Location: Corvallis, OR
Percent Women: 46%
Tuition (one year): 24,594
Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, General Science (Health Fields), Exercise & Sport Science, Human Development & Family Sciences, Biology, Liberal Studies, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology, Education, and Computer Science.
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 79%
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Why Choose Oregon State?"I was interested in the design program here at Oregon State, and I lived in town already and enjoyed the calm atmosphere so it seemed like a good fit.""I decided to go to Oregon State because I fell in love with the campus when I went on a tour during my senior year.""I loved the atmosphere at OSU, everyone was so nice at my first visit. Not to mention the campus is gorgeous!""I fell in love with the atmosphere of the campus and the variety of programs offered here.""Oregon State was one of the few schools that offer my program as a major.""Because it's close-ish to portland, Corvallis is big enough that there's stuff to do, and the people are more academically oriented here than at the U of O."
A+ Features"I love the Beaver Nation community! Everyone here is so nice and friendly and it's a great place to learn and have fun.""I like the fact that there are so many different ways to be involved on campus. There are so many clubs and sports teams you can join.""I love the knowledgeable professors and the nerd population.""The campus is small enough to see all of your friends but big enough to explore and discover new things on your own.""Everyone is so open and friendly. People will just sit next to you in class and chat even if they don't even know you. In fact, thats how I met my boyfriend.""I personally love the close knit community, the many organizations you can join here on campus, and the unwavering school spirit."
Needs Improvement"It rains a lot but I'm used to that.""I can't stand students who ask too many questions during lecture, the clickers, run down bulidings, and the new parking situation.""Some classes can be super crowded, which makes paying attention difficult sometimes.""The faculty (excluding professors/teachers) do not show concern towards your experience. There have been too many incidences for me to count where I was talked down to or received negative vibes for asking a simple question.""We get a bad rep sometimes because our football team isn't as good as Oregon's, but people forget that football isn't the most important thing in college.""The rain can be a downer sometimes, but it's not the worst thing ever. It can be very refreshing at times and annoying at others."
New Collegiette on Campus"I took two visits to OSU and loved it immediately. Orientation was kind of boring, but you have to go through it before you can have fun. The live on requirement is pretty nice actually, you get to meet a lot of new people.""Orientation is pretty rushed and can be overwhelming but is worth it once you're settled in and have mapped out where your classes are. I toured campus before I came here because even though I lived in town I didn't spend that much time on campus until I was preparing to go here.""I feel like the live on requirement can be positive because personally I didn't have any friends coming in to school and it was great to meet people in the dorms. That said I think there are other ways to reach out and connect with people and cheaper living arrangements need to be made available if a live on requirement is going to be enforced. I really enjoyed my U-Engage fashion in film class as well because it helped me meet more freshman and taught me about some of the resources on campus as well as had a fun subject matter.""Orientation will seem overwhelming, but all of the information is crucial. You meet a lot of people during this time and it's a great opportunity to get familiar with your new home. I toured twice before choosing OSU (one as a high school junior and again as a senior). I have concerns with the live on requirement because it will only force us to build more dormitories. Already we are having our parking reduced; is it really a great idea to accept so many students AND force them to live on campus with such limited space?""I loved the campus tour before coming here, even though it was pouring down rain. I think the live on campus requirement is great, especially because I am an out of state student, and I got to meet a lot of cool people because of it.""I loved my freshman year here because I felt like I had millions of opportunities. I came in as an undeclared major, which was nice because it was my first experience of having true freedom."
All About Academics"I absolutely love the classes for my major (New Media Communications), but the gen-ed courses can be super dull. I do like that they allow you to spice up your course schedule, though.""Personally, I have not enjoyed any of my Bacc Core classes. "Higher Learning" is important, yes, but most areas of the Bacc Core requirements do not pertain to my major. On the other hand, I have thoroughly enjoyed all of my major courses. Oregon State does a great job of tailoring these types of courses specifically to its students and engaging them in wonderful programs.""Bacc Core is mostly super easy and low demand.""Bacc core classes can be dull and run of the mill but they can also be really fun. It all just depends on what you choose, and (trust me) there are plenty of choices. We have classes ranging from Wine in the Western World to Music Appreciation or a class all about Disney and how it relates to Gender, Race and Empire."I love all my classes, you get a lot of freedom on picking your classes and the advisors are really helpful.""The 4th floor of the Valley Library is my favorite place to study! I also enjoy studying in the MU Lounge and in the new Beth Ray Center. I like places that are quiet but not absolutely silent. Library study rooms can be great when you really need to focus and get a lot done.""The 2nd and 3rd floor of the library are my favorite study spots, or my apartment when my roommate isn't there""The third floor of the Valley Library is the best place to study. It is just quiet enough for solo work to be done, but it also allows enough noise to accomplish group tasks.""I like going to the Beth Ray Center or the library to study. Being somewhere quiet is super helpful.""The couches in the memorial union, the upper floors of the library, and the math learning center are my go-to study spots on campus."
