New Graduate Degrees in Robotics

September 3rd, 2014

This fall, Oregon State will be offering new a new master’s and doctoral degree program in robotics! OSU will now be part of one of a few universities in the U.S. to offer such programs and will place Beaver Nation at the forefront of robotics research and education.

“We’re talking about driverless cars, improved care for the elderly and disabled, robotic surgery, and robotic limbs,” said Kagan Tumer, an OSU professor of mechanical engineering. “The impact of robotics is extending beyond factories and labs, into the everyday lives of ordinary citizens, and we envision OSU graduates as becoming leaders of these changes.”

For more information about the robotics program at OSU, visit

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– AG

Oregon State – Oregon’s Premiere Research Institution

August 26th, 2014

Washington Monthly has named Oregon State No.87 in the 2014 National Universities Rankings. They ranked schools based on the following categories:

  • Social Mobility: recruiting and graduation low-income students
  • Research: producing cutting edge scholarship and PhDs
  • Service: encouraging students to give something back to their country
OSU Research

OSU Research

The Oregonian highlights Oregon State as as “Oregon’s best big research university:”

Oregon State ranked high for admitting lots of low-income students, giving reasonable financial aid to students from families making less than $75,000 and getting a high proportion of its students to graduate.

Oregon State also has a high number of students who join the Peace Corp or ROTC. Last year, Oregon State had over $285 million dollars in research funding. All of this combined, and much more, make Oregon State one of the top institutions in the U.S. Way to go Beaver Nation!

– AG

Freshman 15? Oregon State says it’s a myth!

August 20th, 2014

Have you heard of the phrase the “Freshman 15”? If not, this is a common phrase amongst college students implying that in your first year you will gain 15 pounds as you experience eating whatever you want, whenever you want! But a 2009 Oregon State study showed that the average first-year students puts on somewhere between 3 to 7 pounds. The study also indicates that men are more likely to gain weight then women in that freshman year.

The habits you form in your freshman year move with you throughout your college years and beyond. So how can you survive? Today posted an article providing tips for students to avoid the “freshman diet”:

  • Navigating the dining hall maze
  • Keep moving!
  • Social calories
  • Eating your feelings aka comfort food
  • It is a balancing act!

Oregon State offers a variety of options for on campus dining, student access to the Dixon Recreation Center, the Healthy Campus Initiative, and many other services available for students to encourage and support a healthy lifestyle!

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OSU in Top 50 LGBT Friendly Colleges & Universities

August 18th, 2014

The group Campus Pride has ranked Oregon State as one of the top 50 LGBT Friendly colleges and universities in the U.S.! According to the The Oregonian,

The group released its national rankings, which are based on campus policies and practices, including whether the school pays special attention to recruiting LGBT students, providing them with customized counseling and health care, and offering courses and library materials that focus on LGBT people and issues.

In Oregon State’s efforts to provide a supporting and welcoming environment for students who are as LGBT, OSU’s Pride Center provides many programs support services. Additional campus resources include gender inclusive living, the ASOSU Queer Affairs Task Force and SOL: LGBT Multicultural Support Network.

Go Beavs!

– AG

Corvallis Ranked 10th Best College Town in America

August 13th, 2014

Best College Reviews has come out with a new list ranking of the U.S.’s best college towns and Corvallis (home to Oregon State University) came in at the #10 best college town in America.

These rankings considered livability, student-to-resident ratio, cultural offerings, school presence, and larger employers. Here is was Best College Reviews had to say about Corvallis:

Corvallis is home to Oregon State University, a number of large employers, and beatiful views of the Cascade Range. A naturalist’s paradise, Corvallis was the nation’s #1 Green Power Community in 2009, and is ranked by Outside Magazine as one of the top 20 towns in which to live. Corvallis is known for high life-expectancy, tons of parks, and a high quality of living.

