Post-Baccalaureate Students

The following criteria is effective September 1, 2011.

The College of Forestry is committed to providing access for students pursuing their first degree; therefore, admission of post-baccalaureate level students is on a space available basis for programs that have capacity constraints. Admission to the College of Forestry is not automatic for students who meet the minimum Oregon State University standard for post-baccalaureate category nor does the College of Forestry conditionally admit post-baccalaureate level students.


Each candidate's application will be individually reviewed and special attention will be directed to the prior academic preparation that provides an appropriate preparation for the degree program for which they will pursue. These courses may include: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. Please review the advising guide of the degree program for which you are applying to for the appropriate foundation courses.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the appropriate foundation courses (with grades of "C" or better) prior to applying for admission as a post-baccalaureate student.

In general, students selected for admission will have achieved a "B" average and higher in their first undergraduate degree. Students with a GPA slightly less than this achievement level will be reviewed for the following criteria and may be admitted at the discretion of the College of Forestry:

  • Strength of undergraduate preparation
  • Evidence of improved GPA in the last two years
  • Exemplary service such as military service, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, etc.
  • Demonstrated work or volunteer experience in a forestry or natural resource context
  • Evidence of maturity and commitment to a new major

Students who are not admitted to post-baccalaureate status may still take classes at Oregon State University as non-degree students; however, non-degree students are restricted from registering for College of Forestry courses on the Corvallis campus that are part of a professional forestry degree program.


To ensure the academic success of new post-baccalaureate students the following deadlines will be observed for post-baccalaureate students applying to the College of Forestry degree programs on the Corvallis campus and Ecampus (online).

When a post-baccalaureate application file is complete (all required transcripts have been received and reviewed by the Office of Admissions) a Departmental Action Form (DAF) is sent to the College of Forestry to review for admission consideration.

The Departmental Action Form must be received at least three weeks prior to the first day of classes for which the student has requested admission. Departmental Action Forms received after these dates will be considered for admission for the next available term. In addition, all prerequisite (foundation) coursework must be completed by this date:

For Academic Year 2014-15 these dates are:

  • June 2, 2014 for Summer term 2014
  • September 8, 2014 for Fall term 2014
  • December 15, 2014 for Winter term 2015
  • March 9, 2015 for Spring term 2015

For Academic Year 2015-16 these dates are:
  • June 22, 2015 for Summer term 2015
  • September 1, 2015 for Fall term 2015
  • December 7, 2015 for Winter term 2016
  • February 29, 2016 for Spring term 2016

  • June 20, 2016 for Summer term 2016

Registration Information

All undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students require a PIN code to register and may not register until they have received this code from their academic advisor during their mandatory advising appointment each term. The College of Forestry issues a unique, one-time registration PIN code for each term excluding Summer term, which does not require a PIN for registration.

Post-baccalaureate students entering Fall term are required to attend a Transfer START program unless they have enrolled in the Natural Resources Distance degree program (Ecampus). These students will complete an online orientation instead. for students entering the Cascades campus, please contact the Enrollment Management Office for the appropriate orientation opportunity.

For post-baccalaureate students entering the Corvallis campus Winter, Spring or Summer terms, please contact the Student Services Office for the College Orientation Day which is scheduled prior to the term of entry. This College Orientation Day is the only opportunity for orientation, advising, and registration assistance prior to the first day of classes for the term. Currently enrolled and continuing post-baccalaureate students pursuing a major will register after senior-level students during Priority I and II Registration cycles. Post-baccalaureate students pursuing a minor program will register during the Priority III Registration cycle and must request permission to access College of Forestry courses on the Corvallis campus, provided seats in the course are still available. For futher information, please contact the Student Services Office.

Second B.S. Degree Requirements

Post-baccalaureate students are not required to complete the Skills or Perspectives sections of the Baccalaureate Core at OSU, but must complete all major and College of Forestry requirements as well as fulfill the OSU Residency Requirements in order to earn a second bachelor's degree (see Academic Regulation 26 & 27).