Learn From the Best"I had Emerald Stacy for Math 103 and though I didn't love the subject matter, I really loved her fun teaching style and sense of understanding. I also really enjoyed Jim Ketter for Astronomy, as he knew how to incorporate fun demonstrations into the scientific information he was presenting. Within the DHE program here at OSU I really like Kathy Mullet as she is really enthusiastic about the subject material.""If you have time, be sure to take a class with Kathy Greaves. She is hands down the funniest professor on campus.""Marianne Egan and Leslie Blair have been my favorite professors so far.""Carol Soleau, the dance instructor, is the best! I also really like Dan Faltesak from the New Media department.""Some of my favorite classes so far have been Computer Science 101, Writing 222, DHE 121, PAC 294, ANTH 110, and OC 103.""My favorite classes so far have been media courses for my major as well as dance classes I have taken just for fun."
Interests & Involvement"Football game days in the fall are the greatest! Perfect weather, perfect atmosphere, perfect people. GO BEAVS!""I really enjoy the Dam Jam Music Festival, Battle of the Bands, the Mom's Weekend Fashion Show, the Recycled Fashion show, both Dad's and Mom's Weekends in general, football games and basketball games.""The Dam Jam Music Festival at the end of spring term is the best! MUPC does a great job of bringing in big name artists to the two-day festival, and I look forward to it every year.""I love going to all the sporting events, and the energy at the football games is crazy!""I absolutely love being on the color guard team here. College marching band is just about having fun, so I get to do what I love without the stress. Her Campus Oregon State is also awesome because it gives me a place to kick-start my journalism and marketing career, and it's tons of fun!""Chi Theta Phi, a new sorority here on campus, provides design majors, minors, or simply creative minded women with a community, volunteer opportunities, and so much more!""Political Clubs are great because the student voice is an important one! I alos love Her Campus Oregon State and the OSU Fashion Organization.""The best way to find things to join on campus is to check out club fairs, see what's going on in the quad, check cork boards in the MU and library for meeting information or search on the OSU website.""The club fair that happens at the beginning of fall term is the best way to get involved!""A lot of the clubs I have joined are through emails and newsletters. Pay attention to these as they almost always have information on new groups to get involved with!""There are posters all over the first week and you can look online at the OSU website to find new groups to join throughout the year! The club fair was awesome to go to, it showed me just how many clubs/groups there are."
Team Spirit"FOOTBALL GAMES ARE THE BEST. The atmosphere is absolutely amazing in Reser once we get going, and we have the best fans in the nation.""Football games are the best sporting event to attend, by far. The energy of all the students getting into it is so much fun. The environment is awesome to be around.""FOOTBALL. The atmosphere during the entirety of game day is one of a kind. Win or lose; we always love our Beavs!""The football and basketball games are my favorite to attend because people really get into what's happening and show their school spirit proudly, but really anything from lacrosse to wrestling on campus is great to watch and have fun at.""To some extent there is an athlete culture on campus - it is pretty bad with some groups but not with others.""Yes, you just know who athletes are. Most of them will have a Nike backpack and I see a lot of people that see that and will randomly go up and talk to them.""There isn't particularly an athlete culture - we like our athletes but there isn't a standard to become one. The Oregon State campus is made up of so many unique individuals and those that are athletes often are doing so much more than just that."
Girl Power"I haven't ever felt singled out or anything as a woman here on campus. Oregon State is a very safe and equality-loving campus.""The gender ratio is about 50/50 and I love it!""The gender ratio on campus is frankly not that noticable""My major program is primarily girls, so I do not notice the gender ratio as much as I might if I were in a different program. The balance when walking around campus seems pretty 50/50 so there isn't an overwhelming amount of one gender compared to the other.""The sexual assault center at the counselling center can be a great resource for women on campus.""CAPS is the wonderful counseling center provided to all students on campus. I struggle with depression and anxiety, and going there has really helped me learn how to cope with the stress of school and focus on what is important.""The Women's Center on campus has lots of resources of all kinds for women.""The Women's Center, the Pride Center, sororities and organizations to connect to other women combine to create a great support system on campus."
Food & Drink"Java II is one of my favorite places to eat on campus becasue they have a variety of easy grab-n-go snacks.""I really enjoy eating at Bing's and Pangea.""The MU Lounge has a variety of food styles on campus, of which my favorite is Panda Express. There are also delicious cafés all around campus in convenient locations.""North Porch Cafe, Panda Express, Bing's and Arnold Dining Hall have been my favorite places to eat on campus so far.""I'm obsessed with Yumm Bowl and McMenamins right on the edge of campus.""Qdoba, Thai Chili, American Dream Pizza on Monroe are awesome and super close.""Cheesy Stuffed Burgers is the best food cart hands down.""The best place to eat off-campus is Chipotle, of course.""I really enjpy Local Boyz, American Dream Pizza, 4th St. Diner, Shari's, and New Morning Bakery""If you want even more choices (outside of the dining halls and other restaurants), Monroe street has everything you could ever want and is right on the edge of campus!"I thought the dining hall food was all pretty good. There were always a decent amount of options, but it is still on you to make healthy choices. I thought the quality of food was generally great!""The dining hall food was my absolute LEAST favorite thing about living on campus. I have a sensitive stomach, and the mass cooking in oils and unnatural ingredients severely effected my health to the point where I could only eat soup for the last few months of school. Make sure you know what goes into each food item and be wary of calories. You may think you are making a healthy choice, but there are bad ingredients hidden everywhere.""The dining hall food was not fantastic, but it also wasn't terrible. I would say it was above average for a campus dinning hall."
