Oregon State is a leading research university located in one of the safest, smartest, greenest small cities in the nation. Situated 90 miles south of Portland, and an hour from the Cascades or the Pacific Coast, Corvallis is the perfect home base for exploring Oregon's natural wonders.
Oregon State University has always been a place with a purpose--making a positive difference in quality of life, natural resources and economic prosperity in Oregon and beyond. Through discovery, innovation and application, we are meeting challenges, solving problems and turning ideas into reality.
As Oregon's largest public research university, with a record $275 million in external research funding in 2009-10, Oregon State's impact reaches across the state and beyond. With 12 colleges, 15 Agricultural Experiment Stations, 35 county Extension offices, the Hatfield Marine Sciences Center in Newport and OSU-Cascades Campus in Bend, Oregon State has a presence in every one of Oregon's 36 counties, with a statewide economic footprint of $1.5 billion.
You will find that OSU is a very relaxing place. Students typically dress casually wearing orange and black to show school spirit and pride for the university.
It’s important for international students to share their culture, learn about US culture and participate in a variety of events. The more you get involved, the more you will improve your English skills and make new friends. OSU even has over 300 clubs that you can get involved with!
It’s easy to navigate around Corvallis. Most OSU students don’t own a car because it isn’t necessary; almost everything is within easy walking or biking distance. Owning a bicycle is quite inexpensive, it keeps you active and you will never have to worry about finding parking. You also can also ride the bus for free anywhere in Corvallis. Life is very convenient here, so you can focus on your studies.
OSU students love to attend sporting events like football games with their friends. There are always concerts, lectures and performances on campus and around the community. International students often go out to eat together at local restaurants, or socialize with friends at their residence hall or apartment. There are sidewalk cafes, rooftop restaurants, parks, bike paths, coffee shops, farmer’s markets and much more to explore!
You can explore the city of Portland, or shop all day at the outlet mall, which has name brands at lower prices. There is no sales tax in Oregon, so even other Americans journey here to shop!
Our International Year One Undergraduate Pathway programs combine intensive English language study, academic skills development and course work. They are carefully designed programs to help you through the first year of your undergraduate degree. Joining our Pathway program will not extend the overall length of an undergraduate degree program. In fact, it will guarantee places in some required courses, which may shorten the length of your degree program.
The program is ideal for students who:
Our Graduate Pathway programs are the most supported route to a graduate program in an American Tier 1 research university. Joining this program will assure you admission into your graduate program upon successful completion of the progression requirements. These programs will give you the academic foundation, essential language skills and GMAT/GRE test preparation needed to successfully move on to a master's or doctoral degree.
The Graduate Pathway program is ideal for international students who:
TOEFL, GMAT and GRE test preparation are built into the Graduate Pathway program curriculum. You will receive up to 40 hours of test prep throughout the duration of the program. Our test preparation courses are taught by experienced instructors who focus on skills-based language development and test-taking skills which include the use of practice tests and individual feedback on performance. We also provide self-study materials, available in our learning center.
Oregon offers the variety of the Pacific Northwest. Whether you love walking on the beach or skiing in the mountains, the Cascade Mountain Range and Pacific coast both offer scenic and recreational activities unlike anywhere else in the US.
Living in Corvallis gives you many opportunities for jobs and internships. Seattle, Portland and the regional area have become a hub for new technologies such as cloud computing and innovative financial services technologies. Many companies are now investing in the region and are looking to hire Oregon State University students, including: Hewlett-Packard, Nike and Boeing.
Downtown Corvallis is only a few blocks away from campus. It's a charming small town and an easy place to navigate. Almost all the roads have bicycle lanes. Don't have a bike? There's a free bus line that can take you anywhere in Corvallis! Many festivals and events are organized throughout the year, bringing students and the entire community together. Some of the most popular events in town are the Wednesday and Saturday outdoor markets. You'll enjoy walking along the river while tasting and buying local, fresh and organic products.
• Go tax-free shopping in Portland or at the Woodburn outlet mall. (Oregon has no sales tax!) • Enjoy locally made wine tasting from any of the 650 wineries in Oregon. • Tour one of the almost 200 breweries located in Oregon. • Visit Crater Lake National Park, the deepest lake on the American continent. • Hike to over 200 waterfalls. • Ski on Mount Hood or anywhere on the Cascade Mountain Range. • Taste fresh and local produce at the Corvallis Farmer's Market. • Play competitive sports in the Corvallis Sports Park.