Below is the orientation information for Corvallis campus majors.  Please use the following links if you are looking for information to:

To be eligible to pursue a major in the College of Business, you must read through the following orientation information and click the link at the end to certify completion.

Requirements to Declare

To be eligible to change or add a COB major, you must:

  • have an All-Inclusive Business or Design (AIB/AID) GPA of 2.50 or higher for all OSU grades and transfer grades earned in the COB Degree Program (required and elective). If a class has been repeated, then refer to the Retaking Courses Policy to see which grade is used to compute the AIB/AID GPA. Students with fewer than three COB major classes completed when applying may not need a 2.50 AIB/AID GPA.
    • You can locate your calculated AIB/AID in MyDegrees.  If you are not a current COB major, you can use the "What if" feature to select the desired major/s.  In the label heading "Major in...", your AID/AIB is listed in the text under Major Residency Requirements.


  • have grades of C- or better in all COB Degree Program Coursework.
    • If you have a grade that is lower than a C- in your COB Degree Program Coursework, you must be enrolled to retake this course in the upcoming term to be eligible to apply. 
    • If you have an Incomplete with a D, D-, F, or N predicted grade, your grade must be updated to complete (with a C- or better) or you must be enrolled to retake the course.

Requirements to Earn a COB Degree

In order to earn your degree, various categories of classes must be completed.  Below is a diagram of how the 180 credits needed to earn a degree in business/design are typically distributed.  Additional information can be found in Earning Your Credits.

In addition to the OSU Baccalaureate Core, credit, and grade requirements, the College of Business (COB) has additional GPA requirements and standards.  Students must satisfy both OSU and COB standards to earn their college of business degree.  The COB Progression Standards require: 

  • complete all required and elective courses with a C- or better (C required in some) within business/design degree program (incluing transfer class grades)
  • no S/U grades for any Business or Design Core or Major-specific coursework, including classes which double count in the major and bacc core (e.g. Comm 111)
  • fifty percent (50%) or more of business/design program and major specific coursework must be taken at OSU
  • have a 2.50 College of Business GPA (OSU COB grades only)

  • For repeated classes, the second grade earned is always used in GPA calculations  
  • If the course was first completed at OSU, it must be repeated at OSU to replace the previous grade

Apparel Design & Interior Design Application 

  • Full description of application and eligibility requirements
    • Pre-Apparel Design and Pre-Interior Design eligibility is 2.50 AID GPA, however admisison into the Apparel or Interior Design majors have additional GPA requirements as stated on the application page.  Acceptance to either of the two studio design majors greatly increases if competitive GPA is met or exceeded.
  • Why an application? They are studio majors
    • Limited classroom space (drafting tables, sewing machines)
    • More hands-on/project work
  • Majors are competitive
    • Grades in major classes are important
    • Projects from design classes are required for the application

Additional Information



  • Make sure you check your ONID email account on a daily basis
  • Read the e-newsletter called "This Week in Business" each week for important COB information and updates
  • Students are expected to comply with the College of Business Code of Conduct incluing communicating with faculty, staff and fellow students in a professional, ethical and respectful manner

Advising Services

We are a centralized advising office with advisors for business and design majors.  Corvallis students are not assigned a specific advisor.

  • Please see an advisor regularly or at least once a year 
  • Regular appointments are 30 minutes. 10-minute walk-in appointments are available during the first few days of the term and registration. 
  • Advising can help you with: 
    • COB Information 
    • Program Planning 
    • Campus Resource Referrals
    • Internship Information 
    • Academic Success Strategies
    • International Exchange Information
    • Other questions regarding degree completion


International Exchange/Study Abroad Programs for College of Business majors

  • Courses taught in English
  • 15 different countries
  • Business students go on exchange either Spring of Junior or Senior year (Germany only) or Fall of Senior year
    • Australia and Italy are available as early as Sophomore year
  • Design students go on exchange or study abroad Fall term of their Junior year
    • Italy and Australia are available as early as Sophomore year
  • Successful completion of a Business Exchange program results in earning the International Business Option (not available with Australia or South Korea exchange)
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid may apply
  • Does not necessarily delay graduation


  • Visit the Career Success Center to learn about the many different opportunities available with well-known companies.
  • A 6-month MECOP internship is available to some majors. See your advisor before you start your junior year.
  • Students can receive credit for an internship - ask an advisor for more information before starting the internship.


  • One online application for most scholarships (visit ScholarDollars)
  • February 15 deadline for the following academic year for most scholarships
  • Additional funds may be available for students participating in Exchange programs through College of Business

How to Apply

Remember, to certify completion of this presentation, YOU MUST complete the form found on the link below, indicating that you have read the information in this orientation presentation. You will not be eligible for acceptance if you do not complete this step!  After you complete the link below, you will be given information on how to contact an advisor to finish the process and declare your new major!


Certify Orientation Completion