Oregon State University Reviews

3.51 out of 5 stars
(39 Reviews)
  • Corvallis (OR)
  • Annual Tuition: $30,141
80% of 39 students said this degree improved their career prospects
82% of 39 students said they would recommend this school to others
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1.9 out of 5 stars
AV - 10/21/2020
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2021
"Don't be fooled by these 4-5 star reviews left for Oregon State University. These are from small-town farmers who know and have seen nothing better that could be offered from a University. If you are unfortunate enough to be living in Oregon when you are graduating high school, opt for a community college, or an east coast school. At least at these schools, they dedicate your tuition to the growth of the school, and to further your education. In Oregon, they like to give your money to the failing sports programs, and the incredible amount of student employees getting paid to stand and miss class. OSU's student body culture boasts a pretentious urge to be accepting of minorities, yet pushes them to the outskirts of campus at all costs, while having little to no actual minority involvement. Most of the student life is dominated by exclusive and chauvinistic fratboys and sorority girls, who have simply chosen OSU to get their Mr. and Mrs. degrees, promptly drop out after a failed year at business school, and then stay around the heart of the valley in Oregon. These people are easy to find when they drop out, as they are often sporting "Oregun" stickers on their enormous vehicles, waving giant American flags, and attending republican rallies ornamented in Oregon State University clothing. If the culture alone didn't keep change your mind about wasting your money at this school, consider the extreme bureaucratic systems OSU has set up, that make what used to be simple tasks for students, an absolute nightmare. For example, if you would like to change your password to your student account, it is going to take you no less than 2 hours, speaking to various students(paid with your tuition) and jumping through hoops, just so that you can find out what your schedule looks like. OSU makes it SO hard to put on any sort of event, and really challenges people that want to get involved, into figuring out how they can do so with their strict policies. OSU is constantly changing their curriculum and programs. The education alumni got 5 years ago is drastically different than the one people get nowadays. I have taken many classes at OSU where we were expected, and set up for failure, with class averages on exams being in the 30% range, and that translating to an A with a curve. This is an awful way to teach and is frequented at OSU. Twice now, has OSU decided to change their curriculum, and force me to take a class, that when I first enrolled at this school, they did not think was necessary to take. This tacks on thousands of dollars in debt for students, and forces them to change their plans and schedules without any warning. Ultimately, I feel as though I have made a huge mistake going to this school, and if I could have put my money and time somewhere else, I would have done that immediately. This school is a giant gold-encrusted turd, and has forced me now to spend the next 5-10 years of my life paying for OSU's failure of a football team/coach and repulsing greek life."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Michelle Miller - 9/19/2019
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2018
"Oregon State is a fantastic research university that provides incredible opportunities to all of their students. With its world-renowned STEM programs (in Engineering, Marine Biology, and Agricultural Science, to name a few), many would believe that the humanities programs are lackluster. This couldn't be farther from the truth. My experience at OSU in the College of Liberal Arts was nothing but positive, innovative, and mentally challenging. Through taking writing classes from some of the nation's best authors, to participating in Shakespeare research, to presenting in undergraduate conferences, I grew in ways that I didn't know were possible. If it were not for the faculty and staff in the College of Liberal Arts and, more specifically, The School of Writing, Literature, and Film, I would not be the person I am today."
3.9 out of 5 stars
SG - 9/15/2019
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014
"I started OSU as a freshman studying Mechanical Engineering and just never really connected with the material, just just seemed a bit flat and dull to me. Spring of my sophomore year I found Ecological Engineering and switched, and am so happy that I did. I loved the courses and material, it really just connected with me, and there were some terrific instructors that taught with so much enthusiasm and passion that I will never forget them. The Ecological Engineering program it had only recently gained its accreditation and I was in one of the first graduating classes, so there was still a little bit of shifting in the program itself, but it was a great experience overall. And the OSU campus is gorgeous, if I could continue my Masters on campus I would in a heartbeat."
3.9 out of 5 stars
SG - 9/15/2019
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014
"I started OSU as a freshman studying Mechanical Engineering and just never really connected with the material, just just seemed a bit flat and dull to me. Spring of my sophomore year I found Ecological Engineering and switched, and am so happy that I did. I loved the courses and material, it really just connected with me, and there were some terrific instructors that taught with so much enthusiasm and passion that I will never forget them. The Ecological Engineering program it had only recently gained its accreditation and I was in one of the first graduating classes, so there was still a little bit of shifting in the program itself, but it was a great experience overall. And the OSU campus is gorgeous, if I could continue my Masters on campus I would in a heartbeat."
