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Meetings with advisors and campus tours for prospective transfer students can be arranged through VISIT OSU. All transfer students, including those in the Degree Partnership Program, must attend a required transfer START orientation which includes advising and registration.
All transfer students should read the OSU Admissions Transfer Students Page which covers general policies; provides tables of approved transfer course articulations; discusses the Degree Partnership Program, and covers transfer degrees such as AAOT, DTA and IGETC. Students transferring from schools in Oregon should review the Biological Science Oregon Community College Transfer Guides with their community college advisor. Students coming to OSU from other schools should discuss the four-year plans outlined in the the Biology Advising Guide or the Zoology Advising Guide along with the OSU Admissions articulation tables with their community college advisor. Most transfer students follow Track III in the planners.
Students should begin taking math and science courses before transferring to OSU, particularly math and chemistry. Students who wait to take these courses may have a more difficult transition and are likely to extend the total time needed to complete a degree. Generally, transfer students should complete the entire series of any science courses before transferring as series courses may not work if only partially completed. Transfer students who choose to take biology should take the introductory, year-long biology series for majors with a lab and should not take non-majors courses. The same is true for chemistry, physics and organic chemistry, though students should review the organic chemistry transfer policy.