General Transfer Questions

Q: Where are the various advising/student services offices located?

A: Consult the Contact Your Advisor listing for your college

Q: How long will it take me to complete my degree as a transfer student?

A: This will vary by program, number of transfer credits, and whether you are attending part-time or full-time. The only official way to find out this information is to apply, submit all official transcripts, and be admitted to the university.

Q: How will my prior credits transfer?

A: We can never guarantee that students will be accepted or that credit will transfer. We will evaluate credits from other Regionally Accredited institutions. You can search for how classes have transferred in the past by searching our Transfer Course Search Tool. Generally, credits from semester based institutions that are transferrable will transfer at the rate of 1.5 quarter credits for every 1 semester credit. If you are trying to focus your course work prior to enrolling at OSU, it is recommended to review the transfer admission requirements, as well as the Baccalaureate Core Requirements.

Q: Will my military credits transfer?

A: ACE credit recommendations for military service and training presented on a military transcript can be evaluated for potential transfer into your program, with a maximum allowable amount of 45 credits. They are often considered technical or elective with a few exceptions by major and course. They will not however be considered in meeting the minimum 36 credits required for admission, those must be from an academic institution specifically.

Q: I am currently enrolled in English Composition and/or College Algebra, can I apply before I finish the course?

A: The Office of Admissions will need to see that you have completed the required courses for admission, and achieved a C- or higher. Required course will need to be completed with reported grades in order to be considered for admission.

Q: I have not completed a foreign language, can I still apply?

A: Yes, students without two years of foreign language at the high school level, or two terms at the college level, may still apply. If you are deficient in this area, you may be admitted by exception, but must make up the admission deficiency prior to degree completion. All exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Q: I owe my current school (or past school) money and can’t get a transcript, can I apply to OSU without one?

A: No. Copies of official transcripts from all prior schools are required before your application will be reviewed.

Q: Can I take classes as a non-degree seeking student and then move into a degree program?

A: Students are welcome to apply as a non-degree seeking student and take classes at OSU. If you decide you would like to pursue a degree program here, you would need to submit a new application to your program of choice as a degree seeking student. Standard admission requirements will still apply. A maximum of 36 credits completed as a non-degree seeking student may be applied to a degree program at OSU. Also, it is important to be aware that non-degree seeking student will not qualify for financial aid.

Transition & Adjustment Topics

Q: How many students are in the biggest classes?

A: Class size varies. Large lecture halls often seat 300 students. A student, however, would not have all classes in a 300-person lecture hall. Lecture classes typically allow for personalization through labs and small group sessions, called recitations, which tend to be about 20 students in size. Only 17% of our classes have over 100 students in them. Also, the further a student moves into his/her major, the smaller the classes tend to be.

Q: How do I feel connected on a campus this big?

A: OSU provides many ways for students to still feel connected. There are student organizations on campus that focus specific interests can help you connect with like-minded peers and reduce feelings of anonymity at a large school. Campus events feature excellent opportunities to meet people at school. It's often easier to connect with others in relaxed environments such as sporting events, campus rallies and other special occasions. Joining a study group is an effective way to get in some socializing time while staying on top of your academic responsibilities. Staying current on OSU News is a good way to feel connected on campus. The school newspaper (The Daily Barometer) is a solid source of information that can also provide insight into OSU’s personality.

Q: How do I find an internship?

A:  One of the best ways to find an internship is to check with the OSU Career Development Center, online at Handshake, and by chatting with your department about opening specific to your academic major.  

Q:  How do I find a part-time job in Corvallis?

A: One of the best ways to find a part-time is to check with the OSU Career Development Center through the online portal called Handshake.

Q: Will I fit in living in the residence halls?

A: Living in a college dorm can be scary and new. Here are a few tips to make fitting in a little easier.

Introduce yourself to the people on your floor, or even in your particular hallway. Be proactive about going out and meeting your dorm mates.

Attend your dorm's orientation meeting. Start introducing yourself to the people sitting around you.

Get involved in dorm-sponsored activities. Volunteer to help coordinate a dorm-wide party or other event to really get involved.

Join a school club and get involved with campus-wide activities. Use these activities as an opportunity to find something in common with dorm neighbors. If you recognize someone from your dorm at one of these events, go over and say hello. Use it as a conversation piece the next time you pass that person in the hallway in your dorm.

Q: Does OSU have childcare?

A: Yes. OSU does have childcare. You can find out more about the OSU childcare center, and childcare subsidies, events, activities, and more by visiting the OSU Childcare & Family Resources website.

Q: Where can I find tutoring?

A: There are many tutoring options available on campus. Some are free and others charge reasonable fees per session. Several colleges offer tutoring from students within the college and there also are services available from many other offices on campus. Also located on campus are the Undergraduate Research and Writing Studio, the Math Learning Center, and The Collaborative Learning Center (CLC) where students may get help.

Q: Where can I find a quiet place to study?

A:  Top 5 places to study (list originally appeared onThe Orange and Black)

  1. Valley Library- Whether in the rotunda on the first floor, hunkered down in the study carrel among the stacks or on the upper rotunda where it’s uber-quiet with a great view, the Valley Library (a past Library of the Year winner) is a top choice to get your study on.  Since Java II café is housed in the library, you can power up during study breaks.

