Why OSU?

Come visit Oregon State, and you'll find a welcoming, close-knit community of more than 25,000 students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries. Students can choose from over 350 clubs and organizations, along with the excitement of Pac-12 athletics.

Oregon State and Corvallis are known for sustainability, and our students are one of the reasons why. In 2007, they voted overwhelmingly to assess themselves a green energy fee that allows the university to buy electricity from renewable, more environmentally friendly sources. Oregon State is one of the top universities in the country for using clean power.

Our graduates join a network of more than 160,000 Oregon State alumni who are making the world healthier, more sustainable and more prosperous. They've won Olympic medals, invented breakthrough products like the computer mouse and the Leatherman tool, and they've made important discoveries in health, engineering, natural resources and science. That includes Linus Pauling, the only two-time recipient of the Nobel Prize.

I encourage you to learn more about Oregon State University and visit our beautiful campus. I'm confident you'll find many opportunities here for students to challenge themselves, find solutions to complex problems and make a positive difference in the world.


Oregon State University is one of only two U.S. universities designated as a land, sea, sun and space grant institution. Oregon State University prides itself on the opportunities provided to undergraduate students to participate in real research projects with world renowned professors. It has become a necessity for graduates in the job market to have gained hands on, research oriented experience before heading out to the real world. At Oregon State University, students in every college are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities that allow them to build relationships and networks with faculty members and outside supporters that can be beneficial for years beyond graduation. Majors that are well-known for the research opportunities afforded to students are Bioresource Research, Human Development & Family Sciences, Marine Biology, and Food Science & Technology.


At Oregon State students can enjoy high-excitement, high-profile NCAA Division 1, Pac-12 Conference sports at Oregon State-- whether they're a fan or an athlete. Corvallis' college town vibe definitely feeds into the sports frenzy of Beaver fans and there's something for everyone. From our unique variety of intercollegiate athletics including Gymnastics, Wrestling, Golf, and Rowing, you're bound to find a sport you love to support. In addition, Oregon State offers club sports for students to get involved in as well as Intramural leagues that keep students engaged all year round.

Health & Wellness Focus

Students will find an environment at Oregon State University that is very conducive to healthy living and well-being. The College of Health & Human Sciences oversees the large selection of Physical Activity Courses (PAC) available to all students. These courses offer classes in the areas of: aquatics, artistic & social dance, fitness development, martial arts, mind/body, outdoor recreation, resistance training, sports, and games. Also available to students are services at the Student Health Center and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). These departments on campus offer an array of services such as individual and group therapy, a wellness spa, diet and nutrition advice, a full service clinic and pharmacy, and health promotion programs focused on common concerns and interests facing college students today.

International Connections

Oregon State offers many different study abroad programs. Students from a variety of majors, with many different interests, scatter to very distinct places across the world. From taking theater classes in London to studying Chinese in Beijing, Oregon State students gain tremendous skills and have life-changing experiences overseas. By studying abroad, Oregon State students are exposed to new people, new cultures, and new adventures to enhance their education, regardless of the degree they are working toward. The office of International Degree and Education Abroad also oversees two other education based programs; International Degree option and International Internships.

Orange is the New Green!

There are many ways for students to contribute to sustainability on campus and within the community. Most students will find their passion by working with the Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI). SSI is in place to support student efforts to create a sustainable community at Oregon State through action, education, and opportunity. Through SSI students can get involved with projects such as the Bike Co-Op, composting system, and organic garden, just to name a few. For students who may be looking to get involved, but are short on time, they can head over to Dixon Recreation Center and put energy back into the building by exercising on one of many retrofitted elliptical exercise machines designed to harness energy and feed it back into the power grid.