3.9 out of 5 stars
SG - 9/15/2019
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014
"I started OSU as a freshman studying Mechanical Engineering and just never really connected with the material, just just seemed a bit flat and dull to me. Spring of my sophomore year I found Ecological Engineering and switched, and am so happy that I did. I loved the courses and material, it really just connected with me, and there were some terrific instructors that taught with so much enthusiasm and passion that I will never forget them. The Ecological Engineering program it had only recently gained its accreditation and I was in one of the first graduating classes, so there was still a little bit of shifting in the program itself, but it was a great experience overall. And the OSU campus is gorgeous, if I could continue my Masters on campus I would in a heartbeat."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Dencil Powell - 5/23/2019
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2020
"This school will not properly articulate transcripts leading to never ending registration issues. Advising is a waste of time, because they will not follow through with tasks that need to be accomplished for a student to determine exactly what course work is required of them. If you ask any status update questions, no one at the university will even respond to your emails. If you file a complaint, the resolution you receive is only a "status" update on the original problems and never an actual resolution. As a distance educational institution, the university has an obligation to respond to students in a timely manner, which they could care less about. Not even the Vice Provost would offer any assistance. Four business days have gone by since I should have been able to register for classes I need to graduate, and still nothing. PLEASE do not give this institution any of your time or money, seek a legitimate institution that is in the business of providing education, not deceiving distance students out of their money."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Jacob - 3/25/2019
Degree: Fitness Trainer
Graduation Year: 2020
"The admission process took two months from the date I applied to date of acceptance. They classified me as a non-resident for tuition even though I have lived in the state for 10 years, I have a daughter here, wife, house, etc. To fix this classification status I would need to gather my marriage certificate, birth certificates, car registrations, voter ID cards, state tax transcripts, and more. Then have it notarized before you file it with the OSU residency office. Three months after my acceptance they did not transfer my credits or process my student aid to give me an idea of how much I would need to pay and for what classes. This university does not care about students with low income, they are careless with reviewing applications, and they make the process so difficult to reverse, students give up and go else where. I did not have the same problems at Eastern Oregon University. They classified me as a resident, processed my application, student aid, transferred my credits, and completed class registration within 10 days of my application being filed. WOW! GO MOUNTAINEERS!!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Layla B - 4/26/2018
Degree: Cultural Studies
Graduation Year: 2018
"I transferred to Oregon State from my current university because I loved the program options available and felt passionate about the major I chose. I was incredibly excited to join the Women, gender, and sexuality studies program. I spoke to my College of Liberal Arts advisor and things went well. I was awaiting an appointment with the advisor from my major, so I decided to research textbooks and how they are purchased. Both of my previous schools, my community college and the university at which I am currently enrolled, allowed students to use their financial aid to pay for books. In fact, all other schools I have looked at also offer this. Not Oregon State. I couldn't find how to pay on their website, so I emailed the Ecampus to find out. Turns out, you have to pay for textbooks out of pocket via credit card or check, and they recommended budgeting $300-$500 for books and course materials each term (that's every 11 weeks or so). I receive a large amount of financial aid grants, loans, and scholarships because I am very low-income. There is no way I could pay these costs. I ended up disheartened and having to cancel my admissions. TL;DR - If you're incredibly poor, don't waste your time applying here."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Andrea Ball - 4/18/2018
Degree: Exercise Science
Graduation Year: 2016
"I was always told that college would be the greatest four years of my life and I never understood what that meant until I attended Oregon State University. Going to a larger university I was very nervous about leaving home and starting a new chapter of my life. Even with over 28,000 students attending the university I was still able to find my friends for life and my home away from home. Oregon State University had amazing opportunities for individuals to get out of their comfort zone, spread their wings and try new things. Not only did I have the opportunity to join a sorority, but also a variety of clubs all through out campus that were specific to my Exercise and Sports Science major."
3.9 out of 5 stars
Haley - 4/10/2018
Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2016
"The Public Health and Human Services department at Oregon State University was wonderful. I felt passionate about helping others before I began undergraduate school, but this passion intensified as I furthered my education. The faculty cared about my education, and I never felt bored regarding the material. On a larger scale, the University itself was a terrific experience and I'm glad I chose it. Go beavs!"

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