Apply to College
Be prepared with everything you need to apply for college. Ask for help if you have questions.
BEFORE YOU APPLY
Explore your options. There are many different types of colleges in Oregon and across the country. Consider what would be a good fit and make a list of three to five colleges that you are interested in.
Be prepared. Gather what you will need to apply. This can include your high school and/or college transcript(s), essay or personal statement, letter(s) of recommendation, residency information and more. Print our College Organizer, use the Google Doc workbook or download the It’s A Plan app.
Application deadlines vary by college. Some colleges offer the opportunity to apply early. Other colleges have don’t have a firm deadline; you can apply at any point before a term starts. If you are transferring colleges, there may a different deadline than for first-year students.
This also means that colleges may let you know whether you have been accepted at different times. Some colleges might let you know right away; others may wait until the spring even if you apply in the fall.
Application Fees & Waivers
Many colleges require an application fee at the time you submit your application.
Some colleges automatically waive the fee if you apply online. Others will accept a deferral or waiver, both of which must be signed by your high school counselor or other designated school official. If you received a fee waiver for the SAT or ACT, you should automatically get fee waivers for college applications. Download one copy for each school you plan to apply to.
Do you know you want to transfer to a 4-year college after taking some classes at a community college? Several colleges have degree partnership programs that allow you to be dual enrolled at both colleges.
- Eastern Oregon University (BMCC)
- Oregon Institute of Technology (Chemeketa, Clackamas, Klamath, LBCC, Mt. Hood, PCC)
- Oregon State University (all community colleges)
- Oregon State University Cascades (COCC)
- Portland State University (Chemeketa, Clackamas, Clatsop, OCCC, Mt. Hood, PCC)
- University of Oregon (Lane, SWOCC)
- Western Oregon University (Chemeketa, Clackamas, LBCC)
Schedule time. Set aside dedicated time to apply for colleges. Take advantage of any time and help that your school provides.
School City 2019-20 Application Fee Blue Mountain Community College Pendleton free Central Oregon Community College Bend $25 Chemeketa Community College Salem free Clackamas Community College Oregon City free Clatsop Community College Astoria $15 Columbia Gorge Community College The Dalles free Klamath Community College Klamath Falls free Lane Community College Eugene free Linn-Benton Community College Albany free Mt. Hood Community College Gresham free Oregon Coast Community College Newport free Portland Community College Portland free Rogue Community College Grants Pass free Southwestern Oregon Community College Coos Bay free Tillamook Bay Community College Tillamook free Treasure Valley Community College Ontario free Umpqua Community College Roseburg free
School City 2019-20 Application Fee Common App Eastern Oregon University La Grande $50 Oregon Institute of Technology Klamath Falls $50 Oregon State University Corvallis $65 ✓ Oregon State University - Cascades Bend $65 ✓ Portland State University Portland $52 Southern Oregon University Ashland $60 University of Oregon Eugene $65 ✓ Western Oregon University Monmouth $60
School City 2019-20 Application Fee Common App Corban University † Salem $40 George Fox University † Newberg $40* (free for Early Action) ✓ Gutenberg College † Eugene $25 Early Decision, $40 Regular Decision, $60 Late Decision Lewis & Clark College Portland free ✓ Linfield College McMinnville free ✓ Mount Angel Seminary † Saint Benedict free Multnomah University † Portland $40 New Hope Christian College † Eugene free Northwest Christian University † Eugene free ✓ Pacific Northwest College of Art Portland free Pacific University Forest Grove $40* ✓ Portland Actors Conservatory Portland $40 Reed College Portland free ✓ University of Portland † Portland $50* ✓ Warner Pacific University † Portland $25* ✓ Western Governors University online only $65, free with code from pop-up Willamette University Salem free ✓ † = religiously-affiliated college or university *Accepts fee waivers for low-income students; those not marked may also accept a waiver or deferral if you request one.
Save information securely. Many colleges will have you create an account when you apply. Use the same e-mail for all of your accounts and make sure to save username and passwords in a safe place, like the It’s A Plan app.
Get help. College applications can be confusing. Get answers to frequently asked questions or ask a counselor, teacher or other trusted adult. You can also contact an admissions representative or enrollment manager at the college you’re applying to.
AFTER YOU APPLY
Follow up. Make sure that your high school transcript, SAT or ACT test scores, letters of recommendation and other supplemental materials are sent to colleges. Check your e-mail regularly – this will be the main way colleges contact you!
Complete financial aid applications, including the FAFSA or ORSAA. If you’ve already submitted your FAFSA or ORSAA, make sure to add all of the schools you have applied to. If you are applying to an Oregon community college you may also want to submit the Oregon Promise grant application.
Celebrate! You’ve applied to college. Share your success on social media—tag Oregon Goes To College and use the hashtag #iapplied.