Our application portal is open from early October through the end of April each academic year for admission to the beign fall term of the following academic year. After you submit your Oregon State University graduate school application, you will get an email within two business days that will give you the information needed to access the "letter of reference" interface. Please access this system promptly to manage and review the "letter of reference" process.
The online "priority" application for each Fall term is due December 31 at 11:59:59 pm, Pacific Standard Time. On the morning of January 1 each year, we freeze and download all applications and begin to review them for admission for the following fall term. Whatever is included in a student’s application at that time will be considered for their admission. Anything missing at that time will jeopardize the applicant’s chances for acceptance, or possibly the offer of a fellowship or assistantship support. Official GRE and TOEFL scores, if applicable, should be at OSU by this time. Letters of Reference should be received at OSU by this time.
Applications for each Fall term submitted after this deadline will NOT receive priority review. Applications received after the deadline will be considered at the end of the priority application review.
For priority review, all supporting data, such as transcripts, recommendation letters, and GRE and TOEFL scores, must arrive no later than December 31. For departmental review, required application documents may be scanned copies of OFFICIAL documents issued by your schools Registrar or ETS scores website for GRE and TOEFL. Copies of unofficial transcripts are not acceptable. If you are admitted, the Graduate School will notify you when and how to deliver final official transcripts. You will need to make arrangements with ETS to have your official GRE and TOEFL scores sent to OSU by ETS.
Timeframe for Admissions Decisions
For priority applicants, admissions decisions are usually made in late February through early March, but may be as late as the end of March. For applicants who did not meet the priority deadline (December 31st), admissions decisions will be made by May 31st.