At Oregon State, you'll find a graduate faculty committed to helping you achieve your academic and career goals in an ideal learning environment for graduate work. Our diverse student body includes more than 5,000 graduate and professional students from all 50 states and over 100 countries.
A top-ranked city
A 90-minute drive from Portland, the main campus is located in Corvallis, Oregon, a vibrant college town nestled in the beautiful Willamette Valley. With the scenic Oregon Coast to the west and the stunning Cascade Mountain Range to the east, you can enjoy mountain activities one day and the beach the next. Corvallis is widely recognized as a safe, smart, green community and is consistently ranked as a Best Place to Live. As a graduate student, you can choose to live on-campus or off-campus and take advantage of the city's free transportation.
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Your community awaits
At Oregon State, there are many ways to connect and build community. OSU is the proud home of seven Cultural Resource Centers. Open to all students, the centers provide opportunities to learn about different cultures and communities. There are also graduate student clubs you can join — a great way to meet new people inside or outside of your discipline. The Graduate Student Commons in the Valley Library is the perfect place to study, collaborate with fellow grad students, or take a break and relax.
Your graduate community will also include your academic college and the Graduate School, which provide academic and professional resources to support you. In addition, the Graduate School hosts several activities throughout the year like Grad Welcome Week, Grad Inspire, and Graduate Appreciation Week to connect you with others in the grad community.
Preparing to apply
Oregon State has 90+ graduate programs in eleven colleges. You may already have a major in mind or are still exploring your options. As you review our graduate programs and prepare to apply, pay attention to the following:
Application and funding deadlines
Check what terms your program accepts applications. It may only be once a year. Pay attention to the application and funding deadlines, as these dates can differ. Note that not all graduate programs offer funding.
Check if a degree level (bachelor's or master's) or specific major is needed to apply. There may also be course prerequisites or other minimum requirements.
Most programs request an online application, transcripts, statement of purpose, resume/CV, and letters of recommendation. Check if your program requires other application material like the GRE or a writing sample.
When to contact faculty
Some programs require you to secure a faculty advisor before you apply or to identify the names of faculty you are interested in collaborating with on your application. Your program may not require any contact with faculty before the application. If your program does require outreach, give yourself time to make these connections.
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We hope you are making progress in choosing the university where you can best achieve your goals for graduate study. We understand the importance of this decision and are pleased Oregon State University is one of the universities you are considering.
If you would like to talk to us, give us a call at 541-737-4881, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate school at Oregon State email series
- Week 1 - Learn more about OSU and Corvallis (you are here)
- Week 2 - Getting career-ready
- Week 3 - How to fund your graduate degree
- Week 4 - Final thoughts