Through research and partnerships throughout the greater Portland metropolitan area, Oregon State University faculty and staff are working to improve the economic health and preserve the quality of life of the region and the state.
Strategic partnerships with government agencies, non-profit organizations and other institutions of higher education provide invaluable opportunities that benefit both OSU students and the Portland-area public. At the Oregon Humane Society, College of Veterinary Medicine students experience hands-on learning through a required three-week rotation at the Animal Medical Learning Center. College of Pharmacy students spend one year of their four-year professional program studying at Oregon Health and Science University, a relationship which will expand with the opening of the future Collaborative Life Sciences Building in Portland’s South Waterfront District. OSU Extension partners with local agencies to provide learning experiences for youth and programs for adults ranging from health and gardening to natural resources and forestry.
Nearly 7,500 current students from the Portland area comprise approximately 27 percent of OSU's enrollment, and nearly 30 percent of OSU transfer students come from Portland-area community colleges (Portland, Clackamas and Mt. Hood).
In addition, over 40,000 alumni, or 26% of all OSU alum, live and work in the Portland Metro area. They are business people, legislators, educators, civic leaders, scientists, health care professionals, writers, artists, community volunteers, and more.
Whether you live in Washington, Multnomah, Clackamas, Columbia or Clark County, you’ll find opportunities to enjoy special OSU events, take academic courses, engage in alumni activities, attend sports activities, and more.