Information about the premedical program at OSU:
Why choose OSU for premedical studies?

Variety of Majors

Students can apply to medical school with any major, as long as required Pre Med courses are completed. OSU offers the greatest variety of majors of any university in the state. Our Pre Med students choose majors in Science (Biology, Biochemistry/Biophysics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, BioHealth Sciences, Chemistry, Microbiology), Health and Human Sciences (Exercise and Sports Science, Nutrition, Public Health), Engineering (Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Health Physics), Agricultural Sciences (BioResource Research), and Liberal Arts (History, Music, Psychology, Spanish, etc).

Read more about majors which may work well as preparation for medical school.

Research Opportunities

Research enhances a student’s medical school application and OSU attracts more research funding than any other institution in the state. For FY 2012, OSU faculty brought in more than $281 Million. Most of our premed students are involved in some kind of research, and they can get a Transcript Notation for their research or creative efforts. For more information about research opportunities including OSU-sponsored summer research programs see

Experienced, Accessible Advisors

Access to experienced premed advisors is extremely important. The advisors at Oregon State will be available to help students and ensure that they are on track with their Pre Med preparation. OSU has a Pre-Medical Committee composed of experienced academic advisors and faculty members from departments across the OSU campus who meet with students and help them with all aspects of the preparation and application. 

Special Premed Courses and Premed Programs

During spring quarter OSU offers a helpful Pre Med Orientation Course, BI 109, which features local physicians, admissions officers, and information about coursework, majors, finances, etc.

For those applying to medical school, there is an application workshop series consisting of informational sessions and discussions about health care issues, and there is assistance offered at every step of the application process.

The Medical Preceptorship Program matches Pre Med students with local physicians, so that they can learn more about the profession.


The OSU College of Science offers several scholarships for Pre Med students in a variety of majors. In addition, there are scholarships for students beginning medical school. See the College of Science scholarship application information page.

Postbaccalaureate Students

Postbacc students with successful first degrees looking to change careers are welcome at OSU. We have an informal program where students take the courses they need along with other regular undergraduate students, and take advantage of all the extensive support services available in the premed program. Expectations for this group of students are higher because they are generally older, more motivated, and have already earned a degree. Post-bacc students should first review the requirements for applying to be a postbacc and pre-health student at OSU. Refer to the Pre-Med Post-Baccalaureate Students at OSU website  for more information.

Excellent Track Record with Admissions

OSU graduates attend medical schools all across the country. Our students are well-regarded and well-prepared. Generally about 60-70% of our applicants are admitted compared to 33-40% nationally. Students have been admitted to medical schools all across the United States, including Harvard, Yale, OHSU, University of Chicago, UCLA, Western University, Campbell University, and others. 

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