OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Traditions

When you arrive on campus, you’ll find there are all kinds of campus traditions where you can get involved and make connections within the OSU community. These include:

College Colors Fridays Every Friday, students, staff and alumni get their orange on. You’ll find plenty of Oregon State gear at the OSU Bookstore as well as retailers throughout Corvallis. Show your pride, wear the colors!

The Student Section Most schools can boast a student section in the football stadium; however, Oregon State reserves seating for students directly behind the team bench from goal line to goal line. You can’t beat front row seats.

CONNECT WEEK introduces incoming freshmen to their new campus with events to connect them with other students and the endless opportunities Oregon State has to offer.

International Students

Beaver Fair Placing an emphasis on volunteer-run activities, the Community Fair is a free event that introduces new students to the surrounding Corvallis community.

Convocation procession

Convocation is Oregon State’s official welcome to its newest students. Student leaders, faculty and staff come together in the MU Quad to celebrate the start of the school year. Embracing tradition, students walk together to Gill Coliseum, similar to the procession they’ll take upon graduation.

Civil War Football game

Civil War Always a highlight of football season, the Civil War pits the Beavers and their fans against the University of Oregon Ducks for statewide bragging rights. First played in 1894, it is college football’s seventh-oldest rivalry. The Platypus Trophy, found in 2005 after going missing for more than 40 years, goes to the winning school’s alumni association.

Dads Weekend logo

Dad’s Weekend invites the fathers of Oregon State students to experience a weekend in the life of a Beaver. Together, dads and students get to reconnect while attending comedy shows, sporting events and other campus entertainment (Moms get their weekend in the spring).

Homecoming Corvallis decorates its streets in orange and black in preparation for Homecoming Week. In addition to traditional homecoming festivities such as the football game, bonfire and parade, Oregon State sponsors a reunion barbecue for alumni.