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Transfer Students

Your journey continues here

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Did you know that nearly one-third of students in the College of Science are transfer students?

Transfer Students

Pursue your dream of a bachelor of science degree

Continue your science journey here. Go anywhere.

Congratulations on doing the hard work that has put your career goals just within reach. Oregon State can help you get there.

Transfer students are an integral and active part of our science community, and our inspiring science faculty and professional advising team are here to guide you.

Oregon State is the largest university in the state. While that may seem intimidating, we have a strong community with people, student clubs and academic support services to help you succeed.

Nearly 30% of our students are transfer students.

Welcome to Team Science!

One of the biggest benefits of pursuing your degree on our main campus is the opportunity to get involved in our thriving science community to make the most of your undergraduate education at OSU.

With some careful planning, you can participate in experiential learning opportunities that are valued by employers and graduate and professional schools. Pursue internships, research work in a lab, study abroad opportunities and get involved in one of our 400+ student clubs and organizations.

How will my credits transfer?

We have compiled a complete list of transfer requirements from our neighboring schools around the West Coast to help with a stress-free transition. We are so excited to have you here!

Transfer requirements

Need help?

Contact our College of Science advisors. We can answer any of your questions and concerns and help you make a smooth transition into science.

Contact us!

Am I a transfer student?

You are a transfer student if you have completed a minimum of 24 quarter (16 semester) graded, transferable credits from a regionally accredited college or university; have been admitted to OSU; and obtained a high school diploma or equivalent over a year ago.

Tips on transferring into the College of Science and OSU

  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Explore our transfer student guides and degree maps.
  • Communicate regularly with our Transfer Advisor to see how you are progressing toward your goals.


Transfer orientation

OSU offers special orientation sessions to assist you in your transition to the university. The Office of New Student Programs and Family Outreach presents START orientation sessions. See the schedule below.

Starting fall or summer term on OSU’s Corvallis campus

You will need to attend a Transfer START program during the summer. This is a required one-day orientation session where you receive academic advising, register for fall term courses, learn about the many resources helpful to your transition and success and meet fellow new students to start building your community and your new life at OSU.

If you are starting courses Summer term, you still need to attend a START program to register for Fall term classes.

Starting winter or spring term on OSU’s Corvallis campus

You will attend a Term Orientation program, a one-day program focused on academic advising, registering for classes and learning about resources that will help your transition to academic and campus life.

Couple walking through Corvallis waterfront walkways
The Willamette River borders downtown Corvallis and attracts students to walk along the beautiful riverfront.

Ready to get started?

We can help you take that next step and make your dream of getting a bachelor’s degree a reality. The College of Science can help you land on the educational path that is right for you and position you for success. Gain the knowledge and critical skills to get a job you love while also taking advantage of life-changing experiences that will prepare you for life beyond OSU.

You may have already done some of the hard work already. We can help you expand your learning, skills and perspectives. Start with Science at Oregon State and see where your story will take you.

You may be surprised to find you are soon calling Corvallis home.

Explore Corvallis

Corvallis is one of the top-ranked college towns in the nation!

Corvallis is also one of the safest places to live: clean, friendly and beautiful. Our college town and home away from home is a beautiful place to live, work and play. It is nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, just an hour from the Pacific Coast and two hours from the Cascades and high desert.

Take a moment to learn more about your new hometown. Did you know….

  • Corvallis is ranked the #2 Friendliest College Town in America
  • Top 10 College Town for a reason.*
  • Ranked #1 College town in the PAC-12

* By Great College Deals, 2016 and 2016-17 College Destinations Index by the American Institute For Economic Research.