather than basing admissions decisions solely on minimums.

5 All OUS institutions conduct more comprehensive reviews of applicants who do not meet the minimum required GPA for admission. Reviews include additional factors such as standardized test results, rigor of courses taken, review of writing sample or personal essays, non-cognitive factors, and other indicators that predict potential success in college. Academic performance and meeting minimum qualifications are not the sole criteria for admission to an OUS university. A university may evaluate other factors to determine ability to maintain the standards of academic and professional conduct expected at the university.

* For admissions to OSU-Cascades, see their website, www.osucascades.edu/admissions

 

NOTE: All OUS institutions conduct more comprehensive reviews of applicants who do not meet the minimum required GPA.

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More Admission Information:

  • Academic Calendar, 2014-2019: This document lists academic term and year beginning and end dates for OUS campuses.
  • Admissions Fee: Applicants must pay a $50 fee for each university to which they apply, but fee deferrals may be granted in some cases.
    • 2014-15 Deferral Form (PDF)- Request for deferral of Application Fee for admission to 2014-15 Academic Year.
    • 2015-16 Deferral Form (PDF) - Request for deferral of Application Fee for admission to 2015-16 Academic Year.
  • OUS Native American Resource Guide offers information about campus resources, web sites, financial aid resources, community college transfer processes, distance education, and more.

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