See what students say:


It’s not just that Oregon State University seems to have it all, from “amazing research programs” to an “incredibly beautiful” campus and “inviting community.” It’s also that the administration does its utmost to ensure undergrads feel supported from the moment their first semester begins. This includes sending “frequent emails to check in on students’ progress” and weekly “updates on career development, research, and community building” initiatives. Students praise many of OSU’s offerings, from technology—and specifically engineering, given that the school has “an on-campus nuclear reactor”—to “excellent wildlife, ecology, and natural resources” programs. The hands-on nature of business classes also stood out to this first-year student: “We had to create microbusinesses with teams and sell products we made. It gave me a lot of insight and experience.” No matter the course of study, undergrads generally receive a nice balance between “discussion-based classes and experiential learning.” Moreover, “there are so many innovative peer education programs that supplement traditional lecture classes and give students another way to learn.”

Though “experience varies quite drastically from professor to professor,” students say that most of their instructors are “accessible, knowledgeable, and engaging.” Indeed, “it’s pretty rare that I have a class that feels like a drag.” Overall, professors seem to be “very understanding of personal issues and are willing to be flexible and work with individual students to be sure that they succeed.” As one enrollee concludes, “I have been blessed with some fantastic professors who have gone above and beyond in the time they put into me and my learning goals.”

Student Body

If Oregon State University were “the set of a movie, then it is very fair to say that we have a very diverse cast that come from all kinds of ethnic backgrounds.” A wide variety of personality types as well, united by being “very smart and having fun quirks” from magnetics to country dancing. Students suggest that “the majority are very welcoming and nice and helpful” and that “I never had trouble starting conversations with anyone.” Students note that while their classmates are “driven” they also manage to give off a “relaxed” vibe. Case in point: “You’ll see multiple people wearing pajamas to class.” This all makes it easy to recognize that most “everyone is down to have a really good time.” Indeed, “I believe that everyone feels a sense of belonging here because of that.”

Campus Life

For the hardworking students of Oregon State who need a break from their studies, “the massive amount of extracurricular clubs and activities is amazing. Anyone can find a group of people with…similar interests.” That’s great, whether you’re into formula racing, bouldering, or drag; there’s even stuff like “Concrete Canoe (the civil engineering club where we build a canoe out of concrete, then race it against other school’s concrete canoe teams).” There are even non-credited courses like a “bushcraft class.” As this individual boasts, “I slept out in the woods for two nights in a tarp shelter using my skills!” For more traditional entertainments, students can “enjoy the active Greek life surrounding the campus.” Students also note that because “the beach and mountains are both only an hour away… outdoor recreation is abundant.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Blake Vawter
Associate Director

671 SW 26th St
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Memorial Union
Valley Library
Kelly Engineering Center
Dixon Recreation Center
Reser Stadium
The Memorial Union is the center of campus where students eat, study, and talk with friends. Valley Library is where the serious studying happens, it is open 24 hours a day during the week! The state of the art Kelly Engineering Center always has many students studying and working on group projects. Dixon Recreation Center is an expansive facility with multiple basketball courts, cardio rooms, an indoor track, a pool, and a 42ft climbing wall. Reser Stadium is home base for Beaver football!

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Newport, OR (Pacific Ocean)
Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort
McDonald Research Forest
Saturday Farmers Market
Block 15 Restaurant and Brewery
Corvallis is an hour away from sandy beaches and snow-capped mountains. Near campus is the McDonald Forest with hiking and biking trails. On Saturdays from spring to fall the downtown is full of people buying fresh food from local farms. It is always crowded at Block 15 where students and professors go for great beer brewed on-site.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available



Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Hut Shuttle from Portland International Airport (PDX). Greyhound Bus. Bolt Bus

Driving Instructions to Campus
Traveling on Interstate 5, take the Highway 34 exit which reads "Corvallis /Oregon State University" (exit number 228). Go west on Highway 34 for about 10 miles to Corvallis. Cross the Willamette River Bridge onto Harrison Blvd. Two blocks from the bridge you will need to turn left (south) onto 4th Street. Continue on 4th Street until you reach SW Western Blvd, then turn right (west). Continue on SW Western Blvd until you reach SW 26th street, then turn right (north).

Local Accommodations
Hilton Garden Inn - near campus and stadium


Applicants: 14,890
Acceptance Rate: 81%
Average HS GPA: 3.60



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