Why OSU?

About Oregon State University

OSU Campus

The historic OSU campus is located at the heart of Corvallis, characterized by its red brick buildings, old-growth trees and lush greenery. The Memorial Union, where students gather to study and socialize and where many of OSU’s student clubs are based, is the centerpiece of the campus community. The bustling OSU campus is stimulating and diverse, and the Corvallis community is welcoming.

Downtown Corvallis is just a 15 minute walk from campus, where a wide range of local restaurants thrive. From fresh seafood to pan-Asian and Latin fusion, Corvallis is a true food destination. Local breweries abound, as well. The farmer’s market, open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, brings the bounty of the Willamette Valley into one location, where fresh produce, meat, cheese, bread and more are available.

It’s a quiet community that’s perfect for studying, but there’s always something to do - from a huge indoor soccer facility to hiking, river rafting, camping and skiing.


TOP 1.4% Global University

Center for World University Rankings 2020


#1 Safest College Campus in the US

ADT News and Resources 2018


TOP 15% Best Paid Graduates in the US

PayScale College Salary Report 2019

We produce skilled graduates who are critical thinkers. We develop the next generation of scholars. We build futures.

Oregon State University is an international public research university that draws people from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. We go wherever the challenges are, push ourselves to the very edge of what’s known and keep going. We are determined to forge solutions. We are diverse and welcoming. We embrace our responsibility to Oregon and the world, building a future that’s smarter, healthier, more prosperous and more just. We see what could be and have worked relentlessly for 150 years to make it so. Our graduates are our greatest contribution to society.

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We have a community for everyone

With over 400+ student clubs and organizations at OSU, everyone is sure to find a community of friends and scholars! Visit this link to find out more information:

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Oregon is home to the Silicon Forest

The state of Oregon offers the perfect blend of natural beauty and innovative technology. The West Coast tech hub is home to the Silicon Forest, a nickname for the cluster of high-tech companies in the greater Portland area and throughout Oregon. Internships and other career opportunities exist at Oregon's many technology companies including HP, Intel, Nike and Epson. The region is also known as a research destination for fields such as civil engineering, public health, biomedicine and agriculture. Outside your studies, you'll have plenty of opportunities to explore the natural beauty of Oregon's mountains, rivers and coastline.


Living in Oregon

Oregon is well known for the natural beauty that is spread throughout the state. Corvallis gives students the ideal location to explore everything. The mountains, the coast and even the city are accessible within an hour drive. Must see places are the 7 wonders of Oregon which are:

  • Colombia River Gorge
  • Crater Lake
  • Mt. Hood
  • Painted Hills
  • Oregon Coast
  • Smith Rock
  • The Wallowas

(Picture is Crater Lake)