Social Scene"I usually like to go out with friends or stay at home for a low-key night. Some weekends can get pretty crazy, but all in all I just like having a good time!""I always enjoy Netflix, homework, and drinking at home with friends or drinking on skype with friends.""I tend to find a party to hang out at whether it be at a friend's house or a frat. OSU has a great party atmosphere on the weekends as long as you are responsible and safe.""On nights where I feel too lazy to go out I usually invite a few friends over to craft and watch movies (or study during midterms!)""I go to functions or sisterhood events with my sorority, spend time with my roommate or family here in town, go to frat parties, and check out the Farmer's Market or garage sales and other fun events going on around town.""Mostly I try to study and get some sleep in. Going out is fun for certain people but not so much myself. If I go out I'll usually be back in an hour because I get so bored.""I usually go to Frat parties, and hang out with my friends there. It's usually fun!""I don't drink but I have plenty of friends that do. None of my friends pressure me to drink and when I tell them I have never had any alcohol they usually say something like, "wow respect."""There are lots of people who are into both drugs and alcohol, but there isn't any pressure for people to do them. Everyone I have met at a party wants to make sure I feel comfortable and only do what I want, and is super understanding.""Drugs and alcohol is pretty prevalent on campus but isn't something that is highly pushed upon people. There are those that party and go out but there are also church groups, clubs and other events on campus like the Western Dance Club events that give people something else to do on the weekends if they don't want to partake in drinking.""I have never had a bad experience with being pressured. Most people here are very accepting of personal choices whether it be to partake or not in drugs and alcohol. There is a lot of hearsay about specific Greek affiliated houses and having serious issues, so my best advice is to just go somewhere else. Don't risk it for a 'good time'.""I'd say there are inclusive and exclusive aspects of the social scene here on campus. Some parties or events are exclusive to Greek life but there are other campus sponsored events or otherwise that are open to the OSU community at large.""I would say there is a fairly high level of inclusiveness. However, as the school year goes on, it becomes very noticeable that Greek life will exclude you from many events. But this is nothing personal; these events are simple structured for a few houses to hang out together and form a tighter knit Greek community."I would say the social scene is super exclusive withing certain cliques such as sports teams, but other than that it is pretty inclusive."
Dorm Life"I got placed in a triple my first term of freshman year with 2 girls I did not know and I had to move out because of bullying. Be very cautious when looking for a random roommate and be 100% honest. The people I was matched with did not take their roommate contract forms seriously and it showed as they were not who they claimed to be.""I thought the roommate dating system was great! I got along with my roommate perfectly. I would recommend Facebook messaging whoever you select over the summer to find out whether or not you would be a good fit. If not, you can pick another one! I think it is a lot better than schools who simply use random selection.""I'd say the selection system can be successful, but no matter how compatible you think you are coming in the biggest piece of advice I have is to take your roommate contract seriously and talk to your RA or roommate directly as soon as problems arise instead of letting small issues become bigger ones.""Bloss is a pretty nice dorm because it is close to a dinning hall and Gill!""Weatherford is a wonderful place to live. Though I personally did not live there, my friends who did loved it and it was always fun to kick back there. If you are into spooky things - Sackett is haunted.""Although I love living off-campus, I am glad I did the dorm experience. It was a lot of fun living with friends and being right on campus! Although there are negatives to dorm life, a lot of stuff is done for you such as cooking (which most people take for granted).""Living in the dorms is what you make of it and your roommates, RA and hallmates can make or break your experience but at the end of the day there is so much more to campus then the place that you sleep so if you don't like your floor don't feel limited."
Exploring Corvallis"Corvallis is beautiful, and a great college town.""Corvallis has a small town feel. I like that it is quick and easy to get around, but it is also a pain because of pedestrians and bicyclists who do not follow proper etiquette for their transportation style.""I LOVE Corvallis. It is beautiful even when it's raining and is such a cute and perfect college town. Even though we don't have everything, we do have a lot of great places to shop and eat, and we are close enough to other cities if we ever need anything else.""Corvallis is a great town to live in because it has both the college vibe and the more understated vibe of an inclusive and diverse community. There are farmer's markets, the fall festival, bicycling groups, hiking trails, great places, to eat, and so many people that are so supportive of the OSU campus."
"Mary's Peak is a very popular hike. It kills time and is not too difficult. There are also a few places like Rue21 and Maurice's along with plenty of individually owned boutiques and consignment stores around Corvallis. Additionally, there are tons of great cafes and eateries to explore and try out.""My favorite place to go with friends is Shari's late at night. They are such a good restaurant for college food. I also enjoy meandering downtown to walk along the water front and shop."
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