  1. Memorial Union- The student union is the natural hub of student activity on campus, even studying.  The Student Lounge is the campus living room with couches, wingback chairs and benches where students can be found studying (and sometimes napping) between classes.  The upstairs areas have natural study areas tucked away including meeting rooms that are a picturesque and quiet sanctuary.

  1. Kelley Engineering Center- It’s not just for engineers!  It’s an energetic place but is home to an amazing number of quiet study areas tucked away just waiting to be found.  As one student surveyed  said, “On the 4th floor there are two really comfortable squishy armchairs that have a great view of the mountains. Not too many people know these chairs are there and it is usually quiet up there.”  Coffee and snacks are available in the café on the main floor.

  1. Dutch Bros. Coffee Shop- Located on the corner of Monroe and Kings (just across from the campus edge) the coffee is a big draw.  But the large windows also lend themselves to people watch to get your creative juices flowing.

  1. Your room- Many students are able to find their study sanctuary at home.  The residence halls are one of the best places to study – quiet, comfortable, high-speed internet and you don’t have to get out of your pajamas to hammer out that research paper.

Q: In a class with 200 students, how do I make an appointment with the professor?

A:The best way to have a one-on-one meeting with your professor is to visit with them during their office hours. If a professor's office hours do not work with your schedule, try emailing them to set up an appointment.

Q: What is a Non-Traditional Student?

A: Non-traditional students satisfy at least one of the following:

  • Delayed enrollment (does not enter postsecondary education in the same calendar year that he or she finished high school)

  • Attends part-time for at least part of the academic year

  • Works full-time (35 hours or more per week) while enrolled

  • Is considered financially independent for purposes of determining eligibility for financial aid

  • Has dependents other than a spouse (usually children, but may also be caregivers of sick or elderly family members)

  • Is a single parent (either not married or married but separated and has dependents)

  • Does not have a high school diploma (completed high school with a GED or other high school completion certificate or did not finish high school)

National Center for Education Statistics. "Nontraditional Undergraduates", Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. (p. 2) Accessed 17 Jun 2013

Degree Partnership Program (DPP)Topics

Q: What is the Degree Partnership Program (DPP)?

A: DPP allows students to be “co-enrolled” at OSU and a community college

Q: What are some of the advantages of DPP?

A: DPP allows students to take advantage of what both schools have to offer. They can combine classes together from both OSU and the partner school to have full time enrollment for Financial Aid purposes. Students can also get academic advising at both campuses as well as other student services

Q: Who would be able to get the most out DPP?

A:  Generally, students who are early on in their college career get the most benefit  from the program. A current OSU student who may need to pick up some core or remedial classes can also benefit from expanded offerings and different class sizes. Additionally, students who are trying to save money or may be in financial hardship.

Q: How do I find out more information about DPP?  

A:  Visit the DPP Student website

Financial Aid Topics

Q: What do I need to know about getting financial aid at OSU?

A: If you are a degree-seeking, federal financial aid eligible student, you will want to be sure you have added our school code to the FAFSA (003210). It is ideal to complete a FAFSA every year when it becomes avaialbe in October. If you are a Tuition Equity eiligble student, you will want to complete an ORSAA every year, which is also available in October!

If you have been receiving financial aid at another school prior to transferring, be sure you have cancelled all of your financial aid there as you may only receive financial aid from one of the institutions each term, not both. Having aid pending at another school can delay your award and disbursement from OSU, so if you have questions, please ask us!

Find this information and much more at our Financial Resource page!

Q: When should I apply for financial aid?

A:  Apply as soon after October 1st as possible, every year, to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid. This will give you the best chance of receiving the strongest financial aid package from limited funds. You at least will want to meet OSU’s priority deadline of February 28th. Check with other schools for their deadlines.

Q: What if I have yet to file my taxes?

A: Remember, Financial Aid is awarded based off of your tax information from two years prior. For example, Financial Aid for 2017-2018 is awarded based on the 2017-2018 FAFSA application (including Summer term 2017) which uses your 2015 tax information. If needed, you may estimate your tax information on the FAFSA using your final pay stub for the year, or your previous year’s taxes if your financial situation is similar. You will be able to correct this information at a later time with the updated information. It is best to take care of taxes well before the October FAFSA application opens up to accurately be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid.

Q: Is there any way to speed up processing and being better organized?

A: Here are a few helpful suggestions

  • Complete your taxes early on to prevent issues during the financial aid awarding process.

  • Mark your calendar every year for October 1st and be sure to fill out your FAFSA as soon as you can.

  • Be sure to check and reply to any communication from the Financial Aid Office.

  • If you have any questions, get them answered early on by contacting OSU's Financial Aid Office.

  • Check out other FAFSA hints online

Q: Are there Transfer Scholarships?

A: There are some OSU scholarships awarded to students through their major's college. Every OSU college is different, so students should check directly with their college for more information. Learn more about OSU's Scholarship opportunities.

Q: I receive aid, why hasn't my financial aid paid?

