Deciding to Attend OSU

Your journey at Oregon State begins before your first day of classes.

When you sign up for housing, engineering students have the option to be a part of the Engineering Living-Learning Community. Located in Hawley, Buxton and (beginning fall 2019) Cauthorn halls, the community welcomes students into the College of Engineering community, with programming centered on engineering concepts and activities.

All students will also attend a two-day orientation and go through the START program. First-Year START will give you the chance to meet with your advisors, register for fall term courses, tour your residence hall, and learn what it means to be part of the OSU community.

A Week of Welcome

Welcome Week is a week of activities and events that are meant to help you connect and engage with campus. There are events that are meant to entertain you, events that share with you tips and strategies for success, and events that help you get to know resources and campus a bit more.

Your First Year

As a new engineering student, some of you may enter with a major in mind while others will still be exploring. During the year, you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of activities that should help you determine the best major for you. As a General Engineering student, you will work with your advisor to take courses for the majors you are most interested in. At the end of your first year, you can declare any of our 15 different engineering majors.

The School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME) begins training engineers with MIME 101, an orientation course meant to introduce the concepts and skills needed to be successful, both in academics and in the engineering profession.

The School of Civil and Construction Engineering (CCE) developed a committee to launch a first-year cohort program to build and strengthen the school community.

If you discover engineering is not right for you, students are able to transfer to any major they’d like at mostly any time. However, we always recommend meeting with academic advisors to make sure you understand the process and that you don’t lose too many credits when you transfer.

What Students Miss

The College of Engineering has over 30,000 alumni. You have the advantage of learning the most important elements of their undergraduate experience.


As of fall 2018, the COE had a total of 7,759 undergraduate students. This makes the COE at Oregon State the 10th largest engineering school in the country.

All engineering programs start by building strong foundations that promote success and help you find your home in engineering. Real-world engineering experiences combined with classroom and lab work provide first-hand knowledge you’ll need to become an engineer.

Usually, common engineering courses (e.g., math, science, etc.) are taken during the first two years. The classes can range from approximately 30 to 250 students. These larger courses are usually accompanied by a recitation section that have approximately 20-40 students. During the recitation sections, students can bring their questions, or get additional help from the instructor. Once students start taking upper level courses in their schools, class sizes can range from approximately 20 to 150 students, depending on the school.

We Have a Place for You

Connect with motivated peers and supportive mentors, prepare for a successful career, and create and design things you’ve only dreamt about at the Oregon State University College of Engineering.

Get Involved

College Ambassadors

Inspire others to consider engineering as a career and help them along the way. Through the College Ambassadors program, you can give presentations about engineering at high schools and middle schools, assist first-year students in orientation classes, and mentor new students.

Student Clubs

Expand your circle, learn new skills, make an impact through humanitarian projects, and put your ideas to the test in national and international competitions. Choose from a variety of clubs, societies, and other organizations in the College of Engineering, many of which are student chapters of professional associations you may join during your career. If you want to explore university opportunities, start with Student Leadership & Involvement.

There’s Something for Everyone


You can make real contributions to faculty research projects and collaborate with graduate students and fellow undergrads across campus or at other universities. In addition, you can pursue a project of your own.

Some students receive grant funding for their research and publish their findings before they graduate. Your research can also earn you the distinction of OSU Undergraduate Research Fellow, with a notation on your transcript. As of fall 2018, approximately 7.1% of engineering students were in the Honor’s College receiving personal advising with research opportunities.

You can even become involved in research as early as your first year. There are many programs on campus that help you get involved in research, such as the URSA Program and the STEM Leaders Program. Alternatively, you could also reach out to any faculty member to see if they’re hiring any undergraduate researchers in their lab.

Undergraduate Research Expo

The Engineering Expo showcases senior design projects for all engineering students.Industry partners, alumni, the media, prospective students, peers, representatives of other academic institutions and the general public have the opportunity to interact directly with students, ask questions and exchange ideas.


More than 80 percent of Oregon State engineering students complete at least one internship while they’re here. When you take advantage of engineering internships and other job opportunities, you'll have the opportunity to experience real-world job experience on campus and with our industry partners.

The Multiple Engineering Co-op Program (MECOP) and Civil Engineering Co-op Program (CECOP) offer two paid six-month internships during the third and fourth years of a five-year program of study. On average, you can earn $40,000 during these two internships. In addition to gaining practical work experience, you’ll make professional contacts, and many internships lead to full-time job offers after graduation.

Networking Nights

A variety of industry representatives visit the campus every year. Some visit for career events and others come for larger career fairs. Undergraduates are encouraged to attend these events and ask about potential internships and research opportunities.