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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for admission?

The program is available to new and continuing students at LBCC or OSU based on the criteria below. Requirements vary depending on your applicant type (U.S. citizen/permanent resident alien/international student/post-baccalaureate), and whether you are a first-year or transfer student. Students who meet OSU's admissions requirements (which you can check here) are eligible to apply for DPP right away. Students who do not yet meet those criteria can apply after:

  • Completing 24 credits of transferable, college-level coursework;
  • Earn a GPA of 2.25 or better;
  • Completing WR 121 English Composition with a "C" or better.

If I am a DPP student, can I get an exemption from the "live-on-campus" requirement at OSU?

Starting Fall 2013, Oregon State University will have an "on-campus living" requirement for first-year, residential students. Living on-campus is an integral and excellent way for students to connect with others on campus and has been shown to have a positive effect on student success.

Students wishing to apply for an exemption to this policy can do so if they are taking a majority (greater than 50%) of their credits at LBCC through DPP. Keep in mind that you must take the majority of your credits at LBCC for the entire academic year. You still must apply for housing at OSU and then request the exemption. Contact OSU Housing for more details.  

Do I need to attend an orientation program at both LBCC and OSU?

Orientation programs are designed to help you become familiar with the procedures and services at each school. If you have never attended LBCC or OSU, you must attend a new student orientation at both schools. If you have attended LBCC, but not OSU, you are encouraged to attend a new student orientation at OSU. If you have attended OSU, but not LBCC, you must attend a new student orientation at LBCC.

New international students are required to attend the international student orientation at their "home school" (the school that issues the I-20). You are encouraged, but not required, to attend the orientation at the other school.

Do I need to take the placement tests at both LBCC and OSU?

As a DPP student new to both campuses, you will be attending an OSU START and taking the math placement at OSU. This score may be used to place you into math classes at LBCC as well. If you scored below a certain level on the OSU placement test, we will ask you to take the LBCC placement test in order to more accurately place you into a developmental (pre-college level) math course. DPP students are automatically placed in WR 121 English Composition.

If you do not intend to take classes at OSU right away, and want to attend START in a future term, you should take LBCC's math and writing placement tests. To schedule an appointment, see our student assessment center website.

If you are transferring to OSU and LBCC from another college, have your transcripts sent to both colleges so that pre-requisites can be waived as appropriate. Fill out LBCC's online transcript credit evaluation form so that we know what you want us to do with your transcript.

If you live out of the area, you may take the LBCC math placement tests online with special arrangements. Contact Student Assessment at (541) 917-4781, or email onlinecpt@linnbenton.edu.

Who decides if I get admitted?

First-time and transfer applicants must meet the admission criteria for both institutions. The criteria for admission to OSU are more selective than for LBCC.

In the case of post-baccalaureate students, materials of qualified applicants, including a Statement of Objectives, are forwarded to the designated departments for the final decision. The Office of Admissions communicates the official departmental decision.

How do I find out if I am admitted?

  • First-year and transfer students will receive notification from OSU and LBCC.
  • Continuing LBCC students who have never been admitted to OSU will receive notification from OSU.
  • Continuing OSU students who have never been admitted to LBCC will receive notification from LBCC to attend an orientation session.
  • Continuing OSU students who have been admitted to LBCC previously will not be notified.
  • Continuing students need to be in "good standing" with their current institution.

How is my tuition calculated?

You will be billed the appropriate (in-state, out-of-state, or international) LBCC tuition and fees for the courses you take at LBCC. You will be billed the appropriate (in-state, out-of-state) OSU tuition and fees for courses you take at OSU. Current tuition and fee rates can be found in the Schedule of Classes for each school. You will be billed separately by each school.

When should I sign up for DPP?

The short answer is: as soon as you are eligible. This way, if OSU's programs change some of their requirements, you will not have to re-take classes or take different classes from the current program requirements. As a DPP student, you are an OSU student even if you have not yet taken a class there, and thus have catalog rights.

At the very least, however, sign-up about a month prior to the start of the term you would like to begin taking classes at OSU. Here is the link to the official DPP application deadlines.

Can I live in the dorms at OSU if I am only taking classes at LBCC through DPP?

Yes, as long as you are a DPP student you can live on-campus at OSU. Please contact OSU Housing with additional questions.

Are DPP students eligible to play a sport at LBCC?

NWAACC eligible athletes are required to take at least 36 credits total each year during their two years of participating in a sport. For DPP students, in the off-season this could include a mix of credits from both LBCC and OSU. During the actual playing season, an athlete playing for LBCC must be taking at least 12 credits at LBCC. If a sport spans into two different terms, 12 credits from LBCC is required for both. There are a few petition-able exceptions to that rule, especially as it relates to second and third year Oregon State students. Please refer to the NWAACC eligibility fact page.  

Can I pay in-state tuition at LBCC if I reside out-of-state?

Residents of border states (WA, ID, NV, CA) pay in-state tuition at LBCC, but not at OSU. Residents of non-border states can establish in-state residency at LBCC within 90 days. LBCC policy does allow students to establish residency by living in a Residence Hall or in Greek Housing for 90 days and then completing the Residency Affidavit. Requirements for establishing residency at OSU are different and more stringent.

Are DPP students required to pay the OSU matriculation fee?

DPP students are not required to pay this fee when admitted to DPP; however, they will be assessed this fee the first time they register for an OSU class.

Are DPP students required to pay the OSU student services fee?

DPP students are not required to pay this fee when admitted to DPP; however, they will be assessed this fee the first time they register for an OSU class.

When do I have to pay tuition and fees?

LBCC - Payment due dates can be found here.

OSU - Fee payment information can be found in the online Schedule of Classes and printed Registration Information Handbook.

What are the add/drop and tuition refund deadlines?

LBCC - You may add or drop courses that are three weeks or longer by the 2nd Monday of the term and receive a full refund for the courses you dropped. Add/drop deadlines for other courses and the tuition refund schedule are published in the Schedule of Classes.

OSU - You may add and drop courses through the first 10 class days of each term. The Tuition/Fee Reduction and Refund Schedule is published in the online Schedule of Classes and printed Registration Information Handbook.