Consistently ranked as one of the smartest towns in America, Oregon State University recieves more research funding than all other public higher education instutions in Oregon combined. It is also one of only two Universities in the nation to be a land-grant, sea-grant, space-grant, and sun-grant instution. Complementing the town’s talent, Hewlett-Packard, CH2M Hill, and AVI BioPharma all call Corvallis home.

Corvallis, OR

Corvallis, OR

Congratulations Beaver Nation!

– AG

OSU, Top Campus Worth Traveling for

August 12th, 2014

Oregon State University was recently featured on a TripAdvisor’s website FlipKey. The FlipKey blog mentioned OSU in an article titiled, “50 States Series: Top Campuses Worth Traveling For.” They compiled a list of one college or university per state that is a must-see.

For the state of Oregon, OSU was featured as the highlighted university worth traveling for. In the article, OSU is must see for our campus layout. One TripAdvisor review read, “under-the-radar jewel.” This comment stems from our beautiful green campus and historic brick buildings.

The 400-acre main campus in Corvallis includes a Historic District, making Oregon State one of only a handful of U.S. University campuses listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The district includes such icons as Weatherford Hall, the Memorial Union and Benton Hall, the oldest building on campus.

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Girls in technology fields

August 12th, 2014

ChickTech, a non-profit organization in Portland that fosters a more inviting culture for women in engineering, is hosting a workshop at OSU.

ChickTeck with be at Oregon State University on August 23-24 to encourage high school girls to enter computing and technical fields. The event culminates with a show on Sunday, Aug. 24, that’s free and open to the public. It will be from 4:30-5:45 p.m. at the Kelley Engineering Center on the OSU campus.

The event is designed as a fun, positive learning experience to build participants’ confidence in their technical abilities, provide positive role models, and create connections with other young women from the area. This workshop is free for participants and includes an overnight stay at one of our residence halls.

Contact Jen Davidson for questions

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Transcripts and Test Scores Reminder

August 11th, 2014

Greetings recent graduates! Don’t forget, we need your official final high school transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions! Be sure to do this as soon as possible before you arrive to campus next month if you haven’t done so already. If you plan to earn any academic credits through AP and IB exams or from a community college, be sure to send in the official test scores and official transcripts ASAP as well. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-291-4192 or

We look forward to you joining Beaver Nation this Fall!

Go Beavs,

– AG

Conservation & Wildlife at OSU

August 5th, 2014

Oregon State University has proven to be a leader in campus sustainability for many years. The OSU Energy Center, the nation’s first LEED Platinum-rated power facility, became fully operational in June 2010. The Energy Center provides for the University’s energy needs through a co-generation process, allowing OSU to capture the waste heat from electricity producing turbines and convert it into steam heat. This allows OSU to generate nearly half of its electricity needs on site. OSU saves an estimated $650,000 a year in energy costs.

OSU has not only attained a Gold rating in STARS (the sustainability tracking, assessment and rating system), but is the highest green raking school in Oregon.

In addition to sustainability, OSU has made a significant effort to protect wildlife and natural resources on campus through the Oak Creek Restoration Project. This project includes removal of invasive species, reforestation, proper treating and buffering of storm water discharge, and several others. Oak Creek is also an outdoor learning lab- students have the opportunity to evaluate various restoration and protection methods, study riparian function and monitor stream improvements.

OSU also has an institute unlike any other. OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute is a facility that brings together the work and expertise of many programs including engineering, genetics, agriculture, aquatics, ecology, veterinary medicine, biology and communications. These programs work together to continue the legacy of discovery and preservation of critical habitats of target species and understanding how they interact with their environment and human activities.

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Campaign for OSU Celebration

July 29th, 2014
Campaign OSU

Campaign OSU

Please save the date to join alumni, faculty, students, and supporters of Oregon State University on Friday, Oct. 31 for The Campaign for OSU Celebration during Homecoming weekend.

The campaign celebration and reception will take place at LaSells Stewart Center at 4:00pm. The event is free and open to the public. Come early and get a tour of Austin Hall, The new home of the College of Business. For more information visit the event page.

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