Post-Baccalaureate Students

Are you a post-baccalaureate student?

A post-baccalaureate student is someone who currently holds a baccalaureate degree, and is seeking an additional undergraduate degree, minor or certificate. Visit OSU’s Post-Baccalaureate page for information on applying and attending OSU as a post-baccalaureate student.

Post-Baccalaureate Admission Requirements

Visit OSU’s Post-Baccalaureate Admission Requirements webpage for more information on applying to the university as a post-baccalaureate student. In addition to meeting the University requirements, post-baccalaureate applicants must also meet requirements specific to the College of Forestry (see below).

Forestry Post-Bacc Requirements

The College of Forestry is committed to providing access for students pursuing their first degree; therefore, admission of post-baccalaureate level students is on a space-available basis for programs that have capacity constraints.

Admission to the College of Forestry is not automatic for students who meet the minimum Oregon State University standard for post-baccalaureate admission, nor does the College of Forestry conditionally admit post-baccalaureate level students. Each candidate's application is individually reviewed. Special attention is paid to academic performance that provides an appropriate preparation for College of Forestry degree programs. These courses include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics in addition to other coursework that may be related to the post-baccalaureate degree program. 

In general, competitive applicants should have at least a "B" average (3.00 GPA) in their first undergraduate degree. Students with a GPA below 3.00 will be reviewed for the following criteria and may be admitted at the discretion of the College of Forestry:

  • Strength of undergraduate preparation
  • Evidence of improved GPA in the last two years of coursework
  • Exemplary service such as military service, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, etc.
  • Demonstrated work or volunteer experience in a forestry or natural resource context
  • Evidence of maturity, commitment to a new major, and potential to be a successful student in the College of Forestry

Baccalaureate Core Requirements

Post-baccalaureate students are not required to complete the Baccalaureate Core at OSU, but must complete all major and College of Forestry requirements. Additionally, post-baccalaureate students must fulfill the OSU Residency Requirements in order to earn a second bachelor's degree (see Academic Regulation 26 & 27).

Foundational Coursework

Please review the advising guide for the College of Forestry degree program that you wish to pursue in order to determine which courses are foundational to that major. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the appropriate foundation courses (with grades of "C" or better) prior to applying for admission as a post-baccalaureate student.

Admissions Deadlines

Visit the Post-Baccalaureate Applicant Deadlines webpage for admission deadlines and other information on applying to the university as a post-baccalaureate student.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete their application process well in advance of posted Post-Baccalaureate application deadlines in order to get through the subsequent steps in the process. This is especially important if there is pre-requisite (foundation) coursework that must be completed prior to admission.

To ensure the academic success of new post-baccalaureate students, the following requirements and guidelines will be observed for post-baccalaureate students applying to the College of Forestry degree programs on the Corvallis campus and Ecampus (online):

  • When a post-baccalaureate application file is complete (all required transcripts have been received and reviewed by the OSU Office of Admissions) a Departmental Action Form (DAF) is sent to the College of Forestry to review for admission consideration.
  • The Departmental Action Form must be received at least three weeks prior to the first day of the term for which the student has requested admission. Departmental Action Forms received after these dates will be considered for admission for the next available term.

Scholarship Deadlines

In addition to the OSU admission and scholarship deadlines, please also consider the college-level scholarship deadlines when planning your application timeline. The College of Forestry's scholarship application opens in November and closes in February for scholarships awarded the following academic year. Incoming students must be admitted to the College of Forestry before they can apply for College of Forestry scholarships.  Visit the College of Forestry Scholarships Page for additional information.

Transfer Credit

For information on how your credits will transfer to Oregon State and meet requirements for College of Forestry degrees, visit our Transfer Student Resources page.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree and now wish to take courses without pursuing a degree will be designated as a non-degree graduate student. If you decide to seek admission to a degree program, be aware that credit(s) taken under non-degree status may not apply toward that degree program. Students must also complete 30 graduate credits after full admission to degree-seeking status, regardless of the number of credits completed under non-degree status. Any questions should be directed to the Graduate School at 541-737-4881.

Professional & Continuing Education

OSU's Professional & Continuing Education may be a good option for students interested in taking professional education classes and/or earning a certificate, rather than pursuing a degree.

Graduate Programs

For information on the graduate programs offered through the College of Forestry, visit our Graduate Programs page. For more general information on graduate programs offered at Oregon State, visit the OSU Graduate School webpage.

Contact Us

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 your future at Oregon State!