First Year Students

Are you a first-year student?

A first year student is a student currently in high school, a high school graduate with fewer than 36 quarter/24 semester college credits; or a GED holder. Please see the First Year Student Checklist below, and visit the First Year Student Admissions Requirements for information on applying to OSU as a transfer student.


If you have successfully completed at least 36 quarter/24 semester college credits, you will be considered a transfer student. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information on applying and attending OSU as a transfer student.


First-Year Student Checklist

Step #1: Choose a Major

We recommend determining which College of Forestry major you would like to pursue here at Oregon State as early as possible. The OSU Admissions application will ask you to select the major that you would like to pursue here at Oregon State. Here are the College of Forestry’s undergraduate majors:

  1. FORESTRYCorvallis campus
  2. FOREST ENGINEERINGCorvallis campus
  4. NATURAL RESOURCESCorvallis campus; OSU-Cascades (Bend, OR); Eastern Oregon University (La Grande, OR); online through OSU
  7. RENEWALBE MATERIALSCorvallis campus


Step #2: Apply to Oregon State

Apply to Oregon State!

Admission Requirements

Review the First Year Student Admission Requirements webpage for information on applying to the university as a transfer student.

Admission Deadlines
Review the OSU Admissions Deadlines, which will give you a timeline for when to apply to OSU. For students interested in attending OSU in the fall, we recommend applying to the university by November 1st (notification by Dec. 20) and no later than February 1st (notification by March 15) in order to be considered for OSU and college-specific scholarships.

Step #3: Apply for Scholarships

OSU Scholarships
OSU offers a wide range of scholarships and financial aid to incoming first-year and transfer students. Applications submitted after February 1 will not be considered for scholarships, but may be considered for admission to the university, based on availability. For additional information on scholarship opportunities available through the university, please visit the OSU Financial Aid & Scholarships page.

Forestry Scholarships
In addition to the financial aid and scholarships awarded to students by the university, the College of Forestry awards more than $500,000 in scholarships each year, with individual awards ranging from$1,000 to $9,000. Keep in mind that students must be admitted to the College of Forestry before they can apply for College of Forestry scholarships. That is why it is very important for students to apply by the November 1st admissions deadline! First-year, transfer, and continuing students need to submit a separate online scholarship application to be considered. Please visit the College of Forestry Scholarships page for additional information.

Step #4: Prepare for College

Students considering academic programs in the College of Forestry should prepare by taking the most advanced college preparatory curriculum available in their high school. Advanced courses in biology, chemistry, physics and forestry (if available) are highly recommended. Students are encouraged to take the most challenging mathematics courses available, as well as electives in the humanities, social sciences, a foreign language, and communications to develop writing and public speaking skills.

Visit the Admission Requirements webpage for a complete list of high school course requirements and additional factors that are taken into consideration during the admission process. 


Advanced Standing Credit
For information on earning advanced standing credit, please visit the Advanced Credit Opportunities webpage, which includes details on the following types of advanced credit:

Advanced Placement
College-Level Examination Program
International Baccalaureate
Military Credit
Advance "A" Level - GCE (General Certificate of Education)
Credit Articulation Tables for International Institution Credit


Step #5: Stay in Touch!

If you have questions, please contact our Prospective Student Advisor through the Request More Information webpage. We would be happy to send you an email with additional information, and can schedule a telephone or in-person appointment to assist you in planning a future transfer to Oregon State!