There are several ways in which your aid may be delayed.  Here are the most common reasons:

·    You may be required to complete Entrance Counseling and sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN) for your Ford Direct Loans. You would have been notified of these requirements via an email to your ONID email account.

·    Dropping classes (below 12 for undergraduates, 9 for graduates). All students are assumed to be full-time unless they notify Financial Aid in writing that they will be less. If you are not enrolled at full-time and have not notified us, your aid will not disburse. Please contact OSU's Financial Aid Office if you plan to enroll below full-time so your aid can be adjusted.

·    Registering late for classes. (Waitlisted classes do not count until you are actually registered)

·    Having unsatisfied requirements with your financial aid file that you have not completed.

You are responsible for managing your Financial Aid experience, so be sure to check Online Services frequently and review any emails you receive from us as they may include requests for additional information or action.  Call, email, or stop by if you have any questions, we are here to help you!

Q: When are financial aid refunds processed?

A: Refunds will be processed daily during the first two weeks of the term.  Depending on how you have your account set up, you may receive a refund check in the mail, or by direct deposit.  To learn more read the Financial Aid Refund Policy.  Please visit the Business Affairs website for more information.

Q: Is there information available about regular student employment opportunities?

A: There are regular student jobs on campus, both for students who receive work study and for those who do not. Also, there are jobs available in the Corvallis communit

  • Career Development Center: From the first day students start at OSU until the day they receive their diploma, the Career Development Center supports students in individual career goals. Services offered are:
    • Handshake , a modern, mobile-first platform that is networked with hundreds of schools and thousands of employers across the country. Students will be getting access to more (and better) opportunities than ever before, in a way that is more streamlined and much easier to use
    • Customized career guidance based on your background and your professional goals
    • College-specific professional workshops and seminars
    • Career Expo and Career Fairs (offered once per term, three times per year)
    • Employer Meet-Ups based on industry
    • Virtual Career Fairs and events 
    • Assistance with professional documents, including resumes, cover letters, and curriculum vitae

Q: Do I need to provide transcripts?

A: It is important that you provide all transcripts to Admissions of institutions you have previously attended. The total number of credit hours you have attempted is a key component of Satisfactory Academic Progress and it is important that your academic history be complete. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is a federally required evaluation of a student’s progress towards completion of their degree. The evaluation includes the following three components:

  • Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative OSU GPA of 2.0 for undergraduates (3.0 for graduates, or as specified by your program).

  • Successfully complete at least 67% of their attempted coursework (PACE).

  • Complete their degree within 150% of the published time frame for undergraduates.  If your degree requires 180 credit hours, you must complete it within 270 credit hours including F & W grades (Maximum Timeframe)

Your previous coursework can impact your PACE and your Maximum Timeframe calculations so it is crucial to have a complete and accurate academic history.

Q: Are there limits on aid?

A: It is important that you progress toward your degree in a timely manner. Not only are there overall limitations for the total credit hours you can attempt, but there are also Federal funding limits as well.  It is key to utilize tools like MyDegrees and visits to your Academic Advisor to make sure you are on track to graduate. When you reach your federal limits there is no appeal process.

The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you may receive over your lifetime is limited by federal law to be the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding. Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding you can receive each year is equal to 100%, the six-year equivalent is 600%.

Aggregate Loan Eligibility

Federal Loan Type

Award Academic Year Limits

Aggregate Limit

Direct Subsidized Loan

$3,500 for 1st year (44 credits)

$4,500 for 2nd year (89 credits)

$5,500 for 3rd & 4th year (90+ credits)

$23,000 total

Direct Unsubsidized Loan

$2,000 for dependent students

$6,000 for 1st &2nd year independent students

$7,000 for 3rd& 4th year independent students

$20,500 for Graduate students

$8,000 dependent student

$34,500 independent student

$138,500 Graduate student

Federal Perkins Loan

$5,500 (actual award varies based on fund availability)


Direct Parent PLUS loan

Up to remaining cost of attendance after student award.

No aggregate limit

Direct Graduate PLUS loan

Up to remaining cost of attendance after unsubsidized loan award.

No aggregate limit

Subsidized Loans

There is now a maximum eligibility period which affects Direct Subsidized Loan Eligibility for 1st time borrowers ON or AFTER July 1, 2013.There is now a limit on the maximum period of time (measured in academic years) that you can receive Direct Subsidized Loans. In general, you may not receive Direct Subsidized Loans for more than 150% of the published length of your program. This is called your “maximum eligibility period”. You can usually find the published length of any program of study in your school’s catalog.

For example, if you are enrolled in a 4-year bachelor’s degree program, the maximum period for which you can receive Direct Subsidized Loans is 6 years (150% of 4 years = 6 years). If you are enrolled in a 2-year associate degree program, the maximum period for which you can receive Direct Subsidized Loans is 3 years (150% of 2 years = 3 years).

Your maximum eligibility period is based on the published length of your current program. This means that your maximum eligibility period can change if you change programs. Also, if you receive Direct Subsidized Loans for one program and then change to another program, the Direct Subsidized Loans you received for the earlier program will generally count against your new maximum eligibility period. For additional information and examples, please review the official announcement from the US Department of Education.