Interagency Fire Program Management – Admissions
Full admission vs. nondegree enrollment
Fully admitted students provide transcripts of former course work, meet OSU admission requirements, and declare a program of interest. As a fully admitted student, you are on record as having a formal association with a program and academic department, which allows you access to an academic advisor, priority registration, financial aid and incorporation of previous course work. Although the cost of admission is higher, the benefits are commensurately higher as well. (full admission: $60 application fee, first term matriculation fee of $350).
Nondegree enrollment is designed for students who wish to take courses, but do not plan to pursue a degree or specific credential ($30 application fee). Nondegree students do not qualify for financial aid. Nondegree students are considered part-time students and are allowed to enroll in no more than eight credits per term. If a student would like to enroll in more than eight credits per term, they should apply to the university as a fully admitted, degree-seeking student.
Advantages of being a fully admitted OSU student
1. Transfer your prior course work to Oregon State
Course work you have completed at other colleges or universities can be transferred to Oregon State to fulfill prerequisites that are required for entrance into specific courses, and to fulfill degree requirements. Students who are not fully admitted have no record with OSU of having taken prior courses.
2. Priority registration dates
Students follow a priority registration schedule at Oregon State. The priority registration schedule is based on the number of credits you have earned according to your OSU transcript. Postbaccalaureate students register according to the senior schedule; nondegree students register with all others in the last group.
Many courses fill each time they are offered, sometimes early in the registration period, which may prohibit students in the later registration periods from enrolling in the course. Ecampus is working to ensure adequate slots each term. However, availability is ultimately dependent upon individual departments, which may or may not be able to offer more sections of a course or to increase their class sizes.
3. Advising assistance
The main responsibility of academic advisors is to work with fully-admitted students. Because of the high demands on their time and expertise, advisors are able to provide limited assistance to non-degree students. Thus, if you apply for admission as non-degree you will need to “self-advise” in determining your selection of courses. Your academic advisor can help you:
- Understand course prerequisites and plan appropriate sequencing of your course of study.
- Select courses to balance both immediate needs for position qualification and best positioning for pursuing a degree at a later date.
- Keep abreast of OSU reminders and notifications, such as pre-registration notices and changes in courses, programs or policies.
4. Long-term career options
Completion of the minimum courses required to meet the office of personnel management position requirements does not necessarily provide a broad range of future possibilities for individuals. If you are certain you will never wish to change career positions, you need not worry about this. However, if you prefer the flexibility to accommodate mid-career changes in direction (voluntary or otherwise), you may wish to plan for the eventual completion of a bachelor’s degree.
How to apply
Full admission (degree-seeking)
To apply for admission to OSU, you will work directly with the admissions office. The application process can take approximately four to six weeks after admissions has received all required documents to complete your application. OSU admissions will evaluate your transcripts to determine how many of your previous courses from other institutions will transfer to OSU and what the equivalent credits should be. You can apply for fully admitted status by completing the online application.
Non-degree enrollment does not require a formal admission process or formal entrance requirements. Enrollment as a non-degree student does not guarantee regular admission to the University. You can apply for non-degree status by completing the Application for Non-degree Enrollment, which is reviewed and finalized in three to five days.