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).

Pre Med Degree Information: Majors in the College of Science which 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 Pre Med 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 15 experienced academic advisors and faculty members who meet with students and help them with all aspects of the preparation and application. 

Special Pre Med Courses and Pre Med 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 seminar series consisting of informational sessions and discussions about health care issues, and there is assistance offered at every step of the application process.

The 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 scholarship application, and note that only current OSU students are eligible to apply.

Postbaccalaureate Students

OSU accepts postbac students

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 33-37% 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.