This academic year, Oregon State University will turn 150. This is the anniversary of the Oregon Legislative Assembly designating Corvallis College as the state’s official land grant college on October 27, 1868. Since then, we have grown from our first graduating class of three to over 30,000 students.
We were founded on the idea that education is for everyone, not a privileged few. We hold true to this belief. You can see it in the diversity of our student population, in our commitment to inclusive practices, in our boldness to think differently and in our dedication to pushing the edges of what’s known on behalf of all humanity.
Over the past 150 years, our name has changed, our programs have multiplied and our facilities have expanded, but our mission to conduct world-leading research and to provide the highest quality education for the people of our state and beyond, remains steadfast. Our impact resounds across Oregon and around the globe.
We invite you to celebrate with us. Look back at everything we’ve done together and look to the future of where we will go. The anniversary celebration kicks off with OSU150 Space Grant Festival in August 2017, coinciding with a total solar eclipse and will go strong through October 2018.
OSU Libraries has collected more than 150 of the most powerful verbal accounts of OSU's history for this special milestone.
- A School for the People - a photographic history of Oregon State University by Larry Landis
- The People’s School: A History of Oregon State University - by Bill Robbins