Oregon State University is a public research university located in Corvallis, Oregon. Established in 1868, Oregon State University is the state’s land grant university and is distinguished for being one of only two universities in the nation to have Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant designations. Located in what has been called one of the “safest, smartest, greenest small cities in the nation”, Oregon State University has received a number of accolades and recognitions including being named one of 44 Best Buy Schools in the Nation by Fiske Guide. The University has also been listed in the top 125 colleges in the west by The Princeton Review and named among the “Best Global Universities” (top 2% in the world) by U.S. News & World Report.
Academic ProgramsOregon State University is “committed to teaching, research and outreach and engagement,” and views its mission as being to promote “economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world.” The University’s vision is to “best serve the people of Oregon” and to be “among the Top 10 land grant institutions in America.” Oregon State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1924.
Oregon State University is comprised of several colleges including the College of Agricultural Sciences; the College of Business; the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; the College of Education; the College of Engineering; the College of Forestry; the College of Liberal Arts; the College of Pharmacy; the College of Public Health and Human Sciences; the College of Science; and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Through these, Oregon State University offers a wide range of programs at both the undergraduate and graduate-levels.
Student LifeOregon State University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 30,000, including approximately 25,000 undergraduate students. Of these, more than 60% are Oregon residents while 10% of students are international. Oregon State University offers a variety of on-campus housing options through its several Residence Halls including both Living-Learning Communities and Special Interest Communities which allow students of a particular major or interest to experience life and learning in a unique environment.
More than 300 student-led clubs are recognized by Oregon State University; these and other events and activities provide students with ample opportunity to interact with one another and with faculty members outside of the classroom setting. Oregon State University has several cherished traditions, including its annual bonfire, sometimes referred to as the Rook Bonfire, which is the oldest tradition associated with the University’s Homecoming, dating back to the early 1900s. Oregon State University is an NCAA Division I-A school and sponsors several varsity athletic teams which compete in the Pac-12 Conference.